You’re supposed to spend seven hours a day in bed, so you might as well do it in style.
A panel of 15 experts in sleep medicine and research, gathered by The American Academy of Sleep Science and the Sleep Research Society, recently concluded that seven hours is the magic number when it comes to the amount of sleep you need to stay healthy.
If we’re going to be spending that much time in the bedroom, then, we want it to look inviting. Darren James from Darren James Interiors says the colour trend for bedrooms this summer will be soft, blushed and muted colours including dusty pinks, pale dusty greens and soft smoky blues.
“This subdued yet refreshing colour palette works beautifully with a lot of the blonde, oak and raw timbers we are seeing in the way of bedroom furniture,” he says.
“The style can be as subtle or as all out as you want it to be. If you are on the more cautious side, stick with a more neutral pallet and start accessorising with cushions, artwork or smaller décor pieces.
“For a more sophisticated and dramatic look, strong petrol, peacock and indigo blues are popular colour choices and can look stunning when incorporated as upholstered bed heads or in other upholstery or soft furnishings.”
Darren says metallic elements are a great way to accessorise.
“Small touches are key – gold, copper, bronze, pewter and patina accents in the form of picture frames or side tables, even cushions. And don’t be afraid to mix up the metallic finishes,” he says.
Young Brisbane designer Claire Stevens says patterned wall paper and feature walls are also a great way to jazz up the bedroom.
“There are some beautiful prints out at the moment which can really freshen up a space and change the way it feels completely,” she says. “If your bed is plain with minimal pattern I would add a patterned wallpaper to the space.
“If there is already a lot of pattern in the room, I would recommend taking a key colour and painting the walls to complement, but not compete with the space.”
Claire says when designing your room, make sure you don’t go too overboard on patterns or colour.
“Start by selecting the key pieces in the room (new or existing) such as the bed, bedside tables, lamps and any other furniture,” she says. “Then choose the decorative objects that will add character to your bedroom. In a bedroom I usually keep the bed head and bed linen plain and add colour and pattern with decorative cushions or upholster an armchair in a beautiful fabric to finish off a space.”
Claire believes adding a beautiful bed head will create a feature in the room which will allow you to change things around it.
“Choose a plain fabric with contrast piping or a small pattern that can easily have new bed linen and decorative cushions bought to match each season,” she says. When it comes to flooring and carpet, Andersens Flooring design specialist Susan Jordan says neutral colours are the way to go.
“We’re not going to see a lot of colour in flooring or carpet this summer, just the neutral colours like beige and warm greys,” she says. “I believe that flooring should be a nice backdrop to a room. You want to stay neutral, and then add the dazzling colours like a feature wall or bright furniture.
“It makes it much easier to replace, if you get sick of the colour or it goes out of fashion.”
Susan says the type of flooring you should have in your bedroom really depends on personal preference.
“Timber is easier to maintain and it’s very low maintenance, whereas carpet is really good for people who have asthma and sinus problems.
“But it really depends on what suits the family. I think there has to be a balance between personal taste and what’s in trend.”