PIL­LOW TALK

Time to re­fresh your sleep­ing space? Rose­mary Bar­r­a­clough shows you how to cre­ate a beau­ti­ful and rest­ful bed­room.

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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.

Light touch

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.

Dou­ble duty

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.

Get ahead

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.

❚ For more ar­ti­cles like this see the new is­sue of NZ House & Gar­den.

Photo: BELINDA MER­RIE

Photo: JANE USSHER

A bold state­ment wall­pa­per makes a strik­ing back­drop to the iron­framed bed.

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