Creating a new look in a bedroom doesn’t have to mean an entire makeover, with all the expense and hassle that can entail. It’s entirely possible to change the style and bring an up-to-the-minute look to your bedroom through the clever choice of colour, and introducing new bed coverings and curtains.
Next team bed sets with matching curtains for a chic co-ordinated look, in soft floral designs, or American Pioneer patchwork quilts. For a more sophisticated style with long-lasting appeal, layering bed throws of cream and palest coffee with a white quilted silk throw, and replicating the colours with Parisian pleated linen curtains gives a sense of space and light to a smaller bedroom. If you are lacking window space, a novel idea for the autumn is to drape material across a wall in generous folds, and pick up the theme in your window curtains. You can play with contrasting or matching colours in your use of material such as net curtains, and some of this season’s deep cerise pinks contrasted with a touch of lime green creates a modern and fun look in a bedroom.
Imaginative uses of detailing can link your decor : the same print on curtains and duvet cover, but in subtly different shades of blue, for instance. If you are planning to replace your bed, consider how you might match your new purchase with a different window dressing. White plantation blinds look fabulous with a white painted wood bed, and a traditional French “bateau lit” style bed can be complemented by heavy gold silk curtains.
Having an eye for detail extends to planning how you will hang your curtains, and the design of the pleating. While a simple wrought-iron curtain pole can look just right teamed with a modern bright contrasting striped fabric, it may not be the best choice for a more traditional material such as velvet. Deep headings work well with some materials, while lighter and lacier curtains can look good gathered in looser folds from wooden rings.
Modern variations on the four-poster are still popular, although much more pared-down in design than the enormous wooden beds that our ancestors might have slept in! Draping swathes of material from the frame to the floor gives a touch of luxury and femininity to your bedroom.