The bedroom is the modern day sanctuary. With life moving faster than ever, we all need somewhere that time seems to stand still, in the best way. Where better for this feeling of calm timelessness than the bedroom? It's the place where we are our most content and often our happiest, so we’ve put together a few ideas on how to make the bedroom your centre of calm.
Find the light and keep things simple
Bedroom lighting isn't about experimentation, it's about creating different breakout zones for the different areas of the bedroom. You'll need a suitable bedside lamp for reading or the final moments before you settle down to bed, a pendant for dressing and nighttime routines and a central ceiling fixture for the last lighting resort. But, if you're looking to find a light to create a more relaxing environment then we recommend the FLOS Cone String Pendant.
The sculpted suspension pendant provides a diffused light that contrasts expertly against the matte black aluminium body. Best of all, the suspension system can be adjusted to suit you and it also has an on-off dimmer that can be operated by the means of a Bluetooth remote control application that can be installed onto any smartphone. So, when it's time to relax, you can turn the lights down low enough to take the edge off, without even having to leave the bed.
De-clutter & minimise the overall aesthetic
One of the most important and most general rules of creating a calm space is to minimise everything. Let's be honest, there's no way you can properly relax in a busy or messy room. It's easy to declutter without it being a chore or being ruthless. If you do nothing else, declutter your walls by changing the style of your home accessories. That doesn't mean your bedroom needs to be stark or without personality - just drop in a few small touches of colour and pattern to add personality and interest - the items that give you a little pick-me-up as soon as you see them.
We recommend Menu's White Marble Wall Clock as a good place to start. Not only does the unmarked face promote a less strict view of time, but the face is open and clean. Looking for some accompanying pieces of homeware? Hang Peytil's Portofino Print next to your new Menu clock for harmonious minimalism. As well as that, Menu's Polished Brass / Clear Stem Vase has a minimal structure, ideal for holding a small bunch of flowers or a long-stemmed plant.
Love your bed and invest in good bed sheets
One indisputable ingredient to a good night's sleep is bedding. It seems so simple to say, and we're sure you already love your bed, but treat it like you do. Undercover's Ponto Tencel Duvet Set is the next present your bed desires and deserves. The blend between some of the world's finest quality cotton and a new, revolutionary botanical yarn named Tencel will ensure some of the best nights' sleep you've ever had.
What's more, the most relaxing bedrooms are decorated in cool colours that bring to mind a peaceful day near calm waters. You can instigate this transition to a more relaxing night by looking to neutral coloured sheets. All of the bedding stocked at OPUMO offers interesting yet understated patterns that offer plenty of texture and interest to the room without shouting for attention. Plus, if you choose Tencel bed sheets from Undercover then you’re opting for one of the world’s most sustainable materials. This super soft, luxurious yarn is made from sustainably grown botanicals such as eucalyptus that produce a silky smooth, soft and lightweight texture.
MenuPolished Brass / Clear Stem Vase£150
Bang & OlufsenNatural Beolit 17 Portable Speaker£395
FramaWhite Sintra Side Table£575
FLOSCone String Pendant Light£195
MenuWhite Marble Wall Clock£250
AMIBlack Cigarette Fit Trousers £265
GloverallBlack Churchill Peacoat £400
PhaidonThe Middle Eastern Vegetarian Cookbook £25
HemCharcoal Koti Two Seater Sofa £2,440
Relax with music
When you soothe your senses, your body and mind relax as well. So, bring in a high-quality speaker, one that can bring new sensory experiences into your bedroom, and you’ll soon feel the benefits of a peaceful environment. With 24 hours play time and wireless connectivity you needn’t worry about the clutter of wires while you experience the premium sound quality of Bang & Olufsen. The Bang & Olufsen Natural Beolit 17 Portable Speaker is small, discreet and incredibly powerful which means it strikes the perfect balance of usability, high-quality sound and understated aesthetics. The type of speaker that contributes to the tranquility of the room, not detract from it.