Step 1: Pick a motif and go with it! Don't pair your childhood bedspread
with a new wrought iron bed and lace curtains. Choose colors that remind
you of things you love. For example, my bedroom is all done in tan and
pastels, because those colors make me feel like I'm in a spring meadow.
Other favorite motifs include ocean, fall or sunset. Make it the vibe that
fills the room. This mean not just your bedding, but also any framed
artwork or standing decorations should go with the motif.
Step 2: Make it smell yummy! A room with a pleasant, inviting fragrance is
a great start to creating that special space where you go to escape. Choose
scented candles in your favorites smells. Vanilla is always relaxing and
tantalizing. Another choice: incense. It comes in limitless scents, and
you can be constantly changing your scented sticks to match your mood.
Plus, incense holders are decorations in themselves. They can be wooden or
ceramic, and some even come in statue form, so pick one that goes along with
the motif you've selected! If you're not up for burning, then go with a
nice air freshener or plug in to give your space the smell that makes you
Step 3: Make it soft! Your bedroom is the place where you should feel the
most comfortable, so make it your own nest. You should hardly be able to
hold back from cuddling up in your soft bedspread (I recommend down!) and
pile of overstuffed pillows. Also, a soft, cushy rug beside the bed is the
perfect way to start your day of on the right foot.
Step 4: Get rid of the mess! Nothing kills a good mood like walking into a
cluttered room. Your place of relaxation should not be polluted with dirty
clothes on the floor and piles of things "to be put away." If you take the
attitude that your room is your paradise, and when in it you should feel
spoiled, you won't want to leave yucky messes lingering among your goodies.
Invest in plastic crates that slide easily under the bed or in the closet
for out-of-sight storage.
Step 5: Personalize! If someone else entered your room they should know
you live there. Fill it with things you love. Whether you like artsy
decorations or plant life or black and white collages of you and your loved
ones, surround yourself with the things that make you feel happy!
Cosmopolitan, February 2005
Keith Kingston is a professional web publisher who offers advice on choosing your couch sofa, recliner, or leather sofa