A bedroom retreat can be a place that calms, centers
and energizes. It can be about who you are, as well
as who you want to be. Size doesn’t matter. Closet
space is irrelevant. You decide who visits, who
leaves and who stays. The décor can be classic,
or wild. In other
words, it can be anything. Make it yours.
To begin this journey, imagine what you want to
create. Consider carving out an area to do something
you love, like painting, reading or scrapbooking.
Treat yourself to improved lighting or plush carpet
that’s as soft as sun-kissed sand. Prepare your
concept with simple sketches.
Take a deep breath and jump in; creating your bedroom
retreat is going to be fun and exciting.
A whole new style
Enjoy the sophisticated blend of style and warmth
that comes from casual contemporary furnishings.
Give yourself freedom to explore new styles, unlimited
by your room’s existing furniture or color schemes.
Most styles fall into one of four categories, which
Casual contemporary: Relaxed and casual,
this style can include light, glowing woods like
maple or dark dramatic stains like espresso. The
clean lines turn your bedroom retreat into a haven
that rejuvenates with its crisp style. Popular forms
include the Mission bed with slat headboard.
Traditional: Furniture classics that evoke
the past with influences from the 18th and 19th
century, including Queen Anne, Chippendale and European
favorites. For a romantic bedroom retreat, choose
a canopy or sleigh bed that’s carved and richly
designed in dark woods like cherry and mahogany.
Country: A wide category that can include
rough-hewn rustic looks or the soft distressed finishes
found in cottage styles. Comfort is key, and fabrics
lean toward chintz, linen or denim. This is the
category that invented the cozy bedroom. Honor it
with homey accessories like quilts, needlework and
Modern: For those with an eye for linear
design, modern can take the approach of Retro, Art
Deco or an eclectic mix of trends and styles. Fabrics
tend to be simple and leather always feels right.
For your modern bedroom retreat, consider a platform
bed, lacquer finish and streamlined casegoods.
A small change
If a less-dramatic change is what you have in mind,
consider the impact of super-soft blankets, ambient
lighting and storage-friendly furnishings when creating
your bedroom retreat. Some areas to consider:
A way to Zzzzzz’s: Upgrade your mattress
to a larger size or pillowtop style and stretch
out in comfort. Add fresh new bedding to complete
your relaxing dreamland.
Shun distractions: Hide your TV or computer
in an armoire that’s easy on the eyes and has lots
of roomy storage.
Feel groovy: Feel the energy of Feng Shui
and ensure good health with 3 small green plants
placed on the eastern side of the room.
Be luminous: Put your central light on a
dimmer switch for controlled ambiance. An additional
switch by the bed is luxurious and convenient.
Breakfast in bed: If your bedroom retreat
is so wonderful you never want to leave, consider
jumping on a hot trend and adding a morning bar
with small refrigerator and coffee maker.
When it comes to creating your bedroom retreat,
choose a whole new style, a less-dramatic change
or something in between. Go with your gut and celebrate
all the things you find special. When your peaceful
haven is complete, don’t be surprised by the thought,
“why didn’t I do this sooner?” Enjoy.