Layering rich textures, dimming the lights and embracing a moody palette are the keys to creating a cosy sleeping space this winter.
Hunker down as we arm you with our top designer tips.
LAYERS UPON LAYERS
There is no better way to ward off winter’s chill and feel protected from the harsh, elements than to be wrapped in a soothing cocoon of cosy textures.
Even the starkest of summer bedrooms can be transformed into a hibernation haven with the simple addition of a throw (or two!) at the foot of your bed, or a pile-high of cushions atop your duvet cover.
DESIGN TIP #1: we love anything velvet!
Opting for a variety of rich textures in neutral or darker shades that blend in with your existing palette will not only build a comforting vibe, but also give longevity and seasonal dimension to your summer staples.
AKD Design Principal Alex is ‘dreaming of a deep, wine-coloured faux fur bed spread this season’ whilst Junior Designer Maddie will be ‘adding a fluffy water bottle for little but heart-warming hugs on-demand all winter long’.
DESIGN TIP #2:
A basket, blanket box or ottoman placed at the end or side of your bed adds an extra textural element whilst also providing storage for your quilts, cushions and throws.
DESIGN TIP #3:
Bare floors are a killer for losing heat. Dress your wooden boards, tiles or stone floor with rugs for an instantly warming effect, both visually and physically under foot.
We love Armadillo & Co, Robyn Cosgrove and Tappeti for beautiful, quality rugs. This sumptuously soft rug from our Wentworth Street project would work equally well in a bedroom.
WHEN LESS IS MORE
When the weather outside is offering up nothing but bleak, grey skies, reset the mood inside by creating soft, warm, ambient lighting.
Like all well-considered spaces, embrace two lighting schemes – a primary brighter one for functionality, and a secondary dimmer one to dial up the atmospheric warmth when the days’ To Do list is done. This can be created by several side lamps or a cluster of candles.
‘I love the unique scents of Le Labo. Their three-wick Santal 26 candle will fill any room with a subtle dancing light and a smoky winter fragrance delight’, says AKD Media and Marketing Manager Charlie.
DESIGN TIP #4:
Experiment with amber lightbulbs and rose gold lanterns for a truly warm light that will dispel the wintry gloom.
GO DARK IF YOU DARE
Deeper shades naturally create drama with their richness and heaviness like a luxurious coat draped around your shoulders. And interestingly, when paired with lighter accessories and artwork, these hero pieces come more into focus, making everything seem brighter.
Try adding rich, jewel tones to ‘awaken’ your bedroom during winter’s darker days. Plum, dark emerald and will add depth and a sense of balance and calm during the most frazzle-inducing winter winds. AKD Interior Designer Demi is ‘obsessed with the deep plum coloured linens from Cultiver’.
DESIGN TIP #5:
As with metallic accessories, dark hues need only a light hand, so simply updating your bed linen or adding a dark lamp or framed mirror is all it takes to transform your den from dull to zen.
THE FINISHING TOUCH
Add a touch of magic to your bedroom décor with warming, metallic accessories and finishes.
The warm tones of copper, gold, brass, bronze and nickel bounce light and reflections around the spaces they inhabit, emphasizing the light and brightening even the gloomiest days. A little metallic goes a long way so you don’t feel you have to dress an entire room to achieve the desired effect, but rather accessorise with a copper ceiling light or a gold dresser-top tray to eliminate the chill.
AKD Studio Manager Julia is ‘in love with Aerin’s Carina Shagreen gold-handled breakfast tray. It’s the ideal excuse for snuggling under the covers for as long as possible whilst enjoying bottomless pots of warming tea.’
DESIGN TIP #6:
Metallic finishes also contrast well with soft fabrics, creating a surprise sense of drama and providing a fabulous focal point.
Still feeling the chill? Head over to our edit of winter layers to wear, sit, sleep and bathe in. Keep cosy and carry on!
Image 1 via Analu / Image 2 via Country Road / Image 3 via Armadillo & Co / Image 4 via Net A Porter / Image 5 via ©Alexandra Kidd Design / Image 6 via Cultiver / Image 7 via ©Alexandra Kidd Design / Image 8 via Becker Minty / Image 9 via ©Alexandra Kidd Design