Dressing a bed like a designer

Oct 3, 2016 | Anoushka's Blog, Interior design and decoration

Bedrooms are my favourite room in a home to design. These rooms are such personal spaces and because they aren’t usually on show to your guests you don’t have to hold back in here, have fun with your choices, let your inner designer shine!

For me one of the most important aspects of a bedroom, especially a master bedroom is the bed set up. I like to create a feature of the space the bed sits in, I do this by using many tools, letting one or two take centre stage. So I think about lighting, ceiling pendants dropping over your bedsides, wall sconces or table lights. Then I move onto designing a beautiful custom made bedhead and I decide if this should be the feature for the bed? Or do I make this more subtle and hang a beautiful piece of artwork above the bedhead? Then I think about bedsides, a bed stool perhaps at the end of the bed.

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Now once all of this is decided on there may already be a strong feature drawing you into the bed space if this is the case choose your bed linen wisely with a touch of conservatism. Perhaps fresh white with a self-stripe for a luxe hotel look, or for something more casual use linen in warm oat hues or cooler greys depending on your décor. However if you’ve left everything a little more subdued you can afford to go a little crazy with the bed linen, perhaps a strong geometric pattern, and/or brighter colours? Sheridan is by far my favourite store to source from, I take clients there regularly to choose their linen at the end of a design process.

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Now that you have chosen your linen, how do you go about dressing the bed? Well I personally always advise on using European cushions for a back rest when reading in bed. These can also contrast or coordinate with your linen. Then 2 standard pillows stacked in front of the Euro’s. After this I go for either 3 or 1 feature scatter cushion, I do love to use just one over-sized bolster thrown in the middle of the standard pillows. This is usually something with a pop of colour to tie in with the rest of the décor. And finally don’t forget a throw/blanket for the end of the bed. This will help add texture to the whole look.

Try not to make the bed linen look too stiff, this needs to be inviting and soft. So please don’t think precision bed making every morning is essential, that’s why the relaxed look of linen is so favoured by so many designers right now, it’s effortless and enticing.

Take a look at the images below of or inspiration, and if you need help designing your bedroom sanctuary then don’t hesitate to call!

The feature here is all in the bed linen

The feature here is all in the bed linen

Scatter cushions with pattern bring interest to this bed

Scatter cushions with pattern bring interest to this bed

This bedroom is all about the fabric used for the bedhead.

This bedroom is all about the fabric used for the bedhead.

The bedhead design is the feature in this master bedroom

The bedhead design is the feature in this master bedroom

Image credits:

www.sarahrichardsondesign.com

www.cocorepublic.com.au

www.gregnatale.com

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