Designing a bedroom as a multifunctional living space

2015-11-26 06:00
Bedrooms are becoming a personal multifunctional sanctuary.                                                                                PHOTO: supplied

Bedrooms are becoming a personal multifunctional sanctuary. PHOTO: supplied

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BEDROOMS are evolving to living spaces coupled with simple classic décor - large upholstered headboards in neutral colours with pillows and throws for colour, matching ottomans for seating and storage, and easy-to-clean fabrics or genuine leather.

The bedroom has seen an increase in technology, with the introduction of personal devices like tablets, e-readers and music devices, as well as smart homes boasting hi-tech one-touch linked security and entertainment systems.

The decrease in the average size of living spaces has resulted in the bedroom becoming a personal multifunctional living space. Adjustable sleep solutions are being incorporated into the bedroom design to offer the freedom to relax, work and sleep in ergonomic positions that support the body and relieve pressure.

The largest portion of your bedroom budget should be on your mattress and bed base. Take the time to have a sleep-position-assessment before purchasing a pillow, mattress and bed base.

The bed takes centre stage in the bedroom and can be accentuated with a gorgeous headboard and/or textured wallpaper behind it. Choose a neutral headboard and curtains in complementary fabrics. Use throws and scatter cushions for contrasting colours. Quality white linen is elegant and creates a fresh atmosphere, and linen ideally should be cotton as it allows your skin to breathe. Choose a duvet that is temperature sensitive and can be used for all seasons.

Ottomans are both beautiful and practical, and if there is space, create a sitting area for reading and relaxing. Use a carpet or rugs for texture and create depth with mirrors and statement pieces.

Prioritise your bedroom design
in this order:

1. Bed (mattress, adjustable bed, frame, headboard, pillows)

2. Linen

3. Lighting

4. Colour and textures

5. Accessories

Your bedroom should be a space that you are drawn to - your sanctuary - and the perfect balance between comfort and style.

- Tempur.

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