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Go Soft With Colour
Colour is important in any room, but it can make a big difference in a bedroom. You want the space to have a soothing, calm look that makes it easy to fall asleep at night. Benjamin Moore have a wonderful collection of colours and I find they are the best to use.
Make The Bed A Focal Point
Since the bed is an essential item, it only makes sense to use it as the focal point of your bedroom. You can make it the star of the room in a variety of ways, but the easiest is choosing a dramatic bed frame or headboard that commands attention. We recently designed a bespoke curved headboard with in set switches for the lighting. If you have a simple bed frame, a striking headboard can dress it up, I tend to go with a bold patterned fabric, you can be very creative with your choice of fabrics. Hedgeroe example below from a private project.
Just like choosing the right colour, having the right lighting in your bedroom can go a long way in creating a calm, relaxing space. The key is to layer ambient and task lighting so you have adequate lighting that isn't too harsh or bright. For ambient lighting, a pendant is an ideal option if you want to add a decorative touch to the room. I always make sure to connect all lights to a dimmer switch so it's easy to brighten or darken the room depending on your needs. Task lighting in the bedroom is typically used for reading in bed, so opt for simple table lamps for your nightstands or wall-mounted lights like in this Hedgeroe example.
Choose the Right Window Treatments
A bedroom is a personal, intimate space, so privacy is key. During the day, you may your windows uncovered so natural light can pass through and give the room a bright, airy feel. At night, though, you don't want neighbours to be able to see into your room. Layering your window treatments allows you to control the amount of light and privacy that your room receives. For a luxurious, dramatic look, pair drapes in a sumptuous material like silk or velvet with sheers. You can tie back the heavy drapes during the day so light filters through the sheers and let them loose when you're getting ready for bed. If you prefer a more casual look, pair sheers with simple blinds or shades. Open the shades during the day and pull them closed at night.
Having adequate storage is key if you want to keep it neat and organized. I always make sure our clients have lots of wardrobe space, I always try to incorporate the wardrobe into the room as use it as an opportunity to design. We have recently upholstered these wardrobe doors which I adore doing (image below). You may also want to add a bookcase to store books, DVDs and other items so they don't wind up in a pile on your floor. In an extremely small room, wall-mounted shelves are effective since they don't take up any floor space. You can also add a bench with storage beneath the seat or a trunk that doubles as seating.
For more of Rebecca's work, visit Hedegroe Home Interiors here.