Layer up the texture
Combine natural textures and soft fabrics to create a soothing, tactile feel that embraces all the senses. Linen bedding has a relaxed, laid-back appeal with little effort – you don’t even need to iron it! Gently creased and artfully undone, there’s something about the little imperfections in linen that can make a bed look cosy and inviting. It’s also temperature regulating, meaning it will keep you cool in summer and warm in winter – so hopefully no more tossing and turning. Layer up with a lightweight washed linen bedspread and cushions with a gently fringed trim for ultimate textural appeal.
Choose warm, natural materials
Natural materials, such as wood, bamboo, rattan and jute can help bring a sense of warmth to an interior. They connect us back to nature and appeal with their subtle variations and organic texture. There’s even been research to show that sleeping in a wooden bed can help reduce your heart rate!
Use soft, neutral colours that evoke a sense of calm
A bedroom should ideally be a place for rest and relaxation. Think carefully about how you react to colour and choose a tone that makes you feel calm and restored. In colour psychology, each colour is associated with certain feelings – red is the colour of passion and anger, for example, while green is connected to nature, renewal and energy. So you might want to leave the bold tones for the living room and tone down the hue in the bedroom. I like to use the walls as a neutral backdrop and allow my accessories to add the colour and interest. This creates a space that can better adapt to your mood and change with the seasons.
Bring the outside in
Plants have been shown to not only improve air quality, but help reduce stress levels and aid wellbeing. The best plants for a calm, restful bedroom are aloe vera, peace lily and lavender, but if you’re not very green fingered, a faux plant will do just as well to add an element of fresh, vibrant greenery. Read more tips on bringing the outside in here.
Introduce some curves and natural, organic forms
Curves, fluid forms and organic shapes are all hot right now. Why? Curved objects can make us feel happier and less fearful. Lots of straight lines and shiny, sleek surfaces can feel quite harsh and severe to the eye, whereas curves give a space a more tranquil feel. Art featuring curved shapes also has a more restful quality than anything too dynamic that might keep you awake and alert at night.
For more home inspiration, read our guide on styling for a happy house.