Whether you’re investing in a new headboard or luxurious bed linen, give your bedroom a glamorous makeover with these expert tips and decorating ideas. Story: Kara O’Reilly
Want to add a touch of five-star quality to your bedroom? There’s more to it than choosing the right bed linen. After all, the key to a good night’s sleep is a good mattress.
This bed is the centrepiece of your bedroom look, so go all-out and invest in a striking statement piece. Leafed Georgian four-poster bed, from £6,425, andsotobed.co.uk
Button & Spring is right on-trend with its range of shaped, upholstered and boldly coloured headboards. Even better, you can customise them to suit your own style. Rose double divan bed,from £895, buttonandsprung.com
Layer-up co-ordinating, high-thread-count bed lines for a luxurious boutique hotel feel. Jasmine oxford collection, from £15, Riviera white throw, £150 and Tracy white throw, £120 from yourfable.com
This four-poster gets updated for the 21st century. Pinner four-poster king-size bed, £985; bedside table, £245; all other times from heals.co.uk
What could be more cosseting and opulent than dressing your bed with pure silk bed linen?
Pearls 100% mulberry silk bedding, £28 -£539, gingerlily.co.uk
Have your bedroom furnishings upholstered in co-ordinating fabrics for a grown-up pulled-together look. Bed head covered in Dunoon dark navy, £49.50 per m; Canopy made from Blazer Stripe in dark navy, £29.50 per m, and armchair covered in Windsor dark navy, £64.50 per m.
With its elegant clean lines, the Aldeburgh bed is a timeless design. Keep it undressed for a more masculine feel or add drapery to feminise it a little.
Aldeburgh double bed, £1,585, sofasandstuff.com
Invest in some designer wallpaper and create a feature wall behind your bed head. Templeton bed, £3,485; Malachite wallpaper, £300 per roll, and Turner Pagoda side table, £1,650. All uk.jonathanadler.com
Now that colour is back in a big way, introduce patterned linens into your bedroom for an easy update. Margot Selby is a dab hand at creating subtle, graphic patterns in soft hues that stand the test of time. Blaze pillowcases, from £32 for a pair, and Blaze double duvet cover, £90. All margoselby.com
With a nod to elegant Art Deco styling, high-end bed supreme Simon Horn’s new Valentino design is hand-made from antiqued glass. Valentino super king bed, £6,700; Valentino bedside cabinet, £1,995, and Valentino four-drawer chest, £3,000. All simonhorn.com
The key to a really good night’s sleep is a good mattress and for one of those, look no further than mattress-making experts Vispring. It can make-to-measure its mattresses to fit antique beds, such as this upholstered French frame.
Shetland mattress, from £4,285, vispring.co.uk
The White Company is a fail-safe for gorgeous goes-with-everything bedding. Be inspired by its styling idea here and hang low pendants as bedside lights. Suffolk bed in Natural, from £1,750; Dorchester bed linen, £35-£190; Berkeley quilt and cushion, £30 – £350, and glass Orb chandeliers, from £175 each. All whitecompany.com
However, the key to creating beautiful boudoir lies in the art of dressing your bed, says Anne Barnes, the deputy head of housekeeping at Claridges.
‘All our specially-made Sleepeezee beds are made up with the following items: a thick mattress topper with a mattress protector on top of that,’ Barnes told us. ‘We use king-size 13.5 tog feather and down duvets, accompanied by four generous, extra-large feather and down pillows (50x100cm). These are then dressed in 300 thread count embroidered linen which is made in Italy for us by linen specialists, Rivolta. Hospital corners are a must when tucking in sheets, while a cashmere throw placed across the end of the bed is a lovely way to finish.’
Caring for your linen is just as important. ‘You should change your sheets weekly and wash them at 60 degrees,’ Barnes added. ‘Try to dry your linen outside if possible, and don’t over-dry in a tumble dryer as this makes it difficult to press. Freshly ironed bedding is lovely, although this is easy for us to do as we have a large professional presser through which we pass all our linen. At home you should fold your sheet or duvet in half, press one side and then the other.’
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