By Vickie Williamson
Custom Framer and Interior Designer
Here are simple steps that can help you transform your bedroom into a relaxing sleeping place:
- Get rid of clutter. If you have baskets of unfolded laundry and other things that really don’t belong in the bedroom, you won’t want to spend much time there.
- Make sure your mattress is comfortable. Is yours comfy and inviting or lumpy and frightening? If replacing your mattress isn’t in the budget, consider purchasing a topper to enhance comfort.
- Use a pleasing color palette. Bedroom wall color should be calm and soothing to set the mood for relaxation. If yours is not, it may be time to visit your local paint store and check out samples for inspiration. Calming colors tend to be in the softer tones of blue, green, grey and yellow. Stay away from bright or intense colors.
- Focus on complementary accessories. Add items to the room that will contribute to the overall feel of the space, such as throw pillows in fabrics and colors that complement your bedding and window treatments. If buying new bedding and window treatments, choose hues that will help give the room that spa-like feeling, such as white, ivory or soft grey.
- Layer window treatments. The right window treatment helps keep out the early morning sun and assists in maintaining a comfortable temperature. Many people like to use blackout shades. Add drapery panels or sheers as a second layer and take it one step farther with a decorative valance
- Consider extra touches that set a soothing mood:
- A luxurious throw.
- A soft area rug.
- Candles with a soft fragrance.
- A basket for books or magazines.
- A lamp that is the correct height and size for beside the bed.
Follow these simple steps and the retreat you’ve created for yourself will enhance sleep and put a smile on your face every time you enter your new oasis.
Prince William resident Vickie Williamson owns Fine Design Custom Framing & Interiors in Woodbridge. Williamson has been working in the fine art, framing and decorating industry for more than 25 years and has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Valdosta State University.