However, one thing that I didn't have as a teen was the design knowledge that I have accrued today. Crucial to the success of any room design is it's ability to simultaneously deliver both style and comfort. Therefore, I have excitedly teamed up with the world's biggest bed brand, Sealy, to bring you some easy win-win tips on how to 'style a bed down' by mixing comfort and aesthetics to create the bedroom of your dreams.
There is also cause for celebration - as Sealy has recently and very deservedly won their second award from Which? magazine, for their Teramo 1400 mattress - Congratulations!
My number one mantra when styling my own home is - keep it simple. This is particularly relevant for the bedroom, which doesn't need to be overcomplicated in its design, especially if we are searching for a relaxed feel.
However, this doesn't mean that all bright & energetic colours should be barred from the bedroom, merely their inclusion should be carefully considered and applied. Take for example the bold wide stripe duvet cover (image no.2 'above') which brings instant warmth and a fun feel. Natural cotton and linen sheets help to tone down formalities and crumpled textures can accentuate this informal style. Upholstered beds are also huge right now, so embrace textiles as your friend and invite them into the bedroom - layer up where required for maximum comfort, as in image no.7 'above'.
Achieving the correct balance of light is also hugely important. For daytime, if you can, allow as much natural light and fresh air into a bedroom to re-oxygenate and breath new life into the space. Open the windows, let the daylight pour in and consider taking a mini-break in bed! Alternatively, introduce scented candles to suit your mood. For after-dark, apply softer lighting to help you mentally shift down a gear.
Books at bedtime are definitely not just the reserve of children - I love to see books in bedrooms, as they create a relaxed-look and are an easy means of adding subtle colour, detail and interest. Reading in bed is also a tried and tested way of winding-down before sleep, so make sure you have a good bedside table within easy reach, on which to place your book down when your eyes become heavy.
Feeling relaxed yet?