With March nearly upon us we’ve been looking at ways we can get our home ready for Spring. One room that is often neglected is the main bedroom. Whilst other rooms are more public, the fact that this is probably not used much during the day, and is the least visited room when people come round, can mean it gets overlooked. But when you remember that we spend about one third of our lives asleep, it’s clear that our bedrooms also need a bit of thought and attention. So, here are 6 simple ways to spruce up your bedroom for spring and breathe new life into this important space in your home.
1.Capture the essence of Spring
Bring Nature indoors and give your bedroom an instant refresh. Forage for broken blossom branches, or pick some daffodils or snowdrops from the garden. Pots of white muscari look sweet on a nightstand, and pussy willow stems add some simple elegance.
Now is the perfect time to sort through all that stuff that has piled up over the winter. Heaps of clothes or books, papers that need sorting or mending that you just haven’t got round to doing all serve as a drain on your energy. Shift this by assessing what you really need and what you can let go. Start with the essentials, like your basic wardrobe items, then find the precious books, photographs and other things that make you truly happy. Put these away. Anything else that’s left can probably be given to Goodwill or sold at a yard sale when the weather gets better.
3.Choose a Spring-inspired palette
Soft clouds of dusky pink blossoms, sharp rain showers, green shoots pressing up through the earth and pale yellows all make up Nature’s Springtime palette. Draw inspiration from this and choose similar tones and shades.
If you are keen to do a more radical makeover, work out a palette that will harmonise across the room. Choose the same paint shade for walls and woodwork, then add splashes of muted colour and layers of accessories like soft linen cushions, snuggly wool throws and a few well-chosen, carefully selected trinkets and pictures to stamp your personality on your bedroom.
4.Rotate your wardrobe
While there is still a chill in the air and frosty nights are not uncommon you don’t want to put away all your winter clothes, but there will be some woollies and heavier items that can be stored away now. Make sure that garments are clean and dry before you put them away, and use tissue paper to store delicate items. Seal in secured bags to prevent moth damage. If you put away your lighter clothes and dresses at the end of the summer, now’s the time to get them out. Give them a shake and hang to air, or run them through a quick wash to refresh.
5.Change your curtains
If you use heavy drapes over winter now is the time to get them cleaned and store them away. Instead, opt for linen drapes which add texture and depth to your bedroom, whilst still keeping the warmth in and most of the light out. In a small room pick drapes in a similar colour to the walls to create a unified finish that tricks the eye into thinking the room is bigger than it is.
6.Don’t be afraid of the dark
Whilst Spring is all about lightness and fresh colour, a pop of something darker always looks great in a bedroom. A painting with a black palette, some dark green or grey linen bedlinen, or a print with deep blues all create an introspective, calm feel that’s perfect for the bedroom.
How do you spruce up your bedroom for Spring? Let us know in the comments below.
At this time of year our thoughts inevitably turn to the year that is ending. We think back to the events – good and bad – that stand out, and also remember the quieter moments that make up the everyday. This year has seen some troubling political developments and horrific events across the world, but there has also been much to be thankful for. On a smaller scale, we thought we would give you a round up of Linenbeauty’s 2017, and some ideas on how to make 2018 a great year.
So what happened at Linenbeauty in 2017?
A Simple Path launch
This year saw the launch of our new interview series, A Simple Path, in which we speak to creatives, entrepreneurs and social media influencers about what makes them tick. We are honoured to have featured some fantastic guests and learned so much about what inspires them, what slow living means to them, and how we can all strive to make our world a better place. If you missed any of the interviews, go here, here, or here for a taste of our slow living journey.
Slow Living Guide
Inspired by these interviews, and by the issues around authenticity and social media bubbles, we collected together the wisdom we have gleaned over the course of 2017 and created our own guide to slow living. In it we address ideas like: what is slow living, how realistic is it to try to live a simple life and how can we balance the practical requirements of everyday life with a need for something fulfilling and nurturing? If you haven’t read it already, you can find it here.
Our love for linen
Underpinning our philosophy of sustainable and mindful living is our love for linen. This year we explored various topics with linen at the heart. We were lucky to interview Emma O’Connor from Sussex Past who gave us fascinating insights into cleaning linen in the past (including some rather surprising things!), and are hoping to follow this up with more on the history of linen next year.
We also discovered natural ways to clean your house, explored the lure of wild swimming, dug around for great books that will help you simplify your life, considered how to create a seasonal capsule wardrobe and gathered some simple, festive holiday traditions from across the globe.
How you can make 2018 your best year yet
This book is a great place to start. Based around realistic goal-setting and workshop-style activities, this book will help you start the new year feeling positive and focused. You could even buy a few copies for friends and work on the activities together, providing support and encouragement.
Visualisation and mood-boarding is also a powerful way to think about what you would like to achieve over the coming months. Find old magazines and newspapers and create a collage of images that inspire and represent your goals for the year. These don’t need to be material things, like a new car etc, though they can be if you choose. But you can think about what kind of life you want to live and find images that encapsulate the qualities and feelings associated with it, like freedom, mindfulness, a slower pace, for example.
January is the perfect time for a Spring clean, however strange that may sound. By the time Spring comes there will be gardening to tend to and your days will increasingly be spent outside, whereas the dark, cold winter months force us to put our attention onto the inside of our houses. Your home is central to your wellbeing, so spend time walking around each room and thinking of easy ways you could make changes that will enhance the look and function. It might mean a simple re-organisation of the furniture, washing or replacing the curtains, or hanging some new pictures. Or it could mean a wholesale redecoration and revamp. The result will be that you start the year with a considered home that will help you live as happily and effectively as you can.
On New Year’s Eve we have a tradition where we all gather around the kitchen table, light a candle and then write down resolutions for the year ahead. We start with listing things we are grateful for from the year that is ending, and then write down our hopes and goals for the new year. With kids it can be useful to give them some pointers (otherwise it can turn into a bit of a shopping wish list!), like ‘Things I would like to achieve’ or ‘Things I would like to learn’. We then store our lists in a jar and don’t get them out until the following New Year’s Eve, when we review what we managed to achieve.
However you spend your New Year’s Eve and start off 2018, we would like to wish you a very happy, peaceful and fulfilling year ahead. Thank you for reading, and for joining us on these pages. If you have any suggestions for ways to make the coming year even better, do share them in the comments. We would love to hear them.
Woohoo! Here’s the second instalment of our interview series, A Simple Path, which explores how inspiring, creative people are doing more with less. This month we had the absolute pleasure of interviewing Erica Lee of The Hygge Wife (@thehyggewife on Instagram) and creator of thehyggewife.com. We are huge fans of Erica’s stunning photography and admire her commitment to living a simpler, more intentional life. Sit back and enjoy – we think you are going to love this one.