The Sunday Mail
WE all love to relax in our bedrooms at the end of the day, but some of us are in more of a hurry to turn out the lights than others, due to the unimaginative or just plain depressing décor schemes we find ourselves putting up with year after year – it is just a place to sleep, right? Wrong!
The bedroom can be utilised as another room of the house in which to kick back with a magazine or a good book, watch a bit of television, or even in which to do a spot of work or enjoy a peaceful breakfast.
These pieces and ideas you need for your most comfortable, luxurious, and personal bedroom ever. Your bedroom is your personal sanctuary, so why give it the short end of the stick when it comes to design? A few simple tweaks will leave you with a bedroom so dreamy you will not even want to fall asleep.
A comfortable rug
Nothing ruins a happy morning (or makes a crabby one worse) like stepping out of the bed onto a cold, hard floor. Do yourself a favor and make sure your first step into the day is cushy and comforting. Already have carpet in the bedroom?
It is the first thing a child will consider when putting together their first bedroom, but adults tend to shy away from decorative themes. But even when it is not Spiderman or Princess-powered, a theme can be a powerful unifying device, not to mention calming.
The right amount of throw pillows
How to figure out this number:
It should be enough pillows so that your bed looks sumptuous and inviting when properly made, yet not enough that getting in bed requires 10 minutes of excavating.
The sweet spot is usually between two to six, depending on the size of your bed. A place to sit (that is not the bed)
A good spot to sit down will serve you well when you are reading or need to have a conversation with your partner. It is also great for putting on shoes, or checking email so you can leave tech out of your bed.
Well stocked night stand
Yes, a nightstand with all the necessities looks lovely, but that is not the only reason you see it so often in magazine spreads and on blogs. A combination of a carafe of water, a great book, a plant or flower, and lamp is essentially a kit for pre-, post-, and interrupted-sleep comfort.
So as you are putting your own “kit” together, do not feel like it has to be stunning to be perfect. The more idiosyncratic and “you” it feels, the better it will work and the more it will be a testament to your personal style.
A good mattress
You could have every item on this list but your bedroom would not be complete without a perfect mattress. After all, if you are not getting enough quality sleep, you cannot fully appreciate a beautiful room.
You want a mattress that keeps you cool and gives you great lumbar support.
Photographs – but not of family
You should have as many family photos as you wish in other rooms in the house, but it is best to keep the bedroom’s artwork less emotionally loaded.
Elegant and calming photographs in a room evoke good feelings much like family snaps do, without reminding you of specific people while you are trying to fall asleep.
Even the brightest, most cheerful bedrooms need an element of dark, sexy glamour. The moody wall paint, the theatrical chandelier, even an oversized gray headboard does the trick. Balance is key. Stick with one or two dramatic pieces and you will be golden. home—designing.com