The average person spends around 26 years sleeping in their lives, so that’s an awful lot of time in the bedroom. No wonder we want to create a restful, stylish sanctuary to retreat to. But what bedroom trends do we lean towards, and how do they differ across the country?
Based on the buying habits and decorating trends of Brits, interiors and bedding experts at DUSK have pulled together the top bedroom trends from each region of the UK.
SEE 7 BEDROOM TRENDS ACROSS THE UK BELOW:
From traditional tartan in Scotland to luxurious comfort in the North West, discover the Great British Bedroom here.
1. TRADITIONAL TARTANS AND LUXURY FAUX FURS IN SCOTLAND
The home of haggis, bagpipes and whisky, Scotland is also known for its dramatic landscapes, deep lochs and historical sites. The Scots are proud of this rich and fascinating past, so it probably comes as no surprise that they tend to take a wee bit of a traditional approach when designing their bedroom decor.
While fur may be synonymous with the sporran and wall-mounted game, it’s a common sight in Scottish bedrooms — the faux variety, of course. With 10% of the UK’s faux fur purchased here, you can expect to find snuggly Highland warmth from Dumfries to Dunnet.
2. COSY WARMTH IN NORTHERN ISLAND
Snoozing under the country’s most sumptuous quilts, those in Northern Ireland expect elevated levels of comfort in their bedrooms and are one of the highest spending regions in the UK when it comes to bedding. In fact, 88% of households here opt for a minimum of 9-tog, peacefully drifting off under the most decadently-filled duvets. Prioritising cosy comfort, try layering quality quilts with soft cotton bedding and throws.
3. DUCK DOWN AND HIGH THREAD COUNTS IN THE NORTH WEST
The North West has inspired generations of writers, from authors like Beatrix Potter to poets such as William Wordsworth. Despite these big names, it seems those who live in this region favour a more modest bedroom, with residents from Cumbria to Cheshire investing in quality quilts and humble bedding. One in five homes here opt for duck down, which while luxurious, is a more affordable alternative to goose. What’s more, 35% of North West residents decide to encase their duvets in 200 thread-count bed linen.
4. AFFORDABLE CHIC IN YORKSHIRE
Bedding buyers of Yorkshire lean towards classic yet cosy furnishings whilst remaining economical with their purchases. With 33% of homes investing in the thickest 13.5 tog duvets, there’s no need to pay for huge heating bills here. Try mixing simple whites and cream bedding to “keep t’ chill at bay”.
5. PARED-BACK STYLE IN WALES
When it comes to styling their bedrooms, the Welsh have simple tastes. They are less interested in ostentatious finishes than anywhere else in Britain, instead keeping their cool with cotton duvet covers. In fact, over one third (33%) of bedrooms forgo silky finishes in favour of classic fabrics, timeless touches and a Scandi-style aesthetic.
6. STAYCATION INSPIRATION FROM THE SOUTH WEST
Perhaps due to the prevalence of seaside towns like Torquay, the South West lays claim to the largest proportion of hotel-worthy white bedding in the UK. Almost half (49%) of households have white bed linen, while 75% take care of their guests with superior king and super king bedding.
7. PRETTY PINK SETS IN THE SOUTH EAST
The South East is arguably one of Britain’s prettiest regions of the UK and, from Essex to Southampton, this area’s bedrooms feature some of the most opulent designs. Those in the South East put a lot of effort into their bedding, spending more on their soft furnishings than anywhere else in the country. You’ll also find a particular shade graces these boudoirs, with 20% of South East homes opting for pretty pink duvet sets.