Get a good night's sleep, in the perfect bed, as the clocks go forward tonight
PUBLISHED: 08:00 27 March 2016
When it comes to creating the perfect environment for a good night's sleep, your style is as important as the bed you choose...
Along with the right mattress, your bedstead or divan is the perfect platform to express your personality. And with March marking National Bed Month, there couldn’t be a better time to drift into comfortable slumber and design the bed (room) of your dreams.
We spend a third of our lives in bed, so having fun with fabrics and bedlinen will not only enhance your sleep experience, but help you unwind and relax in style - with the help of ornate headboards, luxurious thread counts, cosy throws or contemporary furnishings.
“A busy life doesn’t equal busy bedroom decor,” says Samantha Parish, interior design account manager at Hypnos beds. “If you’re someone that has a hectic work schedule or social life, then your bedroom space should be a sanctuary of clean lines, light colours and soft shades, and completely free from clutter. This bedroom style will help a busy mind to relax, and begin to calmly process the day’s thoughts before it’s time to sleep.”
Parish suggests a mattress with intuitive pocket springs that offer maximum support and helps to relieve pressure in the spine and muscles, allowing your body to fully relax and your mind to unwind.
Contemporary, clean lines complete the look and neutral tones will add a designer hotel bedroom vibe.
“A timeless, classic style has a regal feel and is subtle, formal and elegant,” says Parish. “It’s suited to the sleeper who likes to drift off to sleep in a calming environment without any form of chaos.
“Incorporate curved, French furnishings and soft feminine touches into the bedroom for a space that is both soothing and beautiful.”
Although more expensive than cotton, linen and velvets are on-trend - and a sumptuous satin throw, ornate chandelier and a boudoir cushion will create a feeling of timeless elegance. A grand, curved or winged headboard always looks lavish, or you can recline in comfort against a headboard dressed in silk satin with gorgeous button detail.
“For more traditional bedrooms, look towards ornate headboards with an interesting shape or luxurious detailing such as stud work,” says Adam Black, co-founder of Button & Sprung. “Divans work well in these environments and offer the luxury of extra storage.”
Try opting for a handmade, bespoke mattress, filled with organic cotton, British wool and silk, and tailored with genuine hand side-stitching for additional edge-to-edge support.
Textile designer Clarissa Hulse has launched a Boston Ivy range for the spring which combines ditsy vine and flowing tendril prints inspired by nature, with throws and cushions to complement the bed linen in Sulphur - a cheerful yellow that pairs well with leaf motifs and trailing plants to bring the outdoors into your bedroom.
“By opening the doors to all the lush greens of the English garden and the beautiful burnt oranges of the sunset, try using bold, natural prints with a heavy focus on leaves, which will act as a canopy to surround the bed and create the perfect tranquil environment for a day dreamer,” suggests Parish.
“If you’re after a bed for lounging on in the day, while offering the perfect conditions for sleep at night, then opt for a mattress with naturally soft and breathable layers of organic wool and camel hair, which help to regulate body temperature and ensure a fresh and hygienic night’s sleep,” says Parish. “Finish it off with an upholstered fabric headboard, which you can sit and read against in the day.”
Taking inspiration from her Scottish heritage, Lorraine Kelly has launched a Coast to Glen bedroom collection which features an array of checked fabrics alongside a grey, taupe and plum colour palette influenced by the rugged Highlands and Celtic shores.
Knitted throws and cushions are easily layered to team with the cool natural textures, such as stone and cottons.
“These are all pieces I would have in my own home and a lot of the collection is very much a reflection of the beautiful landscape, colours and atmosphere of the Outer Hebrides, which is a place I love,” says Kelly. “I wanted to bring elements of the Scottish outdoors into the home.”
Hypnos advises using a storage divan for this type of look, as it provides space to stash away Wellington boots, travel cases and woolly throws before spring.
“For the type of sleeper who likes to have all the comforts of home, but is a fan of the great outdoors, then a rustic country style can work well, says Parish. “The rich, warm-textured fabrics and eclectic collections of furniture, nick-nacks and accessories that hold special memories, mean the bedroom becomes a personal haven from the outside world.”