profe ssional a dvice
‘Decorating a nook in a city apartment requires a different approach to a guest room in a larger house, but they both share the same ethos, which is that of a warm, welcoming space combining the facilities of a hotel with the intimacy and charm of a home.
Inviting schemes rely on calming, restful interiors, which are often achieved through symmetry and scale. The most satisfying layouts are usually the simplest, but pattern, colour and texture all play a part.
The bed is the most important item in the room, so be sure to have a good mattress. Freshly laundered and pressed sheets are a must, as are down pillows and duvets. Use high thread count fine linens whenever possible to enhance the feeling of well-being. Finish the bed with a throw in cotton, wool or cashmere, depending on the season.
Good layered lighting is crucial. If the bedside light is also the reading light, then ensure that the bottom of the shade is at shoulder height so that the light will fall onto the book. When installing switches by the bed, consider a USB port, too, which is a practical touch.
If there is space, incorporate a comfortable armchair, ideally next to a window, with a small table beside it on which to place a cup, book or laptop. Make sure that there is somewhere to unpack a suitcase, too.’