The 5 rules of bedroom styling

I have always considered myself a fairly good sleeper, meaning I can almost sleep anywhere, but as I am getting older, this has changed. I used to be able to sleep almost standing up, and at least sitting in cars, on the plane or on any couch or bed – that it certainly not the case any more. I need a good bed and also just as important, nice surroundings to sleep in. When it comes to bedroom styling there are many good suggestions and rules on how to sleep better – I have gathered some of mine all based on my experiences. Some might work for you, some might not, what is important is that you make up your bedroom as you see best, this is the most private room of your home, so make it your home – that’s my rule no. 1.

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The Bed

The most important element of any bedroom is the bed. We spend 1/3 of our life lying in bed, so this is not where you want to safe those cash. The madras is of course the most important thing, choose wisely and do get some professional help. I am not saying that you need to go all out getting the most fancy and expensive one, but you don’t want to opt for the cheapest one either. When choosing bed linen, the first thing to think about is what other colours and textures are already in the room. You don’t want your bed linen to clash with the existing interior such as the wall colour or floor texture. If you’re unsure then keep your bed linen minimal and layer up neutral colours.


Studies show that the darker your bedroom is when you sleep the deeper and better you sleep. So you might think the light semi-transparent fabric curtains is the best option, however, you should really consider spending some cash on some made to measure blackout curtains. It might not be the prettiest option, but I guarantee you, that you will thank me later when you sleep like a baby.

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I love creating a tranquil bedroom where I can switch off and relax. When it comes to the bedroom, always think in calm colours, e.g. greys, whites, soft blues. Colours have a huge influence in helping our minds turn off and a great way to add other colours is through artwork. The choice of artwork or print is up to you, but often blue, green or neutral tones work best to instant calm. You can cluster a combination of different artworks together otherwise go BIG and choose a feature piece for above the bed.

Bedside Tables

Bedside tables are a must, not only are they a great style feature but also very practical. I like to keep my side tables uncomplicated, so as not to take the attention away from the bed. If you’ve got a lot of ‘things’ then opt for a side table with a concealed drawer.

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Go green!! Plants are the ultimate addition to any room and the bedroom is no exception. Make sure you work out what type of light your bedroom receives and choose a plant accordingly. Indoor plants will instantly bring your room to life and you will never want to leave your peaceful indoor jungle! Some plants actually have a gentle and soothing effect on your body and mind when sleeping, e.g. Jamine, some have even shown to reduce crying in babies, e.g. Lavender. One thing to remember though, don’t go full on botanical garden in your bedroom, one or two is more than enough.



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  • Reply
    June 21, 2016 at 16:26

    You left out color. A drab bedroom color is terrible .. you wake up to drab surroundings. No matter how comfy the bed is, if the color is dreary, you will feel dreary. Light .. you want to wake to light and cheer .. so even if it is cream color or palest yellow or lightest blue .. stay away from dark and drab.

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      June 22, 2016 at 10:28

      There is a whole section about colour – I would never go drab, but if you go to light, you end up with a way too bright bedroom, which makes is harder to sleep. I would go for softer, subdued colours.

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    Leslie Wilson-Rutterford
    June 21, 2016 at 19:58

    Good sound advice! Though, I am loathe to use a black out curtain because I want the freedom to look out of the window easily at any time of day or night.

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      June 22, 2016 at 10:24

      Here in Scandinavia we have some very long days, which means very early mornings aswell. Black out curtains are almost a must if you don’t want to wake up around 4AM. 😉

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    Jabeen Waheed
    June 21, 2016 at 21:25

    The bed and it’s side table is what it’s all about!
    Jabeen x

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      June 22, 2016 at 10:29

      Never go down on the bed! 😉

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    June 27, 2016 at 09:36

    The coathanger in the bedsection, where is that from? 🙂

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      September 20, 2016 at 13:02

      I think it is a custom made thing, not sure. Sorry.

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