Time to make your bed, sleepy head!
Once the sun has FINALLY peeked out from behind her wintery wardrobe and decided that the rest of us can pack up our winter wardrobes of boots and sweaters for the year, I think it’s time to throw open the windows and breathe in the crisp morning air in celebration! Let’s take a look at the bedroom suites in one client’s home and spy how combining textures and colors creates beautiful sleep experiences all year long. I am hoping that these designs might inspire you to start from scratch in creating a space that works for you, or to add a few pieces alongside your current combination and design for yourself a bed ensemble that works best for you in every season!
Spring Has Sprung… Has Your Mattress?
A good mattress is an essential part of creating a refreshing and effective sleep environment. Today’s manufacturers are mindful of the differences in sleep styles and comfort and this means that we consumers have many choices! Consider a solid and secure foundation when choosing your box spring and research your options in mattress styles; sleep and air mattresses, split European options, adjustable uprights or traditional latex, memory foam and spring options. Utilize your interior designer’s wisdom and experience to help guide you through this expensive and important decision. A good night’s sleep is one of the best ways to take care of yourself and your health… your body and mind will benefit from this choice and the benefits will pay off for years to come.
Sheets Fit for a Queen. Or King. Or Prince(ss). (Or Any Member of the Royal Family).
The quality of your sleep starts with your sheets. Sheets are what touch your skin for 8-10 hrs a day, they keep you warm or cool, and sheets are what comfort (or irritate!) you when sick. Sheets are such a personal preference, I leave that decision to my clients when choosing thread count, fabric and color. Linen sheets are cooling and natural, though they can be crisp until washed several times. Flannel sheets are warm in the winters, but have a tendency to pill. Tencel sheets are made of eucalyptus and moisture-wicking, ideal for hot-sleepers. There is a lot to consider when investing in bedding, so do your research and choose what works for you. Here is some research you might find helpful: https://www.thezoereport.com/p/why-luxury-bedding-is-totally-worth-the-investment-15065836
Wash. Rinse. Repeat.
I have shared a post on bedding here, so I don’t want to repeat all that awesome advice again, but let’s take a look at the picture above. Look at how many textures and shapes were used in this bedroom. This bed ensemble works all year because the fabric choices are appropriate for winter and summer seasons. The velvets and leathers and dark colors combined with linens and stripes and neutral colors create a balance that looks appropriate for every season of the year! And this room may have a slightly masculine feel, but replace that throw with a crocheted or lace-edged throw, and it would become a refined, feminine space in a jiffy!
Bed and Breakfast
I love creating a guest room that takes a departure from the classic choices found elsewhere in the home, as shown above. While providing breakfast is entirely up to you (I like my eggs over easy, wake me up at noon, thanks!) a guest bed that is comfortable while also providing for differing sleep styles is the ULTIMATE in hosting generosity. Here I used several shams in varying sizes and added throws of several weights should my guest feel chilly or really want to sink into their slumber wrapped up in luxury. This color combination is neutral but also welcoming with a pop of color. Texture creates the ultimate guest experience… how many textures do you count in this space?
Taking a look at the three pictures above and note the different textures, finishes, design styles, colors and fabrics. Which of these details could you add to refine or refresh your own space? What could you remove or add to your own space to allow you a more restful sleep or to just lighten things up for Spring?
I believe in intentional, quality spaces that serve my clients well. I wish for you a lovely new season and a good night’s sleep in the sheets of your choice, in a blanket you favor, all in a home you adore. Sweet dreams!