Warwick AvenueContemporary Bedroom, Buckinghamshire
What Houzz contributors are saying:
Rock Manhattan styleIt takes courage to paint your walls a deep lead grey, but with the right lighting, mix of materials and standout features you can create a bedroom with real wow factor. Here, panelling breaks up the expanse of dark wall, while the striking pendant lights throw a sophisticated glow. Matt bedding is complemented with linen that has a slight sheen to help reflect light around the room, while the two richly patterned wooden bedside tables add interesting visual contrast.
Consider construction A natural duvet functions better if the filling is compartmentalised in some way to stop it moving too much during the night. ‘If the compartments are formed by just stitching the top and bottom layers through, this will create areas where there is no loft for insulation and heat from the body can escape,’ explains Monro. ‘A walled and channelled construction provides compartments separated by walls or baffles, thus allowing continuous insulation across the duvet. The long-channelled construction means that the filling can easily be kept in place.’
…not just any silk‘Ask any expert and they’ll tell you that mulberry silk is the absolute best silk,’ says Hunt. ‘We use 17 momme Charmeuse weave – it’s among the finest you can get. The fine grade of silk produced by the treasured mulberry silkworms creates bed linen with a softer feel and silkier drape.’ While such luxury inevitably comes with a higher price tag, if you care for your sheets they will last for years.
Smarten it upThe boutique hotel-style bedroom is still flying high on the interiors radar and it’s easy to see why. The crisp, smart look offers a low-key luxe style that’s easy to live with.Dress the bed with plain, clean-lined neutrals (think dove grey, pale biscuit and earthy taupe) in a blend of matt satin and Egyptian cotton sheets, pillowcases and covers, and finish off with a merino wool blanket. Don’t forget to channel your inner chamber maid by plumping up the cushions and getting rid of any rumples, for bed-making skills The Ritz would be proud of.
Is it time to replace your mattress?The general consensus is that you should replace your mattress every seven to eight years. ‘Even if it doesn’t show many outward signs of wear and tear, it may not be giving you the support and comfort you need to get a good night’s sleep,’ says Jamie King. ‘A sagging area in the middle of your bed is a sure sign a new mattress is needed. Other indicators include lumps and any creaking noises coming from the mattress during the night.’