Sleepyhead

Bedtime. Lights out. Sleep.

Whether you’re someone who loves your face against a cold pillow, or someone who sets an electric blanket to that perfect temperature, your bed, and its surrounds, is your sleeping haven. But do you ever look around and think you really want to freshen things up in the bedroom (ahem!), but you don’t fancy spending the weekend painting the walls or parting with your bedroom furniture?

Well this week I’m looking at some very simple bedding ideas that will help you achieve that change without going anywhere near a paintbrush. It’s the equivalent of getting a new winter coat or a haircut. A mini makeover of sorts, with instant gratification.

First up is texture.  If you think your bed looks drab, or lacking a bit of pizzazz, think about adding some texture with a throw or decorative cushion.  This bohemian bedroom uses a combination of mohair and sheepskin. Foxford Wollen Mills is an Irish company with a wonderful collection of mohair throws in vibrant colours (they ship internationally), and Serena & Lilly also have beautiful options.  You’ll find sheepskin throws everywhere from IKEA to West Elm.

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I also had to show you this gorgeous green velvet throw I came across. It’s from a Swedish company called Linum and is magnificent.  Nothing says winter cosy quite like a rich green velvet throw.

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Image: www.linumdesign.com

Next it’s back to the colour topic from last week, but this time I’m suggesting you consider a monochrome theme. Pare back on the number of colours you use in your bedding and instead use lots of tones, shades and tints of a single colour. If you choose to go with this idea you’re going to need your fitted sheet and pillowcases in your base colour. Zara Home and Parachute offer lots of options to help you get started with your colour choice.

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If finding the right textured accessories or pulling together bedding that fits a monochrome colour scheme still sounds like too much work, here is the easiest option. Get bold with the print on your duvet cover and pillowcases. This jungle print from H&M and medallion print from Urban Outfitters (on sale!) were two favourites I found.  You might also like this gem from West Elm if you prefer an abstract print.

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Image: www.hm.com
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Image: www.urbanoutfitters.com

And that’s it.  Three very simple ideas to give your bed a new look for AW16. Ironically, I’m now off to my sleep haven. It’s Sunday night. It’s bedtime. It’s lights out. Sweet dreams.

S&O x