How to make your bedroom your personal sanctuary


Our bedrooms offer us peace, quiet and comfort at the end of a long day. But if your design or layout does not leave you feeling relaxed, it may be time for a change.

It’s estimated that almost half of all homeowners in the United Kingdom made some kind of improvement or renovation to their home in 2021.

If it’s time to freshen up your bedroom, here are some things to consider.

Get your priorities in order

It’s no good ripping things off the walls and splashing out on new furniture if it’s not going to serve a purpose.

Map out an average day of you and your bedroom. What times of day are you in there? And what are you doing? If you tend to run out of space for clothing and other items consider investing in storage solutions such as fitted wardrobes to ensure you’re getting the most out of the space available to you.

Perhaps you use your bedroom as a space to work from home. Maybe you only really sleep and get dressed there. Let these activities guide how you go about designing it.

Try the ‘namecore’ trend

There’s no need to meticulously plan your design when the secret might all be held in your name!

Join the millions on Pinterest and TikTok adding their name to ‘core aesthetic’ and seeing what search results crop up.

Confused? Don’t worry. Fitted furniture experts Hammonds are on hand with some examples.

Maybe ‘Emmacore’ is the right vibe, with its calming and relaxing ambience. Crucial to this design is subtle splashes of colour in an otherwise muted and minimalistic environment.

Or is ‘Michaelcore’ more up your street? Bolder backgrounds are accented with vintage furniture pieces and out-of-the-ordinary textures to provide an intriguing experience.

If you’re looking for a more out there and eccentric feel to your room, then ‘Helencore’ could be the one for you. This style creates focuses on the bold and neon aspects of vintage design, pulling richness from deeper jewel toned colours such as ruby and emerald.

Move your existing design around

You might not actually need to make major surgery to the room as it is. If you have the room to move things around, try this first before heading to your local furniture store.

Putting a desk in a window, rotating your bed to another wall – this might open up new space in your room and create possibilities that you hadn’t previously thought of.

If space is at more of a premium, see if it is possible to lose some of the items that are currently filling the room. Can a bedside table be repurposed in another room? Would a smaller rug offer you more flexibility?

Find the right colour for you

This will again be guided by what you do in your room on a daily basis.

If it’s your home office, brighter colours may help keep your mind active during a working day. However, go too garish and it might not help you enjoy a restful night’s sleep.

Ultimately that is the goal for any bedroom design – restfulness. Some colours are better than others at promoting calm, so make this your starting point before adding personality on top.