A third of our lives are spent asleep, so it is only natural to take great pride in achieving that dream bedroom. The last thing we see before we shut our eyes is our furnishings and fittings and therefore when we wake up they are also the first things we see. On that basis then surely the boudoir is one of the most important rooms in the house? You would think so but too often we neglect our bedrooms so it’s time for a rethink, revamp and re-style.
There are hundreds of styles you can choose from. Search online for various interior websites and shops that specialize in bedding and accessories like Linens Direct, which have fantastic bedroom themes, from ultra modern and sleek to vintage and shabby chic. If you opt for the timeless elegance of shabby chic it needn’t cost you a fortune either since secondhand and salvaged furniture are at the heart of this very French Chic look. In fact the hunt for that old wicker headboard for your bed could be gathering dust in an elderly relative’s attic waiting to be discovered by you. If you’re the type of person who enjoys trawling through rails and rails of vintage and retro clothing for your wardrobe you will love the excitement that comes from doing the same in secondhand stores, jumble sales and antique fairs as well as car-boot sales and flea markets looking for just the right piece of furniture.
The term ‘shabby chic’ was coined by an American woman; Rachel Ashwell who opened her first store in 1989 in California; now a worldwide chain, her style of couture shows no sign of fading. Buying the style on the High Street can prove expensive. Be warned, shabby chic can become addictive…sanding, spraying and peeling paint from sticks of furniture is the perfect project for those of us who are budget conscious. There’s nothing more rewarding or satisfying than turning a rough diamond into a sparkling, 24-carat creation by your own fair hands.
And on the sparkle front keep your eyes peeled for an old chandelier, which may need a little more than spit and polish to restore but the end result will be extra pleasing. A word of caution though, not all vintage products are worth salvaging and when it comes to crisp antique laces and cottons for your bed it may be wiser to invest in authentic but new sheets that can withstand the rigors of today’s machine wash and spin cycles.
And for those of you looking for something a little more edgy than a warm, country cottage look there’s a new style based on ‘Industrial Shabby Chic’ which would translate especially well in loft-style apartments or warehouse conversions.
Just think heavy metal grey cabinets, lockers and storage cabinets or think about reclaiming some old cast iron benches and furniture. An old wooden pallet painted in shabby chic Union Jack colours with castors screwed onto the bottom corners can make an amazing coffee table. Like your dreams, there is no-where you can’t go… if you have the imagination some sandpaper and a lick of paint. Sweet Dreams!