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How to turn your bedroom into a paradise retreat

BY Alison Cork

1st Jan 2015 Home & Garden

How to turn your bedroom into a paradise retreat

Alison answers your questions on transforming your bedroom into a paradise

Q: I’m looking to overhaul my bedroom entirely, but don’t know where to begin. Do I find a wall colour first, or should I choose accessories I love and go from there?

A: Our bedrooms are like private sanctuaries, and there’s nothing better than coming home after along day to a gorgeous and comfortable paradise.

The most important thing is to have a plan. I would begin with finding a colour scheme—whether it’s earthy tones, neutral creams or dark shades, figure out what you love and settle on a few variations of that.

Next, I would recommend looking at the walls. Do you want wallpaper, a feature wall or one plain colour? Once this is established, it’s time to bring furnishings and fun decorations into the mix


Q: My bedroom is very small and my current furniture is rather bulky. What pieces would you recommend to give the appearance of space?

A: There are a number of options you can go for to utilise space and create a beautiful look. Glass furniture is one trend that’s really catching on. Whether you go for a glass side table or desk, it’s sure to create the right illusion.

When it comes to your bed, it can be hard to downsize in order to make room for drawers. Thankfully you can purchase bed frames with in-built storage space underneath.  This allows you plenty of room for clothes and shoes, without having to sacrifice a comfortable night’s sleep. Finally, choosing a neutral-toned colour scheme for your walls adds instant space. Pick one shade you like and play with the same tones throughout your room.


Romantic Gestures   

Transform your boudoir with lush pieces and elegant touches in the vein of your dream Valentine’s day hotel room.



Beautiful wallpaper can be found in many stunning hotels. With a nod to past trends, the right wallpaper can add a classic appearance to any room. If you’re hesitant to make a full commitment, opt for a feature wall.
Northern Rose, £20 per roll, grahambrown.com

Making light touches


Soft lighting is  both romantic and practical. Introduce small reading lights and lamps to your bedside or dressing table. Ceramic Table Lamp, £100, houseoffraser.co.uk

Sumptuous seating


Occasional chairs can instantly elevate a room’s appearance—especially when the colour offsets the look of your bedding. A relatively plain duvet invites a frivolous pop of colour, like the Kubrick Wing Back Chair, £349, made.com


Alison Cork is a home expert and journalist who writes for the Daily Telegraph, Evening Standard and Reader's Digest. She is the founder of the homeware brand Alison at Home and One Regent Place – an online outlet for heavily discounted furniture and accessories