Bedrooms are the most personal rooms in the house. A bedroom should be beautiful and relaxing, and offer you a feeling of peace, safety and comfort. Given that approximately one third of our lives are spent sleeping, it’s important to get this room right. Carefully consider colour, texture, lighting and furniture, and introduce elements that bring your own personality to the space. These bedrooms will show you some key ways to create a bedroom that is not only beautiful, but also functional and relaxing.
Dark walls are cosier
Given that bedrooms are mostly used at night for sleeping and reading, it’s the one room in the house that can get away with being dark and moody. Bedrooms should be cosy and inviting, and a dark wall colour will achieve this. Remember colours look different depending on the amount of light available in the room so get a few sample pots which you can paint onto card and attach to the wall with blu-tack. This will also help you coordinate the colour with existing furniture and colours. If you don’t want the room to appear too dark you can use a dark colour on just one wall like here, and behind the bed is the obvious choice.
If light isn’t an issue, be daring and introduce the dark colour to all four walls.
This grasscloth wallpaper in aubergine combines a dark colour with texture for an extra dose of cosiness.
Texture is key
Texture is all about the feel of a surface or material, and is vital for creating warmth, character and cosiness. Texture also helps with acoustics. Introduce texture with curtains, rugs, throws and cushions. Look for textiles that have a “slub” to them, which means they have nubs and irregularities which give a bumpy, uneven and rough texture. Consider natural, woven or embroidered materials in linen, wool, silk, or velvet. Rugs should be thick and luscious, and even wall art can introduce texture if you choose a painting with a rough surface.
Here texture is introduced through the exposed concrete bricks, so little else is needed.
Curtains add sophistication
Installing curtains will up the drama and luxe factor, so consider using them even if you already have blinds in place. Blinds are great for controlling light but can feel clinical. If your bed is positioned in front of a window like here, sheer curtains will remove that drafty feeling while allowing the light through.
Aim for two layers of curtains which can be placed on separate tracks – one sheer curtain for privacy, and another in a heavier fabric for light and temperature control.
Bedheads dictate comfort
When choosing the style of bedhead, consider not only how it will look but also how it will feel when you’re sitting up in bed.
A padded bedhead will introduce comfort and texture (but will require regular steam cleaning).
Buttons and studs, along with a geometric pattern, bring formality and a traditional element to this bedroom.
A wooden bedhead, whether it’s part of the bed or attached directly to the wall, is easy to keep clean, but will need some European pillowcases for comfort.
Get creative with your bedhead. You can use wallpaper, recycled wood, or pressed tin panels like here. More creative DIY bedhead ideas here http://www.houzz.com.au/ideabooks/27270058/list/make-your-bed-and-lie-in-it-13-creative-diy-bedheads
Lighting is vital
A bedroom needs a variety of lighting options – overhead lighting that’s easy to access when you’re popping into the room, bedside lights for reading in bed, and soft ambient mood lighting.
Pendant bedside lights should be positioned slightly in from the bedside tables otherwise they will light up the table, not your book.
Wall bedside lights are perfect for creating that luxe hotel look while keeping the bedside tables clear, and can be angled to suit like these ones.
Art can go on the floor
Art doesn’t have to be confined to the walls. Recently, patterned rugs have made a real comeback, and can make a bold statement in the room. Pick out a colour from the rug to repeat elsewhere in the room. If your rug is bold, make sure it stays the “hero piece” by keeping other artworks and accessories muted.
Using two colours creates calm
Limiting your colour palette to two colours, like the pale grey and beige here, creates an exceptionally calm and restful space, making it easy to relax and switch your brain off.
Plants improve air quality
We all know that plants release oxygen, but they can also remove harmful pollutants, toxins and chemicals from the air. These toxins, such as formaldehyde and benzene, can be found in synthetic carpets and furniture, paints and cleaning products. Top plants for producing oxygen and cleaning the air are the Bamboo Palm, Snake Plant (or Mother-in-law’s Tongue), seen here, the Areca Palm, Rubber Palm, Boston Fern and Peace Lily.
Don’t compete with the view
If you’re lucky enough to have a beautiful view from your bedroom winnow, keep decoration and furnishings to a minimum to ensure the focus remains firmly on that view.
Make it Personal
Your bedroom is the only room in the house that your guests generally don’t see, so don’t worry about what anyone else thinks. Choose the things that YOU like, and really let your personality shine through. I’m sure this boudoir makes it’s owner smile every time they enter!
Cushions will add colour, comfort and luxury to your bed. Choose colours and patterns that go with the room and make you happy. A collection of cushions, like the Imogen Heath cushions here, look amazing, or go for a single cushion for a more minimal look.
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