We spend half our lives in the bedroom – whether it’s sleeping, reading, or getting ready for the day ahead or a night out. Why leave it looking utilitarian? Make it a real place to be with a few tips and tricks.
Try a darker colour on one wall
Light colours may make the bedroom look and feel bigger, but they can also give it a clinical feel when what you need is cosiness and character. Rather than opting for busy wallpaper, create a feature wall with a darker shade of paint. We love very earthy, almost mud greens or a dramatic navy.
Adjust the lighting
Everything about the room should ooze opulence and cosiness. But even with all the chunky knit bedspreads and cushions in the world, it won’t look super-homely until you adjust the lighting. Simply changing the bulbs to warm white, soft glow varieties is enough to make a difference but consider pretty lampshades that diffuse the light a little too.
Whether you have carpet or a hard floor, using rugs is a great way of spelling homely in the bedroom. Layering rugs adds more depth and texture to your space. For example, if you frame the bed with a large rug under it, it gives you a border around the bed. Choose deep pile sheepskin rugs for when your feet land on the floor in the morning.
Blankets and cushions
There are all kinds of memes and cartoons that depict a mountain of cushions and rugs on the bed that makes getting into it an obstacle course that requires grit and determination to complete. But, there is no denying that cushions and throws act as lush soft furnishings that instantly turn a bare bedroom into a heavenly haven.
Want to be on -trend? Use natural materials such as wool throws and chunky knit throws and cushions cover. Keep the colours in tune with your overall colour palette too.
Add quirky touches
Some bedrooms lack the personal touch, the essence of any relaxation. For example, for additional storage space, why not make use of vintage suitcases, elegantly piled in a small tower on the floor or used as a bedside table? Personal touches are not just about photographs, but small things that signify your personality.
Create a bed canopy
Romantic canopies don’t just belong to four-poster beds, they can be used to elegantly drape over any bed frame, whether it’s a super king or a single. There are all kinds of DIY solutions for hanging a canopy over a bed, from fitting rails to the ceiling, to artistically fixing and draping one on the wall behind the headboard.
Add warm accents
You should spend time considering the pieces you add to the bedroom, just as you would the living room. All too often we assume that because this is essentially an intimate space and not one where we consciously spend lots of time, that anything that grabs our fancy will do when it comes to bedroom furniture such as side tables. Warm tones add character to a bedroom, so choose wooden items such as bedside tables to soften the look.
A room can look devoid of character when everything is literally ‘flat’. If you are adding throws, cushions and rugs, opt for textures that are almost over-the-top. For example, a deep pile sheepskin rug, throws that have a heavier texture and cushions that also have a texture of their own. Or opt for a waffle bedspread.
Again, you may think, another throwback to decades past but if you think the tufted headboard – a large expanse of fabric with same coloured buttons for detailing – is old hat, you need to look at some of the modern examples. The modern way is to have one that is tall, over almost over-sized. Choose a large rectangular tufted headboard, or opt for a more ornate, detailed shape and finish.
Add a chair or two
Dressing and undressing usually means sitting on the edge of the bed but did you know that with some types of mattresses, this can be cause them to dip and sag? A bedroom chair, or two, is a better solution. And there are many different options, although the simple, yet elegant frames of fabric tub chairs make ideal bedroom companions.
Creating a reading nook
A fabulous use for fabric tub chairs is to create a relaxing reading nook, an ideal solution for a hard-to-dress or use corner. Make it the space where you enjoy your evening drink and a good book, or your morning coffee whilst you catch up on the news.
Another factor that leaves the bedroom looking flat is not having a pattern to break the monotony of colour. Whilst glossy magazines show us the minimal look with pristine painted walls and white bedlinen, this is essentially a show bedroom with very little in terms of personality. To add small snippets of detail, use pattern. Maintain the same colour palette and style of pattern, such as floral, but include it in bed linen, cushions and wallpaper for accents in the room.
Move the furniture around!
It can be the simplest of things that allow a room to take on a whole new look and ambience – and moving the furniture is one of those things. Many people swear by a Feng shui bedroom where the bed is placed in the ‘correct’ position to maximise relaxation and well-being.
Add an obvious note of colour
From a brightly coloured cushion or two to a spectacular ceiling light, add a real zest of colour and detail to the bedroom!
It should be a place of calming relaxation and romance, a haven from the stresses and the strains of life but this doesn’t mean remove all detail to minimise distractions. Rather it is about adding small details that add character, without cluttering the space.
Posted on: 16/01/2018