Embrace the season
With the cooler temperatures and the warm and vibrant colours of the landscape, autumn is most definitely here and now is a great opportunity to cosy up our homes.
And what better place to begin than the bedroom? The starting point is the bed, of course – and most probably a new mattress as we are supposed to change them every eight years. The firmness of the mattress is important for a good night’s sleep and it may be worth trying some out before you buy one – add a mattress topper to increase comfort levels. A headboard upgrade will make a huge impact too, with so much choice available on the style and fabric. I love the slightly oversized ones, padded and with detailing.
The right size bedside table is next on the list. If you have a lot of items to store then go for something with two or three drawers, and if you have the space, an oversized chest of drawers will work well. If you don’t have too much clutter, then a simple table will be great to keep the space open. I really like the faux shagreen finishes (an imitation of real Stingray skin) paired with warm-tone metals.
Next you need a table lamp for low-level mood lighting. Make sure the light is the correct height for reading and is in proportion to the headboard. Angled wall lights work well here, as do suspended ceiling lights. You may want to add a feature wallpaper along this wall too to complete the effect and you may need some other lighting, possibly a centre pendant ideally on a dimmer switch.
Storage is a major consideration: if you have room, then some built-in wardrobes would look smart and can be designed to neatly store away all your clothes and shoes, with a bit of careful planning. If you already have some that are looking a bit tired, a refresh of paint in a new colour and replacement handles are great ways to easily update them. If you have the space, a dressing table is perfect with a stool (a pop of colour here would look great) or even a desk that could double up as a home-working area (with a chair instead).
Mirrors are useful in a bedroom – full length if you have the space, for dressing, and also a make-up mirror (which needs to really do make all the difference to any scheme. The townhouse in Chelsea is almost complete too – again there are just a few finishing touches to be made, which I am excited about too. I can’t wait to share photographs on Instagram so please do follow us!
ABOVE: A contemporary bedroom by Parisian designers Roche Bobois