Into A Truly Restful Retreat
At the end of a long day there’s no better feeling than snuggling up in a cozy, serene bedroom space. One that makes you want to hit the snooze button not from exhaustion, but the desire to enjoy your home’s most relaxing room just a little while longer.
According to the Better Sleep Council, your bedroom environment can affect both the quantity and quality of your sleep. So you owe it to yourself, and your health, to create a more restful respite.
Color Me Comfortable
Choosing colors for your bedroom is more than creating a palette. You are creating a mood. According to Leslie Harrington, a color consultant and expert on the use of color in residential and industrial décor, “What color you paint your walls is not just a matter of aesthetics. It’s a tool that can be leveraged to affect emotions and behavior.”
With that in mind, choosing décor based on blues, greens and lavenders will give your bedroom a natural feeling of coolness and serenity – sort of like turning down the emotional thermostat. The same holds true for neutral colors and pastels, also popular choices for bedrooms. Additionally, touches of nature such as artwork or plants can enhance your bedroom’s Zen factor.
While vibrant colors can serve as accents, too much of a bold statement in your bedroom can disturb the peace – literally. As an example, Harrington states, “Reds tend to increase blood pressure and heart rate and stimulate activity.”
Create Calm From The Ground Up
Another opportunity to bring a calming effect to your bedroom is right beneath your feet – that is, your flooring.
Hardwood is a timeless choice that adds natural visual warmth. With so many wood species and finishes, you can find a hardwood floor to fit any bedroom style. Be sure to explore beyond traditional woods, and discover the benefits of bamboo or cork, which is durable, sustainable and even comfortable to walk on thanks to its natural resilience.
Depending on your décor, tile is an option for a hard surface, easy care bedroom floor. Like hardwood, it can also be extended into the bathroom area to create a more expansive feel. There are even many on-trend wood look tile choices to explore. Hard surface floors are easy to clean, which can be helpful for people who suffer from allergies. If you don’t want to start your day by stepping onto a cold floor, you can always add strategically placed area rugs. Or consider having your contractor install a radiant heating system – a relatively inexpensive investment that pays off big on cold winter nights.
Carpeting is also a popular flooring choice for bedrooms because it feels warm underfoot and absorbs noise – good things when your objective is to relax and unwind. If you prefer barefoot to slippers, gorgeous wool carpet is a great option to sink your toes into.
The variety of brands, colors, patterns and fibers is seemingly endless. And somewhat daunting. But the upside to having so many choices is that you will find at least one that will fit your bedroom perfectly, as you work with DCH Flooring LLC and a product expert at our local ProSource Wholesale Showroom, who can help you navigate the universe of options in hardwood, tile and carpet, and help you choose the right flooring for your project.
Add A Little Firelight
Maybe your home already has a bedroom fireplace. If not, adding one is worth considering. And it could be easier than you think. Today there are a number of direct vent and ventless designs that use gas, gel fuel or electricity, to allow homeowners to enjoy a fireplace in more spaces than ever before.
If you decide to have your contractor install a fireplace, don’t overlook the opportunity to make your surround a stunning focal point. Consider tile featuring natural neutrals such as multicolor slate, limestone brick or travertine pebble mosaic. Or choose an accent color that creates a visual pop. One client hired her contractor to install wood planks horizontally surrounding her bedroom fireplace for a farmhouse feel.
While you are shopping for flooring, ask our account manager for some inspiring tile, stone, or wood plank choices to spark your surround search. So even when there isn’t a fire burning, your fireplace can be an outstanding feature… and the heart of a bedroom that makes you smile warmly, exhale happily and relax completely, every time you enter it. However, use caution when adding a little firelight, as this will make it even easier to hit snooze, zone out and catch up on your favorite Netflix series.