Cosmetic updates that are easily varied by season, fabric accessories have a fundamental role to play in every English home. From a collection of cushions on a Chesterfield to a mix and match of bed linens, it is easy to introduce visual and textural interest to a space.
Here, we explore how you can utilise bed linens, throws, dress pillows and even flooring to create an inviting master bedroom.
Layering fabrics on the floor
While carpets are typical features of bedrooms in more modern homes, often period properties boast wooden floors instead. This sought-after feature is full of character. Such floors are to be celebrated, but they can also be colder than their carpet-covered counterparts. Rugs work wonders to balance retaining the beauty of the exposed timber with a softer, warmer effect on the feet.
Just as freestanding baths are often raised on a plinth in a master bedroom suite, changing the floor covering elsewhere in the room can have equally stylish impact. Lay a deep pile or sheepskin rug at the foot of the bed and enjoy a cosseting touch for bare feet every morning. Or, choose jute for a durable finish on the areas with the highest footfall. The entrance to your master bedroom, or the path through to an en-suite will benefit.
How to mix and match fabrics on the bed
Master bedrooms should be a space of sanctuary and retreat. As such, whatever your particular tastes for interiors, they should be inviting and cosy, not austere and cold. Even in more pared back, muted interiors, clever combinations of fabrics can achieve this. An upholstered or buttoned headboard can be an excellent starting point.
Whilst decor which includes layers of tonally-similar plain fabrics can create a calming effect, adding pattern and textures creates a more indulgent and polished result. Jacquards and tweeds sit well with chunky cable knit throws, while rich velvets pair well with supple leather and suede, or alternatively with silks and damasks.
Cushions, quilts and throws each offer opportunity to introduce these textural blends and dress the space in a way that looks indulgent without always demanding heavy investment. Piling cushions, draping throws across occasion chairs and layering a blanket across the foot of the bed will unite to create a luxurious master bedroom.
Considering fabrics for the walls
Perhaps less commonly addressed is the possibility of using fabrics on the walls. Dramatic tapestries can be hung to form a feature wall with a warming, characterful style. Textured and patterned wallpapers can also be used to similar effect. Choose wallpapers to complement an existing bedstead or curtains for best results. Fabric walling, attached professionally upon wall battens, adds both sound and heat insulation.
Window dressings should also contribute to creating a cosseting master bedroom. Although practical, some blinds can have a more corporate feel, so often require further dressing. Hanging curtains or wrapping swags of fabric around the curtain pole to frame the blinds should have the desired softening effect.
When it comes to curtains, colour, pattern and fabric choice can all contribute to a cosy atmosphere. They must, however, complement other soft furnishing choices. Pencil pleats have a cottage-like effect, while pelmets add a further degree of elegance to the master bedroom in period properties in particular.