Weekly Window Shop: The Best Pink Beds

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I know that it’s entirely possible that pink velvet is going to be one of those fleeting trends that disappears into the interiors ether as quickly as it arrived, but please humour me. Because I’ve always wanted a pink bed. Not the type of pink bed that looks as though it’s been stolen from an eighties prom queen, with Pepto Bismol woodwork and frilly polyester skirting that presents a worrying fire risk. No, I’m talking cool pink beds; vintage shapes, muted shades of rose, non-crushed velvets and legs of brass and wood.

Quite honestly, I would have gone for something pink years ago had it not been for Mr AMR, who is of the hard-edged no-pastels modernist school of interiors; only now that I have my own room to decorate can I fully unleash my decorating desires. Now that I have my studio, with its dual-aspect windows and soothing views and steady, flat northern light (excellent for filming in), I feel like a teenager again – a world of possibilities in terms of paint and furniture and lighting… And no clue where to start.

ruth crilly studio before makeover

Which is why my studio room set (aka Ted’s Old Bedroom) sits forlorn and empty, furnished with oddments of furniture and the weird, badly-sized bed that Mr AMR bought from America a few years ago. (There’s a huge gap between mattress and frame – you could almost lose a child down it.) The walls need re-plastering, the radiator needs moving and the air is freezing (which is why Ted only stayed in it for about two weeks before we moved him); it’s really hard to get motivated to make any plans. I mean it’s beautiful, original Georgian windows and fireplace and all, but white paint with the north light makes for an inspiration-sapping combo.

So I’m starting with the bed and it’s going to be pink. To warm things up. I’ve given this a lot of thought, so don’t try and talk me out of it. The overall style of the room will be “Handful of mid century, mixed with a huge dose of vintage, with some country house cool” – plush fabrics, decadent prints, some rich wood, a smidgen of antiqued brass – Babington House meets, well, Babington House.

(I spend a lot of time at Babington House, in case you hadn’t picked up on that from various vlogs and stories; it’s my local. Local gym, local pub, local restaurant, local anything. Pretty lucky place to land as your local, but there you go. The only problem is that it’s going to cost me a potential fortune in redecorating fees – I see a little quirk I feel inspired by every time I walk in through the door and then wheee, off I go into a fantasy world of art collections and artisan wallpapers and interesting table lamps.)

babington house interiors

(Soho Home have an amazing bed called The Manette. It’s just so cool and interesting and all of the things I wanted to be at school and I’m sorely tempted to get it for our actual bedroom. Y’know, to sleep in, and not as part of a studio background. Mr AMR complains about our current bed because the end bit (foot? footboard?) restricts his leg movement. Don’t even ask, but I feel as though that gives me an excuse to buy one with more leg room…)

Anway, back to pink beds, which is the priority here; I’ve rounded up my favourites for the studio below. For those wondering what the hell this studio is; it’s where I shoot most of my videos. Except you’d never know because it just looks like a white wall. I want it to look more like my bedroom – fantasy bedroom – with all of the interesting things Mr AMR hates. Although if I make it too nice then Mr AMR will find himself in trouble, because I might take a shine to it and move myself in!

My pick of the best pink beds:


Conran Elycia Bed Frame, from £899 here.

This one triggered off the original pink bed obsession. I just loved the deco-style simplicity of the headboard and the fact that the bed didn’t cost as much as a brand new Fiat 500.

The same Conran range has another lovely bed frame called the Avery, which is very similar to the…


…Margot Bed Frame from Made.com, £649 – here*.

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Be still, oh be very still, my spendaholic heart. Actually, this is the most affordable of the pink bed bunch and would make my accountant incredibly happy. The way they’ve dressed it in some of the web pictures makes it look a bit like a sofa bed but you can see from the undressed image that it’s a very fine shape indeed.

Dark wood legs with brass tips, beautiful dusty pink velvet, rock and roll headboard shape. Tick, tick, bloody well tick.


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Raul Bed Frame, from £899 at Barker & Stonehouse here.

Prepare to be very divided because this is the one I’m least sure on. I’ve included it as a wild card because I love the slouchy cushions attached to the headboard but at the same time I’m not sure whether it’s a little too retro for my current tastes.

Either way, it’s a funky addition to my edit. And it’s pink. The least “pretty” option, if you’re after something slightly more edgy! That’s assuming you’re after anything at all…


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Ariel Bed, from £2410 at Sweetpea & Willow here.

I mean, please: what gorgeousness lies before us here? This is girly bed perfection, surely? I actually felt slightly sick with lust when I saw this bed, but then I configured it in pink velvet and felt sick for an entirely different reason, because the price shot up to over £3300 and I knew that it was way out of my dreamy reach.

