winter lighting

Bringing Style To Your Bedroom

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Do you just view your bedroom as a functional room where you go to bed, sleep and wake up and feel that there really is no need to make it special? Is it a room that nobody else sees, so why bother? However, it’s a room that you probably spend more than a third of your life in and here at Style My Home, we think it’s important to make it a really personal room that is an expression of you, which reflects your favourite colours and the things you love to have around you. We hope our article changes your mind and gives you some ideas and inspiration.

Wouldn’t it be amazing if your bedroom had the “wow” factor? Style My Home looks at how your bedroom can be completely transformed to look stylish and polished. It could be a complete makeover or it could just involve adding a few accessories to make it more attractive and appealing. The bedroom should be a calming room that you enjoy going to, a place where you can relax, sleep and love to wake up in, surrounded by all your favourite things.

Declutter And Plan

First of all, you need to create harmony and decluttering is a great way to start. You will then have a blank canvas where you can start planning your dream bedroom. Think about the things that you need in your bedroom and make sure you have good storage options, so that you can stay free of clutter. Think carefully about the colours, tones, patterns and textures that you want to use, as these will pay an important part in creating a room, which is peaceful, calm and soothing or dramatic and romantic.

  • Colour scheme
  • Flooring options
  • Furniture
  • Storage options
  • Wall treatment

Colour, Flooring And Furniture

If you choose more subtle tones, adding accessories can introduce colour, tone and texture to the room. Many people forget about the ceiling, but this is really important as painting ceilings in darker tones or having a textured finish can look amazing and be really atmospheric. Just remember as you lay in bed, it’s the ceiling that you are often staring at. Wallpaper isn’t everyone’s thing, but a statement wallpaper wall could really work or a bold coloured painted wall. Are you happy with the flooring in your bedroom or would you like it replaced with wooden flooring, tiles or a new carpet? You may be using furniture that you have already but if not, think carefully about the size of the furniture, as heavy large furniture will be overpowering in a small room.

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Storage

Storage should never be overlooked and think carefully if you want a freestanding wardrobe or a custom-designed system, as the latter will usually give you more flexibility and extra storage for your things, particularly your clothes. Add a high chest of drawers for maximum storage and introduce a chest at the bottom of the bed or an attractive ottoman for linen storage. A bed with drawers or lift up storage or storage units designed to go under the bed are the answers for storage in a small room.

Accessories

  • Pillows and cushions
  • Throw blankets
  • Rugs
  • Lighting including lamps and shades
  • Bedding
  • Artwork
  • Headboard
  • Personal items

Throws, Rugs And Cushions

A throw blanket or rug can add a splash of colour and add instant contrast if your bedroom has neutral tones. Carefully arrange throws on the bed or on a chair, so they are ready for you to snuggle into if you are watching the television or reading a book. The bed of course takes up a lot of space, so make it an attractive and interesting feature by placing a few pillows or cushions on it to give it that cosy feel. You may also want to change the bed linen and introduce more texture and pattern and a bed can really come to life by adding a headboard, and you will find that a tall headboard can be used to dramatic effect and be a real focal point. Also, why not indulge in luxurious fabrics?

Lighting, Curtains And Personal Things

Lighting can make a real impact, so consider bedside lamps or a floor lamp. If you have a ceiling light, why not add a chandelier to add sophistication and romance, but make sure you always have a dimmer switch. Rugs will add texture and will complement tiled and wooden floors and can also be placed on top of a carpet.

If your room has small windows, blinds may be a good option but in a larger room you can be quite opulent with your fabrics. Consider if you need blackout blinds. To make the room really personal to you, add special things such as photographs, a piece of art or things you have collected on your travels.

What To Do Next

These are just a few ideas from Style My Home, interior designers transforming homes in Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge, Sevenoaks and London. If you need ideas and inspiration to transform your bedroom, call Style My Home on 01892 510070 or email enquiries@stylemyhome.comWe are delighted that we have enabled many of our clients to create bedrooms that they have always dreamed about.

 

How to light your home this winter

As we say goodbye to the British summertime, we say hello to dark and gloomy mornings and evenings, which is why the right lighting at home is so crucial over the winter months, even if it just helps to improve our mood!

