Saturday, May 12, 2012

Make a Relaxing Retreat in Your Bedroom

BedsThe master bedroom is truly the soul of the home — the place where you relax and recharge at the end of each day. When updating the look of your home, do not neglect the room you spend the most time in. A stylish, organized and well-decorated bedroom filled with beautiful fabrics and elegant, comfortable bedroom furniture is a wonderful gift to yourself that you can enjoy again and again each day.

What atmosphere do you wish to convey in your bedroom? Serene and meditative? Lush and luxurious? Cozy and comfortable? Fanciful and romantic? The bedroom is your personal space, so make it reflect your likes, your needs and your personality. Think of the colors, fabrics and bedroom furniture that you most enjoy and incorporate them into the space. A good tip is to use deep, rich colors and earth tones in your bedroom, as they are likely to create a calm, relaxing setting.

Platform Bed

Give Bedroom Furniture a New Look with a Platform Bed or Bedroom Set

The bed typically serves as the focal point of the bedroom. Select a bed frame that speaks to your sense of style and handsomely complements the rest of your bedroom furniture decor. Platform beds, with their lack of box spring and elevated bed frame, bring clean, uncluttered style to today's bedrooms. For a coordinated look, consider a bedroom set that includes a bed frame, bedroom dresser, chest of drawers and nightstand.

A bed or bedroom set serves as a great anchor for your bedroom, but other anchors exist if you'd rather the focus not be the furniture. Choose a relaxing wall color, designer window treatments or elegant area rugs to add new life to a bedroom. Complement the room's core elements with cushions, throws, wall art or additional bedroom accessories.

Organize with Added Storage

Keeping clutter in your bedroom is sure to take away from the relaxing effect you want. By adding a few key pieces, you can add storage to your bedroom and help keep your space more organized. Don't feel restrained to just nightstands, dressers and chests, though. Here are only a few ideas on how to organize your bedroom.

Storage Trunks
A storage trunk not only adds much needed space for extra blankets, throws and pillows, but it can also make an excellent accent piece in your bedroom. Try placing a trunk at the foot of your bed. Not only does it make for plenty of storage space, but it also gives you a place to sit while putting on your shoes. Also, a bench with storage can perform the same function; it also looks great placed under a window or in an unused corner.

Placing a bookcase in your bedroom will bring added depth as well as offer more space to store and display your precious belongings. Use it to store your nighttime reading material, or try a bookcase with wood doors to double as an armoire.

Storage Carts
Try using a storage cart to replace your nightstand. The extra drawers work great to keep things stored neatly out of sight. Also, a tall storage cart works great as a lingerie chest or to supplement your closet organization scheme.

Arrange Your Bedroom Suite in Zones

Arrange the room in zones optimized for specific activities.

Zone #1:
Place a bedroom vanity set, a floor mirror, a jewelry armoire and a dresser in one corner of your bedroom to create a convenient, luxurious dressing area.
Decorating Tip - Create Zones
Zone #2:
If reading is your favorite pastime, add a pair of cozy armchairs or an elegant chaise lounge alongside a small end table in front of a bookshelf to create a relaxing reading nook.

Zone #3:
Try adding a loveseat or settee and a small ottoman to create a quiet corner where you can relax and enjoy a cup of coffee or herbal tea.

Bedroom Decorating
Creating defined activity zones in your master bedroom adds visual interest and helps you keep your room organized. Area rugs and stylish room dividers add definition and depth, helping to separate areas of your bedroom associated with different tasks. Keeping furniture and accessories that remind you of daytime activities separate from your main sleeping area is a technique commonly recommended by sleep experts, resulting in a more restful night's sleep.

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