The bed is a bundle of paradoxes: we go to it with reluctance, yet we quit it with regret; we make up our minds every night to leave it early, but we make up our bodies every morning to keep it late.
When the day is done and the shoes are finally off, what does your bedroom say to you? ‘Come on in, I’m ready with a hug?’ Or, ‘Excuse the smelly sheets and the odd bug?’
A bedroom is a sanctuary. Your personal space. Your comfort zone. Lavish some time and love on decorating it to pamper your senses and refresh your soul. Delhi interior designer Shaloo Gupta shows the way:
Choose Peace-promoting Colours: Lavender, violet, blue and green are relaxing colours that have a profoundly calming effect on the mind. Green is redolent of forests, while the blue family has a cool, beachy feel. Soft earth tones can also be very comforting. Bright oranges and yellows might look cheerful, but they are energy-boosting and stimulate creativity, while you need to wind down in this space and time.
Pamper Your Sense of Touch: A bed is all about relaxing in. Make sure your mattress is as comfortable as possible. Luxurious sheets, downy pillows, lush comforters…they are not unnecessary expenditure, but essential investment.
Serenade Your Sense of Smell: Lavender works wonders in the bedroom, because it has soothing and healing properties. Light a lavender-scented candle, or tuck a sachet of lavender pot-pourri under your pillow for a night of restful sleep. Or, simply open up a window and inhale the unmatched scent of pure, clean air.
Light it Right: Bright lights urge you to be active, soft ones calm you down. Invest in dimmers and gentle lamps. I have a lovely bedside floor lamp, but I’m told that placing a light on either side of the bed gives your room a more balanced and relaxing look.
A comfortably upholstered chair adds a personal touch to a bedroom. If you have some extra space in your room, use it to create this chair-nook. Keep a rolling pin under the chair, and when you’re sitting there, gentle slide the soles of your feet back and forth on the rolling pin–it is exquisitely comforting!
One unique accent piece: and that’s all you need to give your bedroom a signature style. A beautiful painting that you can gaze at forever. A stylish window that looks out into greenery. A lovely bookcase. Use your imagination to select the right accent for you.
Let Go of the Clutter: Electronic gadgets—computer, television—create ‘noise’ and can keep you awake till late. Ideally, your bedroom should not do double duty as home office. Ayurvedic healers advise avoiding ‘stimulating’ reading material such as crime thrillers at bedtime–they interfere with sleep.
Get some fresh air: Consider the quality of air in your bedroom. Fresh, cool night air soothes the senses, while stale, polluted air makes you toss and turn in bed. Plants are not good feng shui in the bedroom.