Sweet dreams

Belle - - Style Etiquette R I Ght Now - Sets style rules for the bed­room.

Melissa Penfold

YOUR BED­ROOM is the most pri­vate room in the prop­ping them up like sol­diers is the Amer­i­can stan­dard. house, and it should be the most per­sonal. Your bed Lead­ing Aus­tralian de­sign­ers tend to use a pair of should feel like the ul­ti­mate sanc­tu­ary and make you pil­lows that lie flat, com­bined with a cou­ple of up­right happy ev­ery time you get into it. Euro­pean pil­lows propped at the front. We agree. SHOW-OFF-Y BEDS ARE A THING OF THE PAST You want FIT­TED SHEETS ARE PASSÉ Opt for a big, flat bot­tom to cre­ate a place for slum­ber that looks beau­ti­ful, yet sheet. Mat­tresses are all dif­fer­ent depths and fit­ted also cul­ti­vates a state of seren­ity. sheets never seem to fit prop­erly. Buy a flat sheet that’s A BED­ROOM DOESN’T NEED MUCH A bed with a proper a size larger than your mat­tress and tuck it in neatly bed­head, a com­fort­able chair, bed­side ta­bles, lamps and with square hos­pi­tal cor­ners that are tight and smooth. stor­age suf­fice. Pick a few objects and place them ex­actly. TOP SHEET OR NOT? You don’t re­ally need a top sheet. LOOK FOR QUAL­ITY BEDDING Feel is ev­ery­thing. Bed Let a doona do the job of a sheet. You’ll be able to make linen and quilts have to be ir­re­sistibly tac­tile and soft. your bed faster and more eas­ily in the morn­ing. Go for prac­ti­cal neu­trals in white and off-whites and DON’T MAKE A BED­ROOM OPPRESSIVELY FEM­I­NINE nat­u­ral fi­bres – cot­ton, linen and wool. Avoid too many pinks, chintz fab­rics and a moun­tain DON’T MIX TOO MANY PAT­TERNS Or flo­rals. Un­less you of cush­ions on the bed – they scare men. want your bed­room to look like a garden. SMALL THINGS CAN HAVE A BIG IM­PACT Try a pair GET THE RIGHT PIL­LOWS By all means keep your of be­spoke cush­ions in a luxe vel­vet or em­bossed silk. favourite pil­low but also in­vest in plump goose­down MIX IT UP For added warmth and com­fort, con­sider pil­lows that make your bed look wel­com­ing. The a light­weight quilt or throw for the end of your bed. ul­ti­mate test to find out if you should re­place your DIM THE LIGHTS A dim­mer switch is vi­tal if you have pil­low? Fold it in half and if it doesn’t spring back into over­head light­ing, oth­er­wise rely on lamps and can­dles shape it’s prob­a­bly past its prime. Keep only those which which make you (and your bed­room) look beau­ti­ful. are fresh, fluffy, comfy and make you happy. PUT ODDS AND ENDS IN THEIR PLACE Don’t let de­tri­tus SHOULD PIL­LOWS LIE FLAT OR NOT? Lay­ing your take over your bed­room: stow elec­tron­ics, loose change, pil­lows like a stack of pan­cakes is the posh Bri­tish way; and odds and ends else­where, or in your bed­side ta­ble. 1 Merid­i­ani ‘Lau­ren’ bed, POA, cav­itco.com 2 ‘Basix’ linen quilt, $799, hale­mer­can­tileco­l­i­nen.com 3 The suites at Rae’s on Wat­e­gos in By­ron Bay were re­cently trans­formed by Syd­ney de­signer Tam­sin John­son. 4 Santa Maria Novella ‘Mel­o­grano’ in ter­ra­cotta pome­gran­ate, S90, dun­lin.com.au 5 Chi­nese lac­quer bed­side cab­i­nets, $3200/pair, ori­en­t­house. com.au 6 Aerin ‘Luc Ob­jet’ sculp­ture, $1250, beck­er­minty.com 7 Vera Wang ‘De­gradee’ din­ner set, $129/four-piece, wedg­wood.com.au 8 ‘Five Star Ho­tel’ Egyp­tian cot­ton pil­low­cases, $125/stan­dard pair, hotel­lux­u­rycol­lec­tion.com.

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