This time of year we find ourselves spending more time indoors as the winter winds and snow keep us homebound a bit more frequently. That’s certainly been the case for most regional residents this season. After a while, all that time indoors may have us longing for a little change in our surroundings.
The bedroom is a space that is meant to encourage relaxation and rest and a mini-bedroom makeover can be just the thing to help keep the winter blues at bay.
Cathi Lloyd, a designer with Decorating Den Interiors, said the simplest and least expensive change that makes the biggest difference to any room is paint. “Just painting a room can make a big difference,” she said. “In any room, your cooler colors are going to be more restful.”
“All of us at some point in our daily routine yearn for a place of tranquil reflections. Your bedroom is, or should be, that haven,” Lloyd advised. “If your bedroom doesn't offer you a respite from the hustle and bustle of the day, then now’s the time to transform it. The time and money you invest now will pay off in big dividends in your future. Especially, as it might mean you’ll be able to be a little happier and sane.”
Besides going with a more soothing color on the walls (think Mother Nature’s color palette, said Lloyd), you may want to think of ways to bring the tranquil outdoors inside.
That’s what Chicago resident MaryBeth Witulski did. Being married to a police officer who is required to live in the city, she knows that her dream of living in a log cabin isn’t quite within the realm of possibility. “So I decided to ‘bloom where I'm planted’ and bring the log cabin indoors,” said Witulski. “I'm slowly redoing rooms. We also just remodeled our bathroom with a very rustic look.”
She created a cozy, woodsy space by transforming her bedroom with new drapes (on clearance for $4 a panel at Target) painting walls and purchasing a new log bedroom set from American Natural Home Resources in downtown Griffith.
“The set was completely handmade in America by Amish craftsmen. My lamp is also from there.The base is driftwood from the Upper Peninsula and the shade is real cowhide from Colorado,” she said. She finished off the decor with pieces of Impala hide to put on top of each dresser for just $2 each and a log ladder that she drapes her quilt over.
If there’s not much in the budget for remodeling, a simple re-arranging of furniture can give the room a whole new feel. Lloyd suggested not placing the bed facing a window as the sunlight can affect early morning sleep.
“Pamper yourself with a décor that provides comfort and a sense of luxury,” said Lloyd. “There is nothing quite like the look of a beautifully designed custom bedspread, especially if the pattern has been outline quilted to highlight the design. Outline quilting allows your fabric to actually take on a three dimensional quality that is most gratifying to the senses. And by adding a coordinating window treatment, you’ll end up with a totally inviting and peaceful room.”
Scanning magazines and websites can provide inspiration and get you up to speed on the latest trends, one of which would be upholstered headboards.
“They can be made in any size, shape and upholstered with any fabric for a truly customized bedroom,” said Lloyd. “They may be attached to the bed frame or in some cases, mounted onto the wall. They are comfortable if you are reading or watching TV from bed.”
Seeking the help of a professional can help create the space of one's dream. Lloyd’s company offers design services as well as products, so the entire project from concept to installation can be completed. If you long for a more tranquil place, but don’t know where to start, seeking the help of a home decor consultant can make the project manageable and less stressful.