Bedroom Decorating – Creating a Refuge and a Sanctuary Using Decoration in the Bedroom!

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Bedroom Decorating – You Know Yourself Better than Anyone Else

To create a bedroom that is distinctively you, and a special place to escape to, is something only you can do. No one can do it as well as you. You know what is important to you; and only you know how different colors and objects affect you.

The bedroom decorating choices that you have available to you are only limited by your imagination. Some people prefer a formal and elegant area, while others prefer a comfortable and homey atmosphere, and still others prefer something somewhere between these two.

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Bedroom Decorating - Creating Your Environment

In a previous article, Bedroom Decorating – Your Refuge, Your Sanctuary!, I suggested, “Think about a place that has given you great happiness such as a flower garden humming with bees, a beach cottage where you can hear the surf, an isolated mountain retreat beside a vast blue lake, or a secluded path beside a babbling brook.” What theme, or environment, would provide the atmosphere you are looking for in your bedroom – a place to escape and relax.

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Flower Garden Buzzing with Bees

Let’s consider a flower garden buzzing with bees. In order to accomplish this environment, you have many choices. You can paint your walls and/or your ceiling a cheery light sky blue. You can artistically add clouds to the ceiling if you desired. Flowers could be stenciled on one or all of the walls, with or without a picket fence. You can intersperse butterflies, bees and birds among your stenciling and among your knickknacks scattered throughout the room.

Pictures can be chosen to complement this theme. Choices might include flower gardens, butterflies, ferns, birds, etc.

Fabrics can be chosen that bring your theme home. If you make your walls a solid color you may choose to bring the flowers into your sanctuary through the use of fabrics on your bedding, your upholstery, your window dressings and your pillows. If your walls bring the flowers to life, you can use your pillows to add solid splashes of accent color here and there. As you step into this environment that you have created, you might imagine the buzzing of a bee or the whirring of hummingbird wings.

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A Beach Cottage

Let’s consider now the beach theme. Again, blue walls and/or ceiling can give you the feel of water and sky. A sandy tone brown carpet could be incorporated to bring the feeling of sand into the room. Seashells, large and small, can be scattered around the room as accent pieces.

White is a good color to bring the beach theme to life. A white picket fence stenciled around the room would be a nice touch, as would white curtains. These both bring a beach cottage to mind. Dried flowers work well in this environment to add texture.

Fabrics with large shell prints would work well for pillows. Shell prints can also be incorporated with your bedding, the upholstery and the window dressings. Pictures could be chosen according to interest. Subjects could include shells, lighthouses, sailboats or ships, beach scenes, etc. A careful blending of all these seaside touches could work together to create an inviting cottage retreat.

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An Isolated Mountain Retreat

We will now look at creating an isolated mountain retreat. In this theme you may choose to go with the deeper more intense colors found in a forest – the deep rich greens and browns. A dark brown carpet can provide you with the feel of walking on an organically rich forest floor cushioned with many years of leaves and debris. The walls can be a rich shade of blue or green, for the sky or the foliage that would be found in a mountain retreat. The walls could even be covered with faux logs to provide an even more authentic look.

Pictures would be chosen to work with the environment you are trying to create. There are many animal and bird prints that would work well in this theme. There are also many pictures that show other mountain retreats that you can dream about, in addition to pictures of placid lakes surrounded by mountains and trees.

Fabrics used in this theme can be rustic, masculine or rich. It all depends are where you are going with your design. Fabrics can have the patterns of logs, wood or even wood-grain. Or you can choose to go the route of foliage whether that be trees, ferns or delicate flowers that can be found blooming on the forest floor. Flowering trees such as the dogwood would be another choice for you to choose from. And plaids always work well mixed in with all of these. These fabrics can all be used to create an intimate mountain retreat environment in your own home.

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Bedroom Decorating - Bringing it All Together

When you think about the kind of retreat of sanctuary that you want to create for yourself, what comes to mind? Whatever it is, think about how you can recreate a space of beauty for yourself that brings this dream to life. Then, physically and symbolically go about bringing the elements of your design together to create this special place.


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Related Links:

Bedroom Decorating – Your Refuge, Your Sanctuary - discusses the importance of having a bedroom we can escape to in order to refresh and revitalize ourselves.

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 a Refuge and a Sanctuary Using Decoration in the Bedroom!" 25 comments

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davenmidtown 5 years ago from Sacramento, California

HSB: wow... what a great hub... and it is just that time of year to really think about creating a den, nest, or sanctum. Voted up and shared.


