Your bedroom is a sanctuary where you should be able to relax and unwind at the end of the day. Designing your bedroom well is crucial to creating a space that meets all of your needs. A tall headboard, soft carpet, and an abundance of cushions all contribute to creating a perfect bedroom. Choosing the right paint colour and lighting scheme is also essential to getting the look and atmosphere of your bedroom just right. Don't forget about clever bedroom storage, too, to keep your bedroom serene and clutter-free.
We've picked our top 11 new ideas, from soft cushions to statement headboards, to inspire you to refresh your bedroom look.
1. Use a layered lighting scheme
Lighting can change the entire ambiance of your room. Choose different lights for different activities – a bright pendant light for practical tasks, a table lamp for reading, or make a statement with a floor lamp. This can be placed behind an armchair for a cosy reading spot, or in a dark corner to brighten the space.
The Copper Delight Floor Lamp,from The French Bedroom Company will add warmth and style to any bedroom instantly.
2. Try colour blocking for a fresh paint colour scheme
Embrace bold and bright bedroom paint colours by using blocks of the same shade throughout your space. This works best with contrasting colours, such as blue and yellow, green and pink, red and blue, or any combination that you love.
3. Choose practical and stylish bedroom storage
A wardrobe is a key focal point in your bedroom. It's a good idea to consider exactly how much storage space you need. A wooden wardrobe is timeless and can sit back in any scheme. A mirrored wardrobe will visually enhance the size of your bedroom – and look smart, too.
We love The Premium Midi Fitted Wardrobe Panelling in Blush from Spaceslide.
4. Choose the best bedroom window treatment
Curtains or blinds are essential in any bedroom – but what about a small bedrooms that doubles up as home office or study? Reinvent your bedroom for multi-purpose use with the correct window treatment. Consider window film, which will give you some privacy without excluding natural light.
We like the functional and pretty Eureka Border Film from Purlfrost. Its design is discreet enough not to disrupt a bedroom design scheme, but it will also add a bit of interest to your window.
5. Make a dramatic statement with soft furnishings
Soft furnishings are a great way of creating a new look in your bedroom, since they can be easily swapped for something different next season. For an opulent, headily romantic look, try cushions and throws in an elaborate, oriental print. Combine with distressed walls for a contemporary edge.
We love the outrageously luxurious Oriental Botanica Velvet Cushions in Pewter Grey from The French Bedroom Co.
6. Choose a bed frame with a statement headboard
Plain wooden bed frame? So over. To inject your bedroom with an element of fun and novelty, choose a bed with an unusual, colourful headboard. But be mindful of how this kind of bed will work with the other furniture in your bedroom; it may be best to keep the rest of the room pared down.
Our favourite is the Ariel Upholstered Bed from Sweetpea & Willow. Its seashell-shaped headboard is right on the mermaid trend, without looking childish, and the delicate blue colour will look great in most bedrooms.
7. Revamp your bedroom with a botanical wallpaper
The botanical wallpaper trend is still going strong – floral and plant patterns add interest to any room, and there is a wide choice of styles out there to suit all tastes. Go for a bold, tropical pattern for an opulent boudoir effect, or choose a more delicate, muted design for a more subtle look.
Our pick is the dreamy, Japanese-inspired Classic Hua Trees Mural Wallpaper from Sian Zeng.
8. Go contemporary with an industrial bedside table
Ditch bulky, boxy wooden bedside tables for a streamlined, metal unit that will instantly modernise the look of your bedroom. Choose one that offers plenty of storage, too. Combine your industrial-style unit with mellow, neutral soft furnishings for a pleasing contrast.
Our pick is the robust and striking Industrial Style Bedside Table from Cox & Cox.
9. Choose a blanket box that doubles up as a seat
An ottoman or bench can transform your bedroom into a more sociable space – use as an extra seat, or a coffee table for an indulgent breakfast in bed. Bedroom storage and bedroom furniture in one, what's not to love?
The Linen Look Blanket Box from Angel & Boho is roomy and has a lovely, smooth finish.
10. Choose colourful bedlinen for a fresh look
For an instant and quick update, bold, colourful bedding can transform the look of your space. Swap your plain white bedlinen for something that will make a bit more of a statement; we recommend sticking to just one colour, though, if it's especially bright.
We like the Lazy Linen in Kingfisher from Loaf.
11. Create a colour accent with a bedroom rug
Neutral colours will always work for bedroom rugs – but if you are feeling a bit more adventurous, choose one with a bold pattern or in a bright colour. Then accent the rest of the room with bedlinen and furniture in similar colours; you don't need to match the shade exactly, but it's a good idea to tick to one main colour and explore different shades.
We like the vibrant Farrago Hanging Gardens Rug from Khayma, available at Modern Rugs.