The master bedroom.
It’s often a space that gets woefully overlooked. When the house gets decorated the master bed gets left til last, used as a dumping ground, a place where ironing, and odd socks go to die. Sound familiar?
I’m trying to bring the master bedroom back.
As parents we spend an awful lot of time up and down each night and, the way I see it, is it’s important we have a sanctuary to retreat to when we do get to sleep. I look forward to the time I spend in my bedroom, get excited about that hour of relaxation before sleep.
My old non-luxe bedroom
My bedroom used to be the typical dumping ground. It wasn’t a very attractive or restful room to be in – an ill thought-out space with functional, clunky plain furniture. No sort of retreat at all. It took the whirlwind of divorce and single parenting for me to realise just how vital it was to have an adult space to relax in when everything else is spinning at 100 miles per hour.
I’ve always hankered after a hotel-style bedroom for my own, a calm place I can go to at the end of the day to sink into pillows, read books and enjoy the silence. As such I’ve done plenty of research over the years to find the one thing that sets a calm, peaceful and adult bedroom apart from the others. Think about it: what strikes you as you walk into a hotel bedroom? It’s always the bed.
The bed is the focal point and everything else a supporting role.
Looking back at hotels I’ve loved: The Wythe, The Town Hall Hotel, The Grande Center Point Bangkok…. what all these places have in common is the fact I collapsed and starfished on the bed immediately upon arrival.
And so I’ve been working hard to re-create the magic of these hotel rooms in my own room, and the one secret I’ve found to a peaceful sanctuary?
White sheets immediately transforms a hectic bedroom into a serene and calm place to be. With the bed always dominating a bedroom (hence the name), clean, simple lines afforded by a simple white bed dressing goes a long way to creating a soft, peaceful and tranquil vibe.
On my own bed I like to add a pop of colour with a boudoir pillow (actual name), and use the sheets to create a bit of interest with texture. These gorgeous linen sheets are from IKEA, and I’ve layered them with a couple of blankets to keep me cosy. The faux sheepskin next to the bed reinforces the warm textural vibe (and is pretty lovely on my feet in the mornings).
I keep the bedside tables as clear as possible to emphasise the minimal, clean look: this bamboo charging station for my Apple Watch and iPhone has been some of the best money I’ve spent recently, and the clock app means I don’t need to use a separate alarm. I used to be a devil for fiddling on my phone way into the wee hours but once it’s docked I don’t touch it again and this has helped loads with my sleep.
From top left: Mina Pintucked duvet, Habitat. Egyptian Cotton duvet set, Amazon. Beaufort Bed Linen, The White Company. LINBLOMMA duvet set, IKEA.
Could you go all-white for a peaceful bedroom?