Tuesday, January 17, 2012
DESIGNING A PEACEFUL BEDROOM
Bedrooms should be a place where you linger and relax. Besides a soft spot to lay your head, a bedroom needs to keep you coming back for more. To create calm in the bedroom, free it of clutter, not just the floor, but the walls too. Apply a "less is more" approach to the room. Lighting is important in the bedroom. Natural sunlight is amazing during the day, but dimmed mood lighting is essential at night and you always need task lighting for reading a good book or just playing with your ipad. (refer to my post on lighting)
Keep in mind that a peaceful bedroom embraces minimalism.
Here are a few more key elements that seem to be a common thread for turning your bedroom into a sacred space.
Paint your bedroom in your favorite color.
Waking up to a color you love is the perfect way to start your day, or keep it neutral and use your favorite color as an accent. (refer to my previous post on paint colors)
Use one fabric, but use it everywhere and make sure it matches your paint color.
Many people find it difficult to coordinate different fabric patterns successfully.
In fact, many bedroom design ideas become too busy with mixes of plaids and florals. Neutral is always safe, and again you can add color with your accessories or accents.
Privacy is an asset in your bedroom, so, make sure your bedroom design ideas include window treatments that cover your windows at night. This will also close the room in and add coziness. (refer to my post on window treatments)
Lighting can enhance your bedroom far more than you may realize. Natural sunlight is amazing during the day, and task lighting is very important, but dimmed mood lighting is essential at night. To really create a bedroom that is glowing, soft and peaceful, you need mood lighting. Replacing your switch with a dimmer switch isn't too difficult or expensive.
(refer to my post on lighting)
A sturdy bedside tabletop is another key element. Having a place to rest your glass of water and/or favorite book is key to your overall comfort and relaxationI And if you have a bedside lamp, be sure it’s big enough for all three.
If you have hardwood or stone floors, think about an area rug. The right rug can give you a tiny foot massage before stepping into bed. (refer to my post on area rugs and the post on flooring)
Just a thought...picking the right scent for your bedroom is a matter of taste, but hands down the most popular essential oil for relaxation is Lavender. Dab a little lavendar oil directly on your pillow for a restful night’s sleep.
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