Nothing makes a room as warm-feeling as a cheerful mixture of patterns. Try a floral bedspread, geometric ethnic-style wallpaper or hangings, and silky cushions in jewel tones. For the full Aladdin’s Cave effect, add colored paper lampshades.
If dreamy simplicity and a quiet atmosphere is more your style, keep walls pastel–the fashionable grey-lilac range is ideal. Add a delicately patterned bedspread in a soft peaceful shade, such as old-fashioned Wedgewood blue for a Zen-like calm.
For the ultimate in a romantic throw, go for an interesting texture. Cable-knit bedspreads look and feel wonderful, or make your own version from patchwork squares in a combination of knitted and fabric squares or triangles.
Use wall space
An overcrowded room doesn’t feel cozy, only cluttered. In a small room, try wall-mounted bedside lights and a dressing table lamp so they don’t occupy precious floor space. It frees up more space for books on your nightstands too!
Cast-iron bed frame
If you’re lucky enough to find a vintage bed frame, preferably in iron with curly flourishes, you have an instant cozy atmosphere! Even a reproduction gives a room an air of history and peacefulness that is very appealing.
Soft fabric drapes
Depending on your privacy needs, the lighter and softer your drapes, the sweeter and cozier your bedroom atmosphere. If you can’t go for light muslin because you need blackout drapes, go for retro velvet for an air of luxury.
Keep a top-up throw folded over the end of the bed, to use as a comforting shawl for that Sunday morning cup of tea, or just for sitting up and reading. So much more elegant than an old-fashioned robe!
Try a wooden storage trunk, painted in a pastel shade, to double up as a nightstand. It gives a homey feel, storage for extra pillows and blankets, and leaves plenty of space on top for bedside essentials.
Snuggly bedside rug
A cozy bedroom cries out for a soft furry rug to sink your toes into when you get out of bed! This year’s trend for faux fur fabrics, like synthetic flokati, is perfect!
- Make a feature of your bedspread. Try contrasting patterns for a treasure-trove look, a delicate blue pattern for a peaceful atmosphere, or a textured bedspread for a homey feel.
- Utilize an old storage or blanket chest for extra snuggly blankets, throws, and cushions. It gives you nightstand space as well!