Interiors

Interiors: A well-designed bedroom will help you recharge

Scripps-Howard NewspapersNovember 9, 2013 

The bedroom often gets little attention when it comes to decor because guests rarely see it and getting a good night’s sleep is all some people really want out of the room.

But think about it: The bedroom is where you want to go to relax, recharge, rejuvenate. With a well-appointed and well-designed bedroom, you can relax and recharge and rejuvenate more pleasurably.

It is important that your bedroom reflects your personality. Do you like to read? Perhaps built-in bookshelves are in your decor future. Do you like sailing? Perhaps a nautical theme would work nicely. Do you like old record albums? Your wall decorations could be the album covers. Do you like to travel? Vintage suitcases piled on top of each other make an interesting nightstand. Decorate your bedroom in the style that fits you.

To start, a fresh coat of paint can do wonders. Pick a color that makes you feel good. If you like a serene, calm look, blue or a blue-green might work. Do you want the room to have a feeling of intimacy? Choose something in the red family, such as lavender or a deeper purple. Full-bore red, yellow or orange should be avoided because these colors are invigorating.

What about a television in the bedroom? Some say no. Staying up later than you should comes into play here. Those late-night shows can get your attention and keep you up past your ideal bedtime.

A small bedroom does well with ceiling-to-floor draperies. They don’t have to be heavy drapes; the height is what matters. High-hanging drapes add visual height, making a small room feel a little more ample.

A chair is almost a must in the bedroom, even a small chair. The chair gives you a place to sit and put your shoes on, or to read if you’re not quite ready to sleep.

Don’t forget plants. Live plants in any room are always a welcome sight, and they help cleanse the air too.

Friedmann: DsgnQuest@aol.com

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