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15/05/2019

Our Spring Bedroom Trends in the Evening Standard

ES Homes & Property in association with Tielle Love Luxury by Tradelinens.

Spring bedroom makeover tips:  how to transform your space into the perfect sanctuary this season.

Ten top tips for creating the ideal retreat, from clever storage pieces to crisp, hotel-quality linen.

As the space we retreat to at the end of a long day, our bedrooms are where we spend most of our time so they should be the ultimate sanctuary.

This room can also be the perfect blank canvas on which to experiment with colours, textures, materials and prints.

In winter we look to warm tones and cosy textures, while in the lighter and brighter months of spring and summer we tend to go for crisp, clean white lines and fabrics to keep us cool.

A long weekend is a great opportunity to transform an entire room within just a few days — and there’s another bank holiday weekend just around the corner.

All you need to know is where to start. Emma Hooton, founder of interior design practice Studio Hooton, is an expert in creating fresh, contemporary interiors.

“Clear the clutter, create space and light and get inspired for the new season,” she says.

Start with a clear-out of your clothes. Hide them away in stylish, space-saving storage chests, wardrobes and drawers and then you’ll be ready to transform your new space.

Interior designer Emma Hooton’s top tips for turning your bedroom into a spring sanctuary

1. Your bed is the most important thing in the room

“Be generous with the bed as it’s the most important thing in the room,” says Hooton. Go with the biggest size you can fit in the space and add an indulgent down mattress topper for comfort and support.

“If you need extra storage go for the drawers in a divan or, if you can do without, leaving space underneath creates an airier feel,” she adds.

Change chunkier wool throws for light, fun cotton ones, like this textured Varenya blanket — ideal for on top of a bed or brightening up a window seat.

2. Make your duvet the stylish yet practical choice

Opt for a duvet that feels light, but is cosy enough to keep you warm year-round. Used by Claridges, Limewood and The Pig hotels, this Savoy 10.5 tog duvet has a duck down and feather filling that gives it a plump look – and removes the need to change duvets to suit the season.

3. Add greenery with houseplants

Experiment with a single potted plant on a bedside table or go all-in with hanging displays and leafy ferns.

Every bedroom benefits from a touch of green: plants encourage relaxation, calmness and have those all important air-purifying qualities Londoners love.

Houseplant novices could try a few hardy cacti. This Spike selectionhas cacti in three sizes, and comes with some foolproof advice on their likes and dislikes.

4. Revamp pieces with paint

Get creative with your existing furnishings. Why not give a tired wooden bedframe a lick of paint? Or spruce up a picture gallery wall by trying out some bold spring shades?

This Cabbage White paint is a subtle white with a hint of blue, ideal for rooms where the ceilings and walls are the same colour. Or contrast it with All White or Dix Blue on a painted headboard.

5. Feel-good touches

Fluffy white towels stacked up on a spare shelf look and feel luxurious, especially if you’ve opted for crisp white sheets and a matching bedspread too.

This Luxury Hotel White bale of combed cotton towels are soft and absorbent, ideal for prepping a guest bedroom or adding a spa-like feel to your own.

Mattress toppers can prolong the life of your mattress, or disguise a less-than-perfect one, while classic white bedspreads are sure to give a hotel feel and a soft faux fur throw is the perfect luxe finish when temperatures drop again.

6. Bed linen for boutique style

A higher thread count (tc) does not always indicate better quality. In fact, a well made 200tc should be perfectly acceptable, while a 400tc or 600tc will drape better and feel softer to the touch. Anything above this will be heavier, warmer, more difficult to wash and considerably more expensive.

“Use white sheets as a blank canvas on which to add a splash of colour during the summer months,” says Hooton.

Favoured by Le Manior aux Quat’Saisons, this Soft and Strong set is both stylish and durable — ideal for nailing the boutique hotel-look at home.

7. Clever storage to banish clutter

“One alternative to traditional bedside tables is to create a whole wall back panel as your headboard,” says Hooton,”Make it wider than the bed and incorporate built-in shelves to either side.”

They can be bought off the shelf or easily made by a joiner, she adds.

These grey Pudda baskets come in a range of sizes, and can be folded flat when not in use — ideal storage solutions as and when you need them.

8. Create a cosy nook or reading zone

“If you can get an armchair (or even a little upright chair) into a corner it gives a lovely welcoming feel – plus, you’ll always need somewhere to put clothes down,” says Hooton.

Add a floor lamp or a side table and table lamp like this cylindrical touch one to create a little reading zone.

This printed accent armchair with oak frame makes a stylish statement in any room.

9. Splurge on pillows

Invest in high quality, soft and plump pillows to get the best night’s sleep. These Norvegr Classic, made using 100% down hand-filled into smooth, cool cotton cases, are a luxurious choice.

10. Natural home fragrances

“The most natural products are the loveliest to use, for the essential oil content and feel-good relaxation, plus the branding is usually simple and clean,” says Hooton.

Sleek room sprays and gentle skincare products can be on display without looking like clutter, and a light mint tea candle or diffuser to ensure a relaxing atmosphere throughout the space.

 

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