With the daily stress of our fast-paced lifestyles, the master bedroom should be a sanctuary that you can’t wait to come home to. It should be the one place that there are no worries, and the world comes to a standstill until you have to wake up and do it all over again the next day. When you’re thinking about the design for your bedroom, remember that it’s the little details that are going to make all the difference. Use these helpful tips to turn your bedroom into a retreat that is relaxing and luxurious. Once you do, you’ll wonder what took you so long!
Splurge on Your Bedding
With bedding you truly do get what you pay for. However, don’t think you’re always going to have to spend a fortune! Many people don’t realize that you can get affordable, high thread count sheets at many places these days for a great price. Look for 600 thread count or more and try places like Home Goods, Costco, Overstock.com and the amazing sales at Bloomingdale’s Home Store. Purchase the highest thread count sheets you can afford, as they’ll make all the difference in your sleeping experience. Luxury hotel beds feel so heavenly because of their high-quality bedding. Soft, fluffy comforters, pillows your head sink into, and sheets that feel silky and luxurious will make your bedroom feel the same way.
Keep it Clean
The bedroom is the most important room in the house to keep dust free. Dust can wreak havoc on allergies and disrupt your sleep, which no one wants. When you have fabric on your headboards, you need to vacuum it. This is a simple tip, but people forget about this. Also, if you have fabric drapes those are big dust collectors, so be sure to vacuum those as well for a dust-free and allergy free environment.
One of the best tips I can share with you if you want to improve the look and feel of your bedroom, is to clear out the clutter and simplify! Keep nightstands and dressers clear of clutter. Add simple touches such as a square glass vase with fresh flowers and it will make a huge difference. A small alarm clock or a few framed pictures may also be added on nightstands, but not much more. If you read books, make sure your nightstand accommodates that and look for one with a drawer or bottom shelf to stack books. Also, keep things tidy with a small basket or tray on your dresser for when you come home and need to empty your pockets.
Bedroom lighting is also very important for achieving a cozy and luxurious feel. It can make all the difference between a sterile room and a soothing sanctuary that you’ll never want to leave. Use side lamps on your nightstands for task lighting such as reading. A nightstand on either side of the bed, with an elegant, simple lamp on each will also create a lovely and sophisticated look. And for overhead lighting, cans will cast an even glow and can easily be adjusted with dimmers. Being able to control the lighting in any room is important, but especially the bedroom. You can set the mood and go from bright and energetic to soothing or romantic. Add dimmers to all of your bedroom lighting options and you’ll be happy you did. It will make a world of difference.
If you have room to spare, add an occasional chair or sitting area that you can relax in without getting into bed. I have a small scale sofa at the foot of my bed and we often use it to sit and relax. In fact, my kids love it so much sometimes we have a hard time getting them to leave the room! Another nice touch is something like a chandelier. It’s an unexpected element for a bedroom and a nice way to create luxury. There are many options out there, small and large scale, and they don’t always have to be lighting-driven. You may just want one that’s purely decorative.
Scented candles are a very nice touch to keep the scent in your bedroom different from the rest of the house. It’s a great feeling to walk into your bedroom and be embraced by a scent that makes you feel comfortable and relaxed. Light incense and oils are other options that work well. A favorite trick of mine is to add a drop or two of lavender oil to my pillow for a calm night of sleep. Also, don’t forget to open up the windows regularly to bring natural breezes into the room and cycle in fresh air for your body and mind.