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To create a warm and cozy room take focus away from a key central pendant emitting light in the centre of the room. Introduce small pockets of light across the room at lower levels – think table lamps, draped festoon lighting, candles, lanterns and fairy lights, and use a mixture of pendant, floor and table lights in each room. To prevent shadowing, place floor lights in the corners of the room. As George Clark says “scattering pockets of light more evenly helps to create that warming, seasonal atmosphere” which is perfect for winter.

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Festoon lights provide lowlight perfect for creating a cosy atmosphere – simply drape in a dark corner over beams or from the ceiling, wrap over a mirror or create a feature on a plain wall.

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Experiment with textures

We all long for a cozy and relaxing space with a warm glow in the winter. However, crystal, glass and metal shades and exposed bulbs can give off a harsh light. Experiment with materials – changing the material of a lampshade can have a huge impact on the way light is cast around a room. Opt for a ceramic or fabric lamp shade, or open weave design, to create a softer feel to the room. Think knitted macrame style, bamboo or white ceramic.

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Choose larger lampshades to be suspended from the ceiling to create a wider projection of light and open weave lampshades to create soft indirect light.

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Fabric choices are also key: if a particular lamp is too bright, changing the material of the shade, its colour or shape can also have a massive impact on the way the light is cast around a room – it also means you don’t have to start from scratch and invest in a whole new light, simply replace the shade.

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Lampshades from Janie Knitted Textiles – prices on request

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Graypants cardboard shades are available in natural, grey or white – these statement shades with their interesting weaves and structure will create eye-catching lighting patterns! From £195.00

Use the right light bulbs

The right light bulbs can truly transform the feel of a room; too much yellow light in the winter will only emphasise the stark contrast to the weather outside and will kill any cosy, relaxed atmosphere. Replace old bulbs with LEDs, or invest in bulbs that come in a range of different colour temperatures – go for a warm white light with a touch of cooler light to avoid a strong yellow tinge. If you don’t have dimmer switches, go for a smoked glass or amber glass shade for the same effect.

Don’t forget your porch!

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As we mentioned in our last blog post, lighting our garden is just as important as battling the gloomy nights inside. For a warm welcoming way of returning home, light up the porch. Hang a glass lantern in the central of your entranceway, or have wall lights on a sensor to greet you and guests before they arrive to your door.

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Moore Lantern in Glass, Pooky – £170.00 – with it’s unusual geo shape of glass panels, expect lots of light and interesting shapes.

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Exterior Box Light, Holloways of Ludlow – from £299.00 – A more traditional style for lighting your porch, style one either side of your front door for most light and a stylish look.

 

Embrace winter – create light in your garden!

No doubt about it, winter is upon us – there’s even only a few days till the clocks go back! So for those of us working all week, that means leaving home for work in the dark and coming home in the dark. While we want to cosy up our interiors and light up those dark areas, we should consider what we miss about the outdoors during the dark winter months.

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We are all adding bi fold doors or conservatories to enjoy our gardens, so let’s make sure we enjoy the full potential of our gardens throughout the winter too. Look to install both practical lighting as well as creating lighting in your garden or courtyard, particularly where you have bi folds or large windows.

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Light an attractive wall, especially if it’s whitewashed brick or stone, as this will reflect light into your house and give an interest to those dark evenings at home. Show off your attractive plants, bringing the garden into your house.

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Floodlight projectors can provide practical lighting if placed near paths or buildings but also look effective if positioned in a row of plants or sporadically positioned in trees. If you have a water feature or a sculpture floodlight projectors can be particularly effective.

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Buried up-lighters in flower beds can wash light up to show architectural plants and trees as well as textured walls or external buildings.

There’s nothing worse than arriving at someone’s house and not being able to see the house number or name in the dark, or follow the way in paths and steps. Give your house a facelift with new lighting at the entrance, functional lighting to guide you but also makes the property look more attractive and welcoming. Re-create the entry of your property with the addition of wall lights or a hanging pendant or lantern. Recessed spots in steps, decking and paths can also create good vision as well as look attractive.

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Look out for our next blog where we look to cosy the interior of your the house for winter with task lighting as well as beautiful ideas for lighting.

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