The creation of a nicely made, comfortable bed is an issue seldom considered a priority.
And yet, we spend almost a third of our lives in bed sleeping, resting, reading a book, getting close with our partner.
A restful, good night's sleep contributes to high work productivity, fortifies our health and safeguards our good mood and energy.
A beautifully made bed uplifts our spirits and mentally prepares us to rest.
It is no coincidence that the greatest hotel chains have elevated bed comfort and decoration to a whole science.
As a result, whether for personal use, your companion, your guests, for commercial purposes , it is definitely worth dedicating some time to properly designing a beautiful, comfortable bed -which (anyhow) takes centre stage in the bedroom.
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Invest in Bed Comfort - by Making the Right (not the Expensive) Choices!
Do some market research and choose the right mattress for you.
The right mattress isn’t a one-size-fits-all thing. All of us have different bodily needs.
The right mattress allows the body to rest, supports our neck, is comfortable enough to aid proper blood circulation and absorb the pressure from the feet, pelvis and shoulders.
Cover the mattress with a fabric protector so as to shield it from sweat, odours and dust.
Add an extra touch of comfort to your sleep by using a topper.
It's an additional, thin mattress placed over the conventional one, which offers your body unique comfort during sleep.
The choice of pillows is also crucial for sleep quality. Expensivepillows are not necessarily the best since they too are a personal issue.
Certainly, we need to take into account the material the pillow is padded with because for most of us, synthetic materials may cause allergies.
Would you like your bed to offer 5-star-hotel comfort? Adopt the practice followed by great hotel resorts, such as Accor Sofitel.
- Use a mattress (not necessarily expensive) with flexible enough coils so that it won’t require frequent replacement.
- Place a plush featherbed atop.
- Choose a cosy duvet.
- Use good quality linen.
- Use 2 fluffy pillows for each person.
- The back pillows should contain 50% down and50% feather so that it can sufficiently support the head and neck, taking their shape.
- The front pillow should be very fluffy and made of micro-fibre.
The combination of a stable mattress, a plush featherbed and good linen bedding will offer an experience of luxury and rest.
A fluffy microfibre pillow will resemble sleeping on clouds, the back pillow will ensure comfort and their combination will guarantee the absolutely personalised enjoyment of a good night's sleep.
Decorate it beautifully, promising comfort, freshness and luxury.
As we said, in order for your bed to look as cosy and comfortable as the ones featured in 5-star-hotel photographs, the secret is this: many layers of sheets, duvets and blankets along with the appropriate fluffy pillows.
However, because it is impossible to renew all the sheet colours every time the season trends change, the answer is white.
Using good quality white cotton bedsheets, pillow cases and duvet covers, add various colours depending on the season and layering with extra light blankets, fur throws or decorative fabrics in order to make bed runners.
- Don’t try to combine the headboard colour with the decorative fabric because the outcome will end up too classic and band. Go for bold, contradictory colour combinations and original materials, such as cashmere, faux fur and ethnic fabrics.
- If you wish your room and sheets to look even whiter than they are, then pick a runner in a natural beige woolen fabric. The close comparison of the two shades will make your sheets seem whiter still!
Cover the bed legs with a plain dustruffle if they don't look beautiful. Infact, by doing this, you can create storage space under the bed, which is not obvious.
In addition, use 2 big pillows (square or horizontal) against the bed backboard and another two smaller ones right in front of them in a regular-size bed.
In a king-size bed, lay three sizeable pillows at the back.
For a more modern outcome, complete your decoration using a long rectangular mid cushion or two, even three small square decorative cushions with beautiful colours and designs.
Finally, place your bed at the bestpoint in the room so that you can face a beautiful sight in front, be that the view out of the window, a beautiful decorative recommendation or a work of art.
As we said: the bed has the leading role in the room!
A successful bed becomes even better in the right surroundings.
Make the right choices in lighting.
Say no to a central light over the bed: it’s a completely wrong choice in the bedroom.
Select alternative lighting sources, such as side wall lamps with dimmers, table or floor lamps, lamps hanging above the bedside tables or led strips that create secret lighting.
Choose the right bedside table.
One of the biggest mistakes usually made while furnishing the bedroom concerns the bedside table size.
Oftentimes, there are large beds coupled with small bedside tables, other times the opposite. For this reason, extra attention must be paid to perfect symmetry.
- Don’t hesitate to style different style and size bedside tables for a modern and youthful outcome.
- A beautiful small table, some vintage suitcases, a nice chair, a pile of books or magazines, a tree trunk are but a few of the many choices you have for a more original decoration style by your bed.
- If your bedside tables form a pair, then combine them with different lamps.
They can also carry your personal tray with the items necessary for comfortable sleep.
The combination of a jug with a glass of water, a wonderful book and a nice lamp does not only serve the beautiful aesthetics of the photographs we see on blogs and Pinterest, but also aims at offering undisturbed sleep.
Select a beautiful armchair or an extra bench at the foot of the bed (if there is enough space).
Besides giving you the opportunity to leave your clothes there temporarily, it will also offer your bedroom comfort and luxury.
Lay a soft rug.
The sensation the carpet will give you, as you take the first step getting out of bed, is unique.
Choose a soft, all-time-classic, stylish rug and give your bedroom incomparable comfort and elegance.
Choose colours which calm you down and are pleasant to look at when waking up.
Everything in the bedroom should contribute to your personal well-being.
Among the many colour palettes proposed by the great colour houses, theone that we choose for the bedroom should also offer us the same sensation.
- Before you make your choice, remember: Cold shades contribute to a calm atmosphere, warm colours bring energy, while soft pale shades breathe a sense of relaxation.
Mount a beautiful work of art or elegant pictures on the wall.
Choose an artwork that speaks to your heart and make it the centre piece of your bedroom decoration.
Go for something that inspires you and brings you joy every time you gaze at it.
Alternatively, hang beautiful photographs on the walls that will add style and character to your space.
Create a theme room
Choose a beautiful wallpaper that lifts your spirits and combine it with your curtains and bed linen.
Create a unique space that will enable your mind to travel and dream away; beautiful decoration can offer limitless opportunities!
If your choice of wallpaper increases your overall decoration expenses, there are alternative ways to create smart hacks with little money and plenty of imagination.
Cover two big stretchers with your favourite wallpaper and place them behind the headboard.
Hang or lean beautiful mirrors
Mirrors are one of the smartest and most tasteful decorative elements in the bedroom.
They instantly make a room look bigger and brighter.
Take your pick among unique and stylish frame choices and upgrade your room décor.
Happy decorating and sweet dreams!