Bedrooms are all about rest. Relaxation. Serenity. Peacefulness. Calm. Luxury. Sensuous. Bedrooms are NOT about work, paying bills, playing with children, sewing or other activies. How do you make a room functional yet fulfill all those emotional needs?
TIPS TO CREATE A PERFECT BEDROOM
- Move the desk, office, anything remotely work-like to another room (if you don’t have an extra bedroom that can donate a corner to a desk, then use the dining room).
- Get rid of all kids’ toys, clothes, stuff. They have their own rooms & usually every other room in the house, so keep the master bedroom off limits for all things “kids”.
- The bed is the focal point of the room. Not the TV. Make the bed as luxurious as you can. The frame or style of the bed matters, but the bedding is king (or queen). Don’t fall for that easy solution of a ‘bed-in-a-bag’ – it will be ordinary and definitely not luxurious. Find a comforter or duvet cover that you LOVE and build from there.
- Spiff up standard, purchased bedding with trim – add beads, ribbon or fringe to the pillow edges, at the hem of the comforter or on the bedskirt. Those extra touches increase the luxury factor and give a custom touch. If purchased on sale it doesn’t have to break the budget. Don’t sew? Don’t worry. Use iron on fusible web from any fabric or craft store and iron the trim in place. Or, just tack it in place with a hand-sewn stitch here and there.
- Layers. Lots of layers. Stacks of pillows, a soft, lush throw layered at the foot of the bed over a down comforter. Layered window treatments or yards and yards of fabric to make a wall of draperies.
Calm, relaxed, peaceful – colors that embody those emotions are in the cool range – soft blues or greens – or neutral like crisp white or greys. If you want to use a warm color, go with the pale version – peach, butter yellow, coral.
- Hide the TV. Or at least have that option. Make sure that if you’re in the mood for a quiet, romantic evening, the TV isn’t pulling attention another direction! There are so many great armoires and chests available in all price ranges that you should really try to use one for this purpose alone. Extra storage is a bonus.
- Have plenty of lighting options to enhance any mood. Generally you’ll want soft and low light for maximum romance, but having your lamps on a 3way switch gives you the option to brighten things up if you want to read a little.
- Remember to add a little life to a tabletop or corner. Plants or flowers will add a finishing touch and soften the edges of the room. Real flowers on a nightstand are a treat to be indulged.
- Bedrooms are all about satisfying the senses. Touch: look for soft, fluffy, silky smooth textures; you want to feel pampered. Smell: you want light, soft scents whether from candles or potpourri or infuser – enough to enjoy, not so much that it makes you sneeze! Sound: think about a little tabletop fountain or adding a radio/CD player to have quiet, mood appropriate music at the touch of a button. Taste: Hmmm….a little chocolate on the pillows? Sight: a glimpse of this haven should be all that’s needed to set the mood; keep it tidy, bed made, candles at the ready, and you’ll look forward to retiring to this special room every night.
How do you make your bedroom a retreat from the world? What colors inspire you to be restful or romantic? Need a little help pulling that bedroom look together? Write me and I’ll offer all sorts of free advice (that’s the best kind). Remember, if you enjoyed this article, be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss any of the upcoming helpful articles and tips.