Everyone deserves a bit of luxury, and with the average person spending almost a third of their life asleep, it makes sense to transform your bedroom into the ultimate luxurious retreat.
When we think of luxury, we think of grandeur, splendour and money. Isn’t luxurious interior design expensive? Well, no, it doesn’t have to be. Read on and discover how to transform your bedroom into a luxurious boudoir – you’ll be surprised how easy (and cheap) it can be…
There’s two different ways to approach the luxury bedroom trend. Either opt for neutral lux or rich, coloured hues.
The neutral approach works because it looks clean and timeless. Opt for warmer shades like ivory or cream than just bright white – as that can sometimes make a room seem cold.
If you’re going for the neutral look, make sure you incorporate a variety of textures and materials to give a feeling of depth. Layer the bed with throws and pillows, with a mix of different materials.
Deeper jewel tones such as navy, jade, amber and ruby can add luxury as they are richer hues.
A patterned or textured wallpaper on the headboard wall in your bedroom can be an effective way of creating a focal point and enhancing the warmth of the room without changing too much or spending too much money.
One of the easiest ways to add some richness to your bedroom is by altering your existing lighting. The best way to do this is by changing the light switches to a dimmable version, giving you the power to control the theme and mood of the room.
Being able to create different atmospheres not only gives you more control and creates new dimensions in your bedroom.
A cheaper alternative for creating the same effect is to place a variety of lamps and candles around the room. Aim to have different levels of light (use both a desk lamp and a standing lamp) which illuminate different features of the room. Then experiment with having different lamps on/candles lit to create an ambience you’re happy with.
A space that lacks crown moulding tends to look average. Crown moulding is used for capping walls, pilasters and cabinets, to disguise and decorate plain and basic edges.
Despite its sophisticated finish, crown moulding is not very expensive and can even be achieved by experienced and savvy DIY-ers. You can transform a room with moulding in a weekend or less.
No luxury bedroom would be complete without an extravagant bed, but it doesn’t have to cost you the earth.
The main concern should be comfort; everyone wants to sink in a ridiculously comfortable mattresses and wrap deliciously luxurious sheets around them. The first thing to do is decide which mattress type you prefer (firm or soft?) and then decide what your price range is. There are affordable options for all types of mattresses, including spring and foam – just make sure that you wise yourself up and know what you are looking for.
If you’re not looking to replace your mattress but feel like it’s a bit worn, mattress toppers provide an additional layer of comfort and can make a mattress feel new again.
Sheets can make all the difference in to your sleeping experience. Ultimately, the material you choose is based on your own personal preference. A good indicator of quality is the thread count, but it can be misleading. You might think 1000 thread counts are better, but it actually makes for a stiffer sheet. Always look for sheets that are a least 200 thread counts, but anytime you get over 800, it really doesn’t matter anymore.
To make your bed look more luxurious, add a multitude of pillows and throws. Opt for fur (faux), velvet or silk textures, which are known for being lavish.
Another cheap way to transform your bed into something a bit grander, is to upgrade the headboard. It’s a quick and easy way to refresh a boring bed frame, without having to replace the whole thing – and you’d be amazed at what a difference it can make.
Think about what you use your bedroom for, and what items you really need. A lot of homes today are filled with unused ‘stuff’, which can take up space and make a room look crowded.
Simply de-cluttering your bedroom and making use of the space will have an immediate transformation. Luxury bedrooms don’t necessarily have to be big – they just feel spacious. If your bedroom is smaller, consider a Small Double (Queen) sized bed frame instead of a Standard Double or King Size. You may think a bigger bed is more luxurious – but if it looks cramped then it will ruin the overall effect.
Keep surfaces clutter free by making use of storage. Opt for a night stand with a drawer to keep your books and accessories hidden from sight.
Finish the room with a few decorative touches – and I mean a few. Don’t go crowding your newly de-cluttered bedroom!
An ornate lighting feature is a must-have for a luxury-feel bedroom. If you can’t afford or don’t want to install a chandelier, opt for glamorous glass lampshades instead. These reflect the light and metallic sheen's enhance feelings of grandeur.
Fresh flowers are always a lovely touch, choose ones that fragrant the area for that burst of freshness every time you re-enter the room.
Hang a large mirror on one wall, and a few other framed pictures/paintings if you like that sort of thing. Again, the idea is not to overcrowd; stick to a couple of wall decorations and keep the rest of the walls clutter-free. I would advise against hanging anything but a mirror on to wallpapered walls, as this forces your eyes to compete with the wallpaper and the art.