Darren Palmer has a broad portfolio, having studied fine art & graphic design, originally working in advertising and owning his own graphic design company. After succumbing to his true passion, Darren now operates his own interior design studio and has been a judge on numerous seasons of The Block.
How does colour choice play a role in bedroom design?
Whilst neutral colours are the clear choice for most home owners, if you’re willing to take a risk, you can achieve some fantastic looks and unlock hidden benefits by playing with colour in your home. Colour is subjective, so this means there are no hard and fast rules for the application of colour or how it’s perceived.
Yellow is a stimulating colour, so not hugely appropriate for bedrooms. Vibrant yellows can excite and undermine your body’s ability to switch off, though the opposite is true for the colour of light. Yellow light sends signals to the brain that it’s time to switch off, as opposed to the blue light of most man-made light sources, such as televisions and some mobile devices, which make us feel more alert.
Red is a divisive colour, often sending signals of danger which in turn can elevate heart rates and cause the body to be on alert. For others, however, moody reds can symbolise romance and warmth, which can be very appropriate for a bedroom.
Which carpets are most suitable for bedrooms?
Wool carpets are a good choice for bedrooms as they are naturally hypo-allergenic and feel luxurious underfoot. Oversized, textured loops are currently trending as the more irregularity you have in the surface texture and yarn colour, the more forgiving the carpet will be.
The wool Natural Formations Collection from Carpet Court offers neutral shades and provides a versatile base to complement any colour palette, while their textured loop pile brings a distinct, stylish finish to modern living spaces.
If you’re looking to be adventurous with colour, look to Carpet Court’s Luxe Palette Collection that has 20 shades available.
What’s the best way to make a smaller bedroom appear bigger?
When it comes to making a small room appear bigger, the less you emphasise the room size the better. This means blurring the boundaries set out by individual spaces which will make the floor flow from one area to the next. This will give a sense of more space than there actually is.
The same can be said by blurring the boundaries between the floors and the walls. Try applying the same colour to the walls as you have on the floors, without breaking up the two with a contrasting skirting board.
Elevating items away from the floor (furniture included where possible) will reveal the maximum amount of floor space which will visually allude to the room being larger in size. To do this, you can fix entertainment units or bedsides to the walls, or even have furniture with transparent legs and bases so you can see the flooring underneath.
What are your bedroom must-have pieces?
When it comes to sheets, there is a commonly held opinion that the highest thread count is the best, but that’s not always the case. Whilst some high-quality sheets have a high thread count, the factor you want to keep in mind is the origin. The fibres in Egyptian and Supima cotton are regarded as the highest quality in the world, with Belgian flax being one of the best places of origin when it comes quality linen.
If you have allergies, an air purifier can be a great addition to your bedroom. Having clean, dust and allergen-free air while you sleep can assist with congestion and overall health.
Lighting is another thing to consider in the bedroom. Make sure your overhead lights are in the correct position, so they don’t shine into your eyes when you’re lying in bed. The best places for lighting are often around the perimeter of the room or targeted in specific areas for functional purposes such as a dressing area or a bedside to read by.
Window coverings such as blinds and drapery play an important role in managing noise and the impact of the environment outside your bedroom. You need to consider the opacity of your window coverings. The best solution is one that provides a semi-transparent layer for day time privacy, and also a block out solution for night time privacy.