A gentleman’s home is his castle and as such, his dwelling serves as a direct extension of his personal taste and style. For many of us, we put just as much thought into decorating a room as we do putting together an outfit. And while our homes are filled with vintage knickknacks, pieces of art, lighting, rugs, etc, one of the rooms which in my opinion is better left simplified is the bedroom. It is, after all, the room we spend the majority of our time in during a lives (an average of 26 years), so it’s best to be left uncluttered and relaxing. Usually around this time of year we open up the windows, let the fresh air in and start the daunting task of Spring cleaning. While this often entails throwing a bunch of stuff out, it can also be a great opportunity to invest in some upgrades, particularly in the bedroom. We’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite upgrades of some items that often get overlooked in the bedroom, sure to transform your space upgrade your style.
Bedding: This may be one of the most important parts of a bedroom. What sheets you use can have a huge impact on how well you sleep and your overall wellness. Egyptian cotton is always preferable, and the fine folks at Parachute have a gorgeous looking collection called The Venice which has everything you need to get started. Their signature bedding set includes 2 pillow cases, a fitted sheet and duvet cover. Plus, for every set purchased, Parachute will donate a life-saving malaria net to Nothing But Nets.
Throw Blanket: While every man should have a duvet, one should also never be without a classic throw blanket. Warm, lightweight and easily transferable from room to room, you can pick the perfect design to match your style. While your bedding should be simple, a blanket like this looks best with some sort of pattern like the ones available from Pentleton or Parachute. Usually made of some variety of wool whether virgin or cashmere, these blankets only get better with age and are a great source of contrasting color in the bedroom.
Pillows: This is where a word of caution should be issued. A nice pillow can add a personal touch to a bedroom, like this Buffalo-themed one from Room. However, one must use restraint when it comes to pillows in the bedroom and be careful not to use too over do it. One or two combined with your normal sleeping pillows is sufficient. If it’s just going to end up on the floor before you go to sleep, what’s the point?
Lighting: I’ve been trying to read before bed lately, but the one thing that’s keeping me from doing so is the lack of proper lighting on my side of the bed (the lamp’s on the wife’s side). Once again, with regards to lighting, it’s best to keep things simple and you don’t get much simpler (or awesome looking) than FLYTE. FLYTE is a levitating light, which hovers by magnetic levitation and is powered through the air. Available in sustainable-sourced oak, ash and walnut, the base case also be used a wireless charging station for you’re cell phone.
Scent: Lastly, it’s important that your bedroom smells good. Nothing too overpowering, but just like you’re favorite cologne, should be subtle and very “you”. Land by Land has a fine collection of candles which add a touch of luxury to any room by using 100% natural ingredients and carefully blended fragrances. Each product is handmade at their New York atelier, using natural beeswax, vegetable waxes and oils, natural fragrance oils, pure essential oils, and 100% cotton wicks so the candles are long lasting and clean burning.