Bedroom


W
e devote so much time to planning, what we consider to be the hub of the house – the kitchen – that we often forget about the place we will most likely spend the majority of our time – the bedroom.

 

Just as the kitchen and living room is open to entertaining visitors and making them feel at home, the bedroom is the one space we can treat as our own. We want to make it somewhere restful in which to sleep, yet inspirational enough to wake up and get ready to face the day.

 

A lot of thought should be put into just how we would like this to look. When we go to a hotel for example, we expect luxury – so why not make the same indulgence at home? 


If you would like to have a bold pattern, but are afraid of it dominating the room, then opt for restricting it to one wall, or just a chimney breast, or the recesses beside it. A contrast colour can then bring it to life without being overpowering. 


Should you want to bring the feel of the country into your bedroom, there are a few colour combinations that work well:

 


Sugar Almond Shades

Pinks, lilacs and whites; soft pastel shades that blend perfectly to create a subtle mood, These can be carried through to the bedding and accessories. Adding a touch of sharp garden-bud green will help accentuate and draw them together.


         


Blue and White

Restful and crisp, this is a sharp and clean combination. It also inspires the nautical. Dark blue and white combined with the sandy colours of rope work well for this theme. Similarly, a paler stripe, check or gingham can invoke that rural feel. To inject a country French chateaux look, try going for a toile de Jouy patterned paper or some fabric.


             




 








Lilac and Blue / Pink and Green

More garden colours that work well. The first are cooler, more reminiscent of flowing water with similar tones that are easy to mix. The second are restful and warm, a sweeter, perhaps more feminine touch. Both these work well with painted furniture.




  


Stone and White

For the ultimate relaxation, a place for peaceful meditation, these neutral shades are particularly good. Far from being bland or uninspiring, they can come to life by using texture and stitching on bedding, curtains and accessories. From sharp white to restful taupe and grey, this can turn a bedroom into a true sanctuary.

 

 






                      


Children’s Rooms

Bright and cheerful colour schemes work well here as they are uplifting and can stimulate

activity. They also fit with the extrovert nature of small children and are a good palette for them to find their own areas and methods of expression. 


The colours can be the primary: blue, yellow and red, combined with the secondary: green, orange and purple. Alternately, keep the walls to one shade which will help highlight bright accessories or serve as a stage to develop ‘themes’ (jungle, space, underwater, circus etc.,) that can be added by: murals, stickers or cut out temporarily blu-tacked to the walls.

 

A good idea to help promote this expression is to have an area of their wall marked off and coated with blackboard paint. This way they have a designated space for creativity without taking a marker pen to the paper! Here, much like the downstairs cloakroom, you can let your creativity and imagination loose.

 

Whatever the scheme is chosen, a young child’s room should never be dull, over stylish or pretentious. It is a multi-activity space where the most important aspect should be: stimulation, activity and creativity, which in turn enables educational growth.

 

It has also been suggested that bright colours can actually reduce anxiety in children, which in a space where a good night's sleep is desirable is to be considered.


If you have reservations about how bright colours work together, think of it in terms of nature’s colours:                                                     


 
 

The glowing yellow trumpet of the daffodil                            

   

The vibrant papery red of the poppy

The shine of spring green leaves

The vivid pink/purple of the foxglove or fuchsia

The sharpness of a summer blue sky

The clarity of a pure white snowdrop 

The zesty zing of a juicy orange   

     










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