We’ve all been disappointed by our bedrooms before. Some of you probably are right now! It’s awful when the feeling sets in that your room just isn’t... right, and there’s absolutely nothing you can do about it. Well, here are some tips and suggestions for how to transform that dreary room-in-which-you-sleep to a beautiful, stylish, cosy haven of all things slumber!
The Walls A deep, pastel purple paint on the walls can really change a room – the dark colours lower the light in the room automatically, and the purple subconsciously calms, not to mention looks fabulous! You might consider hanging up printed fabrics to hang on any bare walls,
i.e.: Chinese calligraphy or baroque patterns, or even some calming prints of Van Gogh or Hopper, to really instil a sense of calm and give the restless eye something to pick up on. Framing the pictures in ornate, painted frames would give your room that modern-baroque finish, and really have it stand out as a stylish space.
The Desk Or, more accurately, the lack of one. If you’re centring your brand new bedroom around comfort and sleep, you have to banish that workspace! Studies show that working in your bedroom can result in fitful sleep, since you are attributing work and wakefulness to an environment of sleep. Television is a similarly-affecting object, which, depending on your dedication to the haven, should also be removed. If you are like me, however, and thrive on a cosy night of Netflix before bed, it might be worth installing a HDMI-ready screen at the foot of your bed, and installing f.lux on your laptop – a handy laptop filter that turns your screen orange to replicate warm, night-time, artificial lighting and help you sleep after a long slog at the screen.
The Bed You’d be silly not to consider replacing the very thing that you sleep on while revamping the room in which you sleep on it. The bed is the focal point of the bedroom, the thing to which everything else should point; it should be the comfiest bed in the whole wide world, the bed you daydream of after a hard day of work, the bed you see in Bond films and wish were yours. Bedstar are fab for luxury frames and mattresses – a baroque-style steel frame would complement well the walls and picture frames.
Drapes In the words of The Dude, ‘a rug really pulls a room together’. Opt for fuzzy, fluffy throws and rugs that feel ultra-comfy underfoot, in order to really propagate the comfy-ness of the bed across the floor. Making your bedroom a shoes-free room means you’ll disassociate it from the hardness of the soles, and preserve the sanctity of the room as a place of pure relaxation.