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas Author

davenmidtown, I am very pleased that you enjoyed it. I hadn't thought about it being the time of the year to nest, but you are absolutely right. Thanks for the votes and for stopping by!


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raakachi 5 years ago from Madurai / Tamilnadu / India

Hello! homesteadbound, What a lovely hub you are presenting to set one's bedroom with the various themes like garden,beach cottage and mountain retreat.Fantastic, voted as beautiful.


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas Author

raakachi - I am very pleased that you enjoyed this one. Bedrooms are so important. We do spend a lot of time in them.

Thanks for stopping by!


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Emma Harvey 5 years ago from Berkshire, UK

Beautiful! As someone who has just bought a new house, this hub is both appropriate and inspiring! So many gorgeous ideas - vote up, naturally.


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plinka 5 years ago from Budapest, Hungary

I love your hub, very good idea, the photos are great too. I think decorating is important, because this way you can express yourself and you can create an environment which really makes you relax. The idea of picking a theme, a place and create it in your bedroom is awesome. Voted up!


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asmaiftikhar 5 years ago from Pakistan

Dear your hub is interesting,useful,awesome and unique.keep it up!


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MsDora 5 years ago from The Caribbean

Beautiful hub! Usually the condition of the bedroom gives a clue of what the rest of the house is like. Following your ideas, what a beautiful, comfortable, gorgeous home that will be.


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SanneL 5 years ago from Sweden

Wow, what a wonderful hub!

To create a beautiful and unique bedroom décor is so important to our mental health and well-being. You have some lovely themes and the photos are awesome. I love the colors in the first picture.

Hm, maybe it is time to start redecorating the bedroom. . .

Voted up, useful and beautiful!


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas Author

Emma Harvey - Thank you so much! Congratulations on the new home. That is always so much fun, and soooooo much work. Moving is not one of my favorite things to do, but a new home is always exciting.

I am pleased that you liked the ideas and pleased that you stopped by.


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas Author

plinka - Thank you so much for your kind comments. I am so pleased that you enjoyed the hub. It really is a nice idea to have a place to escape to - to be able to take a mini-vacation if for only 10 minutes.

Thanks for stopping by!


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Peggy W 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

What a great collection of photos to give people ideas of what can be done when decorating bedrooms. You have obviously put a lot of time and effort into creating this hub. Up votes!


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas Author

asmaiftikhar - Thank you so much, I am quite pleased you enjoyed it. Thank you for stopping by!


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Gypsy Willow 5 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

Just love that color blue in the bedroom painted watercolor. Nice ideas!


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas Author

MsDora - Thank you so much for your comments. Wouldn't it be wonderful if the whole world were calm and serene.

Thanks for stopping by!


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas Author

Peggy W - I liked most of the pictures also. Those two however where way over the top and I just included them. The one I know was probably from a museum, but someone can still get ideas, such as from the canopy.

Thanks for stopping by!


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas Author

SanneL - I was thinking I might have to redecorate myself. Some of those pictures did look absolutely amazing! Some looked so warm and inviting, and some looked like you didn't want to mess them up. Thanks for stopping by! I am glad that you enjoyed your visit!


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas Author

I think that color is aqua. At least that was what it was called in the picture's description. I'm pleased that you enjoyed it, Gypsy Willow! Good to see you again! Thanks for stopping by!


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davenmidtown 5 years ago from Sacramento, California

HSB: had to come look again... the last photo is my favorite!


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas Author

davenmidtown - It was kind of neat, wasn't it? It looks so relaxing without the lack of clutter. But I do like my stuff.

Thanks for stopping by!


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LindaSmith1 5 years ago from USA

Love it


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas Author

Hi, Linda! I looked for you the other day and thought you had gone. It's good to see that you still come to visit sometimes. Thanks so much for stopping by!


5 years ago

Voted up. Great hub. I particularly liked the log cabin/ mountain retreat look furnishing. Out West it must be a well liked look, too.


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas Author

f - Thanks so much for stopping by. Be sure to check out all of the hubs in this series. They flow from one to the other.

My husband and I also like the wood that is displayed with that look.

Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting.


Philipp Färber 19 months ago

I love the decoration ideas of the photos you posted.

My personal touch would be a video playing on my TV screen.

I love playing a calm, barely moveing video in my living room.

It makes me feel far less lonely when I am alone.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DRQpNbulAOM

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