Cosy and welcoming bedroom themes…

Arran brass bed from Original Bedstead

Arran brass bed from Original Bedstead

Who would deny that, if nowhere else, the bedroom is the one room in the home where we should be able to rest and relax; a retreat from the pressures of life and a space that allows us to be ourselves in surroundings that are comfortable, familiar and above all, welcoming. If your bedroom is lacking in some of those creature comforts that make the difference between humdrum and a room mood that is warmly enticing, then maybe it is time to get to work with a paintbrush and a bit of decorative imagination, that will help to turn your private retreat into the room of your dreams…

Treat yourself and splurge a little. After all the bedroom is the one room in the home that you can personalise with gay abandon without offending anyone else, so stamp your identity with colours, accents and furniture that reflect your personal tastes and aspirations. Fill it with things that you enjoy and textures and accessories that flatter the senses. Treat yourself to decadent comfort without feeling a twinge of guilt. Nothing shouts glamour like deluxe sheets, plump pillows and rich satin comforters. Lush fabrics and scatter cushions in velvet or damask fabrics are what it is all about here with perhaps a faux-fur runner at the foot of a romantic bedstead. Allow the bed to become the room focal point from which the room draws design inspiration, and you will find yourself on the way to a cosy design project that is easier than you might have anticipated. From regal traditional wooden bedstead designs, to Victorian style iron beds in any number of beautiful colour finishes, or perhaps a brass bed fashioned in solid antiqued brass for a splash of unparalleled glamour, the bed should be the one item in the room that is never second best.

In fact the bed should be our best friend…It is after all the place where we spend a third of our lives, and yet so many people put up with poor quality unsupportive mattresses and inferior linens that leave us unrested and in poor shape, unable to tackle effectively the rigours of the day. So treat yourself to the best bedstead and mattress that you can afford and add softness and scent that soothes and flatters the emotions. A plush area rug to cover natural wooden floorboards should lie at the foot or to the side of the bed with a pile of comfy scatter cushions to add an extra dimension of comfort. Scented candles and moody ambient lighting will strike the perfect chord and don’t be afraid to add patterns and textures, even if the Interior Design magazines tell you otherwise. This scheme after all is to be one that you enjoy and that gives great pleasure every time you cross the threshold. So by all means hunt down décor inspiration but don’t be afraid to toss aside the rule book if it doesn’t light your fire. Experiment with patterns and colours until you get a result that is just right. After all, too much of one colour can make a room feel cool and bland, whereas different colours and textures add visual interest and stimulation filling the room with warmth and character in the process.

And finally, get disciplined and banish clutter. In truth even the untidiest person doesn’t like to be surrounded by rubbish and all the usual bedroom detritus, so get rid of, or at least hide items that doesn’t need to be out in the open on display. Tuck that laundry hamper out of sight and put magazines and shoes in the bottom of the wardrobe or in purpose made trundle bins under the bed. If you can live without it, banish the TV and seek out an old steamer trunk or coffer to sit at the end of the bed to swallow up winter blankets or clothes that might otherwise just remain scattered about. Do this and be left with only those things that are easy on the eye and that speak volumes about the person that you are, for a room scheme of which you can be justifiably proud that never fails to offer the warmest  welcome…

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