Bedroom a Decorating - Creating Your Refuge, Your Sanctuary!

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Bedroom Decorating for Your Sanctuary


Bedroom decorating is so very important! Most people will spend over half their lives in their master bedroom suite. Stop and think about it. You do a lot of sleeping, tidying up, dressing exercising, reading, writing, talking on the phone, napping, and loving – just to name a few. For this reason, the bedroom suite should be decorated and furnished to be your very own private sanctuary – a personal refuge. It should be a pleasing and inviting space created especially for you!



Bedroom Decorating - Bedding and Mattress

When considering your bedroom decorating, your mattress and bedding are very important. Since you spend almost one-third of your life in your bed, it should be comfortable. It should take you into its arms every night and lull you into a peaceful sleep. You should wake up in the morning relaxed and refreshed.

One way to make your current bed feel better is to consider the quality of your sheets. Expensive sheets with higher thread counts do feel better, and are less likely to pill up over time.

Another thing to consider is your pillows. A good pillow will cradle your head in such a way that you will not wake up with a painful and stiff neck. Pillows can also we placed between your legs when lying on your side to help keep your hips better aligned, or keep your knees from rubbing together painfully. A pillow can also be used to support and cradle your upper arm when lying on your side, reducing pressure on the shoulder and even providing some support for your back. A pillow can be used under your knees when you are lying on your back to help relieve pressure on your lower back.


Cushions add comfort and color.
Cushions add comfort and color. | Source

Bedroom Decorating Should Provide for a Nourishing Environment

It is unfortunate that the master bedroom is often the most neglected room in the home.

Does your bedroom often look like this? This not very relaxing!
Does your bedroom often look like this? This not very relaxing! | Source
Using Simplicity
Using Simplicity | Source

A bedroom should be a place where you are able to go to recharge your soul, and your body. It should be furnished and decorated in such a way that it calms your mind and draws you into its relaxing embrace. All the details, even the small ones, are important. Choose furnishings and decorative items that nourish your spirit and soul. Your bedroom should provide you the peace you would feel laying in a hammock on a warm day, feeling a wisteria scented breeze lightly caressing your body, while listening to the birds and watching the butterflies float overhead. There is serenity and peace in this environment. That is what your bedroom should provide.


Fireplaces and drapes can be used to create a warm and inviting environment.
Fireplaces and drapes can be used to create a warm and inviting environment. | Source

Bedroom decorating should provide:

Your bedroom should be:

  • A place of renewal
  • A place to escape in times of stress
  • A place to recharge and refresh
  • A place that encourages serenity
  • A place where you can let your hair down and just be you

Your bedroom should be a place to which you can retreat to recapture harmony and a sense of self and purpose. You can create an environment that is rich, sentimental, whimsical, sensuous and/or luxurious. You can create an atmosphere that provides mystery, or exhibits dreams, hopes, loves and fantasies.


Bedroom Decorating - What kind of environment creates a sanctuary for you?
Bedroom Decorating - What kind of environment creates a sanctuary for you? | Source

When Decorating Your Bedroom Incorporate the Senses

When decorating your bedroom, consider all the senses.

Incorporate the sense of touch:

  • The soft feel of cotton sheets
  • Soft pillows and comforters
  • Have a soft, warm throw available that you can curl up with or pull over your lap while in a chair

Incorporate the sense of smell:

  • Scented candles
  • Potpourri
  • Linen sprays

Incorporate the sense of sight:

  • Use soothing colors to paint the walls
  • Choose prints that relax you
  • Vary your sheets and pillow cases each week
  • Low level ambient lighting for medication and relaxation, or romance
  • Choose pictures that add to the serenity of the environment

Incorporate the sense of hearing:

  • Incorporate a way to have music in your sanctuary
  • If noises at night are a problem, incorporate white noise


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Don't forget that the bathroom is part of the master suite.
Don't forget that the bathroom is part of the master suite. | Source

Your bedroom decorating should allow you to create a place you want to escape to. When you are in your bedroom, you should be able to shed your worries and your cares. Consider the following, and then make an effort to incorporate that environment into your bedroom.

