Create a liveable bedroom for yourself

The average person spends around 3000 hours a year in their bedroom, and while, admittedly, a lot of that time is in the dark, that's an awful lot of time to spend in one room. 

Bedrooms should be more than a place to sleep. They are an opportunity to create a haven from the world, somewhere that relaxes and refreshes you, and they should be as individual as you are. Here are some bedroom ideas to get you dreaming... 

If you're the dramatic sort and you want your bedroom to make a luscious statement, you'll love this look. Walls are rich vibrant colours plum, red or deep pink. Fabrics should be really tactile, velvets, satins and silks. Choose a dramatic style bed, in wrought iron, or dark wood. Pile the bed up with glamorous cushions and finish up with a deep pile carpet to sink your toes into. 

Indulge your nesting instincts with a natural style bedroom. Nothing should grab the eye; everything should work quietly together to create a calming space. Use soft natural shades of cream and brown, and choose furniture in materials such as wood, bamboo and rattan. Floors should be wooden, or carpeted in neutral shades, or some natural flooring such as sea grass matting. Use cottons and linens for blinds or curtains and bedding, and add some accessories in wood and stone. Candles add a soft touch to the look. 

Choose pale colours and light fabrics for a pretty, romantic look to your bedroom. Antiques look good with this style, and the more battered, the better. Pick an old fashioned bed, and cover it in pretty bedding in floral prints or applique. Keep walls soft with pastel shades, colour wash looks nice, and hang soft voile or lace at the windows. Keep floors wood or plain carpet, with rugs, and add a pretty beaded chandelier or lamp to finish. 

If you prefer Gap to Laura Ashley, the clean minimalist look may be best for you. Simplicity is the key, with walls painted in cream or white, and plain flooring. Furniture should also be simple, but in bold interesting shapes. Use plenty of wood, but add a touch of chrome for a modern look. Choose unfussy bedding in crisp white linen, soft jersey, or denim. Keep the room light, and put away all that clutter! 



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