Here are ten Do’s and ten Don’ts to help create a bedroom that will become a special sanctuary–even if it’s just for you:
1. Have lovely soft fabrics and textures on your bed–velvets, chenilles, soft silks, faux suedes, silky cottons, puffy matelassés, quilted textures and down comforters.
2. Make a statement in the bedroom with either the bed or the fabric chosen for the bed and decor. If you have a stunning bed, it should be the focal point of the room; allow everything else to be subordinate. If your bed doesn’t have much presence, select a fabric that will add visual interest to the room and complement the bed frame.
3. Add an upholstered bench at the foot of the bed. It’s the perfect place to put on shoes, to place a duvet or bedspread at night, to put a pretty throw or extra pillows. It’s also a good spot for pets to rest or to pack a suitcase.
4. If space permits, create a sitting area with chairs and an ottoman, chaise or small sofa or loveseat. Slipper chairs are a good choice for bedrooms because of their compact size. It’s a nice spot to read–or for one spouse to sit while waiting for the other to finish dressing!
5. Add beautiful window treatments to balance the bed visually and soften the architecture of the room…plus furnish privacy and light control.
6. If you favor a particular color in a bedroom, vary the hues to avoid a dull and monochromatic room. Paint the ceiling a soft blue or lavender color, if it works with the wall colors. If you love the look of an all-white bed, don’t put it against white walls. Use a contrasting wall color–a deep cream, a pale hyacinth blue or a café latte. Add accessories in accent colors, such as raspberry pink pillows or a kiwi green chair in an oatmeal or spa blue room.
7. If you have a television in the room, disguise it–in an armoire, a cabinet or recessed behind a hinged mirror.
8. Get rid of clutter. Buy fabric-covered boxes or baskets with lids for papers, mementos and things that have to be stored. Put a canvas tote bag in the closet to collect clothes for the drycleaner.
9. Do you have unused exercise equipment that has become a metal sculpture or a clothes rack? Be realistic. Move it along to a new home–or relocate it to another room.
10. Have different levels of lighting in your bedroom, from low wattage lamps or candles to lights on dimmers appropriate for reading. Mirrors can reflect views and bring additional light into the room.
Bedrooms don’t have to be picture perfect. They should be beautiful and they should also be personal–with photos of family and friends, stacks of books to be read, favorite art and mementos.
1. Sleep in the wrong bed. If the style of your present bed no longer suits you, change the bed! Consider the upholstered headboards and footboards from Calico Corners – Calico Home as an alternative.
2. Don’t over-do the pillows on the bed. Moving twelve pillows each night and each morning is a chore and you’ll soon resent it. Have a smaller number of beautiful shams and pillows –perhaps four or five–and make them more important.
3. Don’t live with a bed that’s too low. Buy bed risers that will boost the bed frame by six inches off the floor and take it to the height of an antique bed. Risers are available from any big-box linens store.
4. Don’t sleep in a bed dressed the same way year round. Change the look of your bed, even if you live in a mild climate. Duvets, coverlets and shams can be made reversible so that you’ll have two seasonal looks with the flip of an item. Try stacking your bed pillows horizontally, largest on the bottom, instead of piling them up vertically. Shams that have boxed sides are perfectly suited to this style of arranging pillows.
5. If you love to read in bed, beware of metal beds with wide bars where you’ll fall through the headboard or never really be comfortable. Readers or TV viewers will be more supported by an upholstered headboard. If you want to float the bed in the room, headboards can also be upholstered on the back.
6. Is there a big gap between your duvet and the bedskirt? Don’t live with old bedding that doesn’t fit your deep new mattress. With the variety in bed dimensions plus mattress sizes and heights, it’s a challenge to find ready-made bedding that fits perfectly. Custom bedding from Calico Corners – Calico Home can be made to your exact bed dimensions–an option especially suited for antique beds.
7. Don’t allow the nightstands by your bed to overflow with clutter. Calico Corners – Calico Home stocks round table bases in a variety of sizes–even one style with shelves beneath for storage. A beautiful tableskirt will hide a multitude of sins.
8. Do not place a bed directly in line with the door, according to Feng Shui, the ancient Chinese system about the alignment and balance of the energies of spaces. A bed should be placed where you feel most secure and private.
9. Don’t live with bedding that leaves something to be desired–duvets that don’t meet the bedskirt, dust ruffles that are too short, faded shams. You’ll spend one-third of your life in bed–it should be a pleasant experience!
10. Don’t put your office in your bedroom–even in a corner of the room. It will remind you of all the work to be done. And desktops are inherently messy.