Laurent. Bedroom. September 22nd , 2017.
A snuggly rug, good idea as it is to have all-wood floors to make things easier to clean, in winter, your feet won’t take too kindly to stepping on to a hard, cold floor (or a splinter!). Make the getting-out-of-bed experience a whole lot more forgiving by treating yourself to a plush rug – there’s nothing like swinging out of bed and twiddling your toes in those fluffy fibres.
Zero technology, if at all possible, make your bedroom a tech-free zone after lights out. Nobody wants to hear distracting electronic humming or to be woken up by a really unnecessary 2am text from a demanding best friend… Try it, you really will notice the difference.
Something to make you laugh, a supersized inspiring quote, or funny word to start and end the day is a winner. A little optimism goes a long, long way. Divine artwork, blown-up snaps of lovely landscapes – think dreamy white-sand beaches or swaying palm trees – will help you drift off to the Land of Nod with ease. Flowers are also very calming – we love the orchid mural in this bijou dressing corner.
Light it right, your bedroom needs to be perfectly functional too. Install more than one lighting circuit so that you can switch out the lights at the bedside without the need to cross the room. A dimmer will help create a serene evening ambience while dimmable downlighters work well when task lighting is needed. If space is limited, opt for a wall mounted lamp with an elegant shade like this one, freeing up space on the bedside table. Opt for a warm yellow quality of light, rather than a cool, blue light. ‘Make sure lighting helps to visually maximise the space too,’ advises Mary Barber-Fray of Mary Barber-Fray Interior Design. ‘For example, try lighting the narrower sides of the space to provide a sense of width, whether with wall lights or tiltable recessed spotlights. Choose lampshades that allow light to reflect upwards if you need to give some height to a low ceiling too.
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