Bedrooms can often be overlooked when decorating a rental property, but creating a peaceful, tranquil space that promotes good sleep needn’t cost the earth…

There are few rooms in a home that are more key to our wellbeing than our bedrooms. A place of rest and relaxation, they provide a retreat from the world. Yet precisely because they are private spaces and not on show to visitors, they don’t always receive the attention they deserve.

If the time has come to show your bedroom some love then
start by considering what type of atmosphere you would like to create. Painting your walls is a quick, easy way to transform your bedroom and studies have shown that soft greens, soothing blues and warm yellows both help people to get more sleep and to wake up feeling happier.

For those who prefer to keep their walls neutral, the addition of accessories in this slumber-inducing palette can have the same effect. Harlequin’s painterly Fauvisimo fabric cushions (1) show how beautifully these shades can work together while the incredible reclaimed wood headboard demonstrates creativity, the consistency of a nature-inspired scheme and the impact of texture.

Texture is an often overlooked element when people are decorating their homes, but is one that can add real depth and subtle layers of interest. Where the colour palette is neutral the use of contrasting materials is particularly important to prevent the space from appearing flat or bland. Bedrooms tend to be ‘low traffic’ areas so the furniture and accessories do not need to be as hard wearing as those in daytime living spaces. You can afford to worry less about what is practical and instead think about mixing materials such as silk, wool, velvet, marble, leather and faux fur for a tactile and luxurious look.

Pattern is another great way to add personality to your bedroom but restraint should be exercised to ensure that the space remains restful and to keep it from feeling too busy. The Morris & Co textiles used for the curtains, bedding and cushions pictured (2) are not an exact match, but the relationship between them (both in terms of pattern size and style) gives a cohesive feel and together they elevate the tonal grey scheme to a serene, sophisticated sanctuary.

Consider scale when choosing your bedroom furniture. If you have a large bed then small bedside tables may look lost beside it, so perhaps consider using chests of drawers instead. This will also provide extra storage and a bigger surface area for styling with pretty, personal items such as photo frames, candles and flowers. Similarly, if you have a tall headboard then supersize your lamps for added impact and glamour. If space is limited then consider dropping a single pendant light down from the ceiling on either side of the bed to provide reading lights without taking up any
floor space.

Rugs are a softening addition to any bedroom and ideally should be large enough to be placed under the bed to create a perimeter around the lower two thirds so you can place your feet directly on to it when getting out of bed or sitting at the end. Smaller rugs or fluffy sheepskins placed along the length of the bed would also provide a cosier alternative to stepping on to cold tiles.

In larger bedrooms, extra floor space can be used to house dressing tables or seating areas, or can allow for the end of the bed to be styled with a bench, trunk or simply a little stool. Adding decorative cushions and throws helps break up any hard lines and, as shown in this image from Zara Home (3), are a great opportunity to add comfort and colour. Finally, don’t forget your walls. Mirrors will help bounce light around and brighten a room lacking in natural daylight, while art or photographs will help personalise the space. The only problem with turning your bedroom into a cosy cocoon is that you may never want to leave.