By day, it is the visual focus of the room; by night, it transforms into a cosy place to rest, so when you’re choosing a bed, take time to ensure that it fulfils its dual role without compromise. Comfort is so subjective that the only way to find your ideal bed is by trial and error. Visit a well-stocked showroom, taking your partner with you, then lie on a selection of beds for a few minutes at a time. Experiment with mattresses and bases of different kinds and in varying combinations until you identify which feels right for you.
Bed linen adds colour to your bedroom, but it’s the way it feels next to your skin that is most important. Choose from a variety of fibres – polycotton is durable and practical, dries quickly and is easy to iron. Cotton comes in various weaves; Egyptian cotton is one of the finest. If you want a a crisp matte finish, opt for cotton percale, or for a silkier feel, go for sateen.
Uncluttered rooms, furnished with a few beautiful and essential pieces, exude an air of order and elegance. To achieve this, seek out discrete storage ideas that put unused areas to work. Built wall to wall with no gaps, fitted furniture uses every inch of space for storage, and ingenious interior arrangements ensure the contents are kept tidy. Divan bases offer high-capacity storage for out of season clothes and spare bedding. Choose drawers to organise smaller items, or an ottoman bed with a lift-up mattress if you need a larger space.
Essentially a private space, the bedroom is a room where you can indulge your personal taste. Choose colour to create the right mood; if you’re a morning person, you may want an uplifting scheme that looks bright and sunlit when you wake, but if you take time to wind down in the evening, softer, warmer tones will have a cosseting effect.
Upholstered headboards come in a wider range of designs than ever before, from boutique hotel-style tall, padded panels to traditional curved shapes and winged designs. Specialist suppliers offer a range of the most popular shapes, but if you have something more individual in mind, seek out upholsterers offering a bespoke service.
When choosing a mattress, it’s easy to be blinded by science. Filling types, spring counts and cover fabrics are key, but what most of us want is a mattress that feels warm and comfortable, supports us while we sleep and leaves us energised in the morning.
Carpet is an excellent choice for bedroom floors, providing warmth, comfort and an extra layer of insulation against drafts. ‘Saxony carpet has a deep, soft pile that that feels especially good under bare feet,’ says Jemma Dayman, assistant buyer at Carpetright. ‘Alternatively, velvet pile has a rich texture and a luxurious feel.’
The bedroom is the sum of its parts. Get all of the elements right and yours will be a calm, relaxing haven where you can sleep soundly and wake refreshed. From soft and sensuous bed linen to luxurious flooring options, the tips in the above gallery will help you to create an inviting bedroom scheme this spring.
This feature first appeared in the May 2017 issue of Homes & Antiques.