Your bedroom is your haven from the busy stresses of life. Planning a new bedroom, it’s important to take your time and create a space that’s perfectly suited to your life and your needs.
Storage is all important in your bedroom. When you think of everything you keep and need in your bedroom, you realise it is one of the most important storage rooms in your house. You have clothes, jewelry, toiletries and all sorts that you need access to. But to maintain the serene feeling of your bedroom space, it’s important to try to plan enough storage that will keep items out of sight. That way, the room will appear more calm and roomy.
Choose a bedside table with drawers or doors behind which you can hide books, lotions and reading glasses – all within reach, but nicely out of sight. For more storage, choose a skirted table or a small dresser with drawers. A trunk or ottoman at the foot of the bed can be perfect for storing store extra sheets, blankets and pillows. For easily-reachable books and accessories, look for a headboard with built-in shelves.
Creating a custom-designed storage system can make maximum use of wardrobe space and the alcoves and shape of your bedroom. Additionally, a bed with drawers, or shallow boxes underneath the bed can be excellent for more storage space, hidden from view.
Whatever you decide, it’s important to plan your space effectively, and to be realistic with what you can fit in.
You spend more time in your bedroom than any other room in your house. So it’s need to feel comfortable and homely. Nothing adds comfort to a bedroom like good quality linens and fabrics. Look for sheets that 100 percent cotton or linen with high thread counts of 350 or more. These will always feel comfortable and will last a lot longer as well.
A good tip for getting that 5-star hotel feel is to send them to the dry cleaner for professional wash and press. It doesn’t cost much, and creates a crisp smoothness worthy of the Ritz.
Other fabrics you can use through the bedroom might be a soft mohair or cashmere throw on the arm of a reading chair. The beauty of these is that you can change them regularly depending on the season or your mood.
The important thing is not to forget the floor coverings. Bedside rugs and high quality carpets look great, but also feel wonderfully decadent on your bare feet.
A well dressed window will help to frame the window and the view, and provide other ways to add colour, pattern, texture and softness to your bedroom.
If you go for softer, light coloured curtains that filter light, why not combine them with opaque roller blinds that can be pulled down to maintain privacy at night and to block out unwanted morning light in summer. Curtain blackout linings are also ideal to keep the sun out when you want to sleep late.
Most people use their bedrooms for more than just sleeping, so it’s good idea to “layer” your lighting throughout the room. Ambient lighting can make the whole room feel warm and inviting. Whereas the addition of small lamps can focus light for reading and other activities. Accent light helps to wash the walls in soft illumination. To focus reading light where you need it, use a bedside lamp with a movable arm.
All your lights should be adjustable with a dimmer switch. Also if you install a separate on/off switch for each light, you can be selective and light only the area you want.
It’s easy to fill a bedroom with toys – TV, tablets, phone, exercise machine, office desk etc.
Sometimes, space and situation dictates that you have to work from your bedroom, but if you want your bedroom to be a true haven, it’s worth trying to discipline yourself to keep all those things out of the bedroom. By creating a cherished place to relax and renew, you’ll love your bedroom all the more. Why not dedicate the room to reading, sleeping and little bit of romance? You never know, you might see the benefits.
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