Even before we had found our flat, I was focused on finding somewhere that I could create a ‘proper’ bedroom for. Somewhere indulgent and luxurious, to switch off and relax entirely. After six years in rented rooms, you kind of become blinded to peeling paint, scuffed skirting and questionable paint choices, but I wanted to really get back to enjoying being in the bedroom. Something luxurious, and not entirely practical.
Five months after moving in, I’d expected our bedroom to be a finished job by now, but seeing as we haven’t finished any of the rooms that we’ve started (hello bathroom, hallway and living room!), it’s still a little way off. We ripped out wardrobes and desperately need to replaster and repaint, so things aren’t looking entirely appealing, let alone relaxing, at the moment.
But, I’ve found a sure-fire way to make sure that the bedroom still feels like an indulgent, cosy space – even when half the room is looking pretty dire. It’s so simple, but so effective. Bed linen!
Yes, bed linen. There’s nothing that’ll make you shed your cares like slipping into soft, luxurious sheets to cosy up for the night. And who’s looking at the walls when you’ve got a beautifully-made bed to distract them? I was adamant that I wanted only good-quality bed linen when we bought the house; no more cheap and cheerful, I want hotel-style luxury the whole way. You spend a third of your life in bed, why not make it the best experience it can be?!
In true hotel style, I’m favouring plain sheets, made of very good-quality cotton for our bed. Our colour theme for the room is grey and white, with splashes of pink and copper or gold, so I’ve been sticking to white and grey for the bed linen. They’re calm, tranquil colours that make the room feel peaceful, and they look more expensive than prints and patterns too.
Our bed is currently sporting this gorgeous silver cotton Warwick double duvet set* from the Yorkshire Linen Co., which I am loving. It’s got a 200 thread count so feels incredibly thick and luxurious, plus it looks super expensive (even though it’s currently half price!). I’ve dressed it with this beautiful thick quilted throw from Asda, of all places, and my favourite H&M cushion. So cosy for that autumn chill, and perfect with our planned colour scheme!
Of course, building up a collection of quality bed linen takes time, as the good stuff ain’t too cheap, but I’ve found a few picks that I think would definitely help create that luxury feel in any bedroom. This white ribbed seersucker set from BHS looks so chic and very indulgent, and is currently in the sale so the price isn’t bad for 100% cotton; I also love this soft grey H&M set too, for an elegant Scandinavian look. And while I was on the hunt, I fell in love with a couple more sets from the Yorkshire Linen Co. too, including this incredibly luxurious white Egyptian cotton set, which also comes in pink – it still goes with the colour scheme, but Lewis might take some convincing…
Finally, to finish off and help give the room an opulent, cosy feel, I like to use throws and cushions to pile up and help the whole thing look really tactile and lavish. I’ve already mentioned my current favourite throw and cushion combination, but I’ve been looking for a couple more for winter; cue this amazing Burberry-inspired monogrammed throw, and this seriously thick rib-knit blanket from H&M that looks way more expensive than it actually is. With all of these options, I’m seriously wondering how I’m going to get out bed at all this winter…
*This post contains a gifted item sent for review purposes.