I find that many people don’t give much thought to the environment or décor of their master bedrooms. I hear things like “Nobody else sees it but me” or “I hardly spend any time in there except to sleep”. On the contrary, this room should take priority in your home. It’s your personal oasis … a place you go to rest, relax and recharge. What you surround yourself with inside your interior environments can have a big impact on your overall sense of well-being.
Here are 5 things to consider in creating a relaxing and restful retreat:
1. Clear the Clutter
A cluttered environment does not provide a restful setting for slumber. It’s hard to rest your mind when surrounded by a lot of “busy-ness”. Take a fresh look at your surface spaces. Is your bedside table covered with a lot of “stuff”? Could you organize some of those items in a basket or tray or perhaps in drawer. See our previous article about this topic for ideas on how to clear your space.
You will want to make sure you can darken the room if you require sleep during daylight hours or prefer to sleep in. Of course, if you live in a home on Lake Lanier or a vacation retreat on the coast, you may want to keep your view unobstructed. Your interior design professional can offer many different solutions for window coverings depending on your need for privacy or light control.
A lot of research has been done on the way different smells affect our senses. You may not even realize your room has a musty odor. It is often a good idea to ask a good friend if they notice any smells that you have become accustomed to. Consider spritzing your pillows with a lavender scented spray before bedtime. Open the windows during warmer months to allow fresh air into your home.
Different hues also have a tremendous effect on how we feel. Surround yourself with colors that you love! I suggest avoiding too many bold or energizing colors, such as red or yellow in your bedroom. These are fine for accent colors but use sparingly. Look for more soothing colors such as softer blues, greens, and neutrals for the predominant color scheme. Check out our free Color Guide to Interior Decorating for more information on choosing the right colors for your home.
5. BeddingOf course, choosing the proper mattress and pillows is essential for a good night’s rest. You may have to test out a few to find what works best for you. Also, remember to replace your pillows occasionally. They will break down over time … and you don’t want to know about dust mites!!
Take some time to re-evaluate your master bedroom with a fresh eye. Place a priority on the room where you spend up to a third of your life! If you struggle with where to start, what to choose or how to coordinate it all to result in a soothing and pleasing environment, give us a call! We’ll be happy to schedule a complimentary phone consultation.
Because you deserve to Love Where You Live!