A bedroom is a place where we sleep but also somewhere we go for an escape. Do you feel like your bedroom lacks the special qualities? Qualities like calmness, relaxation? If so read on:
Many high-end hotels spend a fortune designing bedrooms that look appealing but also boast a serene and relaxing atmosphere. A lot of interior designers use these bedrooms as inspiration for their own rooms to get that desired combination of space, beauty and relaxation.
This means it’s definitely worth taking some time to ensure you have a both practical and efficient plan for your bedroom:
You won’t achieve serenity with a messy bedroom. Consider add cabinets to help control clutter better. If your bedroom doesn’t have the extra space, consider adding more shelving to your current wardrobe, install storage drawers under the bed or add baskets for small items.
Everything being where in its rightful place is a key first step to achieving that feeling of relaxation in your bedroom.
Finding the best colours
Your selected paint colours should revolve around the layout of the bedroom as well as the overall atmosphere you want to create, here are some examples:
- Reds will make a cold room feel warmer
- Pale lilacs and soft plums offer a fresher option for both cold and warm rooms as it sits between the cool and warm hues on a colour wheel
- Blues and greens will make a room feel cooler, especially if your room attracts a lot of natural light.
- Darker colours, like navy and forest green bring a feeling of romance within a small bedroom. Just make sure you don’t go overboard with these as too much can make a room feel smaller and darker.
Living on a busy road with noisy neighbours and nearby traffic can have harmful effects on your sleep patterns. To counter this, introduce thick fabrics and textiles to your bedroom to help sound-proof your room; fitted carpets and underlay, along with a layered window treatment will help achieve this. You could also install a ceiling fan; the whirring blades in the hot summer months will help block out traffic noise even further.
Examine the space
Regarding the layout of the bedroom, take some time to really study the size of the room and what you’ll be able to fit and what you won’t; if you have a bed that’s too big, you won’t have enough space for other things to supplement it such as a chest of drawers and nightstands.
Whilst you’re hunting for new furniture, choose objects that will fit nicely into your bedroom depending on your amount of space. Obvious inclusions are a bed and bedside tables, but do you require other things like a wardrobe or a dressing table? Be sure to plan well in advance to make sure you get everything you need.
A little luxury
There’s nothing wrong with spoiling yourself with a little luxury, such as top quality bed linens in plain colours or attractive patterns? Covering the bed with linens and cushions makes your bedroom can go from boring to luxury in an instant.
Window treatments can add a sense of colour to your bedroom as well; light curtains are great for letting in cool air in the hotter months and heavier fabrics will help keep the room warm in the colder months.
Adjust the lighting
Lighting can sometimes make all the difference; ambient lighting is an easy choice since you can have control over 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 to control the level of lighting throughout your room. Ambient lighting can be installed through a central ceiling fixture, as well as a bedside lamp and low-voltage ceiling lights.
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