We all want our bedroom to be a peaceful retreat where we can escape far from the madding crowd to a place of tranquillity and comfort. We need our bedrooms to be many things at once: a quiet place to sleep in, where we can read and relax, recharge and unwind. Most of all, it needs to be warm and cosy.
Tastes and styles vary and there are many ways to achieve the desired level of cosiness. Whether you’re a fan of neutrals and pastels or you like loud colours and busy patterns, with just a few décor tips, you’ll be able to turn your bedroom into a dreamy sanctuary.
One of the most popular designer tricks used to enhance any space is lighting. In bedrooms, where we primarily go to sleep or seek calmness, bright overhead lighting is unnecessary. A better option might be to choose smaller bedside lamps that can give a texture of light. You can also use low wattage bulbs and different lampshades to get a softer lighting effect. If you insist on having a light fixture, go with an elegant chandelier and a dimmer.
Using a delicate mix of textures, you can add a lot of interest and depth to a neutral bedroom. Envelop the room with textile and go beyond standard bedding. The possibilities are numerous: a soft, velvety headboard, gauzy draperies, vintage wallpapers, a causal blanket thrown over the back of a chair, organic textures and raw materials like rope, wood and stone and even exposed beams on the ceiling will give the room a rustic charm.
You can rarely go wrong with a beautiful and soft white canopy. It will contribute to the overall comfort factor and give your bedroom the look of an exotic seaside resort. No room will ever seem cold and ordinary with a canopy bed that will certainly add a touch of romance.
Adding simple items that reflect your personal style and taste can instantly cosy up a room. You can use old family photos in vintage frames, a distressed mirror, a nightstand made by stacking old suitcases, or you can frame a piece of worn out quilt or your grandma’s doily. All these little details will give your bedroom richness and a multi-layered texture.
Most designers would say that you can’t have a cosy and warm bedroom with bare floors. When we get up in the morning, the first step we take can define our whole day, so make sure it starts pleasantly warm and soft. Regardless of whether you have a wall-to-wall carpet or hardwood floors, you can add rugs for a layered look. For example, soft and fluffy shaggy rugs will add depth and make the room instantly warm and comfy. You can play with colours and patterns and use different shapes and designs to complement your existing furnishings.
Mixing old and new
An easy way to freshen up a room is to mix old and new. Such a combination gives the room charm and personality, and an eclectic look that is everything but a cookie-cutter. You can incorporate some period pieces and combine them with contemporary lighting and accessories, or go with a Persian rug and a vintage chandelier to add a sense of warmth and history.
Good quality bedding
Don’t go stingy when it comes to your linens. Splurge on good quality bedding because nothing beats that feeling of comfort that you get when you slip in between soft sheets at the end of the day. The best option is to choose sheets with high thread count and a good down comforter or duvet. As the seasons change and the weather gets colder, you can always add extra blankets and covers to warm up.
As we spend about a third of our life sleeping, our bedrooms deserve all the special attention we can give them. By making our bedroom a cosy and peaceful sanctuary, we’ll give ourselves a better chance to start our days well-rested each morning and end them in soft comfort every night.