Your bedroom is your sanctuary. A cosy haven to retreat to and relax in these challenging times.
If yours is feeling more blah than bliss, set aside a weekend to utterly transform this space with a few simple tweaks.
Too many cushions…No!
Cushions and throws are the interior design equivalent of accessories, they instantly elevate your look with minimal outlay and effort.
Choose cool fabrics for spring/summer such as cotton and linen in light fresh colours.
For autumn/winter choose warm fabrics in jewel hues such as velvet and chenille.
Throws co-ordinate again in cotton for warmer days, consider a faux fur throw for those chilly evenings.
Always spend as much as you can afford on bed linen and pillows to make your bedroom feel like a 5-star hotel. Silky smooth Egyptian cotton for soft breathable bedding, choose a high thread count. But, the thread count is not the only factor when gauging quality. Cotton is grown in Egypt often produces longer, finer yarns, the longer the threads the better the softness.
If soft furnishings are the accessories, lighting is the jewellery. Bedside table lamps give a soft, warm glow. Pendant lights hanging either side of the bed offer a more dramatic look. To add a wow factor hang long, narrow mirrors behind lighting.
Choose individual interesting lighting. Details such as textured or coloured tall lamp bases. Pay attention to the shade to ensure balance and the power in the bulb. You may feel the need for bright ceiling lighting on a dimmer switch and softer bulbs in the lamps for quieter times.
There is a wide selection of window dressings on the market from wooden shutters to silk fully lined curtains. When choosing the right item for your bedroom consider how bright the room is and how much privacy is required. Do you prefer the room to be completely dark when sleeping? If so choose blinds and curtains with black outlining or full height shutters. Soft linen or voile curtains look lovely bellowing in the wind but will not help a light sleeper!
Keep colours neutral for longevity, but find fabrics with interesting textures that catch the light and add interest to the room.
Nothing spells boring more than bare walls!
Bring personality into the bedroom with evocative art that expresses your style.
Don’t rush to buy art if you are not sure about the choice, you will be looking at it every day! What looks great in Antibes, may look out of place in Surrey.
It is often said that you do not choose art it chooses you. You may see the perfect piece when on holiday or passing a vintage shop.
Black and white photos in good frames make interesting and attractive pieces.
Family shots are the obvious choice, also consider favourite places or places with wonderful memories. The more artistic the better.
Mirrors can be much more than a necessary piece to check your hair. Consider aged or distressed mirrors in an interesting shape with a good character frame.
A new carpet always brings a relaxing aura to any room but falls under the title of a high ticket item.
Achieve the same effect by cleaning the present carpet or adding the right rug such as a pile or a soft fur rug in a neutral shade.
Finally, a small display of fresh or faux flowers will make you smile when you enter the room.
Lie back …. Relax with a good book and enjoy.
What happens to your living room if your new extension has a sofa in it?
Ten top tips on how to avoid a redundant room:
1. Don’t waste valuable space.
2. Give this room as much thought as you gave the new extension.
3. Older houses have a front and back room, 2 primary living spaces.
4. An extension at the back of the house typically combines kitchen, living and dining room. The area everyone hangs out.
5. Don’t close the front room off from the rest of the house, open up the whole of the downstairs living space giving a view from front to back
6. Openings do not have to be huge, but more than one way of entering the room will make it more usable.
7. One risk is that it will feel like one vast room, to avoid this zone and consider replacing a wall with double doors that you can have open or closed.
8. Don’t think of it as an open plan, but a series of interconnected spaces for different living needs.
9. Start with the middle room, put the kitchen in the centre section with the dining room at the back and the living area at the front.
10. This ensures all areas will be used equally and the house will have a feeling of balance.