26 Oct 2012
Tips for creating a bedroom retreat
The modern woman trying to create a bedroom retreat should not be sharing her space with breakfast bowls, a pile of reports from the office and ironing boards.
If she wants that pampered 'me time' feeling, she needs to stop asking too much of her bedroom because the reality is a multifunctional room has no definite identity.
When your work life, finances and other day to day items start ‘bleeding’ into your personal space it elevates your anxiety and takes away from your dream bedroom.
So, the answer to creating a restful getaway starts with a well defined space – move out the ironing board, start eating in the kitchen or dining room and leave your reports at work.
The role of colour
Anne Roselt, Colour Manager at Plascon, says colour creates a mood and atmosphere and it is the first thing we notice when we enter a room.
For a bedroom retreat you need a palette that communicates nothing but calm and quiet. But that doesn’t mean shying away from bright colours.
What you should be aware of are loud colours like red. Roselt says red is a stimulating action-orientated colour that increases the heart rate and raises the pulse. This choice of colour is not ideal if you’re trying for a tranquil feel.
Green, she says, has a balancing effect on us and blue is considered gentle, calm and relaxing. Cobalt blue may not be the colour for an oasis but a robin’s egg blue or a subtle mint green could be a great starting point.
When it comes to spending on your personal sanctuary, bedding is where your money should go.
Nico Brits, Sales Manager at Exclusive Home Fashions, says quality bedding is made from better quality fabrics that are put together beautifully. He says it is more expensive initially but it will pay for itself in the long run.
Make luxury your bottom line so when you finally crawl into bed after one of those “I don’t want to talk about it” days you’ll be grateful for the ‘returns’.
Brits says for the best quality you should buy percale linen with a thread count of at least 180. He says while shopping for bedding you should hold up the fabric to the light to see how dense it is. The denser it is the better, he says.
“Other points to cover before making a purchase include feeling the fabric – if it has a smooth finish it has been mercerised, which means that it won’t pill after washing.”
Brits says you should also check the inside seams for over-locking and always invest in good quality fitted sheets in a neutral colour that works with various duvet sets.
Whichever bedding set you decide on, make sure it meets high quality standards and your comfort quota.
For that ultimate in comfort and luxury, Brits says, when you buy duvets and inners always invest in one size bigger than your bed.
The pleasure of scent
Household odours that reveal embarrassing habits about yourself have no place in a bedroom retreat.
Funk from days gone by shouldn’t be your only motivation for finding a fragrance you can live with though.
Whether you open a window to let in a soft, cool breeze or you season the air with soy candles, fresh, fragrant air should be an ever present feature in your bedroom.
The idea is to use scent to pamper your senses – the trick is finding a fragrance that fits in with your lifestyle.
Maija Groenewald from the Cape Town Candle Company says you can find soy candles that come in single floral types like Rose Garden, herb and fruit blends like Madarin and Sweet Basil to the much loved Vanilla Sugar.
She says you need to consider the size of room you want to fragrance and buy a candle which is big enough for the job.
The small luxuries
What will set your bedroom retreat apart from luxury hotel rooms are the personal touches you choose to use.
Your choice of flowers, magazines, the books you read, family photos or the jewellery box you picked up while travelling are all ways of making a personal impression on the space.
Because this space is all about you, you can make your own decision about including a TV in the room. Some people prefer to watch a bit of television to unwind and others read or listen to soft background music.
Tidy up and store away
The biggest threat to maintaining a luxurious bedroom is an unmade bed and clutter. Even if you’ve had a long day, make it a point not to leave a messy bed or clothing, magazines and takeaway boxes on the floor or on furniture.
Commit to finding a storage system that works for you or steal some extra closet space from another room, just don’t let the clutter build up.
Working long hours and not finding a space to recharge can kill off any creativity or enthusiasm you might have had. Creating your own oasis directly impacts on your wellbeing for the better, so do enjoy. -
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