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Top Bedroom Ideas to Make Cold Days More Bearable

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Written By Alex Petrović

Certified Sleep Consultant

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1 April 2024 11 min read

Once winter rolls around, your room can easily become your entire world – so, making it cosy is a must. Therefore, here are some bedroom ideas you can use in order to create the cosiest room on this side of the pond!

Although getting an interior designer ought to give you the best results, it doesn't mean we can't throw some bedroom decorating ideas your way and see what sticks! After all, having the room be to your liking is the only criterion that matters when it comes to keeping things cosy.

So, we're going to use everything we know about design, sleep, and the bedding industry in order to give you a range of options you can choose from. And hopefully, by the end, you should have an idea of what your dream bedroom should look like.

Benefits of a cosy bedroom

An image of a neat cosy bedroom with a made bed in the middle

Redecorating your entire bedroom might seem like more trouble than it's worth, however, we encourage you to consider it anyway. This is because having your dream bedroom does come with certain benefits that can improve your overall quality of life.

So, let's go over some of the benefits you could gain, and then you can decide whether they're worth a bedroom makeover!

Keeping the temperature just right

As you'll see later on, certain stylistic choices can actually affect the temperature in your bedroom quite significantly. Be it by keeping the warm air in during the winter and thus saving you some money on the heating bill, or by keeping things nice and breezy during summer – there are quite a few things you can do.

And let's be honest, no one likes freezing the second they enter a room and there are few things less attractive than a room that smells like mildew and sweat during summer. So, if you were going to take us up on one bedroom idea, it should be regarding temperature control.

Keeping your spirits high

Besides zombies and ice dragons, “winter is coming” also signals the return of a much greater foe – Seasonal Affective Disorder. And when the days are so short, the air bites at your cheeks and no one wants to go outside, making your bedroom a positive space can be essential.

Sure, it can't ward off mental strain altogether but it can make the winter pass with less friction. Your room can feel warm, inviting, and like a true reflection of you. And if your reflection seems cheerful and warm, you might just start feeling that way yourself.

Get better sleep

The great thing about keeping things at an optimal temperature and keeping your chin up is that you'll probably get better sleep as a result! After all, your body needs a specific temperature in order to drift off to sleep easily, and depression can hamper sleep rather significantly.

And getting better sleep can improve just about every aspect of your life. You'll have more energy during the day, you'll wake up more quickly, brain fog won't loom over you, you'll be more motivated etc. So, something as simple as letting in natural light and hanging a cool poster on the wall can impact your overall well-being quite heavily!

Make things more convenient

Lastly, we want to talk about convenience, as it probably isn't as obvious of a benefit as the others. However, you can optimise your bedroom quite a bit and make life a lot easier.

For example, if you have a small bedroom, being smart with how you set up shelves can help out quite a lot. And getting a storage bed can make your bedroom space feel much larger as you can save space usually taken up by clothes or bedding products.

You can turn a guest bedroom into a second living room by investing in a sofa bed, and taller bedside tables can let you open up the floor space of your master bedroom for more decorations or something similar. Even just proper cable management can go a long in turning your bedroom into a paradise!

So, as you can see, some bedroom ideas can completely change how you approach the position of bedroom furniture. Therefore, we suggest thinking outside of the box and not settling for anything short of a sleep haven!

Invest in cosy bedding

Since we're The Sleep Advisors, it only makes sense that we start things off with what we know best – bedding products! So, we'll go through all the major players and give you some bedroom ideas for making things nice and cosy.

A new bed frame

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A good bed frame can easily become the focal point of your entire bedroom as they can range from completely minimalistic to outlandish in terms of design.

For example, getting a platform bed will usually result in a tamer approach. They usually don't have a footboard (or even a headboard) and don't sport too much ornamentation either. So, if you're looking for small bedroom ideas, it might be the ideal pick. After all, you don't want an extremely flashy bed in a tiny bedroom.

Divan beds on the other hand are great if you're looking for a modern bedroom, as they allow you to keep things simple and elegant thanks to the added storage. And since they also aren't too flashy, a few good pieces of furniture can nail that contemporary bedroom aesthetic.

And then you have things like a four-poster bed that can and will completely take over the bedroom, especially if you add drapes. Depending on the design, you can get an antique bed or a model that looks like it came from the Royal Palace but either way, it will light up the room.

