A bedroom where all the elements are in harmony will do wonders for your body and soul.
If you’re not getting a good night’s rest, look around—the reason may be your bedroom. Are the floor, dresser and nightstand cluttered? Are the walls painted a garish color that screams “WAKE UP!’’ Does your bed suffer with paper-thin pillows and a tattered blanket?
“The word ‘sanctuary’ is what we always need to keep in mind when we’re talking about our bedrooms,” says Trish McCabe, owner of Feng Shui by Design in Winter Park. “The bedroom has to be a place for rest and rejuvenation. Often, we’ll have things in there that prevent that.”
Things like family photo overkill, closet spillover, harsh lighting and spartan bedding. “What’s going on inside our minds is reflected in our environment,” McCabe says. “We can change our environment and that will affect how we feel and think about things. That’s part of the real power of feng shui”—the Chinese practice of arranging your environment to create a harmonious flow of energy.
Individual needs take priority, though. “The one-size-fits-all criteria doesn’t apply when it comes to the bedroom,” says Eric Horner, owner of Eric Horner Interiors in Orlando. “There are so many personal choices involved, and the choices are plentiful. They can fit any taste, budget or style.” Clients who want a television in their bedroom, for instance, can opt to hide it. “A television can be put in a cabinet and raised and lowered if they want,” Horner says. “That offers much greater flexibility than plunking a television on a dresser.”
Individuals who need blackout drapes to fall asleep can add an option for softer, infused light, he says. “That might be sheers or a Roman shade or shutters—something where you can control the light.” Control is essential to creating the perfect sleep environment. In terms of air temperature, Horner recommends zone control for air-conditioning systems as “a very economical way to get your bedroom exactly the way you want it.” Even the bed lends itself to individualized control, Horner notes, “whether that is motorization for raising and lowering the bed, or making half of the mattress firm and the other half softer.”
One last piece of advice from McCabe concerns the bed’s location. “The best placement of the bed is so that you’re not in front of the bedroom door but can see it,” she says. “We need to see the door because we still have that reptilian part of our brain always looking out for danger. If we can see the door, we relax.”
Eric Horner offers these additional suggestions for creating a restful bedroom:
Colors: Soft greens and shades of taupe; quiet, earthy colors.
Floor coverings: Soft, plush rugs on each side of the bed to help mute noise.
Bedding: Seasonal layering, with deeper colors and heavier weights for fall/winter, including sheets, a tropical-weight duvet and a coverlet at the foot of the bed; for spring/summer: sheets, a very thin blanket; a quilted or stitched coverlet.
Storage: Organized closets; storage under the bed if necessary.
Accessories: Artwork with a special meaning; only 1 or 2 cherished family photos.
Scent: An unlighted candle, sachet or diffuser for a gentle scent.
Lighting: Lamps with a soft glow; dimmable overhead lighting.