Colour has always been important - from natural warnings in primitive times to mood enhancers in modern homes. Colour has always been associated with moods, danger and nature etc, for a long time red has meant danger, yellow and black meant stay away or caution. Colour has become a shorthand way of expressing yourself and how you feel. So in your house certain colours are better to use than others because of their psychological effects.
Without a doubt, your bedroom is the most intimate and personal space in your home. You want it to reflect your tastes and be the perfect display case for your favourite mementoes, but it also has to serve a practical purpose, whether you're looking to escape the pressures and stresses of everyday life.
The way you decorate your bedroom can also say a lot about your personal style – and your personality. Love crisp white sheets? You’re classical and timeless. Have a brightly coloured headboard? You’re a bit adventurous (and maybe you’re looking for a daily reminder of that favourite holiday you took three years ago)...
Whether you want to create an interior design statement to impress guests or to reflect your creativity there are an endless number of options. You could choose to paint a feature wall, buy a statement piece of furniture or get creative with your home’s architecture; however you choose to make a statement make sure it perfectly reflects you, your home and your lifestyle.
When decorating your home, you should pay lots of attention to your bedroom. It’s where you get your beauty sleep after all! But what do you do if your snooze chamber is tiny!? Well, here are some tips and tricks to make the most of a small bedroom...
1. Add secret storage space
Books, DVDs, clothes, bedding - all of this stuff takes up your precious space. That’s why you need to find some clever storage solutions! The most likely place you’ll store your titbits is under the bed. In order to avoid simply throwing things under like a messy teenager, you might want to purchase a bed with integrated storage or invest in some boxes. Floor to ceiling shelving also looks great. Check out these handy tips from Channel 4 for more storage ideas.
2. Let in the light
This will make your tenny weeny room look much bigger. The first step is opening the curtains! To make the most of the light introduce some colouring that will reflect it. Whites and yellows are ideal for this purpose. This will really open up your room and make it seem more inviting.
3. Have a focal point
No matter what size you bedroom is you’re going to need a striking focal point. Because your room is small you might want this to be the window. But most people focus on the head of the bed. Why not combine the two and place the bed in front of the window to create an extra special focal point. But if you do decide to pick just one, make sure the other is more neutral. Headboards & Interiors has some stunning headboards in neutral tones.
4. Open up the room
In other words, avoid anything big and bulky. And allow room for empty space as much as possible. You could buy a bed with no footboard, for example, to free up the middle of your room. Shorter pieces of furniture will also make your room feel less cramped. For example, a low table or ottoman would work well in a small space. Mirrors are another great way to open up a room and Elle has a list of some of the best mirror designs out there for you to be inspired by.
Remember that small bedrooms can still be beautiful. You just might have to approach the room a little unconventionally when decorating. Who wants to follow the crowd anyway?
1. Establish routine and ritual
Stick to the same bedtime and wake up time, and even try and do this on weekends. It's really good for your body and your circadian rhythm if you stick to the same sleep patterns as much as possible. Following on from this, try and establish a relaxing ritual before you go to bed every night. Remember that quality sleep is essential. so try as much as possible to separate any stressful activities from your bedtime. Something like reading is good for the mind, as opposed to watching television or answering e-mails.
2. Create a good sleeping environment.
Make sure that your bedroom is conducive to sleep, with a comfortable bed, and a temperature that is cool without being cold (up to 18 degrees celsius is advised). Make sure that your mattress and headboard are comfortable for your back, as you don't want to wake with muscular or back pains in the night. Make sure that your room is not letting in too much light when you are trying to get sleep, and as with the previous tip, make sure that televisions or devices with lots of backlighting are not being left on.
3. Diet and Exercise
Diet and exercise can have an indirect effect on your sleep patterns. Avoiding big and rich meals are a useful way to ensure that you get a good night's sleep. It is also advisable to leave out cigarettes, alcohol or caffeine before going to sleep, as this will affect the quality of your sleep.
4. Deal with stress or anxiety
Pre-existing causes of stress and anxiety can further exacerbate any sleep problems you might be having. If you are constantly worrying about events outside your control, or finding that you are having residual irrational or angry thoughts, then it's best to try and turn these into something more productive (hence the importance of a bedtime ritual or routine). Time management is a really helpful way of attaining a good night's sleep, as you don't go to bed worrying about what you did the previous day.
We differ from other furnishing companies in that we only provide the most luxurious high-quality products. What’s more our headboards come in contemporary designs or custom-made as per the customer’s wishes. It’s no wonder therefore that our products have been used in some of the best interior design programmes on national television.
60 Minute Makeover
This ITV show is now hosted by Aussie crooner turned handyman Peter Andre. The premise is that guests get to surprise their loved ones, who have often faced tough circumstances, with a made-over home that took just 60 minutes to complete. When our products were on the show there were also some great hosts like interior design stalwarts Justin & Colin and Linda Barker. Our headboards were used in a wopping 16 episodes in 2009-10.
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
This hit US show, exported to the UK sees Ty Pennington and his team transform homes in their entirety for families who have had disaster strike and are in need. We donated a headboard for the Sky1 show which featured a serviceman wounded in conflict.
The Hotel Inspector
This show takes British hotels that have been run into the ground and gives them a much-needed makeover, turning them into respectable establishments. Host Alex Polizzi is an award-winning hotelier with tonnes of industry experience. It’s safe to say therefore that this lady knows what she is doing and we are happy to have worked with her on this programme.
We are also delighted to be working with property developer and TV-personality Sarah Beeny on her latest television project. Beeny has hosted a string of shows based on interior design and property development such as Help! My House is Falling Down and Property Ladder.
If you want to get your hands on a headboard worthy of these star-studded designers then take a look at our catalogue of luxurious designs today.