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Bedrooms: How to create your own stylish haven

27 March 2017

The bedroom is one of the most important areas for functional interior design. It is where you go to switch off and unwind, while also being one of the most used spaces in a home. Ensuring your bedroom’s style and colour is conducive to comfort and relaxation is an important consideration for all new home buyers. 

The average size of a Generation Homes master bedroom in three or four bedroom properties is a generous 3.73m x 3.86m. There are plenty of cost-effective ways to improve the functionality of your master suite without compromising on style. Check out these simple tips to ensure your new bedroom ticks all the right boxes. 


THE MOST IMPORTANT BIT OF FURNITURE 

In a master suite, the bed should be the focal point because it sets the purpose and function of the space. Positioning your bed in the middle of the room ensures it’ll be the main attraction. 


Styling your bed is another important design consideration, as this will set the tone for the rest of the room. Ensure you choose bedding that is aligned with the overall look and feel that you are trying to achieve whether it’s a neutral Scandinavian theme, minimalist vibe or contemporary style. 


Striking the right balance with decorative pillows can also be difficult as it’s easy to fall into the trap of too many pillows or not enough. It’s best to aim for between two to six pillows, however this will depend on the size of your bed and each individual pillow. Decorative pillows will ensure your bed looks inviting and beautiful, without being an effort to actually get into.


Headboards can be simple and understated or a more dramatic feature in bedrooms. Whichever option you chose remember to tie your headboard in with your bedside tables and drawers to create a sense of cohesion throughout the space. Placing items of furniture (that are of similar shape and style) in a symmetrical fashion eases the mind, making it easier to relax in bedrooms. 


COLOURS TO RELAX 

Choosing the right colour scheme for your bedroom can really make or break the space. The most popular colours are neutral, warm, earthy or pastel tones because of the soothing, natural qualities they exude. Bright colours are best used in small doses in bedrooms as they can make you feel more lively and awake due to their vibrancy and intensity. 


Once you have picked your base colour/s, have a play around with other shades and hues until you find the perfect palette. All colours should complement each other to ensure the space looks fresh and timeless. If you’re stuck for inspiration, check out Dulux’s 2017 colour forecast – you’ll have a restful looking room in no time, making it easy to doze off or simply relax. 


NO TECH IN SIGHT 

A trend that is really taking off in new homes is ‘no tech in sight’. While the trend has largely taken hold in open plan kitchen, dining and lounge areas, it’s now spreading to other areas of the home. We live in an age where we rely heavily on technology and sometimes finding ways to just switch off can be the best form of personal therapy. There’s no better place to give yourself some much needed rest and relaxation than the bedroom. 


International studies have shown that relaxation, sleeping and relationships are improved by removing technology from bedrooms. The harsh backlighting that accompanies many devices also makes it harder to fall asleep. By going tech-free, your bedroom will become a much more relaxing place to visit – a calming oasis inside your home.