Apart from being a place where we go to sleep, a bedroom is a place where we also go to escape; a calmer, relaxed retreat where you can rest both your mind and body. Do you feel like your bedroom lacks that special quality? If so read on:
A lot of high-end hotels spend a lot of money designing bedrooms that look great and also create a serene and relaxing atmosphere. Many interior designers use these bedrooms as inspiration for their own rooms for achieving that perfect combination of space, relaxation and beauty.
Therefore it’s definitely worth spending a little more time ensuring you have a practical and efficient plan for your bedroom:
Control the clutter
A messy bedroom doesn’t exactly spell serenity. Clearing out unwanted clutter isn’t too hard if you have the space to add cabinets. If however your bedroom doesn’t have much extra space, consider adding more shelving to your existing wardrobe, installing storage drawers under the bed or implementing baskets to keep small items in. Everything being where it should be is a key step to getting that relaxed feeling in your bedroom.
Choosing the correct colours
Look to select a paint colour for your bedroom based on the layout of the room and the overall atmosphere you want to create:
- Blues and greens will make a room feel cooler, especially if your room attracts a lot of natural light.
- Reds will make a cold room feel warmer
- A pale lilac or a soft plum offers a fresh colour option for both cold and warm rooms as it border between the cool and warm hues on a colour wheel
- Darker colours, such as a navy or a forest green create a feeling of romance in a small bedroom. However ensure you don’t go overboard with these as too much can make a room feel smaller and darker.
If you live on a busy road, noisy neighbours and nearby traffic can have harmful effects on your sleep patterns. One way to counter this is to implement thick fabrics and textiles throughout your bedroom, which will help sound-proof your room. Fitted carpets and underlay, along with a layered window treatment will go a long way in achieving this. You could also introduce a ceiling fan; the whirring blades in the hot summer months will help block out traffic noise even further.
Study the size
When thinking about the overall layout of the bedroom, take some time to really study the size of the room and what you can fit in it. If you have a bed that’s too big, you won’t have enough space needed for things like nightstands, chest of drawers or any other furniture.
Whilst on the hunt for new furniture, select objects that fit nicely into your bedroom, depending on your amount of space. You’ll need a bed and bedside tables, but do you need other things like a wardrobe or a dressing table? Plan well ahead in advance to make sure you get everything you need.
Treat yourself to luxury
Why not spoil yourself with some top quality bed linens in plain colours or attractive patterns? By covering the bed with linens and cushions your bedroom can go from plain to luxury in an instant.
Introduce window treatments to add a sense of colour to your bedroom as well. Light curtains are great for letting in cool air in the hotter months, whereas heavier fabrics will help keep the room warm in the colder months.
Adjust the lighting
Lighting can often make all the difference; ambient lighting is an easy choice as you can adjust the level of light that comes through. This can completely change the atmosphere and mood of your bedroom as you’re setting down to sleep for the night. Install a dimmer switch so you can have full control of the level of lighting throughout your room. Ambient lighting can be installed via a central ceiling fixture, or through a bedside lamp or low-voltage ceiling lights.
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