Creating a Master Retreat
The master bedroom is one of your home’s most personal spaces. It’s the room in which you unwind & recharge after a long day. It’s essential that the master bedroom provides you with an atmosphere that is inviting, warm & most of all comforting. Here are a few ideas that will help you create the relaxing retreat you want and deserve.
1. The walls are the largest space in the room, so selecting a colour that helps create a soothing setting is paramount.
2. The type of flooring you choose is a matter of personal taste. Carpet can be soft and luxurious under foot and is especially nice in cooler weather. However, if you’re not a fan of carpet, hardwood flooring can look exceptionally beautiful in a master bedroom – especially pairing the best of both worlds by layering an area rug over your flooring.
3. You spend a third of your life sleeping, so it’s extremely important to choose a mattress, pillows and bedding that are the most comfortable for you.
4. Waking up to a fabulous view is a great way to start the day. If your master windows do not offer a view you love, create your own. Hang a piece of art or favorite photographs, so that is what you see when you first wake up.
5. Chandelier or ceiling fan? One of the most common dilemmas in decorating a master bedroom. The designer in me wants a fabulous light fixture, but my husband can’t sleep without a ceiling fan. It is a matter of personal comfort. If you can sleep without the fan, choose a light fixture that makes a statement.
6. Televisions & electronics…Again, it’s a matter of personal taste. It’s easiest to create a restful retreat if you eliminate devices, but if you must have a TV in your room, try to keep it in a cabinet with doors so that it can be hidden away.
7. You don’t have to fill every wall & surface. Give your eyes a chance to rest by keeping accessories to a minimum. Definitely personalize with items that are important & meaningful to you.
8. For those of you working different shifts, room-darkening curtains may be helpful in getting a more restful sleep. They are available in a wide variety of styles and colours & there is also the option of room-darkening liners to use with existing curtains.
9. Consider a sound machine if outside noises are an annoyance. Offering simulations of rain, ocean waves, woodlands & other calming sounds that help block out noises less desirable.
10. A nice addition to any master retreat is a sitting area. All that is needed is a comfy chair, small side table & lamp to create a cozy spot to relax, read a book or enjoy your morning cup o’ joe.