Find out how to make your bedroom a sanctuary for the senses with these expert tips from the Editor of rescu.com.au, Bahar Etminan.
The bedroom should be a sanctuary for the senses. Whether you are single, married or in between, there's no reason for this oft forgotten personal space to be an afterthought. Make it a haven of rest and relaxation, and your private space to centre. Invest a day to make this room special and inviting as the show piece rooms of the house for year round enjoyment.
1. Lighting is critical. I like to have at least 4 sources of light. Overhead lighting should definitely have a dimmer installed and ideally output a warm glow, side lamps should be bright enough to read by but also great if you can have different settings if you want to create a mood. A corner lamp is also a great feature as it can create a beautiful warm light source without needing to spotlight anything.
2. Candles, candles and more candles are also a stunning ambient addition to any bedroom. Use a mixture of votif candles for scent, pillar candles and tea lights. You can turn a very average bedroom into a romantic and relaxing retreat just by using candle light to maximum effect.
3. If you have a view, maximise the focus around the view with beautiful draping or appropriate window furnishings to frame it and bring the magic of the view into the bedroom space.
4. A dressing table can be a feminine and glamorous focus point in a bedroom. I have a vintage French hallway table with a vintage mirror mounted above it as my dressing table. On top, I have displayed a collection of modern and classic fragrances. A little French dresser table completes the scene.
5. Draping from the ceiling can be very effective and dramatic. Darker silk or chiffons billowing from the centre light to the corners of the room create an 'Arabian Nights' effect. White netting or gauze creates a more feminine and light mood.
6. A side table beside a comfortable reading chair is elegant and practical. The table can be a decorative focal point to display favourite coffee table books and a small but beautiful bouquet of flowers. A low and comfortable reading chair is also good for draping clothes over.
7. Locks on doors! Essential if you are a parent and also necessary when you just want time out and privacy.
8. A soft rug or plush flooring makes for a luxurious sensorial experience. In winter, there's nothing more cosy than hopping out of a warm bed and touching down on a soft and inviting rug.
9. Cushions are the accessories of a room and the bedroom is absolutely the best place to let loose with cushions. On the bed, scatter cushions for the floor and on your reading chair, cushions in different colours, sensual textures and various sizes can transform a space. They are also the best and most inexpensive way to update the decor of your bedroom seasonally or annually.
10. Private photographs are perfect for the bedroom. Have a sexy photo that's not quite right for the living room? Beautiful polaroids from your first date? Silly pictures of the family that are too precious to hide away? The bedroom can be the best place to display and enjoy your most intimate and personal photographs. A blank wall can come to life with beautiful and eclectic framed photographs and memorabilia to celebrate your life.
Bahar Etminan is the Editor and Founder of women's lifestyle site rescu.com.au and is set to lead the retail way with Jason Grant; Karen McCartney; and Retail Enthusiast Nancy George at Gala Awards Night, 2014 which coincides with Reed Gift Fairs and Life Instyle.