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Make your bedroom a dreamy place

by ROSEMARY SADEZ FRIEDMANN Scripps Howard News Service on November 03, 2013 2:40 AM

The bedroom often gets little attention when it comes to decor since guests rarely see it and getting a good night’s sleep is about all that 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 -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 for you. Do you like those 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 for an interesting nightstand. You get the picture. 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 with red, such as lavender or a deeper purple. Full-bore red, yellow or orange should be avoided or at least left to a minimum as these colors are invigorating. That said, I know many people who have those colors in their bedrooms and they still sleep well. But, generally speaking, those colors are stimulating, not relaxing, so you might want to keep that in mind.

What about a television in the bedroom? Some say no. Again, it is the staying up later than you’d like that 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 nice place to sit and put your shoes on, or to just sit and 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 at the same time.


Rosemary Sadez Friedmann, an interior designer in Naples, Fla., is author of “Mystery of Color.” For design inquiries, write to Rosemary at DsgnQuest@aol.com.

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