I’m not usually massively involved in decorating ideas around the house; Mari usually decides on all that sort of thing, and I’m always happy how it turns out! Recently we’ve been thinking about having a bit of an overhaul of the main bedroom, however, and she asked me for a male perspective on the subject. So I immersed myself in the frankly overwhelming amount of advice and information online and came up with the following ideas.
I’ve never been over-keen on spending money unnecessarily, so anything that’s going to look dated quickly is right out. We don’t want to be going through the whole process again in a year’s time! The most important thing to bear in mind when designing a bedroom is to keep things neutral and simple. There’s a reason top-class hotel rooms look like they do; no hotel chain wants to have to update everything more often than they need to, and clean, modern design never goes out of style.
The bed is naturally the most important thing to consider. Healthy sleep is everything these days, and a decent bed (in a well-designed, quiet room) goes a long way to ensuring a good night. You don’t have to spend a packet to get a good-quality, classic-style bed; online firm BedStar have this leather bedstead, which I’d be tempted to couple with a memory foam mattress. They’ll do next day delivery as well.
Keeping the overall look neutral solves several issues; firstly, it’s less likely to date; secondly, it makes for a calmer sleep environment, and thirdly, if you want to add a bit of colour, you can do so with (for example) bed linen or a picture or two. Paint-wise, Dulux do a range of neutral colours that they group into warmer and cooler varieties.
I think wooden blinds always look good, though they can be tricky to keep clean. It’s important to get them correctly measured and fitted or they’ll let in too much light. If we go for the blinds option I’ll hopefully be using a Welsh company called Millennium Blinds. They have a great range and a showroom in Cardiff, but they’ll come to the house and show you samples before fitting.
Finally we come to the issue of flooring. The great debate here is whether to go with wood – which I like – or carpet. The arguments against wood is that it can take more maintenance, and also that it can be noisy for anyone below. On the plus side, a good quality wooden floor looks fantastic, it adds to the value of your home, and it reduces dust, which keeps people with allergies awake at night. I’m definitely in favour of it – I just need to get it past Mari now!