There’s nothing I like more at the end of a busy weekend than to tuckle up in bed. (Ah, “tuckle” – that’s a word I made up which means “tuck-in and cuddle up”!). During this past week I caught the tail end of a conversation on the radio where the DJ was championing the ideals of a freshly made bed. I couldn’t agree more, as I think there is nothing nicer than snuggling between freshly laundered bedclothes. I also believe a bedroom should be a retreat and it is certainly no place for blogging!

A neutral colour scheme of putty, stone, and old white, is a brilliant way to set a calming and relaxing environment. Enhance this with sensual fabrics, light reflecting glass and mellow wood tones to create a feeling of serenity and peacefulness.

Bedroom panoramic

I really like the current trend for mixing and matching patterns with similar colour ways; anything from florals, stripes, spots and plain accents can all work well together.

Bedroom pillows

Easy care bedding teamed with ticking pillowcases and linen backed velvet cushions.

Velvet is a very sensuous fabric and is ideal for for cushions and throws.

Velvet quilt

Pinched velvet vintage throw adds luxurious warmth.

Wicker is one of my favourite materials as it has a timeless quality and is reminiscent of summer evenings sitting on a verandah sipping a sundowner. Combined with a cosy cushion adds an element of comfort.

Wicker stool & cushion

Wicker stool with grey felt flower cushion blends with stone coloured carpet.

Mirrors, glass jars, and metal photo frames are light reflective and add an ethereal quality to the room.

Glass jars

Glass storage jars reflect light from adjacent window.

Curtains and blinds can be both practical and decorative.  This self-patterned fabric is heavy enough to provide a shield against the early morning light but still fine enough to fit in with the overall scheme.

Curtain header

Jacquard weave curtain fabric gives a luxurious look and lovely subtle sheen.

Aged pine cupboards provide a mellow storage solution and give a home to the three wicker storage baskets.

Wicker on wardrobe

Wicker storage baskets labelled with luggage tags sit on top of antique pine wardrobe.

These deep drawers, in alternating antique pine and whitewashed wood, were a perfect fit for the space under the eaves.

Ikea chests

Alternating antique pine and white wood chests provide useful storage under the beamed eaves.

For ticking fabrics and bedding go to http://www.toa.st and www.tinsmiths .co.uk

For velvet cushions and throws go to http://www.coxandcox.co.uk

For bedroom storage solutions go to http://www.ikea.com