Photos by Jon Friedrich (Bed) and Angle Eye Photography (Bath)
We spoke with the Phoenixville-based interior designer about how she infuses serenity into bathroom and bedroom aesthetics.
Think of today’s bedrooms and bathrooms as stylish sanctuaries for refreshment and renewal. For an insider’s view of what’s trendy and timeless, we turned to Phoenixville-based interior designer Liz Walton, who’s created comfortable first-class retreats throughout the Main Line region.
MLT: When we’re on our backs in bed, we look up. What are some ways to improve our view of ceilings without making structural changes?
LW: In one of my favorite bedrooms, which already had angled ceilings, we used tongue-and-groove painted wood to create a cozy and comforting aesthetic. We also love to wallpaper the ceiling as a fun accent. Another option is to paint the ceiling a soothing color.
MLT: There are so many mattress options out there. Any tips for selecting the right one?
LW: Ultimately, it comes down to knowing yourself and what you need for a good night’s rest. My husband and I recently went through the mattress-buying process. We chose a hybrid model constructed using foam and springs that’s hypoallergenic. We also have clients who specify an adjustable mattress, where they can control the firmness of each side, with the capability to raise and lower the back and foot. My advice is to carefully consider what your sleep needs are and start from there.
MLT: What about linens?
LW: Having sheets that are cool, comfortable and able to breathe ensure the best night’s sleep. Bamboo sheets are gaining popularity for their health benefits. They’re naturally temperature-regulating, making them great for year-round use. They also are antibacterial and hypoallergenic, which means they stay cleaner longer. Cozy House Collection offers a wide variety of bamboo sheets with a luxurious resort-like feel at a great price point.
MLT: We’re seeing more wallpaper—and bolder patterns—in bedrooms. How do today’s papers differ from those of the 1980s?
LW: After removing several layers of wallpaper in our first home, my husband and I vowed never to use it, but now I want it everywhere. Today, there are so many varieties, from natural textures like grass cloth and braided jute—which offer a casual bohemian vibe—to realistic murals, to glitz and gold and everything in between. The patterns are fresh and fun and [can reflect] the personality of the homeowner like never before. Wallpaper has the power to transform an otherwise sterile space like a laundry room and delight guests in a powder room. It’s pure joy—and right now, we all could use some of that.
MLT: What are some closet systems and storage options that help keep bedrooms streamlined and uncluttered?
LW: Dedicated storage is the name of the game. We’re designing very tailored closets, taking every…