Lighter mornings, gardens full of colourful blooms and the froth of blossom on trees and in hedgerows have transformed the view from the bedroom, so it’s time to revamp the interior to match.
Introduce fresh shades
Rethink the colour palette to bring spring to your bedroom scheme. Try a selection of leaf greens, blossom pinks or sky blues to change the mood. They can be introduced in bed linens, soft furnishings and accessories, so you don’t need to get out a paintbrush for a new look. Alternatively, for a pop of more vivid colour, follow fashion’s lead with some spicy cayenne red or warm orange.
If a scheme in soothing neutrals or the purity of white is more to your taste, look to textural contrast rather than accent colour. Different weaves and fabrics will lift your room from fine to fabulous.
Swap bed linens
Bidding farewell to winter means storing away the season’s warming bed linens and opting for different materials. Night-time temperatures in spring can fluctuate wildly, though, so a design that’s comfortable in changing conditions is key.
Bed linen in cotton is a sound choice. It’s breathable, so you won’t overheat as the mercury rises, and it has a naturally cool feel. You can pick between the glossier effect of mercerised bed linen, the subtler sheen of cotton sateen, or the more matte finish of percale weave. Finer yarns will make your spring-fresh bed feel more luxurious. Look for cotton labelled long-staple or Eygptian for the softest feel next to your skin. Think thread count, too. A count of 200 is a good base standard with the highest counts offering the finest, most closely woven bed linens.
For a look that’s a little more casual, try linen to dress your bed for spring. Breathable for a sound night’s sleep whatever the weather, linen is also renowned for its durability and longevity.
To create a look that’s more opulent, silk bed linen is hard to beat. Lightweight and breathable, it will help keep you at the optimum temperature all night long. As it’s hypoallergenic, it’s perfect for allergy sufferers.
Layer the bed
Put a bedspread or quilt on top of your choice of linen. As well as bringing in an extra layer of warmth when it’s required, the colour and tactile details such as quilting and embroidery will draw the eye, making the bed the focal point of your room scheme.
Adding cushions to the bed will complete the look. Exchange winter’s warming wool designs for cotton and linen to complement the lighter fabrics of your chosen bed linen. You can mix envelope-style shapes with square to style your bed beautifully.
Lighten the look
Simple swaps can also bring spring to your room scheme. Rather than use a bedside cabinet in solid wood, go for a stool to create an airier effect – it offers enough space for a lamp and your nighttime reading. Look to the lighting, too, with a lampshade in a spring-fresh shade or delicate pattern, or a pale colour for both pendant and table lights.
Spoil yourself with a display of spring blooms in a vase to co-ordinate with your room’s colour palette, or a white or glass finish that will help reflect light around your room to visually expand the space.
Don’t forget storage for winter linens and accessories, either. A blanket box or trunk at the foot of your bed makes space for seasonal pieces where it’s needed.