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built-in wardrobes (2)Unlike other rooms in your house, your bedroom is more private, so you have an opportunity to throw design ideas out the window and create something that is a true reflection of you. Colour and texture choices can be combined to create a space that will become your haven at the end of a long day.

There are, of course, different factors to take into account when designing your bedroom. How you use space is one of the most important considerations before you start.

If you have a large space to fill you can use furniture as features in your bedroom. For example, an antique stand-alone wardrobe. Be inventive with how your bedroom is laid out and what furniture you use.

Larger spaces suit bolder prints and colours. You can have a feature wall that compliments the colours and prints of your bedspread, or a bolder choice of carpet. You won’t feel swamped or over-powered by these design features if you have space to fill.

With a small bedroom you will need to think carefully about storage. Built-in wardrobes are the most space-efficient option for you to choose. These don’t have to be plain or boring. If you have wardrobes going across one wall you can combine this with a feature wall by painting the doors a bright colour. Large mirrors on built-in furniture will open the space up, making it lighter and brighter.

Make full use of all the space you have in a small room. Think about storing non-essentials underneath the bed, either by buying a divan bed, or sliding drawers. A blanket box at the end of the bed also provides a lot of extra storage without being too intrusive.

If you don’t have much space to the sides of the bed, rather than trying to fit everything onto one small bedside table you can fix light fittings to the wall above the bed, meaning you don’t need a lamp taking up space beside you.

You may be tempted to be more conservative with colours and patterns in a small space, but that doesn’t mean it has to be dull. Have splashes of complimentary colours on the bedspread, lampshades and window fittings. You can also choose bold artwork to hang on the walls to create a unique finish.

When it comes to choosing between curtains or blinds for your bedroom windows there are many different factors to take into consideration. You will want your bedroom to remain private, so if your bedroom window can be seen from the street, or from neighbouring properties consider fitting Venetian blinds. This way you can let light in without anyone from the outside being able to see in. Blinds create a more modern feel to a room. They don’t have to be plain; you can buy patterned or printed roller blinds, or even have bespoke blinds to compliment the rest of the bedroom.

If your property is older, or poorly insulated, thermal-lined curtains will keep you cosy on a winter’s night. You will definitely want to make this a high consideration if you have single-glazing or older sash windows. There are endless prints, patterns and colours to choose from when you’re looking at curtains. Remember to consider how they look when they’re open and closed.

Textures are very important in a bedroom. You want your bedroom to feel comfortable and cosy. Don’t be afraid to pile up the cushions and blankets and have a thick rug on the floor. Mismatched textures and colours can work wonderfully if you’re aiming for the shabby-chic look. Patterns don’t have to match either, as long as you stick to complimentary colours. However, if you want the modern, city-slicker look, stick to one or two bold colours for furniture and features and keep everything else neutral.

Many people will want a thick carpet in their bedroom, but others will prefer a wooden or laminate floor for aesthetics, cleaning and maintenance. If you have a dark coloured carpet, or dark wooden floor, a lighter coloured rug and walls will stop the space feeling too stuffy. You can have darker, bolder walls with a light coloured floor.

Your bedroom is the last thing you see at night and the first thing you see in the morning. It should be a sanctuary for you to retreat to and relax, and therefore a true reflection of you. There is no right or wrong. Just think about what will make you feel the most comfortable. Some people will want their bedroom filled with photos and knick-knacks that remind them of friends and family, whereas others will want a sleek, smooth finish. Think about the space you have to work with and how you use your bedroom.

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