How to choose the perfect bed
Here at LIV for Interiors, we love combining style and substance, particularly when it comes to getting a good night’s sleep.
Luckily, the experts at The French Bedroom Company know a thing or two about selecting the right bedframe, mattress and linen to create a haven for rest and relaxation.
So, lie back and get comfy as they show you how to achieve the best of both worlds, and make the most of a restful slumber from the heart of your very own boudoir.
Know your style
Are you a fan of clean, modern or classic French style? Is your bedroom for lounging or luxuriating? Are your accessories sharp or lavishly curvy? Getting your style right from the get-go is vital, so ask yourself how you’re going to use the space and what kind of atmosphere you want to capture, then you can apply this to your furniture style, as well as lighting, and then accessories. Your bed will undoubtedly be the largest item in your room, so make sure it’s the focal point and sets the style tone.
When choosing your bed style, consider these points to get it right first time:
1. If you’re tall, like watching TV in bed, or would like to create a sense of space in a more bijou room, then a bed without a footboard may be preferable.
2. If you like to read in bed, perhaps consider an upholstered headboard, as it’s softer to rest your head against, without having the fuss of rearranging pillows.
3. Do you intend to move home in the coming years, or perhaps like to change your décor regularly? If so, choose a neutral colour of bedframe, so it will coordinate with any base scheme, regardless of your current colour palette.
You spend a third of your life in your bedroom, so take time to get your bed just right!
Colour and texture
It's safe to say that there’s nowhere quite as calming and serene to lay your head at the end of the day than an all-white bedroom. Spa-like, airy and ethereal, this scheme compels relaxation and comfort, as all well-designed bedrooms should. If you’re sticking to just one colour, then ensure you use a variety of textures – silk throws, velvet cushions, pure linen bed linen, carved wood bedframe, and perhaps a marble or stone bedside bust.
All shades of white and cream add the dimension and visual interest usually brought about by colour. Consider all of the available surfaces, from ceiling to floor, as opportunities to add additional layers of textural intrigue – a sumptuous ivory Icelandic sheepskin to sink your toes into first thing in the morning is a luxurious finishing touch.
Consider your comfort
One of our biggest pleasures in life comes from climbing into bed at the end of a long day, with crisp linen, fluffy pillows and a freshly laundered duvet to send you into sweet slumber.
While aesthetic is important, there’s no coffee from Kenya to Costa Rica that beats a great night’s sleep! Your mattress is (we think) one of the most important purchases you can spend your hard-earned money on. Get the very best you can afford and use a topper if you prefer an extra layer of comfort and softness. Feather and down duvets and pillows provide the biggest snuggle factor and winter warmth combined with summer coolness, but if your budget doesn’t stretch to this, then our ‘Down Feel’ hypo-allergenic alternatives feel almost exactly the same as the real thing.
Think about bed linen
So, if your bed takes up the most bedroom ‘real estate’, then your bed linen is the most important accessory you can buy! Think about the design, but also consider the feel of various textures against your skin. Are you a 100% cotton sleeper, or do you prefer the breathability of pure 100% linen?
Accessorise with care
Make your space personal. Once your furniture, mattress and bed linen are set, add layers of decorative, loved accessories, as you would in any other space. A collection of personal photographs, favourite books, a lush green plant, a vase of fresh blooms, or a sentimental vase or keepsake box will all make the space your own, providing a feeling of comfort and familiarity.
Then, lay back and take time to breathe in your beautiful new retreat.