And if you want to go for a fancy bedroom design but don't want a four-poster bed, you can also look up brands such as the French Bedroom Company in order to browse models that can make any room seem like a sophisticated bedroom. Lastly, looking into high-quality sofa beds can make your dining room serve as a surprisingly fancy guest room at a moment's notice!

A new mattress

Although getting a new mattress won't have the same visual flare as getting a new bed frame, it can drastically change your sleep quality. After all, even the cosiest bedroom isn't going to amount to much if your sleeping space is terrible.

So, realistically gauge whether your current mattress is getting the job done. Do you sleep comfortably and in bliss every night? Would you want a mattress that's a bit more bouncy, a bit softer, or even a bit bigger?

If any of these apply to you, here's our list of the best mattresses in the UK and then you can judge whether your bed is ready for an upgrade. And trust us, the increase in sleep quality will be immediately noticeable if you've been sleeping on an old mattress for more than five years.

A new pillow

Pillows are very versatile. On the one hand, they can improve your sleep quality just like a new mattress. In fact, they can even rid you of that awful neck pain you've been having – here are a few of our neck comfort favourites.

But on the other hand, pillows can also add quite a lot to the aesthetic of your room, especially once you take throw pillows and sham pillows into the mix! And since pillow covers are also easy to take off and on as needed, you can make hundreds of different patterns and designs to suit your taste.

Not to mention that you can also find custom pillows in all shapes and sizes. So, just head on over to a site like Pinterest and you'll be certain to find thousands of great bedroom ideas in the pillow section alone.

A new duvet/weighted blanket

Lastly, we're going to bunch duvets and weighted blankets together as they serve similar purposes. For the most part, they're here to make you as comfortable as humanly possible. However, there are still a few things you can experiment with in terms of the aesthetic.

For example, getting an Aeyla Chunky Weighted blanket can nail a cottage/homey aesthetic better than any other bedding product. Not to mention that it also helps you fight off stress and stay in a good mood!

On the other hand, you can also look into getting a comforter instead of a duvet if you want a more relaxed environment. Pair it with some brighter colours and a fluffy rug and you're bound to melt every time you enter the bedroom.

And if nothing else, look into good duvet covers, as they allow you to switch up the look of your duvet whenever you want. Plus, they're usually much softer and cuddlier than the duvet insert.

Incorporating natural light

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How you light your room can drastically impact how cosy it feels. Not only that but it also dictates the quality of your sleep at night!

This is because natural sunlight has quite an impact on the human body. When the sun is shining into our eyes, the weather might seem a lot warmer than it actually is. So, keeping the curtains drawn during the day can make you feel a lot warmer during winter.

And, as we've mentioned, it also impacts your sleep quite heavily. This is because natural light helps our body know when it's time to wake up and be active. And on the other hand, if you have black-out curtains during the night, it can help your body realise it's time to go to sleep.

This is because of our biological clock, also known as our circadian rhythm. So, if you feel tired but can't fall asleep at night, there's a good chance that's the reason.

Add a touch of comfort with greenery

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Nothing makes a room feel more alive and vibrant than a few well-cared-for plants. After all, what better represents life than life? Plus, you can get really creative when it comes to greenery!

If you're going for a minimalistic style, a few small cacti will probably look quite adorable. But that's far from the only option. A bonsai tree can give your bedroom a more exotic look and bigger potted plants can make the space feel more lived in.

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You can even hang vines from the ceiling (especially if you have an attic bedroom) like nature's gallery wall if that's more your style. And don't even get us started on the more exotic plant species and how they can add intrigue.

Just try not to go too overboard, as you don't want to get to the point where you need a spare room for your plants.

Incorporate warmth with textiles

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When it comes to keeping things cosy and good bedroom ideas, it's not all about what you place in the bedroom but also what it's made from. After all, certain materials will either visually or physically keep the room a lot cosier!

For example, very few things can provide the same level of warmth and comfort as a big fluffy carpet. Not only does it visually make the room a lot cosier but it also keeps your feet from getting cold – so, it's a double win.

And even less obvious details, like an upholstered headboard, can make quite the difference. So, try to incorporate materials such as cotton, sateen, and especially wool whenever you can! And if you want to remodel the whole place, solid wood surfaces tend to give off that cosy cabin feeling we all know and love.

But even something as simple as wallpaper with a wood panelling or brick design can make the room seem warm – so, there's no need to start tearing down walls just yet.

Overall, try to incorporate natural materials in order to retain heat and cleverly use things like wallpaper or rugs in order to make the room seem warmer as well. However, we can't talk about making a room feel warm without our following tip!

