It’s your private showpiece, the place you retreat to at the end of a hectic day, so you deserve to have it reflect what you value in a sanctuary. Now, you may be on the verge of re-designing it and in search of ideas, but you may also need to stamp your individuality upon it in other ways.
Getting the most out of your special place can be quite easily achieved, but still incredibly satisfying. You probably want a combination of a restful oasis and a romantic setting. To accomplish this, think about these 5 ideas:
The bed: there are 4 components to the most important element in your haven. Let’s start from the bottom up:
Base. Bed frames nowadays are phenomenally versatile. Many offer the flexibility of multiple positions, split down the length of the frame so that you and are partner can adjust it for the best sleeping posture.
Mattress. The best mattress for you will be with you a long time – over 20 years – so consider this a long-term investment. You’re looking for snugness and support. You may also want to consider a mattress that draws heat away from you while you sleep. And, don’t limit yourself to what you see in showrooms; online outlets now offer free returns and lengthy trial periods to test them out.
Bedding. Satin or cotton? Whatever your taste, make sure you choose based on comfort not aesthetics. As for pillows, don’t overload the bed – it’s a pain in the neck to remove and then rebuild the design night after night. Pick a pillow that provides a firm foundation for your head and neck. If you sleep on your back, get another pillow for under your knees to keep your spine aligned.
Headboard. You may want storage, you may prefer a cushioned headboard against which you can rest while reading in bed. Again, opt for something that fulfils your exact needs.
Nightstands. Our nightstands are the last personal piece of furniture we use before sleep, so don’t worry about matching pieces if you each want different things. We all need a place to keep our phone, nighttime drink and reading material, so match them to your preferences and everyone’s happy.
Window coverings. If exterior lighting is too bright, go for heavier drapes or a combination of blinds and curtains to darken the room.
Lighting. Go for lights around the periphery or a dimmer switch for the central light. For reading in bed, you may choose to clip a light to the headboard or have a lamp on the nightstand. Whatever you pick, try to keep the lighting muted in the bedroom to aid peaceful, restorative sleep.
Tidiness. Keep the bedroom as clutter-free as possible with sensible storage and a clean-up routine. If you have kids, clear their things out of your room and limit their access to your space.
Bedtime is your time and the master bedroom should reflect this. Make it your own with a few changes and you’ll enjoy it all the more.