The kitchen might be the heart of the home- that place where everybody comes together and shares their lives; but the bedrooms are the little sanctuaries in any living space. These are the places to go to for privacy, the rooms in which you can really get away from it all and recharge your batteries, which is why designing them properly is so important.The thing is that since everyone is unique, a bedroom has to reflect that and be unique as well, so the key to designing the perfect bedroom is in fact to build it around the personality and needs of whoever is going to actually be living in it. It sounds simple, but it’s an approach that isn’t always followed as all too often people will try to impose a generic style on a space, or try to introduce a design that doesn’t suit them at all, simply because it happens to be in vogue at the time.
So let’s start with the basics… are you a go-getter or a bookworm, someone who spends a lot of time in the room or only uses it for sleeping? If you love nothing more than curling up with a good book or relaxing with soft lighting and a beautiful scented candle, then you have to invest in your room to get the most out of it. Go for an elegant headboard like one of these to provide a focal point as you walk into the room and then construct your theme around it. Choose furniture that is comfortable but also aesthetically impressive and maybe think about including the odd antique piece to reflect that sense of grace and leisure that is such an important part of your life.
Alternatively, if you’re the kind of person who is out all day and just comes back to recharge at night after a hard day working and socialising then you’ll need to approach this thing totally differently. Again you should start by checking out headboards. The headboard will again serve as your building block, but remember that anything too elaborate is probably not for you. You need to avoid anything that’ll get in the way of your busy life and choose things that fit in with your high energy levels. This means you should go for bright colours on the walls- a vivid orange or yellow is perfect. It’s true that this can look a little bit like a throwback to the ‘70s, and while retro can work really well it’s not for everyone. A more contemporary alternative is to go for white walls and bring the colour in through large art works and vibrant paintings. Remember that you don’t need to spend a fortune on this- think of the pictures as decoration rather than a serious investment in Art.
Finally, whatever you do, don’t forget to accessorise. This is the most enjoyable part of the process as it’s where you really get to express yourself the most. Even if it’s only a few carefully chosen and well-plumped cushions on a bed, these finishing touches are what really make all the difference to the overall finish of a room.