If your slumbering space is more of a dumping ground or makeshift laundry than a relaxing and serene space, it’s time to introduce some changes. And what better time to do it than Valentine’s?
You needn’t spend a fortune on a complete transformation. Simply by ‘dressing’ your bed with chic cushions, using smart linen and using a few low-level lamps to give instant ambience you’ll be on your way to a more comfortable and cosy room.
If, however, you decide that a big overhaul is required then remember to choose a colour scheme that will be restful and make the most of your space. Big, brash, bold colours will not send you off to the land of nod that easily so instead go for soft pastel or natural tones, which can be harmonised by a richer accent tone courtesy of your soft furnishings such as a throw or lamp shade colour.
If replacing your flooring isn’t an option right now then don’t underestimate the transformative powers of a good rug. Whether you go for a couple of classic sheepskins, which is a simple way to introduce a touch of luxury, or decide on a monochrome printed style such as the hugely popular Rabisco Berber, currently on sale at La Redoute, it will help provide that essential and soothing underfoot experience while you pad about barefoot.
The bed is the natural focal point of your snoozing space so make it look as inviting as possible. A new headboard will instantly smarten it up and there are now so many styles out there to choose from, including traditional button back or more contemporary ideas like reclaimed wood and vintage filigree iron.
Adorning your bed with lovely linen couldn’t be easier and there are plenty of places to source it, from The White Company’s understated elegance to Designer’s Guild floral affairs. There are lots of affordable ranges out there too, from retailers such as Matalan, Wilko, Dunelm and Primark, while in the mid-range market you have Next (main picture), John Lewis, Marks and Spencer and Laura Ashley. All of them have really impressive collections of linen, scatter cushions and throws to suit your personal taste.
You could also try gaining inspiration from the brilliant Zara Home and House of Fraser. You never know, a patterned cushion or luxury blanket might be just the thing to kickstart how your room eventually evolves in terms of colour or theme.
Put some thought into your walls by artfully displaying sentimental photos or art prints. Have a look at websites such as King & McGaw, Not on the Highstreet and Desenio to get you started. Or have a wander around your local charity stores as you’ll often hunt out an aesthetic gem there.
Good storage is essential for stowing all your everyday practical items and clothing so have a look at what will suit your space. It could be anything from drawers under a divan bed or stacking boxes if space is a challenge, to a large, attractive armoire if you have the room to create a stylish storage statement.
Whatever style you opt for, remember that the key to making your room look and feel warm and inviting is to ensure it has had lots of tender loving care lavished upon it. A well thought-out colour scheme, plenty of tactile fabrics, mood enhancing lighting, fresh flowers and candles will all help to strike the perfect stylish note – and hopefully guarantee a great night’s sleep, every night.