There are four easy and simple ways to de-stress your bedroom and make it a total sanctuary:
1. Choose light or white lamp shades and incandescent soft white light bulbs to maximize light in the bedroom (studies show that light triggers the production of the brain chemical serotonin, which relieves tension and promotes relaxation and better sleep).
2. The basis of aromatherapy is that certain scents have sedative, calming effects. By including some of these scents-such as vanilla, orange blossoms, lavender or chamomile-fit into the bedroom, relaxation is assured.
3. Music or just pleasant sounds has long been known to have healing properties and help relieve tension. There’s music that’s specially designed to calm the nerves and mind; or it could be that the Britney Spears hits collection really does something for you. Either way, you’ll always feel better.
4. The most soothing colors for the bedroom are soft, mellow shades of blue (because of our emotional response to the sky), green (reminding you of trees, grass and springtime) and yellow (warm and comforting like the sun).
“Another way to create a relaxing effect is an to take an extra base coat of textured paint to get a faux-stucco glow.
Traditional stucco is a masonry treatment that’s best applied by professionals; but a simple textured base coat is something that you can easily apply, then top with any of the abovementioned colors”, according to local professional house painter Mike Foster.
You can choose from the following two looks:
Step 1-Smooth-texture paint has a heavy body and provides a refined texture. Sand-textured paint is extra heavy and will create a dramatic texture.
Apply either with a brush, roller or paint pad.
Step 2-Once your textured finish is dry (give it at least four hours), roll on a coat of color (consider shades like Amber or Gentle Yellow, April Green or Amber Waves).
Special Note: “Don’t let any salesperson talk you into using ceiling texture or “popcorn” paints on your walls” said Foster. “Why? Because the ceiling texture isn’t durable enough, and the popcorn paint produces a sharp, prickly finish (ouch!)”.
Let your new wall color be the inspiration for a whole room that enhances the shade and texture, from the bed sheets and covers to the rugs and window blinds.
Fine patterns can create faux texture that will complete the look, amplifying the effect on your walls.