A new season brings new inspiration, and sometimes all you need to feel more invigorated and energetic is to switch up your styles. This summer, you might consider making some interior decoration changes, and the bedroom is a great place to get started.
Forget about those winter blues that had you wanting to dive back under the covers where it was still toasty and warm. With a brighter, breezier look to your bedroom, you will want to bounce out of bed to greet the beauty of a warm summer morning.
So, without further ado, let's take a look at how to makeover your bedroom the Christopher Wray way.
1. Boost your bed
The most obvious piece of bedroom furniture that can provide huge benefit from an upgrade is the bed. It's normally the biggest thing in the room, and the choices you make can have a big impact on your comfort and lifestyle.
It really is best to go for the biggest bed you can get. That's because nothing beats a king sized bed for comfort and luxury. The larger mattress size means you have more room to roll around and find the perfect position for sleeping.
The parts of the bed that matter are the base, the mattress, and the bed head. For those who tend to be a bit accident-prone, there's a wonderful Christopher Wray bedroom solution especially for you.
It's called the Alexo, and one of the nicest features is it has a bit of extra padding all the way around, plus there are no sharp corners to bang your knees on when you're stumbling around in the dark.
The padded bead head of the Alexo bed is also great for those who have a tendency to sit up suddenly and accidentally bang their head on the wall. No more sudden shocks.
A stylish modern look can be achieved with the range of Cosmo Suites. The elegant, simple, rectangular style is so minimalist, it almost has a Zen quality to it. The result is a very clean look that can make a room feel more lively and energetic.
When the rest of your décor or architecture is more on the classic side, the Crest or Oaker beds will not seem out of place. These are sturdy, low profile bed choices that feel just as luxurious as they look.
The first thing you'll notice about the Crest design is that rather than the usual padded bed head, this one has an elegant hand carved design that looks quite ornate and regal. The Oaker is just a basic comfortable design that will look at home in almost any room. It is a very sturdy design with a large padded bed head.
Onto these beds you will need an excellent mattress, and one of the best choices you can get is the Simba mattress.
It's made right here in the UK, and provides cool comfort with excellent support. It's also the perfect size and shape to complement any of the Christopher Wray beds.
2. Top your bed with quality bedding
Just because winter is over doesn't mean you should toss your duvet away. You may want to switch to a lighter one for summer, however. If even a very light duvet feels too hot, there are specially made knitted blankets you can buy that may feel more comfortable. The holes between the stitches help air to circulate better, which can be a great relief if you've been suffering night sweats.
Sheets are also important, and while there are many choices, for summer what will feel the most luxurious and cool will be either genuine Egyptian cotton or authentic flax-based linen in the highest thread count you can find. A high thread count helps to make the fabric stronger and more durable. Using sheets made from these natural fibres will help you feel more cool and comfortable.
What most people will want to avoid is synthetic materials in sheets, because these can feel quite the opposite. Lacking the excellent moisture wicking capabilities and generous pores for air circulation that you find in the natural products, synthetic fibres can feel hot and unpleasant. They will do a poor job of absorbing sweat, thus allowing it to pool and create dampness.
Pillows are important too. Most people prefer a firm pillow for good neck support, and in recent years latex has become the most fashionable choice in pillows. One thing you should be careful of if you are considering upgrading to a latex pillow is that some people have allergic reactions to this material. "Try before you buy" is not a bad idea, especially when you consider the high cost of latex pillows.
3. Other furnishings
What type of additional furniture and how much you use depends on how much space you have available.
Bedside tables are good for helping you keep needed items within easy reach while you sleep, and of course, they're an excellent spot for adding a table lamp.
The styles can range from extra simple (Vaux) to extremely ornate (Grimaud). When choosing, think about the height of the bed. Your bedside tables should never tower over the bed, or it will be difficult to reach the objects you place on them. Also make sure you have enough room beside the bed to fit the tables.
When you need some extra storage space, a chest of drawers is a step up from the humble bedside table. These too, can be either simple or ornate, and they should ideally be a good match for your décor.
Features to consider apart from the look include whether or not the design includes handles for the drawers, the height and width of the chest body, and of course the number of drawers provided. Popular styles include Justine, Ouistre, and Wilsford.
A wardrobe is primarily intended for storing clothes, especially suits, jackets, trousers, etc. If you are buying a new wardrobe, think about things like whether it has hinged or sliding doors, the ratio of shelf to rail space, and any additional special features that you like in the design.
4. Light up your life
Of course the bedroom is usually a place where you'll be relaxing just before you go to sleep, so it's a perfect place to enjoy the benefits of a table lamp or reading lamp. This will make it easy for you to turn off the light, and also allows you a more comfortable personal light source don't need to rely on primary ambient light.
The Abazi lamps by Christopher Wray offer a wonderful choice of colours, and their modern lines make them an excellent choice for a contemporary or futuristic style bedroom. For a more elegant retro look, the Alicia range of table lamps is simply gorgeous.
We have a special fondness for the classic Art Nouveau look, which is revived in modern form with designs such as Garthurst and Neywood. These will add a practical light source for you to enjoy while also beautifying and enhancing your room.
The above tips hopefully have provided you with some inspiration for updating your room for the summer season. We'll be back with more home decorating tips and lighting suggestions, so be sure to visit the Christopher Wray blog often.