To end this series, I am taking it to the most personal room in your home: the bedroom. Often, this room gets left behind during the design process because the focus tends to be on rooms that guests will see and spend time in. I believe ignoring the bedroom is a grave mistake. The bedroom should be a sacred space, a sanctuary. It is a place to relax, rest, and rejuvenate. Thus, in order for your home to really have a soul, this room must not be neglected.
According to the Dayton Daily News “a bedroom’s design can play a vital role in the quality of sleep an individual gets and have an effect on their overall health.”
“Your bedroom has to be a sanctuary. When you walk into your bedroom or simply think about it, it should make you feel relaxed and peaceful. People can make this happen by first de-cluttering their room and creating a clean and ordered space.” -Dr. Amin
Mike and Kristin Berry suggest not having a T.V. in your bedroom. Their reason: Life is already full of plenty of things that are distracting, your bedroom should be a refuge from them. They go on to say all electronics (think Ipad and laptop) should stay out. Make your bedroom a sacred place for rest and conversation, not FaceBook stalking or binge watching reality T.V.
According to Danielle Desaro “to maintain them as a sacred space, bedrooms must be reserved exclusively for sleep, sex and self-care.” She reiterates no technology in the bedroom, no exceptions. Plus, she says to remove all work related items and exercise machines.
Leah Hennen suggests some Feng Shui tips for your bedroom:
- Position your bed with care
- Try not to position your bed under the lower angle of a pitched ceiling, a ceiling fan or a heavy beam. These features are thought to contain “depressing energy” that literally pushes down on you while you sleep.
- Headboards, especially solid ones made from wood, are considered good feng shui because they provide additional strength and support behind your head.
- Clear the clutter
- From a feng shui perspective, clutter symbolizes unfinished business and impedes forward progress in life. So keep furnishings on the spare side and clutter as contained as possible to enable chi to flow freely around the room.
- Consider what memories and associations the objects in your bedroom hold for you, and then get rid of anything (even the mattress) that you associate with a negative time in your life, a past health problem, or a former relationship.
Organic Connections suggests decorating your bedroom with your partner. It is important that you both are represented in the décor and style of your room. So make sure there is equal input, and you will both feel comfortable spending time in your own little oasis.
Color. Color. Color. Like every room in your home, color is very important in the bedroom. For this room pick calming colors that evoke a sense of peace and relaxation. Try to avoid cold colors or bright colors, instead opt for neutrals and light, airy colors. This goes for both the paint on the walls and your bedding. But feel free to add some color in throw pillows or pieces of art.
So how did you make your bedroom a place of peace? I would love to hear your decor story! Email me and you may be featured in an upcoming post.