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The decorating mistakes people make in the bedroom


The bedroom is probably the most difficult space in the home to get right when it comes to decorating. It’s all too easy to get carried away with matchy matchy accessories and bright paint colours and forget you actually have to get to sleep amid all that print and colour. But, at the same time, you want the room to feel really cosy and inviting.

1. Getting carried away with colour

Bold colours definitely have a place in the bedroom but try not to have too much going on in terms of bright shades and patterns, as you’ll never be able to relax. Stick to two main colours plus an accent colour to avoid overwhelming the space. “I always like to choose my colour scheme first, starting with a fabric or wallpaper swatch, or even an accessory,” says Carolyn. “Once you have a starting point, the rest of the room tends to fall fairly easily into place. I love the soft, muted tones of teal, blush pink and taupe which help create a peaceful and restful space.”

2. Forgetting about storage

“Storage is the number one consideration in a bedroom, mainly because there is so much to store, from dresses to shoes, PJs to hats. Think about it early on as you plan your room and it will pay off. Because a lack of storage will inevitably lead to piles of clothes everywhere,” Carolyn warns. “Look out for clever over the door hooks, double hanging rails and a mix of open storage baskets – you can pick up some really stylish wire and hand-woven storage options from Sainsbury’s Home.”

3. Relying solely on overhead lighting

Carolyn says: “Good lighting is essential in a bedroom. Just one overhead light won’t do as it can cast a harsh unflattering light. It’s best to have a mixture of lighting – ideally you will have an overhead light controlled by a dimmer switch and a selection of bedside lamps to create a lovely mood and atmosphere. Scented candles and LED lights are also an easy luxury and can really enhance the mood of a room.”

4. Carbon copying

Don’t take a bedroom set and buy it wholesale as it will just look twee. Instead, mix and match from different ranges and pair vintage with new. “I love a relaxed, eclectic style where I mix old and new,” Carolyn says. “To introduce character, I always incorporate cherished family heirlooms alongside new, on trend pieces, contrasting traditional finishes with warm metallics like bronze and copper. I also like to layer up a couple of throws on the end of my bed, mixing and matching textures and pattern.”

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