HI HO HI HO – it’s off to bed we go
Your bedroom is your retreat from the rest of the world. This room, above all, should be regarded as the inner sanctum, the place where you can feel relaxed, comfortable and safe. Bedrooms are essentially night rooms, where we retire at the end of the day to unwind and rest.
Your retreat from the world should be beautiful, luxurious, romantic (even for confirmed singles) and feel great. I am a big fan of white sheets – boring to some, I know, but there is nothing nicer than smooth, white sheets and pillow cases to lie on at the end of a pretty hectic day. The best part a
bout using white linen is that it can be dressed up and changed very easily depending on your mood. Bed end runners and cushions are a cheap and easy way to add a bit of something to an otherwise neutral scheme.
Lighting is the MOST important thing in a bedroom. It creates ambience and in a bedroom that is very necessary. Lighting almost never needs to be bright in a bedroom – it should be soothing and gentle. However, most people like to read in bed, which requires more practical lighting – at the right height to allow reading sitting up in bed. There are some really good wall lights that are adjustable so you can tilt them away or towards you. Look for table lamps that have adjustable levels of light output, a brilliant solution. Consider wall lights or position ceiling lights round the perimeter of the room for general bedroom lighting instead of the usual central ceiling light.
Ventilation and airflow in bedrooms is vital – it is better to have a ceiling fan for airflow rather than air-conditioning. A gently moving ceiling fan, positioned right over the bed will make life more comfortable – please note, ceiling fans need to be positioned over the bed to be totally efficient. Opening windows each day will help to keep the bedroom fresh and ventilated – even for a short time in inclement weather is a good idea.
Clutter is the enemy of any household, but a cluttered bedroom is the worst sin of all – you cannot possibly relax your mind and your body in a messy, overstuffed room – the message here is sort it out, chuck i
t out, give it away, hang it up, fold it up, store it. This will then give you the space and freedom to add your own personal touches, photographs, trinkets, whatever, without them competing for attention with things that truly don’t belong in there.
A beautiful bedroom can enhance your life.