Few places are closer to an artist’s heart than their bedroom. If you’re looking to give yours a makeover, why not consider drawing inspiration from the most celebrated writers of all time?
Great writers are known for their genius prose, but what we find intriguing about them is reflected in the way they dressed, the places they passed their time in and the objects they surrounded themselves with.
Take inspiration from 9 of the most iconic writers of all time and transform your boudoir into one that is as stylish and timeless as the ones they rested in (while creating some of their greatest works).
The author of A Room of One’s Own truly appreciated the need for personal space and the freedom to express herself. You can capture the peace and tranquillity of her seventeenth-century cottage by surrounding yourself with books, prized objects and a water basin so you can hide away until dinnertime.
Hemingway’s understated style influenced a generation of writers and earned him the Nobel Prize in 1954. You can see his sparse, no-nonsense style reflected in the minimal, airy feel of his bedroom. Choose hardwood fixtures and fittings and big, open windows to capture that sense of maritime adventure in your bedroom.
O’Connor’s small but impressive body of fiction explores the human struggle with morals and religion. She wrote much of her work while living at her mother’s dairy farm. Bold, unpretentious patterns and a jumble of personal knick-knacks make for a calm, homely bedroom.
Henry David Thoreau
Thoreau is best known for his book Walden, in which he reflects upon the virtues of living in natural surroundings. He spent two years, two months, and two days living in the cabin that he built near Walden Pond. You can recreate that feel of the writer’s retreat with exposed floorboards, minimal furniture and an open fire by whose light you can hone your craft.
This French poet, novelist, and dramatist is best known for his novels The Hunchback Of Notre-Dame and Les Misérables. Famous also for his numerous affairs, the red, textured wallpaper of Hugo’s bedroom will suit the more sensual reader, while the ergonomic design of his ornate standing desk was ahead of its time.
Although a prolific poet, fewer than a dozen of her poems were published during her lifetime. It was not until after her death that her immense body of work was discovered. She needed just a small table and plenty of natural light to compose her verses; you might find candles or tea light holders an inspiring alternative after dark.
Proust is considered to be one of the most influential authors of the twentieth century. The small, private space in which he slept and wrote his final works is a testament to the potential of the studio apartment. Find yourself a comfortable armchair and a bureau with plenty of storage space to make a cramped spare room into a versatile and creative place.
Faulkner was known for his faithful dictation of southern speech and his novels boldly illuminated social issues avoided by many other American writers. His sparsely decorated bedroom was so geared towards work that you can still see his handwriting on the walls today. To give your bedroom a literary edge, try lining it with blackboards or plain wallpaper and letting your creativity roam free.
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