I love this time of year because it means that we can all get out those thick winter blankets and make our homes lovely and cosy. And it’s the living room and bedroom where we get to really ramp up our nesting instincts. I just splashed out on some new bedding for winter (I love buying bedding – the more layers the better) and I’m tempted to buy some new cushions for our sofa too… maybe even a new sofa?! What can I say… Furniture shopping has definitely become my new hobby.
I think some of us forget to put a big effort into our bedrooms (I guess because you usually spend more time in the kitchen or living room), but when your bedroom looks lovely and feels lovely – it’s such a relaxing room to be in. Some of the following ideas are from my favourite blogs, to show that there’s no shortage of design fun that can be had in the bedroom.
I’m a massive fan of the Sfgirlbybay blog with its minimalist chic carefully offset by its friendly boho charm. And it’s a real pleasure to see how some of the featured bedroom designs revel in a zen-like calm that uses muted colours, soft fabrics and plenty of personal creativity to provide a great blend of style and comfort. Deep down I love the idea of a super minimalist layout and decor – but I’m a secret clutterer, so it’ll probably never happen. I also love the whole ‘flat floor bed’ concept which is popular in the minimalist style – but my husband Pad hates that style, so it’ll probably never happen!
What’s great about this approach (the minimalist one) is that it can easily be applied to a variety of bedroom spaces – even a guest room for example. Think about whether you want double over single when it comes to sizes (read about the advantages of both at the Bedstar blog). Sometimes opting for a single bed in a spare room can claim back a lot of floorspace (good for minimalist layouts!) – but then again, you may want a double bed to accommodate more guests.
For me, the bedroom is all about the little details that personalise and bring the space to light. I have lots of frames in our bedroom, and the photos bring lots of personality to the room and lots of colour too. I also have flowers too (really important to me) and cushions and blankets on the bed. These little touches mean the bedroom feels like a home, and not just ‘a room we sleep in’.
I’m not at this stage in my life yet – but I know friends who are having babies, and who have kids – and I just can’t wait to have a little one, and decorate their bedroom. It’s probably because of Pinterest, I just adore looking at all the gorgeous ideas and designs some parents come up with.
One style I think is adorable for kids (even if you only have one) is investing in a bunk bed. They’re so much fun, and I always loved them growing up. It’s probably a good idea to keep the rest of the room fairly simple (ish) to stop the overall look being too overpowering though – as they do take up a lot of the space. Some of the chic and minimal style tips found at the very classy Chapter Friday blog can be a good way to give the bedroom a modern look that doesn’t look too fussy.
I love colours when decorating – but as a renter currently, we don’t have the option to paint walls in our flat. When we have our own place, I can’t wait to experiment with colours and feature walls. At the moment though, we’re happy with our white walls – and using the furniture to give pops of colour to the room.
But if the bare white walls are a little too intense, then some of the colour palettes featured in the A/W16 interior trends article at the Decor8 blog could provide a little inspiration. With plenty of soft greens and blues, plus lots of lovely warming velvet textures, it shows that interior style is about so much more than clean white walls!
At this time of year I love cosy colours like berry reds, or greys and browns – definitely autumn hues.