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Author: Gill Greenwell, Posted: Thursday, 24th October 2019, 09:00

There is nothing like that feeling of hunkering down in a warm, welcoming haven in the colder months. As the days get cooler, and we start focusing on hibernating for the winter, it’s a good time to think about refreshing our bedrooms.

The good news is, you don’t have to spend a fortune to create that special cosy space. Here are some ideas to get you started.

Create a calm space

Ideally your bedroom should be a calm sanctuary you can retreat to, but all too often it ends up being a messy space full of piles of clothes, unread books and old magazines – time to detox.

First up clear the clutter – organise your wardrobe and store your clothes away; donate books you’ll never read to a charity bookshop; recycle old magazines. Smartphones and tablets are known to interfere with a good night’s sleep, so minimise your stress levels and keep them out of reach.

Colour me beautiful

To create a restful haven, go for colours that make you feel happy and relaxed. Think warming soft neutrals, rich corals with washed indigos, or on-trend calming greens. Try a wallpaper with a natural motif as a backdrop for your bed (like Cole and Son’s “Tree” pattern) or create a restful photo wall.

I’ve painted my bedroom a lovely calm grey, and on one wall is Farrow and Ball’s beautiful Wisteria wallpaper. I love curling up on my bed with a cup of tea when I need some time out.

Add texture

Texture is all important, as it softens a space and will give your room a restful feel. Try adding knitted or velvet throws and cushions, soft rugs and blankets, which are having a bit of a moment, for when it gets chilly. I like welsh blankets for their colours and patterns (try Melin Tregwynt’s website for inspiration) or you could search out an antique quilt to create a vintage look.

Re-style your bed

It goes without saying that the most important element in a bedroom is a comfortable bed, so make sure you invest in the best you can afford.

I was recently reminded of the importance of styling your bed. It’s amazing what a difference you can make by using contrasting or toning colours and patterns for your bedlinen. It really doesn’t have to be all pristine white – try mixing and matching old and new.

Soft coloured, crumpled linen sheets are very on trend, as are different shaped pillows and cushions. You can so easily change the whole look of your room!

Finishing touches

Your bedroom is your personal space, it’s all about you. If you fancy something fun and unexpected, create an interesting shaped headboard in a bright patterned fabric (check out Firmdale Hotels Instagram for ideas) and don’t forget the all-important soft lighting.

Now all you need to do is make yourself a cup of luxurious hot chocolate, sink into your cosy bed, open that new book and allow yourself some time to dream.

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