A bedroom is a place where we go to unwind and relax away from all the demands that modern life puts upon us. Therefore whenever decorating or designing a bedroom one should take time to carefully plan just what you want in order to achieve a tranquil and peaceful haven away from the world outside. A bedroom really is a place where you can rest and relax and to share a few quiet moments with yourself or your loved one as well as being a place where you can get a good nights sleep. However the bedroom although the most private and personalized space in a home must also reflect the owner’s lifestyle as well as their tastes and practical needs. Therefore if you are having an interior designer create your room, it is vital that you feed them as much information as you possibly can. Get to know them so you are completely comfortable sharing your thoughts and ideas. They will also need to know more tangible facts such as what storage space you need, the colours that you would prefer in your scheme and what if any particular theme you would like for your bedroom design. If it is a DIY job the first thing you should look at is the way you use your space as this will help you determine the layout of the room and crucially- the amount and type of storage and furniture you need. Often people find that there is furniture in their homes which is no longer required or just clearing out piles of old magazines, empty bottles and worn out clothes can provide you with space you did not realize you had. Be honest, do you have in your room or have you ever had some kind of stepper or elliptical machine that get used everyday….but only as a clothes horse?! If so, don’t be too embarrassed- you are just the tip of the iceberg, the prize the most overly elaborate clothes horse in history must surely go to my mum who has a 4ft high, Happy Days style juke box currently being used as the world’s greatest dumping surface. When creating your layout. Think holistically rather than breaking the space up into little zones as you might in an open plan living area. The space should feel tranquil and to achieve this, the room needs to feel spacious, flowing and unified. It is also important to give ample consideration to the lighting as this is what will have most influence on the mood and ambience. Certainly most rooms benefit from having both functional and decorative lighting in them. Functional lighting is used to set the scene in a room whilst decorative will add interest so don’t scrimp in this area. Finally, when choosing a window dressing, remember to take into account the following points- the amount of natural light coming in, the existing décor, who the room is for and how much you want to spend. Window dressing is an area that offers a lot of choice these days. For a simple, inexpensive fix, plain curtains or a fabric roller blind would definitely suffice. For more decorative tastes, roman blinds or patterned drapes would suit. And for the more modern home, Venetian and horizontal blinds are blinds are the way to go. If you are a light sleeper or your room gets a lot of morning sun you may want to consider blackout blinds or curtains which, as the name would suggest, offers complete shutout from the sun.

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