Your bedroom is one of the most important rooms of the home – if not the most important.It's where you have your ultimate alone time. It's where you read, where you sleep and wake up, where you get ready for the day and where you rest at the end of it, and where you switch off.
So why do most people neglect bedrooms as a place to decorate? Sure, some things (like lighting, wardrobes, beds or headboards etc) can be expensive, but sometimes all you need is a few great home accessories like pretty mirrors, some scatter cushions, some framed prints, organised shelves and a vase of flowers to make the world of difference.
Award winning interiors blogger Victoria Jackson from Apartment 4 shares a few of her ideas for a high-end looking bedroom – even if you're on a budget.
1. Invest in a Headboard
'A headboard will really create a focal point in your room, especially in a rich velvet', explains Victoria. Go for a neutral shade, in a double height and see how much it changes the feel of the room.
2. Decorate with Flowers
'Not everyone can afford fresh flowers on their bedside, so adding a bowl of artificial peonies or roses is a cost-effective way of brightening up the space all year round', Victoria suggests.
3. Treat yourself to a scented candle
The key to a relaxing bedroom is soft lighting and calming scents. Treat your space to a gorgeous smelling candle in chic monochrome packaging like Neom Organics, Diptyque or Jo Malone.
One of the easiest ways to add a luxury feel to a room – especially in a rented property where you can't wallpaper – is to use mirrors. 'Not only will they add space and light to the room, a pretty mirror really is the epitome of glamorous decor', Victoria explains.
5. Under your Feet There's no better feeling than stepping out of bed with a deep pile shaggy rug or brand new sheepskin under foot. 'Texture is one of the most important elements to creating a luxe-appeal in your bedroom, from a sheepskin throw on the foot of the bed, to a gorgeous white or cream rug' adds Victoria.
6. Style the Bed 'I really like the art of symmetry in the bedroom, from two bedside tables with two matching lamps to making the bed in a symmetrical way, with two cushions, four pillows, one throw across the middle etc', says Victoria. Finishing touches like this are what really transforms this look from plain into premium.
Keep bedside tables clear and uncluttered, and use them to display a pretty vase, lamp, plant, candle or ornament instead, and give your usual clutter an organised and designated space in a drawer or box.
7. Decorate the Walls Hanging pretty wall art can add personality into an otherwise neutral room. 'Try to stay with similar tones, such as pinks, golds, silvers, creams and pastels - anything darker will look out of place and won't be in keeping with the feel of the room', advises Victoria.
8. Sleep in Luxury 'Aside from the bed itself, the most money spent in my bedroom is on bed linen', says Victoria. 'I think creating a sanctuary to retire to starts with a beautifully soft, silky duvet and pillows – something you don't want to get out of on a weekend, or on a week day for that matter', she adds.
Using scatter cushions is also a great way to add colour and interest, and to pull a room together.