Think about a place that has given you great happiness such as a flower garden humming with bees, a beach where you can hear the surf, an isolated mountain retreat beside a vast blue lake, or a secluded path beside a babbling brook. Knowing that you will be spending half your life in your bedroom, find a way to re-create those places to provide these feelings of happiness and peace over and over again. Create your very own get-a-way by thinking about bedroom decorating as being necessary for one of the most important rooms in your home - your refuge, your sanctuary!

To read more about Bedroom Decorating, Creating a Sanctuary and a Refuge, read the next article.


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A nice soft throw can be used to add visual appeal now, and warmth at a later time.
A nice soft throw can be used to add visual appeal now, and warmth at a later time. | Source

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Bedroom Decorating - Choosing a Color for Your Bedroom - The color you choose for your bedroom could have an impact on how well you are able to sleep and relax.

Bedroom Decorating - Finishing Your Sanctuary or Retreat - personalizing your special living space and making it into a place that conjures up many happy memories.


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Comments: "Bedroom Decorating - Creating Your Refuge, Your Sanctuary!" 38 comments

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learntolive 5 years ago

So true! My bedroom, which I redid this summer, isn't necessarily empty or simple, but it provides me with a sense of home and comfort. I am currently working on a hub about a cool wall decorating technique which personalizes your wall. Great hub, really informative! :) Voted up, useful and beautiful!


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas Author

learntolive - I am pleased that you liked the hub. It sounds like you created a room that was truly yours. Thank you for your input and for stopping by!


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mary615 5 years ago from Florida

I love my bedroom. It's warm and cozy and done in blue, my favorite color. The bedroom photos you have chosen are much too fancy for my taste, though. Good informative Hub. I voted it UP, etc.


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina

Nice comprehensive hub about creating a beautiful, luxurious master bedroom. There's nothing like wonderful fresh smelling linens and a great mattress and pillows in the bedroom.

Voted up, useful, beautiful and interesting.


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas Author

Mary615 - I have tried twice now to find a photo with a more casual elegance, but have not been able to succeed. But a bedroom does not have to be formal to be a sanctuary. In fact, I would think that many people would find formal to be too restrictive. We each have our own tastes that all too often are limited by budget no matter what our tastes may be.

Thank you for stopping by!


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas Author

Happyboomernurse/Gail - As long as those creature comforts are met is is wonderful. I have to use a noise maker however if I intend to get any sleep. It helps to try and block out my husband's snoring. Thanks so much for stopping by!


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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

A brilliant hub and thank you for sharing.

Take care and enjoy your day.

Eddy.


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JT Walters 5 years ago from Florida

Hi Homesteadbound,

My bedroom says, "She doesn't spend anytime in here." And I don't. But you have given me a lot of good ideas for the day I hit the lottery.

All My Best,

JT


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas Author

Eiddwen - I am pleased that you enjoyed it. Thanks for stopping by!


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas Author

My time in my bedroom varies. Now since we don't have any kids at home, I can go anywhere to escape, but my escape is often outdoors.

We'll keep our fingers crossed on the lottery for both of us!

Thanks so much for reading and commenting.


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yusefblack 5 years ago

H hsb, nice hub, good reminder to do some cleaning, I should show this to some other family members :)


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas Author

yusefblack - I am happy that you found this interesting. I hope your family finds it interesting.

Thanks for stopping by!


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Rosie2010 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

Hiya homesteadbound, this hub is AWESOME! But.. but how did you get a picture of my messy bedroom? lol Great read and lots of useful advice. I love all the beautiful bedroom pictures.. the one with the ocean view is to die for. Voted up, awesome and most definitely useful. Cheers!

Have a nice day,

Rosie


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas Author

Thank you, Rosie2010! I thought that was a picture of my bedroom! LOL.

This was a fun series to write. I think I will have to do a few more around the home. I do like to make my home comfortable and livable.

Thanks for stopping by, and you have a nice day also.


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davenmidtown 5 years ago from Sacramento, California

HST: beautiful, I loved the shower picture the best. Voted up and awesome.


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas Author

Hello, davenmidtown. I am pleased that you found the pictures to be beautiful. There really are some gorgeous bedroom decorating ideas here. Makes me want to redo mine.

