When you’re planning the ultimate bedroom use the Neatsmith checklist of six top priority elements which will focus your mind on what’s important.
1. Carpet heaven
Even if you have decided to go with wood for your floors, there is nothing quite stepping onto carpet first thing in the morning. Carpet immediately warms up the space creating a cocooning effect- it also helps to cut down sound. If you’re not keen on carpet wall to wall, have a carpet rug made to fit the perimeters of your room or look for a good sized rug to create the same effect. Luxurious shaggy piles or silk and wool mixes are very on trend.
2. The best mattress you can afford
This really isn’t just good sales talk talking - it really is true. The best quality mattress makes the world of difference to how you sleep. And, uninterrupted sleep re-energises the mind, body and soul. A good mattress should always be on a good base too. The best topper and a mattress cover are the icing on the cake.
3. Wardrobe storage to hide everything away
More than any other room in your home, the bedroom should be clutter-free allowing your mind to relax letting the thoughts of the day float away. Excellent storage for your clothes is a must. Here at Neatsmith we believe good planning of the space coupled with expert advice on the look and the finish create excellent storage. Everything should have its place and there should be plenty of extra space for anything bulky such as winter bed linen which also needs storing. If you have to watch a TV in the bedroom (although it really is better if you can do without in this room), make sure to integrate it into your wardrobe design so sliding or hinged doors can be closed shut when its’ time for that uninterrupted sleep. If you like a streamlined look, ask the showroom team to show you bedside table options. And the ultimate in bedroom storage? A walk-in wardrobe.
4. Great lighting combinations
Table lamps either side of an impressive bed set the mood of the room and create mood and atmosphere. They are not, however, always the best light for reading in bed. So create the best of both worlds by installing small, unobtrusive LED spotlights either side of the headboard. They can be angled to just the right place for nightime reading if your other half is fast asleep . Most need to be channeled into the wall for a seamless effect so decide on these early on in the decorating process.
5. Plenty of pillows for different uses
Now we know men do think women have an obsession with cushions, but there really is no better place to make the most of them. Make sure you have enough for both sleeping and sitting up in bed. For many of us the standard bed pillow in stacks of two is just perfect, but the larger 60-65cm square cushions make the bed look impressive in the daytime and really add to the Saturday morning lazing about in bed experience.
6. Somewhere special to sit
There are so many beautiful ideas to choose from- an end of the bed stool or ottoman is the ideal place for all those pillows when you don’t want to sleep with them, or a chaise makes an elegant statement. The prettiest chair sitting quietly in the corner sets the mood perfectly and takes on a relaxed look draped with a gorgeous throw.
And finally… have a few (but not too many) key accessories you love around the room - a scented rose to send you to sleep, a water jug and glass for when you wake or a pile of your favourite novels to work your way through. Sheer blisszzzzzzz