Cre­ate the bed­room of your dreams

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A lack of proper rest and sleep will cause you to have the wrong kind of bed­room eyes. Sleep­ing un­der nor­mal cir­cum­stances takes about one third of the day. Ev­ery­one is rec­om­mended to sleep ap­prox­i­mately 8 hours, some more and some less, de­pend­ing on age, ac­tiv­ity level and — dare we say it — stress. There­fore, it is jus­ti­fi­fied to spend time pon­der­ing and designing the im­por­tant el­e­ments of your bed­room.

Your bed­room should be a place that brings you peace, rest and re­lax­ation. This should be your spe­cial place to with­draw from the ac­tiv­i­ties and pre­oc­cu­pa­tion of the world out­side. The en­vi­ron­ment should be a pleas­ant one that nur­tures the very pri­mal ne­ces­sity of rest. Ide­ally your bed­room’s fo­cal point should be the bed, but of course a bed alone does not cre­ate a bed­room. There are other fac­tors to take into con­sid­er­a­tion to de­sign a room that pro­motes sleep and well-be­ing.

Good ven­ti­la­tion is a re­quire­ment for sleep- ing. De­pend­ing on where you live, your source of air and oxy­gen may come from an open win­dow to the out­side or per­haps an air-con­di­tioner. This is im­por­tant be­cause a room should be warm enough dur­ing the win­ter and cool enough in the sum­mer

Light and the con­trol of light are equally im­por­tant. While we all like a light to stream into a room, it is nec­es­sary to be able to tem­per and reg­u­late how much light and when comes into a room. Bed­rooms should gen­er­ally have two lay­ers of win­dow treat­ments. I usu­ally rec­om­mend a sheer and a top dec­o­ra­tive layer: The sheer to fi­fil­ter light and al­low for pri­vacy, and a lined top layer for block­ing out light al­to­gether for sleep­ing. Wall color in a bed­room is an is­sue left up for dis­cus­sion. Some pre­fer light col­ored walls, and that makes for a bright room. How­ever, bed­rooms are meant for sleep­ing, so I rec­om­mend try­ing dark col­ored walls. This cre­ates a co­coon-type of efffffffffff­fect that is very efffffffffff­fec­tive in creat­ing a re­lax­ing en­vi­ron­ment.

Plac­ing art in bed­rooms can be tricky. You want your selections to be sooth­ing and to in­duce re­lax­ation. An­tique prints, oceans scenes, land­scapes and even ab­stracts are great works of art to be placed in a bed­room, be­cause of the neu­tral­ity of their sub­jects.

Above all con­sid­er­a­tions, a bed­room should be a sanc­tu­ary of com­fort. This is the place where a good deal of your life will be spent re­fu­el­ing your body. It fi­fits well here to say that com­fort is the ul­ti­mate lux­ury.

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