Turning Your Bedroom Into a Zen Retreat

by Rachel Laurendeau on October 4, 2012

Are you looking for ideas to help transform your boring, outdated or over stimulating master bedroom into the perfect soothing retreat? An Asian-inspired makeover might be just what you need to create the perfect Zen space where you can relax and recharge.

• Start by emptying the room and giving it a good cleaning. Then go through your things and only bring back what you really need. Purging excess stuff can feel cathartic and help motivate you to keep the room in a Zen-like state.

• Mismatched furniture has got to go. We aren’t going for an eclectic look here so you’ll want to either stain or paint all of the furniture so that it is the same color. You don’t have to have a matchy-matchy set, but all of the pieces should be the same color and have simple, clean lines. I like a dark stain on furniture to ground the space and offer a sense of weight to provide contrast with the lighter elements in the room.

• During home remodeling, choosing the right flooring can be tricky. I like the idea of dark wood, bamboo or cork for it’s simplicity and you can add an area rug so that you have something warm to step onto when getting out of bed. If you prefer wall-to-wall carpeting for bedrooms, that will work, just keep it simple and soft.

• Painting the walls in pale green or light and watery turquoise will make the room feel calm and soothing. If you prefer to keep the walls neutral, choose a natural stone or oatmeal color and add a bit of green or blue through the fabrics in the room. A few of my favorite colors from Benjamin Moore are Calming Aloe, Soothing Green, Tranquility, Spring Sky (in small doses) and Clay Beige.

• If your master bedroom has an attached bathroom, consider bathroom remodeling or redecorating at the same time so that you can carry the Zen retreat feeling through the whole master suite.

• Keep things simple and clean. You can’t have a Zen space if you’ve got clothes lying all over the floor or piles of change and receipts on the dresser. To make it easier to keep your room tidy and serene, make sure that there are hooks, hampers and appropriate storage for all of your needs.

• Use window treatments that allow natural light to flow into the space. If this is a problem for privacy or for sleep, install blackout blinds that can be easily opened and layer them with airy sheers.

• Final accessories such as a comfortable reading chair, candles, a few green plants and a vase or pottery with simple lines that serve as art will finish off the space. Having a few personal photographs that you love framed and on display will add to the sense of personal, soothing space.

• When choosing furniture, lamps and artwork for the bedroom, make sure that it is the right scale for the room.

Your bedroom should truly feel like your haven. Whether your master suite needs a complete overhaul or simply a few cosmetic upgrades, this is one home improvement project that will surely make you feel happy and comfortable in your home.

Resource: Apartment Therapy

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