Use warm colours

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Whether you're aware of it or not, you've all experienced the power of how colour can shape a room. For example, while the dirty white walls of a hospital might make you rather sad or anxious, the bright colours of a typical children's room usually make you feel more at ease and cheerful.

And we say that this isn't something you should grow out of! After all, warm colours like red, yellow or orange can make your bedroom feel a lot comfier and more vibrant. Not to mention that widening your colour palette opens up countless doors in terms of unique design.

So, if possible, try to incorporate bright tones as much as you can. You don't necessarily have to paint your walls but at least have colourful bedding products, paintings, and shelves to give the room a comfy, soothing feeling.

Incorporate soothing sounds

Lastly, we'd like to talk about sound and how it can affect the feel of your bedroom. While a bit more limited than colour, there's still a lot you can do in this department that's sure to leave quite an impact!

The most popular way of introducing soothing sounds is by having flowing water present. Sure, living next to the ocean would be the most ideal solution but it's far from the only one! These days you can easily find little controlled waterfalls that can fit on your nightstand and give you that same sense of relaxation.

On the other hand, if you have an Amazon Alexa or better yet a white noise machine, you can fill your room with peaceful sounds that can help you drift off to sleep. In the case of the latter, here are some of our white noise machine recommendations.

And if you don't want technology to take any part in your relaxation, you still have some options. For example, if you have a yard, you can set up a bird feeder and have their cheerful song fill up your room in the morning, allowing you to wake up with a smile on your face.

Creative ideas for a cosy bedroom

Now that we've gone over all of the general tips, it's time to hit you with some concrete bedroom ideas. We'll be featuring extremely stylised bedrooms we've found online that illustrate our point but, of course, you can mix and match these elements to best suit your taste. Let's begin.

The brick, rustic design

An image of a rustic bedroom with a brick wall

As we can see from the picture, this bedroom incorporates quite a few of the key bedroom ideas we've described so far! The big brick wall is the first thing that anyone would notice upon walking in and it gives the room a very warm and cosy feeling.

This is then amplified by the wooden floor and side panelling. And let's not forget that the wall itself is ornamented in a rather unique fashion – with the bike taking centre stage while an old-fashioned watch gives some distinction to the corner space.

And in terms of colour, you can see splashes of yellow with the bedding and even the bike itself, making the bedroom look very cheerful and fun. Throw some soothing sounds into the mix and you have a perfect bedroom as far as we're concerned! That is as long as the bike doesn't fall in the middle of the night.

Light and modern

An image of a modern bedroom with a high ceiling.

This bedroom may come as a bit of a contrast from the previous one but it's still just as brilliant. While it's a lot tamer in terms of ornamentation and colour palette, it still oozes with style.

For one, we can see how much proper textures can impact the aesthetic of the room. The rug, while thin, also seems rather soft and elegant. The blanket on top of the bed also seems rather comfortable. And even the walls have a cosy, almost hand-made texture to them that ties the room together.

Plus, the open balcony adds quite a lot. From the view to the visible greenery and natural light, it makes the entire bedroom come to life and gives off a calming feeling. And if it also happens to be next to the sea, it might just be paradise.

More greenery, more fun

An image of a bedroom with plenty of natural light and greenery

In this next bedroom, we can really see how much greenery can affect the aesthetic of a room. From the potted plants on the ground and nightstand to the ones hanging off the ceiling and in the background, this bedroom is full of life.

And the rest of the room compliments that feeling further. Although the walls are pure white, a warm bague colour overtakes most of the bedding and furniture and we think it fits in exceptionally well.

On top of that, the wooden floorboards and low bed frame give the room a minimalistic aesthetic, which in turn allows the greenery to take centre stage. You can love it or hate it but we think it's quite the cosy design.

Conclusion

In conclusion, staying nice and cosy this winter includes way more than just turning the central heating on! From what colours you choose to the textures of the walls, there are so many stylistic choices that affect how cosy your room feels.

So, go through our tips, look at our bedroom ideas, and decide for yourself what your ideal design would be. And hopefully, you'll have the cosiest winter of your life.

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Alex Petrović
Sleep Consultant
A CPD certified Sleep Consultant with more than 2000 hours of research into all the different ways we can get a great night's sleep. As a former insomniac, I know how difficult life can be without a nightly recovery and I love that I get to share everything I've learned with you all. So hopefully we can all sleep soundly!
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