This week we’re highlighting another favourite trend from the House and Leisure Trend Report 2012 – statement beds. Many of us tend to play it safe with all-white colour schemes in our bedrooms, particularly when it comes to dressing the bed and linen options. And while we generally acknowledge sleep zones as providing a place of calm in which to unwind after a long day at work, it’s time to be brave and to experiment with colour and texture. Turn to page 39 of our January/ February 2012 issue for an apt definition of the term, ‘statement beds’. As we say in the Trend Report, ‘Pull out ouma’s bright blankies, dress up the headboard, and layer and layer and layer…’ This is your chance to mix and not match, and to try new things because there are no hard and fast rules for this trend. Think graphic, textured, layered and colourful for maximum impact. Locally, names like Beatnik Bazaar are making their own statement with their show-stopping handmade quilts. And many of the chain stores are also offering plenty of pieces to get the look. There are so many different ways to dress up a bed, and it’s up to you how eclectic you want to go. Bright and soft, bold jolts of colour, deep-buttoned headboards or clashing hues and textures, our advice is just have fun! We’ve selected some items to help you get started, as well as some of our top House and Leisure statement beds. Share your thoughts about this trend via Facebook or tweet them to @houseleisureSA. Naomi Larkin Editor – House and Leisure Stockists: 1. Statement bed, previously featured in House and Leisure. 2. Ikat Diamond Duvet Cover Set, R100 for Single, R130 for 3/4, R170 for Double, R200 for Queen, R220 for King, Mr Price Home. 3. Statement bed, previously featured in HL. 4. Geo Laser Cut 30 x 45cm Scatter Cushion, R60, Mr Price Home. 5. Statement bed, previously featured in HL. 6. Fleece Throws, R109 plain and R135 striped (please note: the striped throws will only be available in store from 22 February 2012), woolworths.co.za. 7. Shinta Linen Collection, R699 for the Three Quarter Duvet Cover Set, R999 for the Double, R1 100 for the Queen, R1 300 for the King, R160 each for Continental Pillowcases, R195 each for Scatter, Linen House. 8. Hope Flies Cushion, R100, Mr Price Home. 9. Statement bed, previously featured in HL.