Romancing Your Bedroom …..
I think of my bedroom as my own private retreat. A place that is beautiful to me, peaceful, inspiring, nurturing to my being. When I open my eyes each morning the soft yellow walls make me feel as though the sun is shining even when it’s not. The pale blue ceiling gives me a sense of tranqulity, the patterns and colors of the fabrics cheer me and make me smile. I appreciate the graceful curves of my french inspired dressers and the beauty of the unique triple mirror found at a thrift shop.I have an old fashioned vanity table with a big mirror and a french chair with a pretty chandelier above, that I sit at every day to “get myself together”. It’s “my special place”….a place where I can enjoy the ritual of preparing myself to face the day ahead. As I take the time there to prepare I am able to reflect on what the day may hold. It is a pleasant process (unless I’ve overslept and am running late) that I appreciate each day. I believe everyone should have such a space.I have incorporated little details into my retreat that make it special to me (and Prince Charming).Details such as candles with the scent of the roses on the Cliffwalk in Newport RI, our romantic getaway place, pictures of the two of us, colors and flowers that I love, textures and patterns in fabrics that I find beautiful. A CD player for soft classical music at night and motivational/inspirational cd’s in the morning. Furniture that has the curvy french look that I adore and artwork we’ve selected together. Is it perfect? No! Is it exactly the way I want it? Not yet! However, it does reflect my personality and style and it nurtures me each and every day! It is my romantic retreat!
You can begin the journey to creating your own romantic bedroom retreat by starting with a few simple steps.
First, dream a little…that’s right…dream! after all it is a bedroom! If you could create any look at all for your own personal retreat what would it look like? (If you need a little inspiration check out some of the magazines and books that feature bedrooms)
What colors make you feel calm, inspired, relaxed? What are some of the details that you imagine in your room that make you smile? that make you feel pampered? special? relaxed? what elements need to be there to help you prepare for the day? to unwind for the evening? What kind of lighting do you see? what scents do you smell? what do you hear? what does the furniture look like? where is it placed?
Second, make a file with pictures of your dream retreat. Get some paint swatches that represent the colors you want to incorporate on the walls, ceiling and in the fabrics. Do you see a lively colorful palette or a tranquil monochromatic palette? Start shopping around and looking at fabrics, bedding, artwork. Whatever will help you to truly envision your new romantic retreat.
Third, decide what your budget is. No matter what your personal budget may be, you can create some version of your dream retreat. If you have a small budget right now…get creative! Can you paint? Paint the walls, paint your furniture. Create your own art work with photos or frame pages from old art magazines. Check out flea markets, consignment and discount shops. Do you sew? do you know someone who sews? There is always a way to create beauty in our homes. We are limited only by our imagination!
Then, make a plan and start the journey to creating your romantic retreat. Like a dream…let it unfold over time and before you know it your dream retreat will be a reality.