Neale Whitaker’s bedroom updates will have you sleeping easy.
CREATE THE BEDROOM OF YOUR DREAMS WITH SOFT LAYERS OF BEDDING AND TOUCHES OF TEXTURE
It may come as a surprise, but bedrooms are the hardest thing to judge on The Block. Perhaps because they should satisfy the senses in a way no other room does. Let’s face it, we spend more time in the bedroom than anywhere else. A bedroom’s appeal is sensory, personal and elusive and, yes, I admit that when I judge them, I always ask myself the same question:
Would I like to wake up here?
Let’s assume we’re talking master bedrooms and that ensuites and walk-in robes are desirable but optional extras. I’m not going to suggest a calm, restful colour palette. I’m going to say choose colours you love. You’re the one sleeping there. I’ve slept in white, blue, candy-striped and even red-lacquered bedrooms. Over a wine one day I’ll tell you about the black one. But don’t forget pale colours will make the room feel bigger. Call me old-fashioned, but I’m a recent carpet convert. Nothing beats stepping out of bed onto deep pile, except perhaps a very generous rug. If space allows, go for a king-size bed. Fabric headboards get my tick if they’re simple. No studs.
Lighting? Keep it soft. I’m no fan of bedside pendants, but wall sconces can work. In my book, traditional bedside lamps always look best. The same each side, please (the only time matchy-matchy works) and yes, bedside cabinets need storage space.
And think about what’s on the wall facing the bed. If there’s no ocean view available, settle for an artwork that gives you joy every time you wake to it. Mirrors? Great idea, just not overhead.
Then comes the vexed question tion of cushions. How many is too many?any? That’s a bit like the proverbial length of string, but basically when itt becomes a chore to move them. I like six x – four Euro-size and two smaller.
And last but not least, theree is the bedding itself. Sheridan’s general eral manager of design, Jo Jaggs, says, ays, “Your bed tends to be the focal point in the bedroom, so making sure the aesthetic reflects your personal style is key. ey. It’s all about soft layering and lots of texture.” exture.” My mother would have been appalled ppalled by the trend towards relaxed “unmade” beds; her mother would have deplored the lack of candlewick bedspreadseads (Google them). And both would’ve d’ve been puzzled by the idea of a bedroom m being an escape from a time-poor, technology-sozzled world. Or the kids.
BEDROOM EYES (clockwise from left) The use of pale colours makes this space feel bright and roomy; luxury linen in sophisticated muted linen bedding from the Darren Palmer Collection at Myer.