Your bedroom should be a sanctuary where you can relax and unwind after a long day. It should promote restful sleep and be a place where you can allow your personal tastes to really shine through. When you move into a new property, the bedroom is the first place that should be decorated and furnished, as it’s important to have a comfortable base to return to when you’re in the middle of a house-wide redecorating project.
For those looking for an exotic, bohemian feel, don’t hesitate to combine a number of distressed, reclaimed and antique pieces of furniture. A vintage wooden shelving unit or a couple of distressed wooden crates, marked with oversized letters or numbers, will give you affordable storage options. The bedroom will immediately gain that ‘shabby chic’ appearance, particularly if you combine eclectic furniture choices with colourful, ethnic bed linen. It’s important to keep surfaces clear and organised so that this kind of room still feels coherent and calming. As long as you have sufficient storage space, you can afford to choose a darker, moodier tone for your paint or wallpaper.
If you’re interested in a more rustic look for your bedroom, it’s important to keep the walls and floor pale and neutral. Floral bed sheets in soft pastels work really well and you can add a pop of colour with a bedside table painted in a bright pink or magenta. Add freshly cut flowers, shells or pebbles as ornamental touches. Stripped down floorboards will also give the room that country cottage appearance.
It’s definitely worth splashing out on your bed and mattress, as this will have a big effect on your quality of sleep. There are plenty of luxurious and elegant bedframe options from retailers such as The French Bedroom Company. So even if you choose to decorate the rest of the room cheaply, you’ll be guaranteed a good night’s sleep. The bed is also the focal point of the bedroom, so spending a little extra on this feature will boost the room’s appearance.
Wood panels can add much-needed texture to a more minimal bedroom, without disrupting the uncluttered aesthetic. They are also easy to adapt and can be painted dark grey or slate to give a rustic space a more contemporary feel. Try fixing a shelf above the bed. It’s an easy weekend DIY project and can be done by a complete beginner. You’ll find that it’s the perfect place to store books and ornaments without cutting into your free space. Fill the bed with cosy cushions and throws, and you’ve got an ideal reading spot.