It's a room of one's own. The one place in the house that you or you and a partner can have to yourselves (most of the time), so when decorating your bedroom you want to take this into account. Create a sanctuary - a place where you can start and end the day in relaxed, beautiful surroundings - or choose a design scheme that really reflects your personalities. Before starting there are certain things you should consider: here are our top tips and ideas for decorating to help you create a bedroom you'll love.
Buying a bed
It's the key component of any bedroom, so start by choosing the bed and work around it with a design scheme. Think about what you want, a romantic sleigh bed or four poster? Or something more contemporary - a minimalist design with a plaftorm surround perhaps or a divan base with a smart headboard?
Size matters of course so decide whether you would like a:
- Double: 4' 6
- King: 5 ft
- Superking (sometime referred to as a Queen): 6ft
Our advice is the bigger the better but make sure you have enough room before you commit, you don't want a bed you'll be constantly tripping over.
If the room is small, consider a bed with built-in storage, either an under-bed drawer or a headboard with integrated shelving. A divan bed base is a great option when space is limited, and although not the most exciting of bed choices, you can always add personality with a stylish headboard, or even customise one.
We have one piece of advice when buying a mattress: buy the best you can afford. A good mattress makes all the difference. Your choices boil down to:
- Pocket Spring Top end. The mattress is made up of small lightweight springs, the higher the spring count, the more supportive the mattress will be. This is a good choice for couples as it will support different weights individually.
- Continuous Springs Mid-range in price, made from a single length of wire coiled to form a mesh.
- Open Spring The mattress is made up of lots of individual hourglass shaped springs. These are often the cheaper option.
- Latex Good for those who suffer from allergies.
- Visco-Elastic Foam Also known as memory foam, the mattress will mould to your body as you sleep.
Where to shop for beds:
Choosing storage solutions & bedroom furniture
- Never underestimate your storage needs in a bedroom. The room should be a sanctuary to retreat to, not a headache of a place that's full of clutter.
- Storage can be stylish too, if you don't have under bed drawers invest in pretty or colourful boxes.
- An ottoman or blanket box at the end of a bed doubles as storage and seating.
- Try stacking books to create a unique bedside table.
Consider modernizing your wardrobe, many contemporary designs have all manner of clever storage solutions and look sleek and stylish to boot. Try:
Picking a colour scheme Given that it's a relatively private space, you can be as creative as you like in a bedroom, but consider how the colour will affect the mood of the room. That sunny lemon yellow may be gorgeous when the summer sun is streaming through the window but will it have the same uplifting effect on a cold winter's evening? Most of us spend the majority of time in our bedrooms at night, under the glow of electric lighting, so the colour should look at its best under these conditions.
WallpaperA printed paper can look gorgeous in a bedroom, whether it's to entirely furnish the room, or simply add a feature. Our favourite papers for bedrooms are:
- Osborne & Little Grove Garden
- Timorous Beasties McGegan Rose
- Sanderson Aspen
- Selina Rose Cotton Bud
- Maggie Levien Viola
Lighting Opt for multi-functional lighting in a bedroom. Lighting should provide a calming, relaxed atmosphere, but be bright enough to ensure you're not getting dressed and putting on your make-up in the near dark. Combine overhead lighting with bedside lamps, a functional dressing table light, and, if you can, install dimmer switches.