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Bedroom styling mistakes to avoid

Not taking your time to invest in quality bedding

A dead giveaway that you haven’t invested in quality pieces in your bedroom is the inserts you use for your linen and pillowcases. Of course this often comes down to budget but where you can it’s wise to invest in the following items. Warning, you may never want to leave your bed ever again however!

1.     Choosing the right pillows – no one wants to look at a beautifully styled bedroom only to notice there are mismatched or pancake flat pillows on the bed. Invest in at least two of the same pillow inserts (like these ones) so your bed pillows look consistent on the bed. But as people like different firmness in their pillows, it’s great to have one like the Koala Pillow which is firm on one side, and soft on the other! Find out if the Koala Pillow is right for here you.

2.     Switch your doona up each season – opt for wool in winter and feather in summer for a lighter weight option.

3.     Research your mattress – don’t scrimp on your mattress choice, it’s what you lie on for a third of your life so you want to be sure you’re comfortable! I recommend looking at a mixture of expert reviews, and customer feedback when trying to find the right mattress for you. A very popular mattress choice is the Koala Mattress which is Australia’s highest rated mattress brand, and has over 15,000 5 star reviews. Find out if the Koala Mattress is right for you here!

Customer @hjudd

Forgetting The Flooring

The focus doesn’t always have to be on the bed in the bedroom. If you have wooden floorboards in your bedroom, having a nice plush rug placed under at least three quarters of the bed will make the room feel nice and cosy. Plus, it’s much nicer to step out of bed in winter time onto a nice soft rug than the cold floor boards.

Forgetting Decorative Elements

You don’t need to spend a fortune to have a beautiful looking bedroom, it’s all about investing in some key pieces, using colour and pattern wisely and thinking about proportions and size when you go out to purchase the big ticket items.

Customer @bunnybernice

When it comes to deciding on your colour palette, try and work in three to five colours. They don’t necessarily need to be completely different colours, you could vary the tones of one colour. For example you might love navy, hot pink and mint green and then you use sky blue (a variation on navy blue) and pastel pink (a lighter tone of hot pink) to make up your five colours. It’s wise to keep the bolder colours to the smaller more moveable pieces in the bedroom such as decorative cushions. That way if you get sick of them in a year or two they aren’t too expensive to replace.

Two or three decorative scatter cushions placed on the bed in soft pastel tones or velvet textures will help add some character and personalisation to the room. Then hanging art such as framed prints or stretched canvas frames above your bed in complementary colours is also a great way to tie your scatter cushion colours in with the rug and bedhead in the room.

Customer @wooden_blush_co

Don’t forget to include some textures in your decorative elements, especially in winter time when you want to be toasty warm and cosy in bed. Excellent textures to add to your bedroom are sheepskin, linen, cotton and woollen throw rugs. Adding texture also allows you to incorporate some more colours into the room too but don’t go too overboard with the colour for these items. Keeping some things like your throw rug neutral allows you to mix up your bed linen relatively easily without confusing the entire colour palette – remember we’re working to three to five colours here.

And lastly a few little knick knacks on your nightstand are a nice little touch. Use a decorative tray to collate some of the things you’d like to place next to the bed like a tissue box, crystals, lip balm or hand cream and maybe a drink coaster if you like to have a glass of water next to the bed.

Customer @sullivang_

Using Inadequate Lighting

Lighting a bedroom can be tricky because it’s a room with a couple of different functions. During the day you need to consider how much natural light comes into the room and if the overhead lighting is sufficient enough to the light the room properly. If not, you might need to increase the wattage of the bulb to brighten it up. Ensure you stick to warm white globes rather than cool white globes. Cool white isn’t particularly flattering on your skin tone and acts in a similar way to your phone’s light by keeping you awake longer (not ideal!). In the evening, you need to consider the light levels for reading in bed or TV watching if you have a TV in your bedroom so if you can install a dimmer switch on your lighting options you’ll be able to control the light levels sufficiently.

As for bedside the bed, two table lamps either side of the bed with low wattage bulbs (40W should be all you need) add nice ambient lighting to the space and also give you an opportunity to add some character with the lamp shades in fun colours or patterns.

About the writer

Emma Blomfield is a modern-day innovator, author and interior stylist. Emma’s work brings together her sophisticated design prowess, fresh vision and sharp business acumen. She uses her repertoire of styling, colour and furnishings to deliver simple decorating concepts that combine function and aesthetics. 

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