Time to refresh your sleeping space? Rosemary Barraclough shows you how to create a beautiful and restful bedroom.
Make it touchable
Texture is an essential design element in the contemporary bedroom, bringing tactile pleasure and visual interest to the mix. Try a combination of the luxurious smoothness of silk, the drape and weave of linen, and the fingertip appeal of velvet or fur.
Don’t forget the dimmers when installing bedroom lighting. A bedside lamp takes up a lot of room on your bedside table, so consider a wall light or a pendant hung beside the bed instead.
On the floor
Bare boards may look beautiful but wouldn’t you prefer something warm and welcoming underfoot when you leap out of bed in the morning?
Vintage-look kilims are in favour at the moment. Or how about a luxurious sheepskin or cowhide beside your bed?
Rest your head
How many pillows? Enough to make your bed look dressed, but not so many that you have to create a pillow mountain on the floor before you can get into bed.
Even stylists spend ages creating blissful-looking beds, so simple and symmetrical is probably the easiest way to go for novices.
We think every pillow should earn its place, so try a pair of Euro pillows against the headboard, two regular pillows stacked in front of them and a 50cm-square pillow in the centre to finish off. Easy.
For the love of linen
Choose the right bedding and you’ll hardly need to make the bed. Pure linen is all about crumple with class, so resist the urge to smooth too much, a slightly rumpled look is what it’s all about. Pillows can be scattered more haphazardly to create this inviting, lived-look.
An ottoman is the ideal multipurpose piece of furniture for your room. You can sit on it to put your shoes on it, or stack excess pillows or a quilt on it. If you choose an ottoman with in-built storage, it’s ideal for storing out-of-season bedding.
Beside the bed
If you’re going for a casual vibe, avoid ‘‘matchy-matchy’’ bedside tables – who says you need the same piece on either side of the bed?
And who said it had to be a table or cabinet? Perhaps you could choose a stool, a chair or even a storage box.
Statement headboards are still big news in interiors – a generous, deep-buttoned headboard in an opulent fabric, such as velvet, will be perfect for an elegant formal boudoir.
If you favour a DIY option, consider Harvey Furnishings’ new CoverQuick bedhead, an upholstered headboard inner with a click-in system that allows you to change out the fabric easily.
In a less formal bedroom, you could skip the headboard altogether and push the bed up against a wallpapered wall – there are masses of knock-out wallpapers available.
Take a seat
Add a chair to create a cosy corner for reading and relaxing, and a good temporary resting spot for clothes and bags.
The experts advise you’ll sleep better if you keep electronic devices out of your bedroom . . . but, if you want to cheat a little, you could designate a bedroom chair as your email-clearing spot.
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A bold statement wallpaper makes a striking backdrop to the ironframed bed.