Mosman Uncovered: How To Create The Ultimate Bedroom Retreat
By LORI MURRAY
We spend more than one-third of our lives in the bedroom, but it’s often one of the most overlooked spaces in our homes.
Many clients I work with admit to neglecting bedrooms as they’re not a “public” part of the house. But our sleeping quarters are without a doubt, the most important room in our lives.
It’s the place where we begin and end each day - so it makes sense that the room we spend most of our lives in makes us feel good!
Here are a few key tips when it comes to creating the ultimate bedroom retreat:
There’s nothing like crisp clean bedding to crawl into at the end of the day. I always recommend 100% linen sheets, which are now available everywhere – they get softer with every wash, keep you warm in winter, cool in summer - and their soft colour palettes compliment any interior.
Layer a linen coverlet with a blanket or quilt folded at the end of the bed for when the nights are a little cooler. And always make your bed in the morning! That tiny chore makes a huge difference when you walk into your bedroom at the end of the day!
Online, Pond in Mosman stocks the most stunning range of Bedouin Societe bed linen, and THIS WEEK ONLY you can purchase it for a massive 30 per cent off its regular price as part of a special "Summer Nights" promotion (Pro tip: BE QUICK - visit pond-pond.com!)
Also on the web, Cultiver has a beautiful colour palette available to mix and match with some of their patterned silk cushions.
The Curious (on Military Rd just across from Accoutrement) stocks “In Bed”, another gorgeous linen range with beautiful colours and styles.
Sheridan in Mosman stocks a linen range called Abbotson, that comes in a popular range of colours. Pro tip: bookmark this link for sale time!
As well as ensuring you have natural light and fresh air, make sure you have a couple of lighting sources.
Ideally your main light should be on a dimmer switch – easily lowered as you unwind at bedtime. Lamps, wall lights or pendants next to the bed for reading are also essential.
If space in the room permits, I also like to allow for a feature lamp on a credenza or corner table.
When selecting window coverings, look for a combination of sheer or semi sheer for daytime privacy (linen or linen-look romans or curtains are a fabulous idea) – and use a heavier fabric that can be drawn across at night.
Plantation shutters are another great option, as they can be angled to let in fresh air while still maintaining your privacy.
NEUTRALS AND TEXTURES:
Generally, colour is kept to a minimum in bedrooms. If we do introduce some, it’s usually limited to one or two muted tones, in a favourite artwork or soft furnishings.
With bedrooms it’s important to focus more on textures and subtle patterns, like soft wool rugs (Zouk on Military Rd has lots of vintage overdyed options), linen curtains, indoor plants and fresh flowers.
Papaya http://www.papaya.com.au in Mosman has a beautiful range of ceramics and vases in soft organic shapes that are perfect grouped together, or used as a vase for your blooms.
If space permits, aim to have one spot to sit (but not on the bed!)
Try a bench at the foot of the bed, or a chair and small table in the corner, layered with a cushion or throw.
Manyara Home http://manyarahome.com.au/slideshow/ has a range of unique occasional chairs to create a beautiful feature in any corner.