Your essential guide to creating the perfect sleep sanctuary

At the end of a busy day, you should be able to step into your bedroom, close the door and forget about life’s stresses and strains. To help ensure your bedroom is a haven of relaxation and tranquillity, here's an essential guide to creating the perfect sleep sanctuary.

Select a showstopper bed

Without a doubt, the most important piece of furniture in your bedroom is your bed, so don’t settle for second best. To really wow choose a showstopper design, like an exquisitely detailed French bed complete with opulent headboard. These can make a real style statement, and you’ll feel like royalty when you slide between the sheets each night.   

If you’re looking to save money but don’t want to sacrifice aesthetics, a great alternative to replacing your current bed is to get a new headboard. You can take your pick from a selection of designs that will add instant star quality to your sleeping space. For example, specialist suppliers Crown French Furniture offer elaborate headboards in rattan, carved, sleigh and upholstered designs.    

Of course, no bed is complete without a supportive mattress and crisp cotton sheets, so don’t skimp on those.

Make sure your storage is spot on

Clutter is a definite design faux-pas if you’re trying to create a luxurious sleeping area, so you’ll need to find the perfect storage solutions. Sizeable wardrobes and drawers, and the addition of useful extras like bedside tables and ottomans, can help ensure you have a home for all your clothes and knickknacks.

For the best results, make sure these furnishings complement each other, and your bed, in terms of their style and colour. A mish-mash of designs can lead to a confused, chaotic look and that's not something that will make your bedroom a calming space.

Layer your lighting

So that you can create the perfect ambiance at the flick of a switch, it’s important to layer the lighting. If you can, fit dimmer switches to your overhead and wall lights, and make sure you have cute bedside lamps to bring extra personality to your room.

You might also want to include some subtle fairy lights in this space. Whether you position these tiny bulbs around your bed or along your wall, or you tuck them away in a glass vase, they can bring a little magic to your room.

Add those all-important finishing touches

Once you’ve got the main elements of your bedroom in place, you can turn to those crucial finishing touches. Whether that's adding a scattering of pillows and cushions and sophisticated throw to your bed or placing your favourite prints on the wall and dotting delicately fragranced candles or diffusers around the space, there are a host of accessories that will help bring your revamped bedroom together.

Whether you’re planning a full facelift or if you simply want to tweak your space these design suggestions should give you the inspiration you need. Good luck!


This is a collaborative post with Crown French Furniture, a family-run business who sell beautiful furniture and aim to help put the heart back into your home.