Lonni Paul, founder of Lonni Paul Design
I always start with function, but I will never sacrifice comfort. I think it’s important to include a sitting area for reading with a table for coffee in the morning – near a window is always nice for natural light.
Bedding is also very important, especially a down comforter in the right weight, with pillows in firm, medium and soft options. Cashmere and high thread count Egyptian cotton for materials. For soft furnishings and accents, I love a down mattress topper and a chaise lounge.
Bedside tables on each side of the bed that are high enough to easily reach your bedside essentials are a sign of good design. There should be a seating arrangement at the end of the bed, or to the side. If it’s to the side, a bench is essential at the end of the bed.
A plush rug makes the space feel cosy – but it needs to be large enough to span the entire bed on all sides. I also love a TV that is disguised as art! As for colours, choose soft pale blues, silvers, greys, whites, creams and lavender. These all soothe and help the bedroom feel like a haven for rest.