Bedrooms are no longer simply a place for sleep. Nowadays, a bedroom is a room where a person can escape the hustle and bustle of modern living into a quiet, personal retreat. With this in mind, your bedroom design should be the most peaceful and relaxing room in the house.
It should be a place you can go to where all your troubles melt away. The best way to do this: through your bedroom design.
Remember that your bedroom is the place you start your day as well as the place you end it. It is your space, a space you only share with those closest to you. Experts advise that, if you wish to achieve the effects of peace and quiet, bedroom designs should be primarily minimalist. That is not to say have nothing interesting or beautiful, but rather use a neutral pallet and accent it with vivid or bold focal points, such as splashes of colour and textures.
When decorating your bedroom, “simplicity is the key to serenity. No matter what your particular style is, all you need to do to create a sumptuous oasis is to heed a few basic but important design ideas,” according to experts from Home-Dzine.
Bedroom designs, at the end of the day, boil down to three aspects: choose a theme, select and place furniture, and add dÃ©cor styles. Popular bedroom themes are warm and cosy (which makes use of plush linens and bedding, rich curtains and fabrics, but with minimal decoration), Parisian (which is a rustic French trend that makes use of curved shapes, floral designs and sunny colours), and island style, which uses darker and bolder colours, the use of plants, and sometimes even animal prints).
Selecting and placing your furniture is the next task. It is advised that you arrange furniture according to the size and scale of the room. Make sure you create optimum functionality without adding clutter to your space. A clear space means a clear head.
Design and dÃ©cor makes use of your fabrics, lighting and storage. Again, functionality is key; while maintaining the theme and style you have chosen.Â Hang prints on the walls or, something that is becoming increasingly popular these days, creates a feature wall behind your bed. This produces a focal point in the room that is both aesthetically pleasing as well as an inventive use of wall space. Wallpaper is the new paint.
To create a bedroom that is calm and minimal, Martha Stewart recommends a vintage bed with cantilevered nightstands. She also recommends that one uses consistent elements to tie everything together. Simplicity and clean lines unify the room with the rest of the home.
Tips for more peaceful sleep (what not to do in your bedroom):
- Move your television out of your bedroom. Even if you’re a person who appreciates white noise when you are falling asleep, rather get a white noise machine or listen to soothing music as you fall asleep. Studies show that moving pictures and violent noises severely affect sleep.
- Don’t use your bed for anything but sleeping. Don’t pay bills, surf the internet or do work. Reading is an exception to this, as reading before sleep quietens the mind. This way, when you get into bed, your body will quickly learn that sleep is a natural next step.
- Ensure that your bedroom is quiet and comfortable. Using heating and cooling to create comfort, choose linens that do not irritate your skin and keep it clean. There is nothing worse for sleep patterns than clutter.
- Choose window treatments that block light. Harsh light can affect sleep habits, especially first thing in the morning.
Choose a bedroom design that enhances your sense of peace and harmony so, at the end of each day when you climb into your bed, you can ensure serene and undisturbed sleep.
Sources:Â Easy Living UK, Home-Dzine, Home Info online, Martha Stewart online, TLC-Bedroom design, Trend and Design