Chelsea HouseTransitional Bedroom, London
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Finalise unfinished DIY projectsMany of us decorate the public areas in our home first, and end up relegating private spaces to the end of the list. If you’ve been halfway through your bedroom project for a while, make time to lavish some love on the room where you spend a third of your life. Book some time in your diary and set a deadline for finishing the decorating project, so you can put away the tester pots, wallpaper samples and tools lurking in the corner. It’s important you can rest in your room and not be reminded of what you have to do.
Measure the pieces you plan to takeLarge furniture items, such as beds, can be hard to part with, but will they work in your new home? Make an inventory of your existing furniture, art and accessories and decide what you plan to put where, measuring everything to see whether it will fit. Try to find alternative uses for pieces you really love. For example, a large hall table could become a functional desk in your new home.
Choose classic cottonCrisp white cotton sheets with a high thread count are one of life’s simple pleasures. They don’t have to cost the earth, either, as you can shop for bargains online. For a luxurious feel, look for linens with a thread count above 200, which means there are 200 threads per square inch of fabric. Choose a percale weave if you prefer a crisper feel, or opt for sateen if you like it to be smooth. Egyptian cottons tend to be of the highest quality.In this soothing sleep space, the pale blue throw, wallpaper and headboard make an uplifting yet subtle contrast to the classic white bed linen. The crisp Oxford pillowcases with fabric border and stitching create a luxurious hotel feel.
Pair with patternRather than a block of colour, dilute the impact of soft blue or lavender by incorporating it with pattern. Here, a paisley design brings some pale blue into this predominantly white bedroom, adding interest without steering the space towards a too-colourful look.Discover why a blue and white scheme is a winner
Insist on crisp linensA beautifully made bed using crisp sheets, a freshly laundered duvet cover and pristine pillowcases is a number one priority for the guest bedroom.Stick to pure white or pastel shades for a serene night’s sleep and ensure all pillow and mattress protectors (musts for guest rooms) are squeaky clean, too. Mattresses should be turned and switched frequently to ensure comfort is kept to the very maximum. Finish off your bed with a chocolate treat for a little touch of luxury.See more in this guest room series and discover how to beef up your spare room storage
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Small-space layout tip: If you have a compact guest room, it’s important to position the bed properly for optimal flow. One easy way to do this is by marking out the area where the bed will go on the floor using painter’s tape. Try opening the door and walking all around the bed area to check if there is enough space to move freely. It’s OK to tuck a small bedside table behind the door if you are tight on space (as shown here), but ideally nothing should impede the door swing and the path around the bed. If you simply can’t make the layout work using your painter’s tape mock-up, that could be a sign you need to use a smaller bed.