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6 pieces every bedroom needs

Alissa Ugolini—homify UK Alissa Ugolini—homify UK
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The bedroom, as important as it is, is the room that always gets decorated last. This is largely because it is the space that is seen or on view the least, if we're talking about the perspective of guests and family members. To us, it's the one space we spend the majority of our time! For this reason, we should put in just as much effort, if not more, as we do to our living rooms, kitchens and bathrooms. Our own private sanctuary and retreat from daily life, there are some items that we always forget to include. So, for that reason, and to jot your memory, we are going to look at six pieces on the homify platform that your bedroom shouldn't be without!

1. A stool at the end of the bed

Walters Residence - Grand Design:  Bedroom by JodIe Cooper Design
JodIe Cooper Design

Walters Residence—Grand Design

JodIe Cooper Design

The epitome of grace and elegance, a stool is one of the most must needed elements at the foot of your bed. You may not have considered it before, but once you have it, you'll wonder how you ever lived without it! Whether it's to rest a cup of tea on to have breakfast in bed, or for more practical reasons like placing your freshly ironed clothes upon, the wow factor provided by such a furniture piece is undeniable. 

2. Ambient lighting

Lighting sets the mood and ambience, so it is important to consider other lighting factors beyond those in the ceiling. Once the main light source is switched off, you have the ability to set the mood, making it conducive to sleep and relaxation, amongst other emotions. This is very easy to achieve with table and floor lamps set at various heights, and with different coloured bulbs and lamp shades. You can cast any sort of ambience, from sultry to romantic, depending on the overall effect and colour scheme you choose. Do consider the other soft furnishings in the room, too—if the theme is minimalist, stick with light bulbs with a white glow, or if you have created a traditional setting, use warmer light bulbs that throw yellow tones to stay on trend. 

3. A quirky way to remember the date

Perpetual Calendar :  Bedroom by Block Design
Block Design

Perpetual Calendar

Block Design

Sometimes when we're laying in bed, and it happens to even the most organised of us, we wake up and have no concept of what day it is. Everyone has those moments when you think it's Thursday, but it's actually Monday. Nevertheless, to prevent this confusion upon waking, you can place a quirky calendar, like this example from Block Design next to your bed. This way, even in the drowsiest and sleepiest of moments, you won't forget it's Saturday morning and that you have to drive the kids to football training! 

4. Fresh (or faux) flowers

Queens Park House:  Bedroom by Honeybee Interiors
Honeybee Interiors

Queens Park House

Honeybee Interiors

Adding flowers to your bedroom is one of the fastest ways to add charm and touch of frivolity. It's funny how much of a difference having something inside our homes from nature helps to break up the material-driven and man-made world that we live in. Not only does it ground us back with the environment, but it also fills the room with a scent that no candle or incense stick can replicate. For those who do not have the funds or will to change fresh flowers once every fortnight or so, you can find some really believable versions of faux flowers on the market. This way, you'll have a full bloom on view all year round.

5. A beautiful bedspread

Riviera Embroidered Bedspread:  Bedroom by Marquis & Dawe
Marquis & Dawe

Riviera Embroidered Bedspread

Marquis & Dawe

Don't scrimp when it comes to buying a bedspread—it is one of the most important factors of a bedroom. Just like the icing on a cake, it is the perfect finishing touch, or crowning glory, to our favourite element of the space—the bed. It also has the ability to make or break a space, add colour and even show off the personality of the occupant. Given the fact the bedroom is an intimate space, you are free to add the boldest and brightest bedspread you can find if it suits your boisterous character, or, if you are more of a calm minimalist, you can reflect this too through the choice of serene and calming colours instead. 

6. Art work

Lateral Apartment, Regents Park:  Bedroom by Helen Green Design
Helen Green Design

Lateral Apartment, Regents Park

Helen Green Design

Just like the bedspread, artwork adds colour and individuality. You can learn a lot about someone through their choice or taste in art—you may not have known your best friend was a Renaissance art fiend in day to day life until you entered his or her bedroom. Alternatively, if you are a keen photographer, you can display as many family snaps or finely edited pieces of your work in your bedroom to keep the creative fire inside you burning. Don't forget, it is a bedroom space after all. Keep it calm and soothing, and don't add anything too loud or over-the-top!

To see more bedroom ideas, check out the following ideabooks:

Master bedroom retreats

Luxury bed linen

What, for you, is the most important element in a bedroom? Let us know in the comments below.
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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