Follow the expert advice of Olga Polizzi, Director of Design for Rocco Forte Hotels (UK properties include Brown's Hotel on Albermarle Street and The Balmoral in Edinburgh) and turn your bedroom into a soothing oasis of calm, somewhere to recharge properly before waking up refreshed and ready for another day al desko.
- Be house-proud Keep your bedroom presentable and tidy (imagine you can still invite guests into your home) by getting into a routine each morning of making the bed and tidying the room. If you can do a light tidy up before you go to bed, a decluttered space can help to achieve a better night’s sleep.
- Keep it fresh Try to open your windows on a regular basis: this not only clears condensation, it also freshens the room.
- Keep the room smelling beautiful A lovely scented candle (Walpole likes Ormonde Jayne’s Casablanca Lily) or a bowl of potpourri replenished with a few drops of your favourite essential oil. One fun tip is to place a few drops of essential oil onto a tissue and draw it into your vacuum cleaner – this ensures a wonderful smell is powered through when vacuum cleaning.
- Think visually Fresh flowers are a wonderful addition to brighten the space visually and for scent [Walpole recommends FLOWERBX for the season's best) and introduce a few indoor plants into the bedroom to add a luxurious feeling to the place. In terms of lighting, switch to a warm yellow bulb, usually referred to as warm white or natural white – this adds an overall warm and cosy atmosphere to the room.
- Choose your linens Of course, freshly washed sheets are always lovely to snuggle in, preferably ironed if possible. The best combination for bed linen is 400-thread count and 100% white cotton (Walpole’s favourite is Peter Reed - if it’s good enough for the Queen…).
- It doesn’t have to be a duvet A natural goose feather or goose down duvet at 10 tog is suitable for all seasons but for a warmer night (moving from spring to summer), a 100% pure cotton blanket makes a good alternative.
- It’s all about the pillows Our preference for beds at Brown’s is four pillows, two king size and two standard size, these are a mixture of feather (75%) and down (25%).
- Dress the bed Bed pillows should be evenly placed and centred on each side of the mattress (in order to take the correct measurements in the case of a King-size mattresses, think of an imaginary line dividing the bed into two single mattresses). The pillows do not need to touch. There should be four pillows on the bed – possibly a combination of down, feathers and non-allergenic pillows. The bedspread should be placed in such a way as to cover the gap between the mattress and the bed base and the top third of the bedspread should be folded back on itself. The duvet should be pulled up to approximately 25cm from the head of the mattress. Scatter cushions should be centred in front of the pillows, slightly on a slope.
- Create a five-star ‘turndown’ experience Pull back the bed covers, draw the curtains/blinds, light a candle (and a chocolate on the pillow is at your discretion). Turn off the TV and radio if you have them in the room, put your mobile phone in another room and create a noise-free space.