SarahBeenySpringIssue2017 - 161
HANGING A GRAPHIC
QUILT LIKE A
TAPESTRY IS AN EASY
SOLUTION TO THE
'BIG BLANK WALL'
WORDS: TILLY HUTCHINGS, IMAGES: GETTY IMAGES
FLOORS AND WALLS
Carpets or wood? How you cover
the floor is another thing to consider
early on. Wooden flooring may make
the room seem more spacious, but
unless you have underfloor heating,
carpet will always feel nicer under
your feet first thing in the morning.
Carpets can also help to muffle
sound, which may pay dividends
if you're a light sleeper. For those
who must have a wooden floor,
compromise by copious use of rugs.
Next, the colour of the walls. For
those who have difficulty getting to
sleep, it's best to have restful, neutral
colours - maybe cream.
If, on the other hand, you find
it hard to get up in the mornings,
cheerful colours may make it easier
for you to face the day.
Pale colours will help to make a
small bedroom seem more spacious,
however all-white can be too stark. In
general, pinks are warmer than blues.
If you are choosing wallpaper, subtle
patterns are generally better for a
restful atmosphere than busy ones.
You also need to choose bedroom
furniture. The main thing to consider
is how to make the most of the space.
Take a good look around the
bedroom you have now. What do you
like about it? Is that old wardrobe
enough for all your storage needs?
Don't just replace or repair things and
put them back where they are now,
unless you're really happy with them.
The bedroom is notorious for
attracting clutter - maybe because it's
the one room guests won't visit, so
it's a safe place to dump all the things
that make the rest of your house look
untidy. And often it stays there.
Clear away the clutter before you
start. If things don't need to be there,
put them somewhere else or, better
still, get rid of them altogether. That
box of CDs in the corner, those old
magazines - give them to charity or
recycle them. The most successful
bedroom plans use every inch of
space to its best advantage. And
remember - under-bed storage is
your friend in this scenario.
If you're lucky enough to have
fitted wardrobes, you'll know how
they quickly become indispensable.
If not, is there any way you can work
them into your new bedroom? Wallto-wall sliding door wardrobes are
not only practical and elegant, they
are easy to install. Look for soft-close
doors with smooth closing.
Many choose to have free-standing
wardrobes because even though they
can't hold as much, they are versatile
and can be moved around.
Your bedroom's architecture should
take your furniture into account.
Bedroom floor plans usually have
a bed wall - but what about dressers,
nightstands, chairs, a TV and a desk?
Try to make sure there is ample
circulation and you can access three
sides of the bed, if possible.
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