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There are five essential bedroom design rules to remember when aiming to achieve a bedroom that is your sanctuary. In addition to being a personal space for sleep and private time, you should be able to relax there and unwind at the end of each day. In other words, it should be your ultimate retreat.
#1 of 5 Essential Bedroom Design Rules: Don’t forget about your bedroom!
This sounds crazy but, the bedroom is often forgotten about. I have found that people pay a lot of attention to the parts of the home that are visible to company (kitchens, living rooms, dining rooms) and then fall short when decorating their own bedroom. So this is my public service announcement, “DONT FORGET ABOUT YOUR BEDROOM.” It is a vital space that can provide something we all need; a place to de-stress!
Rule #2: Remove stress from the bedroom
Remove anything that can give you stress from your bedroom. To be clear, I am not suggesting to kick your spouse out. However, desks and computers often end up in bedrooms. I strongly recommend finding a different location for your home office needs. The computer or any other business hub does not belong in the bedroom. Nothing can kill the tranquil mood better than a stack of bills staring at you!
It is a good idea to keep all technology out of the bedroom, including televisions. The blue light emitted from electronic screens can have a negative impact on your sleep quality.
Rule #3 Make sure you organize your bedroom
Get a handle on clutter. You don’t have to throw everything out, instead, organize it. If it doesn’t belong in the bedroom, find a different home for it. Make sure that your bedroom is not being used as a dumping/hiding place to collect overflow from the rest of the house. Because if you want your bedroom to be your sanctuary, treat it like a sacred place.
Rule #4 Privacy is a must in the bedroom
Obviously, make sure you have a locking door and privacy shades on your windows. However, there are less obvious things to think about as well. When determining the furniture arrangement for your bedroom, think about whether you gain or lose privacy when placing the bed on different walls. For example, if the bed is opposite the doorway that opens onto a hallway, it may be on display when your door is open.
Take into consideration what is located on the other side of the wall that your bed is on. Feng Shui warns against putting your bed against a wall with plumbing in it, stating that it is bad energy. I am not sure about that but, you may not sleep well. If your bed is on a wall with plumbing in it, you run the risk of being woken up every time the toilet is flushed during the night.
#5 of 5 Essential Bedroom Design Rules: Make your bedroom irresistible
The most crucial piece of furniture in a bedroom is the bed, of course. Make it irresistible. Selecting a mattress is an important decision, that should be researched and tried out prior to purchasing. Avoid falling victim to online mattress marketing. How are you going to get that mattress back in the box to return anyhow? You spend a third of your life sleeping. Decide on a mattress carefully.
Another way to make your bedroom irresistible is to use soothing textiles. A bed with layers of beautiful bedding is so inviting. The addition of a throw blanket on top of a fluffy comforter can help. Use cozy materials on the bed and a plush rug that is a treat for your feet.
Lighting also adds to the atmosphere of your bedroom. When trying to create a retreat, avoid stark lighting. Experiment with different light bulbs to add tranquility to your space. A bulb with a pink cast can make a room feel romantic. Dimmers are also a surefire way to make it irresistible.
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Decorating with colors inspired by nature can help you develop a color scheme for a beautiful room. Mother nature has already perfectly coordinated color palettes for us to choose from.
Colors inspired by nature
Blue Rooms Inspired by the Sea
How awesome is this living room inspired by the sea? Just like the sea, the room is full of energy. The soft grays and whites are the perfect balance to the numerous shades of blue. However, if you are more of a warm color person, a sunset may be a better source for inspiration.
Orange Rooms Inspired by a Sunset
When decorating with colors inspired by nature think of a sunset. This sunset reflecting off the dark color of the water inspires a room which is cheery but also well grounded by the color gray. The result is a warm, relaxed atmosphere. It is important to realize that changing the proportions of the colors would alter the feel of the room dramatically. In other words, more orange and less gray would make a bold statement. A bold color palette creates an exciting and adventurous atmosphere.
Blue and Green Rooms Inspired by a Forest
Another example of decorating with colors inspired by nature is this beautiful blue-green room. This inspiration picture of trees and water boasts a variety of cool greens and blues. The palette shown could easily be warmed up with the addition of some warm green. Decorating using the forest as room color inspiration has many wonderful possibilities.
Neutral Rooms Inspired by Snow
Turning to snow for inspiration is so fun! This palette incorporates different shades of gray, cream and white. The grays found in snow sometimes have a subtle purple undertone which can add a elegant feel to a room. Using metallic gold or silver is a great way to pop these neutrals. You can see this illustrated in the picture above with the use of mirrored furniture and the silver plate leaning against the wall as decor.
Muted Pastel Rooms Inspired by the Beach
In the last example, the soft coastal colors of taupe, ice blue, and soft shades of green are muted and quiet. Many find this palette to be calming and tranquil. It can also lend itself quite nicely to a look of whimsy or one that is romantic. I want to be sitting at the table in the picture in a white dress and a glass of champagne.
Picking colors to live with is such a personal choice. The colors you select for your home should be ones that make you feel good and are soothing to your soul. If you are starting a decorating project, check out my post Get Started Creating Your Happy Place At Home. Also, if you are venturing out to the paint store reading Why Is Picking A White Paint So Tricky? will give you some great basic color theory knowledge. If you need help, you can always hire me.