Create a sanctuary from the winter

Bedhead: Richmond, from �695 for a double size; Dorchester bed linen, from �32 for a pillow case; Belmont velvet quilt, from �250, cushion cover from �30, all The White Company. Photo: PA Photo/Handout.
Bedhead: Richmond, from �695 for a double size; Dorchester bed linen, from �32 for a pillow case; Belmont velvet quilt, from �250, cushion cover from �30, all The White Company. Photo: PA Photo/Handout.

Bedrooms should be a sanctuary where we can relax as well as sleep - and cold winter days and dark evenings make them even more appealing.

As winter approaches there’s no better time to transform your bedroom into a luxurious bolthole where you can relax.

You’ll ensure sweet dreams if you literally allow your imagination to run wild and indulge your taste to create a sanctuary that soothes your senses.

“When it comes to creating the ideal winter retreat, you need to ensure it’s as snug and inviting as possible,” says Damian Topping at bed specialists, Dreams. “We’re demanding far more of this room than ever before, because it’s often used as another ‘lounge’ where we sit and relax, watch television, and generally enjoy private time.

“Nowadays, we find people have very definite ideas about their style. They’ve often stayed in hotels and want to replicate a look they’ve liked.”

The bed is usually the largest piece of furniture in a bedroom, so care needs to be taken in choosing its scale, design and style. But equally important is making the right decor choice, says colour and design manager at Dulux, Rebecca Thompson.

“Colour affects our mood and is key in setting this room’s atmosphere. While soft neutrals conjure a serene space, that doesn’t mean you can’t have colour. Greens and blues are popular, and I’d favour a rising star - indigo. It’s a striking, rich statement shade.”