Bedroom Ideas Decorating Guide
The appearance of your finished bedroom will be greatly affected by your choice of soft furnishings and bedding. Soft furnishings within the bedroom, as in every other room in the family home, should strike a balance between styles that are aesthetically pleasing and those that are practical.
Texture is an extremely important clement of interior design, and in a bedroom setting the tactile qualities of soft furnishings can help to create a truly sensuous interior.
You need to decide whether to opt for traditional blankets and crisp cotton sheets or an easy-to-maintain duvet. Main people love to climb into a bed with cotton sheets and heavy blankets, but the pleasure of such bedding may be short-lived when it comes to making the bed on a hurried morning or ironing those crisp while sheets. A lightweight duvet and cover combined with cotton or easy-care polyester/cotton sheets are a much less demanding option.
You can complement the duvet with a blanket or even a luxurious faux fur throw for a touch of luxury and to vary the look of the room. Bedding is laundered regularly and should therefore be of a good-quality fabric to ensure longevity.
While it is tempting to choose matching bedding and curtaining, bear in mind that curtains require less maintenance than bedding – fabric that is laundered regularly will probably fade, and when set in a room with the same fabric in its bright original form, can look unsightly.
For many years, a bed valance was an all-important decorative element within the traditional bedroom scheme. Today’s more reserved approach to home decor requires the bed valance to act in a supporting role. Plainer fabrics and design details, such as pintucks and tied corners, are now the preferred option for many, although some find them old-fashioned.
Bedroom curtains must supply privacy. Many people opt for a Roman blind to supply privacy, and additional curtains purely for their aesthetic appearance. The choice of bedroom curtains is endless -from sheer materials in modern colors and patterns to elaborate drapery effects in fine fabrics – and will largely depend on personal preference. If your bedroom is very light, however, you may prefer to choose, a thick fabric to block out the sunlight in the mornings.
Fabrics are available in numerous types of pattern so it is easy to find a pattern that suits the color scheme of the finished room.
Floral fabrics will introduce the natural freshness associated with the garden into the bedroom. Although this style of pattern has an obvious home in a traditional setting, there is a wonderful range of contemporary florals now available.
Geometric patterns can be used to create very effective orderly schemes. Bold stripes will add height to a window and length to a bed.
Pictorial patterns are the ideal way to introduce a distinctive theme to a bedroom. Traditional toile fabrics, originating from 18th-century France, will bring a nostalgic, lightweight elegance to a bedroom setting, while modern pictorials such as heraldic imagery can create a theme.
Motif patterns are available in an extremely wide range of designs and can be used to create a very individual scheme.