Take the floor
Flooring is arguably one of the most overlooked aspects when it comes to creating ambience in your bedroom. Most people just work around the flooring that is already in their room, but changing your flooring to what you want can really improve the mood and overall feel of the space. There are certain options when it comes to bedroom flooring, with the most popular options being carpeting and timber or laminate flooring. Tile flooring is also an option, but tends to be left out of the bedroom as tiles are often cold underfoot, and as such, they aren’t the cosiest and most inviting of options. Carpeting is a great option as they are soft and warm underfoot, which are elements that you would want to include in any bedroom composition.
Timber and laminate flooring is also warm, and also incorporates an element of nature into your bedroom, which in itself, is known to be calming and therapeutic. Genuine timber flooring can be a little pricey though. You can also consider laminate flooring, which often looks just like the real thing, but is available at a much more affordable price point. Both timber and laminate flooring is much easier to maintain and clean than carpeting, and as such offers better longevity and makes it an especially good choice for bedrooms that accommodate small children.
Window treatments come in all colours, textures, shapes and sizes – making them a perfect customisable feature when it comes to adding to the mood of your bedroom. Window treatments really help to give your bedroom a well-finished look, and with the wide variety currently available, it’s easy to find one that suits the particular style and mood you’re trying to achieve. Some popular window treatment choices are:
Traditional curtains: Curtains are a great choice for bedrooms as they’re easy to open and close, and a curtain that is the right thickness will let in just enough sunlight in the morning to create romantic lighting in the room without waking you up. Curtains are also available in a wide variety of colours, making them an easy way to compliment the overall mood and style of your bedroom
Shades: Unlike blinds, shades comprise a single piece of material, rather than separate slats, although they can be opened and closed in the same way as blinds. Shades are a fantastic choice for a more minimal and calm room as they take up little space and are quite understated. While shades are most commonly seen in solid, neutral colours, they are actually very customisable, with fabric choices in any variety of colours or patterns, making them suitable for nearly any mood choice. Shades can also be ordered in fabric that completely blocks out the sun, turning your bedroom into the perfect dark resting space, even during the day.
Shutters: Shutters are more obvious than the above mentioned window treatments as they take up a bit more space, but are superior in that you can customise how much light enters the room. Shutters can be opened in a variety of different combinations, making them great for creating ambience in a room as you can choose from it being completely dark, to completely light, or any brightness in between. They are also very easy to clean, incredibly durable, even when exposed to UV-light, and they can enhance the overall security of your home.
Comprised of light-weight sheer and solid fabrics, the Metallic Minerals range from Hertex offers an array of curtaining styles and options. The compendium of designs range from textured plains, leaf patterns, vertical lines and curved motifs.
By making some clever design choices focused on the areas of your home that are responsible for most of its heat loss, namely the doors and windows, you can design a winter-friendly home that looks as hot as it feels! Whether finished in neutrals or custom colours or left to show the natural beauty of the timber used, shutters complement any interior style from classic to modern, from traditional to eccentric. When opened, the winter sun is allowed to shine through uninterrupted to warm the interior, and when closed, the shutters trap the warmth from the day inside and prevent it from escaping through the glass windows and doors.
Buying a carpet is one of the most important and costly investments that any homeowner can make, but apart from making sure that the carpet you select will do what you expect from it, and that it meets your budget, take care over selecting the colour and design.
As a quick guide to colour selection, warm colours can make a room feel warmer in a room that lacks light; cool greens and blues have the opposite effect and are a calming influence. Lighter colours make the room seem larger; darker colours make it feel more ‘cosy’, and the medium and darker colours will hide soiling better in the more used areas of the home.
The type of fibre and the way the carpet is constructed are key factors in the basic performance of the carpet so, once you have got past the euphoria of finding the right colour in the showroom, make sure that you get full information on the use of the carpet and a firm indication of how it will perform.
To determine the quality of the carpet you have to look at its pile and density. Density is the thidwess of the pile yarn and how close the tufts are to each other. High density is preferred, with ideally so many fibres grouped in every 25cm square of the carpet that it is hard to insert a finger down to the mesh – the general rule being the denser the pile, the better quality the carpet.
The texture and style of a carpet are usually determined by the type of pile that is used in its construction. If the pile is left as uncut loops, this gives a more casual look and is likely to be more hardwearing – ideal for those active families with children and pets. The loops can be at a regular height or multi-level, which creates patterns in the carpet.
Any carpet, regardless of quality, will benefit from the use of a quality underlay.There is a wide variety of underlays to meet the demands of any area of the house, and there is no doubt that they will greatly enhance the service life of the carpet, and ensure that your investment is fully protected.