I have happily had some of the busiest months my business has ever seen so my apologies for the absence of posts. My days have started early and finished super late in some cases, which has highlighted the importance of a beautiful bedroom. Mine needs an update. I have decided that if every other room in the house is busy and a bit of a mess that it is extra important to have a tranquil space that I can retreat to at the end the day.
I long for a room that is restful and relaxing and at the same time cosy and interesting. Bedrooms need to contain just the right balance of simple and serene whilst still appealing to the senses. In my experience bedrooms can be hard to get just right due to being such a personal space, but over the years I have nailed down some essentials ….
A Calming Colour Palette
Stimulating colours are a no no. Relaxation requires a subdued palette, no matter if its dark, light, pale or saturated keep variation to a minimum so the eye stops bouncing around. And whilst I’m a big fan of contrast, in the bedroom I lean towards similar tones; a gentle difference between colours or if using strong colour concentrate on matching the depth so the colours are unified.
Layers of Light
Goes without saying that bright overhead lighting is not what you want in a bedroom. Creating scattered pools of light with shadows and reflection all soft and sparkling is my aim. Floor and table lamps, candles and string lights are all easy and affordable options, no electrician required. You can even purchase pendants that plug directly into a power point! Best invention ever 😉
I’ve talked about the all the amazing benefits of indoor plants before but can’t emphasise enough the ease or importance of adding some life to your bedroom. Source something that doesn’t mind low light, put it in a good pot or container and occasionally pour your bedside glass of water into the soil before you refill it. Mine is called a cast iron plant and its thriving.
Long, Lazy Curtains
Nothing softens hard lines like long lengths of fabric framing your windows. No matter whether you are a fan of full blackout or subtle sheers, always mount as close to the ceiling as possible and make sure the ends at least touch the floor! Curtains that don’t touch the floor are like hemming your pants to short. Looks bad and messes up your proportions. Pooling on the floor is far more preferable, I promise.
A Snugly Rug
Texture is always a must and what better way to add it than a snuggly rug to step onto in a room where you barely ever where shoes. Layers are such a simple way to add subtle interest so don’t stress about size, even a small lambswool at the foot of the bed will help soften your space.
Lastly, something magical happens when you add an element of the unexpected or unpredictable. Use something unusual for a headboard or play around with scale, introduce something too big or super textured or metallic, something that pulls focus. Having one main focal point in a sea of serene means the eye will rest.
This way, even when I am tossing and turning and worrying about work, I can open my eyes and admire my surroundings….
Am in love with the warmth of these two pics created using both colour and texture; rich, spicy tan teamed with neutrals and a muted palette with rustic details and cosy floor rug.
A dose of pattern thrown in against soft, muted colour creates a focal point and adds interest, here its floral, but use what ever makes you smile.
Long, linen curtains soften hard lines and make the bedroom feel extra cosy. Lights add the magic.
All images via Pinterest
Photography steals the show when the linen is kept simple, or use layers of detail in similar tones for a super display of creativity.
With so many beautiful choices out there, don’t hesitate to contact me should you need help deciding!