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Neale Whitaker’s bed­room up­dates will have you sleep­ing easy.

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, tech­nol­o­gy­ch­nol­ogy soz­zled world. Or the kids.

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