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But look! The wicker peacock chair! It’s as though this bed was made for me! I could almost recreate this entire room set and wouldn’t even have to paint my walls. If I just skimmed over the patches where the drainpipe leaked water through the wall then we’d be good to go…


Right, party people: which is your favourite? All of the above come in grey as well, by the way, in case you’re looking for something a little more subdued. Actually the Conran bed, Ariel bed and Raul bed all come in a load of different fabric options – it’s a bit like upholstering a sofa – and the Margot bed from Made.com comes in grey and also teal. I do love teal, but it’s such a strong colour that I really feel that it might be a bit unworkable and extreme once the fad for it dies down…

 

 

 

 

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49 Comments

  1. Tracy kelly
    May 21, 2019 / 9:43 am

    I am desperate for blush pink bed linen rather than the bed being pink. Anyone seen anything ?

    • May 21, 2019 / 9:52 am

      La Redoute and Secret Linen Store xx

  2. Anna
    February 23, 2019 / 8:24 pm

    Oh wow, the Raul! I just love the headboard slouchy cushions. Why do all beds not have them?! My bedroom is all monochrome and I’m seriously having to stop myself seeing what it looks like in grey. I love the sound of your vision for your studio and can’t wait to see it when it’s finished. xx

  3. Teresa Burrows
    February 23, 2019 / 9:58 am

    I would go with the Conran Elycia bed Ruth

    • February 23, 2019 / 1:30 pm

      Yes I think the proportions are most suited to the room.. x

  4. Sue Stott
    February 22, 2019 / 9:24 pm

    The Raul! It’s transitional which works w an eclectic decor. Plus it has a slightly masculine vibe. Win win

  5. Kasia
    February 21, 2019 / 9:20 pm

    I’d go with the Conran – a high headboard to match the high ceilings, big windows, etc. Also the colour is a little more subdued and feminine.

  6. Jane
    February 21, 2019 / 11:14 am

    I don’t like any of them, they’re just not for me. The last one reminds me of the guest beds my nan had at her house when I used to go and stay with her in the 1970s!

  7. Abigail
    February 21, 2019 / 10:56 am

    Aagh, pink velvet but I can just imagine a child’s sticky jam hand patting it and it’s ruined! Or Mr Bear giving his claws a good old scratch….xxx

  8. Serena
    February 20, 2019 / 10:43 pm

    I absolutely love the made.com bed! We have just moved house and bought our new bed there, a cool funky yellow coloured bliss of a bed from the Charley range and we love it. Easy to assemble, doesn’t break the bank and excellent delivery service (at least here in the Netherlands!) Added a touch of blue in the interior and we are living our best life. We almost went for the teal one but couldn’t convince the husband lol

  9. Jo.C.
    February 20, 2019 / 5:44 pm

    Eek! I’m sorry but they just scream ‘1970’s porn movie’ to me. Although, if I reeeeeeeeally had to chose one it would be the Conran Elycia Bed, purely because of the shape.

    • February 20, 2019 / 5:46 pm

      What’s wrong with 1970’s porn movie, eh?!

  10. Claire N
    February 20, 2019 / 5:22 pm

    Oh wow what heaven! Haha not surprised you went for the actual hotel bed in the end! I’d love the Raul, never seen a bed with removable cushions as part of the headboard! I’d never want to leave my bed!

  11. Chantal
    February 20, 2019 / 2:49 pm

    I’m a liking the wildcard …….

    • February 20, 2019 / 5:42 pm

      It’s proving to be surprisingly popular!

  12. Kirsty Watkinson
    February 20, 2019 / 1:25 pm

    I also have vintage pink obsession at the moment, I love the Conran one. I’m in the process of redecorating my bedroom and I’m torn between blush pink (worried that at 42 I’m a bit old for a pink bedroom) and eau de nil and cream…with some blush pink!

  13. February 20, 2019 / 1:07 pm

    Nope, pink beds isn’t something I will ever get on board with, no matter how long they stay on trend. With my daughter being 5 now there is pink overkill in our family, and I just don’t want to add any extra to that.

    Anne – Linda, Libra, Loca

  14. Kelly
    February 20, 2019 / 1:01 pm

    I like Conran & Margot, but prefer the colour of the Margot. Decisions decisions!

  15. Cait
    February 20, 2019 / 12:18 pm

    100% the Raul. I love the color, the shape, all of it!

