One of my ‘resolutions’ for 2013 is to redecorate our bedroom. So I thought I’d share some things on creating your own personal retreat. After all, we spend over a third of our lives in our bedrooms, but we seem to concentrate, especially in November and December (the holiday season), on seldom used rooms like the formal living and dining rooms.
The first step in designing your retreat is to make sure you have a good mattress. In a perfect world, mattresses should be replaced every five years. Their material degrades over time, causing them to lose their loft and ability to provide proper support. Unfortunately, most people keep their mattresses well beyond the suggested replacement date. If this describes you, consider upgrading your mattress before you begin decorating the room. After all, the function of a well-designed bedroom is to provide a haven of comfort.
Since the focus of the bedroom should be the bed, beautiful bedding is a must. I carry several lines of linens from everyday linens to absolutely decadent luxury linens. It’s been said that the closer something is to your skin, the better quality it should be. Who am I to disagree?
In order to get a good night’s sleep you’ll need to manage the sunlight. Consider layering functional black-out shades underneath decorative panels for maximum flexibility. For the ultimate luxury, have your treatments motorized so they can be controlled from your bed with a touch of a button.
Matching nightstands are the old standard in bedroom furnishings but I prefer to mix different types and styles of tables or chests beside the bed. For example, in my bedroom, my bedside table is a dainty desk. Use your imagination. The result will be a more interesting, vibrant space.
Most of us use our bedrooms for more than just sleeping. They can double as an office, a place to watch television, or even a gym. Proper lighting is the key to creating a functional space. Be sure to include table or wall lamps on each side of the bed for reading as well as plenty of overhead light for general illumination. Install three way bulbs or dimmer switches for maximum light control. Many Vermont homes don’t have central air so consider installing a ceiling fan for ventilation.
Whether you just need a place to sit down and put on your shoes, or you want to spend hours relaxing with a good book, try incorporating
a comfortable seating area in your bedroom. A chaise lounge with a pretty side table at the end of the bed or two small upholstered chairs in a cozy corner will give your bedroom the feel of a luxurious master suite. You can give the illusion of a separate space with well-placed art or a decorative screen behind your seating arrangement. If you lack room for a separate sitting area, try placing a long bench at the end of the
Enhancing the design and functionality of your bedroom will pay off in an improved quality of life and better sleep environment. So don’t delay. Start your bedroom makeover now so you’ll have all year to enjoy it!