Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Your Bedroom-Your Comfort-Your Personality

A bedroom is a private room where people usually sleep for the night or relax during the day. About one third of our lives are spent sleeping and most of the time we are asleep, we are sleeping in a bedroom. To be considered a bedroom the room needs to have a bed. Bedrooms can range from really simple to fairly complex. Other standard furnishings a typical bedroom usually has a closet, nightstand, desk, and dresser. Today in richer countries that have houses with multiple bedrooms, a bathroom may be connected to the bedroom. This did not start happening until the mid to late twentieth century.

ü  Use Color and Pattern to Create Mood

A soft pillow and comfy mattress may give the sheep an assist in sending you off to slumber, but bedding that glows with an invitation to snuggle in can be just as effective. Bring a bed into full bloom using a colorful combination of floral patterns. Vary the scale of the flowers for interest, and stick to a single palette for a unified look that's easy on the eye. The same principle applies to combining striped, floral, and geometric patterns: Make sure each pattern features the same primary hue to make mixing and matching a success. Select cool or neutral hues to create a room that exudes serenity and calm. Look to bright and warm colors to foster a sense of good cheer, energy, and coziness.

ü  Make the Headboard a Focal Point

Elevate a bedroom to new heights of fashion with an eye-catching headboard. Soft and cushy with no hard edges, an upholstered headboard is an ideal choice when sink-in comfort tops the boudoir wish list. If you crave privacy and a sense of enclosure, use canopies or bed curtains to wrap your bed in luxurious folds of fabric.

ü  Dress the Windows for Privacy and Style

Bedroom windows generally need room-darkening window treatments that block light in the morning and provide privacy at night. In addition to such functional considerations, bedroom window treatments help set a room's overall style. Swagged and gathered draperies communicate romantic elegance, Roman shades speak of tailored sophistication, and shutters convey casual cottage style. Layer room-darkening shades with draperies to address both functional and decorative needs.

ü  Furnish for Comfort and Function

You'll find your bedroom beckons to you to linger longer in the morning and retire earlier at night when you make the space about more than just sleeping. Pair a chair or two with a side table to create a cozy reading spot. Make the most of low ceilings common in attic bedrooms by tucking a low-profile chaise longue under the awkward angles of eaves. Or make use of the often-wasted space between two windows with a writing desk or a vanity.

ü  Indulge in Beautiful Bedding

When shopping for linens, don't be fooled by high thread counts. While it's true a higher thread count -- the number of threads per square inch -- can mean better quality, the true test is actually what the sheets are made from. For top-notch sheets that are durable, mostly lint-free, and luxuriously soft, look for pima, Egyptian, or Canadian cotton. A 250-thread-count sheet set made from these cottons can feel softer after washing than a 400- or 500-thread-count set made from a cotton-polyester blend.

ü  Introduce Glamour with Mirrors

A room that sparkles and shimmers radiates soft romance and high-style luxury. Beyond beauty, however, mirrors can serve a practical purpose by reflecting outside views and light that can help small bedrooms feel larger. Hang an oversize mirror on a wall devoid of windows to create a view where none exists. Or lean a tall mirror against a wall to create an illusion of depth, as well as a handy spot for reviewing an outfit before you head out the door.

ü  Create a Master Suite

Use color, fabrics, and motifs to unify connecting bedroom and bath spaces so they work together as a suite. If your bedroom is swathed in floral fabrics, carry that theme into the bathroom with the window treatments and shower curtain. Use color to tie the rooms together as well -- both spaces will feel larger as a result. Share accessories between the bedroom and bath to bring the bedroom mood into the bath. This makes the bath feel furnished rather than utilitarian.

ü  Fill in the Blank

Make the most of the mystifying space between a headboard and the ceiling with clever room accents. Deck the walls above a curved headboard with square picture frames or above a square headboard with round frames for dramatic visual contrast. Or follow the curve of a headboard with a staggered arrangement of decorative objects, such as plates. When grouping objects for display, harness the visual power of odd numbers for the most eye-pleasing results. Suspend artwork a foot or less above the highest point on a headboard to ensure that the two read as a single unit without an awkward river of space.

ü  Enhance Your Bedside Manner

Born of the need for a functional companion bedside, the night table has evolved from workhorse to fashionable sidekick. Use it as one more way to express your style while providing must-have storage. When symmetry matters, use matching side tables to book end a bed. However, there's no rule that says tables must be copies of each other. If space allows, tuck a dresser bedside to provide roomy real estate for nighttime essentials and loads of storage underneath. Or, cozy a writing desk and chair up to the bed. If you're an avid reader, make sure your bedside table has shelves or drawers to help keep paper piles from stacking up.

ü  Organize Your Closets

No matter whether you have a large walk-in closet or a small door-front closet, there are little steps you can take to eliminate stressful clutter. For example, organizing your clothing by color is an easy way to find things fast. Another simple strategy: Use a single type of hanger -- such as plastic or wood, which are kinder to your clothes than wire hangers -- to foster a streamlined look. If your closet features the traditional single rod with a shelf above it, upgrade the functionality by installing a T-divider. This separates a closet into two compartments -- one for long items and one with two rods for shorter items.

ü  Employ Looks That Last in a Child's Room

For a room that's attractive and that will grow with your child, avoid clearly juvenile bedroom furnishings and invest in a bed, dresser, nightstand, and desk with more staying power. Use fabrics and accessories in themes and color schemes that can easily change as your child grows. For example, think texture, not prints. Denim, corduroy, or cotton twill are all sturdy fabrics perfect for upholstery. Liven up solid-color choices with easy-to-change accent pillows. Window treatments usually get the least wear and tear in a room, so invest in fabrics that will stand the test of time, then play up the fun factor with your bedding choices. Opt for a rug or carpet color and design that will go the distance and add bold splashes of color instead through lampshades and artwork.

ü  Pamper Your Guests
To make overnight guests feel welcome, provide the amenities that will let them make the space their own during their stay. Line the bed with pillows of varying firmness so guests can choose at least one that's to their liking, and drape the foot of the bed with an extra blanket in case a guest is chilly. Let guests control their own schedule by keeping an alarm clock handy, and position at least one lamp next to the bed so guests don't need to navigate an unfamiliar room in the dark. Leave magazines and books in the room, along with tissues and a wastebasket. It's the little courtesies that make a guest feel at home.

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