    • February 20, 2019 / 1:07 pm

      It’s so unusual isn’t it? x

  16. Jerri Fenn
    February 20, 2019 / 11:46 am

    I loved the conran Elysia but sadly couldnt fit it in our bedroom. So we have the Avery in grey (my partner said for the £2800 we paid for bed and mattress it needed to be a colour I wouldn’t get bored of lo as apparently we must have it for at least 10 years, spoil sportl). It arrived yesterday and is so perfect, it’s really well made. I really enjoy your interior design posts (I love all the others but seeing ur renovations etc really is my cup of tea). X

    • February 20, 2019 / 1:07 pm

      Oooh good to know! Does it feel solid and good? x

  17. Katie Francis
    February 20, 2019 / 11:32 am

    The first one, what’s that called? *scrolls up to check* Elycia, definitely my favourite. Although I’d like it even more if the edges of the headboard were flush with the rest of it rather than jutting out. My bedframe is nearly ten years old and cost £130 from LittleWoods (including mattress), we have since upgraded the mattress but you’ve really made me think I “need” a new bed too. Going to check some of these out in grey.

    • February 20, 2019 / 1:08 pm

      *justifies it by working out what percentage of life is spent in bed*

  18. Rachel
    February 20, 2019 / 11:26 am

    I love the Soho Home Manette bed you linked to in dark green. Of the pinks: I prefer the dusty pink hues over the bubble gum pink. I like the Margot for shape and colour. Maybe you will have to get two beds… one for your bedroom and one for your studio.

    • February 20, 2019 / 1:09 pm

      I have bought the Manette for my bedroom, even though Mr AMR will probably have heart failure when I tell him. I’m not sure when the best time would be really. Maybe I’ll take a trip to London and ring him from there… : )

      • Becca
        February 25, 2019 / 7:54 am

        I have the pink Margot bed and it’s gorgeous! I’d be interested to know what bedding you go for because I’ve been struggling to find the right duvet to compliment it!

  19. February 20, 2019 / 10:09 am

    I like the Raul. I like the dusty pink, rather than the bubble gum pink. It is warmer looking. Heavenly really.

  20. Geo
    February 20, 2019 / 9:40 am

    My favourite is the ugly one!!!! My divisive, outdated taste strikes again… *swoon*

    • February 20, 2019 / 9:43 am

      Haha! The Raul? I don’t think it’s at all ugly, it’s just not the same style as the rest. In a way it’s my favourite! x

  21. Elena Yeates
    February 20, 2019 / 9:17 am

    Conran Elycia Bed Frame is my favorite, but I like the legs of Margot :)

  22. Eva Eckert
    February 20, 2019 / 9:10 am

    For you, I would pick the Avery in pink.
    It is good to have a rest for the back that does not take up too much space. Also, I prefer if the bed frame is a bit higher so that the mattress is lying a bit deeper in it and dies not stand so high without being enclosed by the frame. The price is acceptable and the shape of the headpiece will go beautifully with your peacock chair. It is a bit retro but also modern, inviting and not too sleek and squarish.

  23. February 20, 2019 / 8:54 am

    Ruth, have you seen the Alice bed from Love Your Home? Nice. Although now I need the Raul. Except that my daughter’s name is Margot, so drawn to that one also.

    • February 20, 2019 / 9:30 am

      Oooh, no! Off to look now x

  24. Beth Sontag
    February 20, 2019 / 8:48 am

    Bed #1 is the winner for me. The final option is so ethereal it’s intimidating, in a purely sexual context. Couldn’t deal with that on a daily basis.

    • February 20, 2019 / 9:31 am

      Haha, yes, it’s a bit like sleeping in a Botticelli painting…

  25. Di
    February 20, 2019 / 8:23 am

    Ruth, definitely the Conrad Elycia. It is so gorgeous and every girl needs a bit of pink velvet decconess in their lives!

  26. Emily
    February 20, 2019 / 7:43 am

    margot – the curve and the colour

    • February 20, 2019 / 9:31 am

      Lots of votes for the Margot. Wish I’d done a poll now! x

  27. Rachel
    February 20, 2019 / 5:24 am

    Margot, oh Margot – that bed is to die for. Raul would be my second choice, but the lines on the Margot are just so lovely. And it doesn’t hurt that this blush/rose/salmon/rhubarb pink shade actually IS my favourite colour. I don’t need a bed but…oh god it also comes as chairs… *promptly disappears down the rabbit hole of pink velvet furniture*

  28. Julia
    February 20, 2019 / 2:22 am

    Margot! You’ve just changed my whole approach to a future moment in life when buying a bed is in the cards. The Margot is a dream.

  29. Lilah
    February 20, 2019 / 12:54 am

    I actually like the Raul Bed Frame best. Imagine leaning against that head board with a book! The Conran Elycia Bed Frame comes in a close second though. Can’t wait to see what you do.

  30. JoAnn Moran
    February 20, 2019 / 12:21 am

    I like the simplicity and the color of the Conrad Elysian bed frame.

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