The bedroom is so much more than just a place to rest. It’s everything from the kid’s study area to your personal cinema spot. So, how can you make it work for everyone in your home and look great? Whether you just moved in or want to refresh your existing space, it’s easier than you might think with these five simple tips.
Before You Start… Understand Your Needs
Before you whip out your wallet or decide where to put the bed, it’s important to know what you need from your bedroom and how you want it to look. Grab a notepad and make a list of all the activities you see yourself or your family doing, such as watching TV, homework or reading. Then have a flick through your favourite interior design magazines to help you find your ideal style. With this in mind, you’ll have a better idea of where to focus.
Step 1: Find Your Ideal Bed
A good night’s rest is important — and it all starts with the right bed. It’s the largest piece of furniture in the room, after all. So, be sure its size is in proportion to your floor space. That dream four poster bed may look enormous in your tiny bedroom, whilst a single bed might look lost in the master suite. Once you’ve nailed that down, you can plan other pieces accordingly.
And don’t be afraid to experiment with colour and fabric. An upholstered bed in a soft shade of mink may be your ticket to a luxurious yet tranquil bedroom. Or for the design savvy night time TV viewer, a hi-tech leather TV bed may be just what you need.
Step 2: Getting the Right Furniture
Bedroom furniture isn’t one size fits all. Consider the amount of floor space you have to work with and make use of odd nooks and crannies with cleverly shaped furniture or custom shelving. Now that you understand your needs, figure out what you need to achieve them. Could it be hidden storage space, bunk beds for the kids or a tall chest of drawers for an expanding clothing collection?
Try not to get carried away with too many different design styles either. That bargain price tag may catch your eye, but for a truly stylish room that you feel comfortable in, it’s better to commit to one or two interior looks. Make sacrifices when it comes to paint and accessories, but invest in key furniture pieces that will leave you feeling great and last a long time.
Step 3: Curtains or Blinds?
Long, draping curtains offer a timeless, classic look that never goes out of style and can offer the extra perk of additional warmth. For something sleek and modern, you can’t go wrong with blackout venetians or a statement patterned roller blind. Can’t decide between Scandi style or shabby chic? Try both curtains and blinds to get the best of both styles. Not only will they look great, you’ll appreciate how they block out more light if you enjoy watching TV in bed. And for little ones who may struggle to fall asleep, teaming curtains with blinds will create the perfect environment to drift off in.
Step 4: Pick Your Statement Rug
Apart from being stylish, rugs are a must for cold wood floors and add an element of luxury and depth to carpeted ones. Opt for low pile styles in kid’s bedrooms — short fibres are easy to clean in the event of spills or tracked-in dirt from outdoor adventures. When it comes to grown up bedrooms, plush, shaggy piles will add a touch of elegance and can make a serious statement. Opt for a style in a bold, juicy shade of orange, perfect for tapping into this summer’s bright retro colour trend.
Step 5: Finishing Touches
Place some fresh flowers or foliage by a window for a comforting touch, or tap into the modern Boho trend with a hanging planter. And don’t underestimate the effect that a freshly made bed or tidied bedroom can have. Clutter and disorganisation are the enemies of productivity, relaxation and most importantly, a restful sleep. Get yourself and the rest of the family into the habit of making your bed first thing every morning.
*Prices correct at time of publishing. Prices subject to change.
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