BEDROOM INSPIRATION: 10 DECORATING IDEAS FOR A COSY BEDROOM
Can you think of anything more wonderful, more heavenly, then collapsing into bed at the end of the day? Us neither. And don’t get us started on the joys of an afternoon nap. Your bedroom is more than a place to sleep though. Ideally, it should be your personal retreat and calming sanctuary where you recharge. With winter well and truly upon us, it’s never been a better time to explore some hibernation inspiration.
KEY BEDROOM TRENDS THIS WINTER
We’re not suggesting you jump on every trend going. But winter is all about being cosy; a trend that is never going to date. Most of the design movements shaking things up in 2019 can be easily translated to your bedroom. By swapping over a few key pieces, you can give a nod to the so-hot-right-now trends of maximalism or sustainability, by introducing as much or as little as you like. Or you can effortlessly refresh your whole room by swapping over a few key bedding, storage or décor pieces in winter hues to up the cosy vibes.
1. START WITH A WINTER PALETTE
When it comes to choosing a colour palette for your boudoir, it seems that anything goes right now. Bright colours, pastels, mint, sage, and all the variables of beige being lauded by one expert or another as the ‘it’ colours this season. Having said all that, it is a truth universally acknowledged that darker tones such as navy, forest green, all the greys, black and rich pink are simply more winter-esque. Let’s simplify this. Ideally, your bedroom will have a neutral or limited colour palette with a mix of warm and cool hues for balance. The key to introducing winter colours in your bedroom is to keep those gorgeous winter tones – whatever you choose – to an accent colour for the décor. This way you can swap them in or out depending on your mood or the season. Linen, pillows, throws, lighting and art are all good places to start. A good rule of thumb to remember is that more colour plus more contrast equals a very busy space. Probably something you want to avoid in your bedroom.
2. LAYER UP YOUR TEXTILES
Winter is the time to really lean into all the moody, textural richness you can muster. We are talking rugs, throws, upholstered headboards, pillows, and more pillows. For example, you could have linen on the curtains and doona, velvet on the headboard, cotton pillows, a really textured throw and shag rug. Even if all your textiles are the same colour, all that textured goodness will keep it from looking flat and dull.
3. BRING OUT YOUR WINTER BEDDING
Speaking of textiles, this is the time to swap over your linen. Stow your cotton sheets and bring out flannelette sheets (swoon), warm layers, heavy quilts and drape with a throw for that perfectly rumpled undone look. Sweet dreams.
4. PILE ON THE CUSHIONS AND PILLOWS
Cushion covers are an easy and affordable update and could well be one of the easiest ways to transition your bedroom from summer loving to winter luxe. Try a long bolster pillow on your bed for a polished look. It’s also easy to remove when it’s time for some slumber.
5. RICE PAPER LANTERNS ARE ALWAYS IN STYLE
Originally designed by Isamu Noguchi in 1951, rice paper lanterns are a true design icon that blends ideas of Japanese handcraft and modernist form. There has, of course, been a slew of interpretations since then and these delicate beauties are having a serious design moment right now. Their soft form and diffused light mean they are a perfect option for a dreamy bedroom that is right on trend without breaking the bank.
6. SUSTAINABILITY IN THE BEDROOM
With sustainability well and truly established as a key design movement across fashion and interiors, this is a future-proof trend to embrace if you are giving your bedroom a refresh. Earthy tones and well-made pieces from natural materials are a shortcut to creating a soft, cocoon-like sanctuary where you can recharge. If this doesn’t sound like the perfect winter bedroom, we don’t know what does! Think chic jute mats underfoot to provide a visual and sensory reminder of the outside world and raffia pendant lights hanging overhead.
7. ALL OUT MAXIMALISM
After years of waiting in the wings while minimalism took centre stage, the time has now come for maximalism to shine. With hygge and comfort-orientated decor taking over our homes in the best possible way. Maximalism is making its way into our bedrooms via lush colours and rich vignettes on the bedside table. Pro tip: If you’re going to display all your treasures, consider arranging them on a tray and they will look thoughtfully curated rather than an OTT mess.
8. A SOFTER VERSION MAXIMALISM FOR A QUIET NIGHT
Soft maximalism or, as some are calling it, quiet maximalism, is essentially a dialled down version of the all-out maximalism we are seeing all over our social media feeds at the moment. It still celebrates all the textures, patterns, eclecticism and visual interest, but is altogether more restrained. Add a touch of greenery and, voila, you have created the cosy bedroom of dreams that virtually guarantees you a good night’s slumber on these chilly winter nights.
9. TRY A TUFTED HEADBOARD
Texture? Comfort? Style? Yes, yes and yes. A tufted headboard will create magic in your bedroom and take the whole look to luxurious yet cosy in the blink of an eye. Whether you are minimalist, boho devotee, or enjoy the look of understated luxury, there will be an upholstered headboard for you.
10. INDOOR PLANTS ARE FOR WINTER
Time spent connecting with nature is crucial. But when it’s this cold outside, it can be hard to feel motivated to get out there and soak up the greenery. It’s time to bring the outdoors indoors. A few (or a lot) of indoor plants in your bedroom will go a long way to keep you feeling fresh and inspired. Mix up the pots and planters to keep it looking fresh and fun.