Bedrooms should be tranquil havens, in which you can relax and calm your senses. However, designing a new scheme can be a challenging endeavour, particularly if you have eclectic taste. Our goal is to help you create your ultimate sleep retreat – take a look at this easy guide.
Find your theme
We’ve all been there. A bedside table catches your eye, so you jump at it without thinking about what bed to get, what colour scheme to use, or where the rest of the furniture will go. Slow down, take your time and log on to Pinterest and create a mood board. Using this method will help you to create a visual concept and see how all of your different choices, including wallpaper and lamps, will work in harmony.
Instilling a relaxed vibe in the bedroom has long been a guarantee with pastels and easy neutrals. But that doesn’t mean you can’t go deeper. A calm aura is emitted by many dark, rich shades. If you want good colour karma, choose grey, blue, or green. As far as reds and purples are concerned, they’re a bit too stimulating.
While we’re on the subject of stimulation, can we be bossy and suggest that you make the bedroom a tech-free zone. We’re not just talking about televisions (falling asleep to the late night movie is never going to give you sweet dreams) but your digital devices should be banned too. The blue light of their screens sets off reactors in your brain that stimulate it to stay awake.
A place to perch
A simple thing but a chair in your bedroom is a real bonus. It creates a cosier atmosphere, is pretty handy for when putting on your shoes and can be used as somewhere to style up tomorrow’s outfit.
When it comes to lighting you need the best of both worlds. Choose a big, bright pendant that’ll make getting ready in the morning so much easier (add a dimmer, if you want to use it at other times of day) – but complement it with a scattering of lamps for evening ambience. Book-lovers remember to choose a good bedside model to illuminate your late night page turning.
Invest in the best
You spend a third of your life in bed, so make sure you invest in that above all else in your bedroom. You can find a range of beautiful beds here.
Small bedroom solutions
If you’re lacking in space, we’ve got a few tips to help you make the most of it:
- Use a chest as a bedside table to increase your storage
- Hang bookshelves on the wall to free up your floor
- Select a light colour scheme to enhance the illusion of space
- Roll out a patterned rug to pack a punch without overwhelming the room
Inspired? Create your new bedroom style here.