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And so to bed

PUBLISHED: 17:43 28 July 2010 | UPDATED: 17:38 20 February 2013

And so to bed

And so to bed

Turn your bedroom into a haven of peace and tranquillity

Turn your bedroom into a haven of peace and tranquillity



The role of the bedroom has changed considerably in recent decades. As well as sleeping and storing clothes in it, were just as likely to use it for watching TV, listening to music, reading and generally relaxing.
Some of us even use the bedroom as a work space and most of us need to store clothes and other stuff in there.
But despite all this, bedrooms are often neglected. We accumulate clutter, make do with cramped space and inadequate storage, put up with poor lighting and tired soft furnishings.
Its difficult to relax in cluttered surroundings let alone get a good nights sleep, so if your bedroom could do with a makeover, here are some ideas.


Layout and furniture
Are you using space to the best advantage. Can you change the layout of the room? Where you place furniture will be dictated by the size and shape of your bedroom, the position of the windows, the door, fireplaces, radiators and suchlike.
Start with the bed as this takes up the most space. Dont push it against a wall. You need to be able to walk around it easily, ideally allow at least 2ft 6ins (75cm) clearance either side, which gives enough space for bedside cabinets.
It's a good idea to draw a scale floor plan of the room and the furniture you need, and experiment with layouts. If the rooms empty, lay full size newspaper cut outs on the floor, or mark out the area with string to make sure everything fits. Allow at least 1ft (30cm) in front of cabinets for drawers to open, and 2ft (60cm) for wardrobe doors to open outwards.
Bedroom furniture needs to be practical as well as good looking. Beds with storage, wardrobes with sliding doors that save space, bedside cabinets with deep drawers and solutions such as shelving and storage over the bed are all worth considering. Fitted wardrobes which enable you to store everything neatly hidden in one place are a great investment.


Decorating
The decor you choose will affect the rooms proportions and mood, so give it some careful thought.
Do you want a cool, soothing ambience, a romantic mood, a country feel or sheer luxury? Soft blues and greens are favourite shades for the bedroom, as theyre calming and tranquil for a good nights sleep. Pastel shades can turn a north-facing room cold, while pinks and lilacs will create warmth.
Strong, rich colours, such as sage and aubergine, turquoise or chocolate are quite dramatic, but look smart teamed with crisp white linen.
Natural shades are relaxing and you can add interest with bedlinen, throws and accessories in deeper tones or contrasting colours.
Energising colours to get you up in the morning include yellow, turquoise or cranberry. Try a feature wall, say behind the headboard of the bed, or soft furnishings at the window and on the floor.

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