While the living room may seem the central pivot in your home, and the kitchen the heart of the home, it is always worth remembering that you spend most time, a third of your life, falling asleep, sleeping, and waking… In the bedroom. If you sleep alone it’s your private retreat from the world, if you have a partner it is your carefully carved shrine to sleep and togetherness. It should get at least as much attention when decorating as any other room in your house (apart from the utility room perhaps!) and arguably be the one that receives the most.
There are many aspects to take into account when decorating your bathroom but the primary one is to take a good hard look at the room as it is and then do some serious planning. These include what style you want to achieve, how large the room is, what are your priorities for the room (is it just to sleep in, or will you be reading, watching television etc.). Do you want a place of peace, calm and tranquillity, or want more of a lush sumptuous boudoir affair?
Do you want a mini office area in your bedroom (not a good idea unless you plan to get up in the middle of the night and set down on your PC your nocturnal inspiration)? Do you want (and have the room for) a double, Queen, King or Super-King size bed? What sort of furniture do you have or plan to have? Contemporary/modern or olde worlde?
Once you’ve sorted that out and know what’s going to go where you come to a couple of things that can be the make or break for your bedroom; the bedding and curtains. Now there are many bargain basement offering that do matching bedding and curtains and you may think you are getting a great deal. Beware. The material is often inferior and may go threadbare or shrink and the colours may fade with washing. Aim for two or three sets of quality bedding and curtain that will last you 3-5 years until you next decide to re-decorate (or move!)
You’ll need to think about what your sleep patterns and preferences are. Do you want the room to be especially dark at night to help you sleep because you are a light sleeper? If so you should go for thicker darker curtains that will block out summer evening light that can go on beyond 10pm, and also block out dawn’s first light that can kick in at 4am.
Dark rooms with little natural light require light coloured matching curtains and bedding. Those flooded with natural light can go with darker colours and vibrant patterning- try zig-zags which play with and break up square rooms.
Finally don’t forget cushions, lampshades and soft furnishings. While you don’t want to crowd or clutter your bedroom, a subtle smattering of matching or complimentary soft furnishing will really complete the coordinated look and bring a smile to your face whenever you wake-up or enter your bedroom!