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Sweet dreams are made of these

Tips and tricks on how to turn your bedroom into a restful retreat.

Published: 07th October 2012 12:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 05th October 2012 03:29 PM   |  A+A-

Sweet-Dreams

If the living room is the heart of the house, the bedroom is its soul. Which is why you need to put as much thought, if not more, into decorating your bedroom as you do your living room.

Before you begin, you will need to measure the amount of space you have. That way, you will know exactly what size of bed to buy and what other items of furniture can you fit it. If your bedroom is large, you have the liberty of picking a grand bed—depending on the theme, you can opt for an antique four-poster style or a modern kingsize piece. If your room is small, a box bed with sliding drawers is always the best option. No matter what the size of your room, try to fit in a comfy chair. It’s great for reading or watching TV.

When picking your wall colour, make sure it is not so bright that it gives you a headache or so dark that it makes your room look gloomy. Which is why neutrals such as off white, cream and beige work best. If using wallpaper, ensure that it is either textured or has small patterns. Large, vibrant patterns will be too overpowering here

Since the bed is the focal point of this room, make sure it grabs attention. Keep the walls in a neutral shade and use a bright bedspread—colour, print, pattern no bar. Pile it up with pillows and cushions for that extra touch. If you’re using a patterned wallpaper, pick a solid shade bedspread and cushion covers. Also, don’t forget to throw in a rug; it never fails to add a cosy touch.

Personal touches are very important in a bedroom or it will end up looking like a hotel suite. Put up interesting artwork and personal photographs on the walls. Also, look for offbeat pieces at an antique store or any curio shop. It could be anything from an old clock, a quirky lamp or an odd stool. Finally, remember this is the room where you retreat too after a hard day’s work, so make sure it is just that and not a chaotic over-decorated space.

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