With the colder season already creeping in, there is nothing more welcome at the end of a long day trudging to and from school and work than crawling into a well made bed, wrapping yourself up under layer upon layer of snuggly, dreamy softness.  The only thing is, there’s more to achieving that wonderfully luxurious and cosy bedroom than simply throwing an extra blanket over the bed, so here are some tips on how to create your perfect autumn/winter bedroom sanctuary… 

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Your bed is the central focus in the bedroom and how you dress it is the most important factor when creating that cosy boudoir.  Layer up soft cotton sheets with stacked pairs of plump pillows, then add a blanket or quilt at the bottom of the bed for seasonal colour, pattern and softness.  Introduce little splashes of tactile fabrics such as woven herringbone or plaid, knitted, felt and velvet cushions for added textural interest and a really inviting feel.

How romantic and restful is this blush pink and grey scheme? The copper accents add a lovely warmth to the cool, muted bedlinen colours and keep the look warm and modern.  For similar bedlinen try here.


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If you’re crafty, why not knit yourself a beautiful chunky cable blanket to adorn your bed?!  Or actually… let someone else do the hard work and check out Etsy for a similar version…


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I love the tranquil simplicity of this all-white scheme.  Winter whites are hard to beat sometimes.  I always think white bedlinen looks better crumpled, but then again I’m not a fan of ironing anyway so this has definite appeal for me!  In a white scheme, it’s all about texture, texture, texture to avoid a flat, cold look.  Find a similar sheepskin rug or throw at Ikea or Nordic House.


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Tartan and plaid are always going to be a winner in the ultimate winter abode, so if a highland retreat is the look you’re after, invest in a tartan bedding set which can be brought out year after year.  A classic winter look which just doesn’t date.  Try John Lewis or Next for checked bedding sets.

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The lighting you introduce into your bedroom can allow you to create a wonderfully restful and cosy ambience inside as the temperature dips outside.   Changing lightbulbs to soft glow versions or simply draping a string of twinkly fairy lights or festoon lights above the bed or along the curtain pole are just two ways of doing this.

bedroom festoon lights

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I love the star light here, as it gives off such a pretty soft glow and it’s a cute nod to the season.  For similar, try here.

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Cotton ball lights are a modern take on traditional fairy lights, offering a more simple, pared back look. Find similar ones here.


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Window treatments

Swap your summer lightweight curtains for heavier velvety or woollen drapes, allowing a little extra length for that luxurious pooled effect at the base.  Line existing curtains with thermal interlining to really hold in the heat, keep out chilly draughts and improve drape, thereby adding a certain opulence to the room.


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Add sheepskin throws, patterned or high pile rugs and warm metallic accessories, such as gilted mirrors, frames and candleholders to your bedroom scheme to create a warm and inviting atmosphere; copper and brass are still very much on trend for this winter and if used alongside muted colours, will add a certain warmth and mellowness to a space.

These glass star lanterns are beautiful and would look lovely hanging in a bedroom… just remember to use LED tealights if you’re going for a similar look in the bedroom.  Try these ones, priced at £22.95 each.

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The gold floor lamp here totally warms up an otherwise neutral decor scheme.  I also love the use of varying textures and splashes of pattern on the bed.  This floor lamp in brass from Dunelm is a good alternative to try.


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Proof that a monochrome bedroom scheme doesn’t necessarily mean cold and uninviting… for an affordable Icelandic sheepskin rug like the one pictured, this one is worth a look.  They work equally well as a bed throw, too.


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Sweet dreams!

K x

Home Etc


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8 Comments on How to create a cosy bedroom sanctuary

  1. I love this article! You are just adding to my shopping list though. The star lanterns and cotton ball lights are top of the list!

    • Thank you Sarah! Glad I’m inspiring you even if it does mean more online purchasing :) I love the star lantern too, it’s very quirky x

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