Six ways to make your bedroom cosy

SUSAN REDMAN
Last updated 11:05 16/06/2014
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TEXTURE, TEXTURE, TEXTURE: Fabrics, carpets and cushioned surfaces all add up to make a sumptuous winter room like this one from The Block Australia.

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When the weather starts to chill, there is nothing like a good sleep-in. To ensure a well-deserved catch up on rest and relaxation, equip your bedroom with creature comforts. Here are six essential must-haves ... 

1. A soft rug (for happy feet)

Nothing adds to the woes of a wintry morning more than stepping out of bed onto a cold hard floor. If you haven't got carpet, invest in a plush rug with a deep pile you can sink your toes into, or consider layering a smaller shag-pile mat over what floor covering there is. Just make sure the rug is strategically placed to softly cushion your feet when you get out of bed.

2. Luxury bedding (makes a sound investment)

We've become such pampered pets at home that top-notch, hotel-style bedding has moved from an aspiration to an expectation. Sateen-finished sheets with high-thread counts woven from super fine natural fibre cottons and linens, memory foam pillows and an abundance of velvety cushions, down-filled doonas and wool-lined quilts and, of course, multi-layered and well-sprung supportive mattresses with deep pillow tops, seem to be essential sleeping aids. Such fluffy stuff will certainly offer cloud-like rest, but buying them all at once may be prohibitive. However, don't let top-dollar price tags sway you into buying second-best. Granted, it's kind of old fashioned, but the best way to get these goods is simply to save up and invest in each of these top-of-the-line products one by one. Seventh heaven is assured.

3. A comfy seat (that's not the bed)

A comfortable chair or upholstered bed-end bench seat will serve you well as a place to relax, even as a spot to welcome a visitor when you are confined to bed through ill health. A supportive but sink-in seat also doubles as a place to put on shoes. If the bedroom has enough space, as many a master bedroom will do, two comfortable chairs with a small side table and lamp will create a reading nook for two.

4. A bedside table (well-stocked)

It doesn't have to be all that fancy, or even boast drawers and cabinets, but a stylish and solid bedside table with enough space to hold late-night necessities is a must during winter - especially when just the thought of tiptoeing out of a warm bed brings a cold shiver. A bedside table top kit tailored to your needs is essential, and may include a lamp, book, reading glasses, favourite photo, water and (perhaps controversially) a phone charger.

5. A statement bedhead (sit up and read)

There are some truly luxurious upholstered bedheads available. Whether button-backed, tufted, panelled or studded, an upholstered bedhead is not only comfortable to sit up against and read but also finishes off an ensemble bed in superior style. According to Georgie Leckey of Heatherly Design Bedheads, the current trend is to achieve a five-star hotel feel in the bedroom and the quickest way to do that, she says, is with a padded fabric bedhead: "an upholstered bedhead adds an element of luxury whilst at the same time providing a layer of comfort behind the bed."

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6. A lighting plan (of three light sources)

Conventional design theory advocates three points of light in a room, and this seems particularly crucial in a master bedroom. Overhead lighting is needed for general use, especiallly when changing clothes, and mood lighting, by way of a soft lamp or wall sconces, will do the trick when it's time to snuggle up. Direct lighting is the third light source you may need at bedtime and this is usually switched on when reading, achieved through a well-positioned table lamp or book light set above the bedhead.

- Sydney Morning Herald

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