- One show-stopping element can elevate an ordinary bedroom to an impressive master suite.
- Displaying a mix of patterned bed linens will make for one-of-a-kind style. For example, use one large floral with one mid-range pattern and one or more mini-prints. Patchwork quilts are another great way to add pattern.
- Wood tones make for instant warmth and coziness. Spots of vivid color added to wood tones will make any room look fresh and inviting. Simple striped, checked or diamond-patterned bed linens make a wood-toned room look crisp.
- Cream tones on the walls will give a warm, welcoming glow. Sheer shags at the windows, a long table skirt and lots of frothy bed linens create a soft, serene effect. Turn your bedroom into a retreat by creating comfort corners and cozy niches wherever you can.
Some Feng Shui Tips for a Serene Retreat
- If at all possible, use round or oval mirrors in the bedroom. They have only one, graceful line; mirrors with sharp corners can create conflict.
- As bedrooms are a place for recovering energy, colors should convey a sense of peace. Go for pink, yellow, blue or green.
- For a feeling of security, position the bed so as to give yourself the widest view of the room.
Bedding Cover Choices
- Do you love Country decor? Go for a patchwork quilt (a three-ply cover that has a layer of batting in the middle).
- If you’re an incurable Romantic, go for a floral duvet (a comforter with a separate decorative removable cover).
- For those with Traditional tastes, look for a mattelasse (embossed cotton) bedspread (a thin, decorative covering that falls to the floor on three sides and covers pillows).
- Or are you a true Contemporary? Choose a sleek solid or geometric comforter (a thick, down-filled or fiber-filled cover).
Here’s a Layering tip from local decorator Mrs. E. Martin: “Fold a beautiful quilt, throw or light weather blanket and drape it across the foot of the bed to add visual “break up” and interest to the top cover.”
“Also, 200-250 thread-count sheets are the best buy for your money; though they cost more (the higher the thread count, the softer and more durable the sheets are).”
Did you know that houseplants remove air pollutants that can make you sluggish and give back fresh, clean oxygen? Some of the best air-cleaning houseplants are: English ivy, Boston fern, spider plants and Areca palm.
Boston fern is one of the easiest ferns to grow and is very good at neutralizing alcohol in the air, which can be emitted by paint, caulking compounds, adhesives and carpeting. Ivy (which can be placed on your bedside table) is especially good at removing formaldehyde emitted by fabric and paint.
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