Hello everyone and welcome back! These Winter months at the beginning of the year can feel quite dreary. With so much darkness at either end of the day, I sometimes wish we were evolved to hibernate, as I often count the minutes down for an acceptable hour to go to bed each night (whilst my children love putting Mummy to bed, it doesn’t feel quite right). Sleep is essential for your health and wellbeing, and this month I am focusing on how to achieve a wonderful looking bed, without breaking the bank balance. Making changes to your bedding is also an ideal way to create a new look in your bedroom, and to enjoy the benefits night after night.
As an interior designer it is not for me to suggest mattresses, duvet fillers and pillow types; however, it is generally true that the more you spend, the better they will feel. My tip is to invest in a really high quality (300+ thread count) pure white fitted sheet and pillowcase, as your body has the most contact with these items so will take pleasure in the benefit of the softness, whilst the white will go with any colour scheme. Then the duvet cover and other pillow can be of a lower quality, which is mostly what you will find in the shops anyway. Shop around for these items as there are always bargains to be had, and you could even do this on-line if you know what you are looking for.
Housing Units have some great products on sale right now! This bedlinen range is plain but with a subtle geometric crackle pattern and soft to the touch due to it’s fine woven cotton and Durashine finish.
As I say in all of my work, a great home is a true reflection of your personality, so when it comes to choosing bedding, opt for colours and patterns that you absolutely love in order for your personal style to come out. Pristine white can look beautifully fresh and modern but it is no use to you if you enjoy bold colours, as you will soon grow bored of it. If you are happy with your bedroom colour scheme and so don’t wish to change it, choose bedding in colours that coordinate, but maybe mix things up with different patterns and textures. You could even inject a contrasting accent colour that would give a fabulous new look to the entire room, particularly if enhanced with coordinating accessories such as throws, vases or picture frames. I plan to follow my own advice by introducing teal to my white, grey and purple bedroom that will provide depth to the scheme. I am very tempted by this beautiful new range by celebrity Rita Ora.
The Clarissa Costa Rica range features a lovely fern print that is crisp and fresh. Botanical prints are everywhere at the moment and can instantly soften the look of any room.
Next, consider adding throws and cushions that will both enhance your bed whilst also being practical by providing essential warmth. This is a perfect way to bring in different textures such as velvets, satins and wools for a luxurious look and feel. Rita Ora also has a great range of cushions to go with her new bedlinen collection.
Once you have chosen your perfect bedding, the next question is how to dress your bed. I like a bed to look beautiful, but also approachable i.e. easy to undo. Despite what my partner (and probably most men) say, scatter cushions are a must. They may well be discarded each night, but they are vital in creating the right look and feel. There are no set rules but try not to overdo them as, again, this is about your personal style. I enjoy symmetry so opt for a more orderly look of pillows to the back with two rows of cushions layered in front. If you have a fabulous bed frame worth showing off, tuck your duvet under the mattress for a neat, tailored look. Fold blankets or throws over one or two times and lay across the foot of the bed.
Finally, make sure that your room smells great! By adding a scent diffuser filled with your favourite fragrance to your bedside table you will please another of your senses both morning and night
Your bedroom is your nest, a comfort zone that will hold you cocoon-like from the rest of the world. So you deserve the very best.
Thanks for reading and sweet dreams.
Jen Morrisey Interiors offer a fresh approach to home styling that is both personal and affordable. If you would like to get in touch to discuss your home project and how she may be able to help you, you can find their website with contact details here www.jenmorriseyinteriors.co.uk