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Interior spaces

Choosing The Right Bed

Choosing the right bed is very important, from an aesthetic as well as practical point of view. A bedroom for most people is a private space, and is often the escape to busy lifestyles and a cue for rest and solitude.

Deciding on an aesthetic and whether you’d like your bed to be a feature in your room or not, can differentiate the importance of selecting the right pieces for your space, and in particular the hero itself – the bed. Are you looking for a statement, patterned bedhead? Or is a soft linen option more your style? Don’t be afraid to mix up materials either, layering is big news right now. We are seeing timber floors, layered with a textured rug, that is teamed with an upholstered bedhead, which may feature details as piping or studding for an extra element. This is then complemented by decorative lighting and bedsides. Contemporary mixed with classic, texture mixed with colour, and a play with black and white are all en vogue currently. Choosing simple or patterned bedlinen will also introduce another layer.

Be sure not to forget about the existing interior architecture. If you’re lucky enough to have some beautiful celling inlay details, a picturesque view or big statement windows, you may want to steer clear of having an attention-grabbing bed and go with something more refined and paired back.

Lastly, considering the size of your bed.  In many cases, the size of the bedroom will dictate the size of the bed. However, as a bedroom is a personal space, assessing the needs of the occupant must also be considered prior to selecting the bed. For example, does the bed need to suit a young child and enable them to grow with it for several years, as well as leave enough room in the bedroom for the child to do homework and relax in? The size of the bedroom and storage needs can also narrow down suitable bedhead options, so it’s important that these things are considered early on.

Jessica Theuerjahr

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