From trends to tips, here is some must-read design advice
* Indulge your fantasies. Bedrooms are the most private area of a house, a place where you can run riot. Want a jungle theme? Or an intimate, 18thcentury boudoir? Just do it.
* think sumptuous,
sensual fabrics. this season’s velvets and damasks in jewel colours, British florals or Arts and Crafts patterns work deliciously in bedrooms. Go for luxurious damasks on one wall or an over-the-top print behind the bed. Bedrooms don’t have to fit the mood of the rest of the house. they can have a totally different personality. * Black out. Make sure your blinds or curtains are fully lightproof to ensure sleep.
* Go crazy with few
structural costs. the bedroom is a space to be completely indulgent in and one where the budget might justify a totally extravagant purchase – the to-die-for wallpaper or opulent silk pillowcases.
* Add luxury with an
excess of fabric – let curtains fall into puddles on the floors, or pile up cushions and throws.
* Introduce softness. too many hard surfaces create a noisier space, so muffle sound with padded headboards and soft fabrics and furnishings. * Go for restful colours. this season’s greens, deep blues or greys are soft on the eye – white is always right too. A limited colour palette creates a more soothing room.