Thanks for stopping by!


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DonnaCosmato 5 years ago from USA

This is highly effective hub because of the way you balanced the visual elements with the text. I particularly enjoyed the image with the fireplace. It made me want to grab a book and a cup of hot cocoa and snuggle down for a nice read in the bed! I'm sharing this with my other book loving friends who, like me, are in need of a sanctuary.


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas Author

DonnaCosmato - It's always nice to get feedback on things like visual layout. Thank you so much.

I'm glad you enjoyed it and thank you so much for sharing.

Thanks for stopping by for a cup of cocoa!


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dressline 5 years ago from China

why there is a chair besides the bed ,but i love it . it looks so comfortable .


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas Author

Not sure why there is a chair beside the bed. It might could be used to sit and relax in and read, or sit in to put on shoes or watch TV. Not sure which picture you mean.


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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia

I love the colors of the top picture on your article Homesteadbound. It looks so relaxing. I really enjoy your little series here Honesteadbound and there are very informative. You do spend a lot of time in your bedroom. It only makes sense to have one that is soothing and relaxing.


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dressline 5 years ago from China

many ppictures show a chair here ,but it is a goos design ,very convinent , i think ,i like it and maybe i will design my bedroom l;ike that


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas Author

thelyricwriter - I thought the first picture was pretty also. I am glad that you are enjoying my little tiptoe through bedroom decorating.

Thanks for stopping by!


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas Author

dressline - I hope you get a chance to decorate your bedroom whatever way you want to. Thanks for stopping by!


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J.S.Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

Just wanted to stop by and say Hello to Homesteadbound! As usual, you are keeping up with yourself! I don't know how you do it! Keep it up and Never Stop! Nice Job!

JSMatthew~


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas Author

J.S.Matthew - You comment made me smile. Thanks! A smile is always good! I will keep on keepin' on!

Thanks for stopping by!


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Jo_Goldsmith11 5 years ago

Really pretty bedrooms. I loved the shower wall in the master suite. Our room is comfortable and cozy. The cats enjoy our queen bed to take their naps during the day. Great info and beautiful ideas! :) I voted up, useful, beautiful, interesting and Awesome! :) take care


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas Author

Jo_Goldsmith11 - My cats enjoy my bed almost 24 hours a day. They really like sleeping on me and complain when i move - how dare I?

I am pleased that you enjoyed this. Thanks for stopping by!


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carriethomson 5 years ago from United Kingdom

hi!! loved your hub, i like the pic where the balcony overlooks a picturesque sea and some greenery. would love a bed room like that :))

-carrie


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas Author

carriethomson - Thank you! I too would love a bedroom like that, or any room like that. It looks so peaceful and relaxing. It would almost feel like being on vacation all the time.

Thanks for stopping by!


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eyeforstyle 4 years ago from Manlius, New York, USA

hey! I loved the ideas you presented here. Yes, most people do sometimes forget that their bedroom should be inviting and relaxing. Your ideas are great! I'm sure that it'll help a lot of people. Thanks for sharing! :)


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

eyeforstyle - I am happy that you enjoyed the ideas I presented in this hub. Yes the bedroom should be an inviting refuge and sanctuary.


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albertsj 4 years ago from Pittsfield, Ma

I am so into how decor, color can affect our moods. I loved this! I love my bedroom, but I will admit, it could be much better. You've inspired me : )

Voting up, and sharing.


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

albertsj - so glad you enjoyed this. I need to work on my bedroom as well. Thanks so much!


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Kathleen Cochran 2 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

So glad your first pix was a red bedroom. I read once that bold colors were wrong for a bedroom because they were not soothing. I love my burgundy bedroom and generally don't care what anyone thinks - but it's nice to get some validation for my choice!


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homesteadbound 2 years ago from Texas Author

Although there are basic rules when it comes to decorating and colors, i think our individual preferences are important as well. Enjoy your bedroom.


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Monis Mas 2 years ago

Interesting ideas. My bedroom IS my sanctuary and I like to make it the most comfortable and beautiful!


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homesteadbound 2 years ago from Texas Author

Hope you can take some of these ideas and make it even more of a sanctuary!

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