Healing Spaces-Just Like Paradise   

Healing Spaces-Just Like Paradise

That great refuge from the world's worries is closer than you think.

Deadlines, meetings, congested traffic and daily chores-just some of the things we have to deal with every day. When stress catches up to us, we try to get away as best we can. Some jump into their cars and drive away. Others book a flight to Boracay or Bali. But we can establish healthy living environments by making our living spaces personal sanctuaries.

Your bedroom is the first and last room you see, but do you give it enough attention?

Don't worry. You don't need the Fab 5 to visit your home for a major renovation.

A little creativity is all it takes.

1. Choose toned-down colors.

Apply light tints and tones of the color of your choice On the walls and ceilings. Your linen and curtains should not clash with your walls. To avoid monotony, have a pillow or two with a darker shade.

2. Minimize bedroom furniture.

You can get a king-sized bed with gothic pillars but it might leave you with barely enough space for other things. Get what is necessary:

a bed, side table, chest of drawers, dresser and a chair of a distinct style.

3. Be clutter-free.

Do you still need that old, dusty Paddington Bear? The empty perfume bottles?  Wedding souvenirs?

Keep your personal computer, office documents and reminder boards out of your bedroom.

4. Organize your room.

Everything has its place. Bottles of perfume, hairbrushes, jewelry and accessories should be on the dresser.

Books should be on shelves; picture frames on side tables, and shoes and clothing In the closet.

5. Select smooth textures.

When you lie, your bed should feel like a thousand rose petals kissing your skin. Cotton is still the choice, next to silk and satin.

6. Let the sunshine In.

In the morning, draw your curtains and let sunlight into the bedroom. This helps you energize. Use sheer curtains instead if you can't get up early enough.

After eight hours of staring at the computer, your eyes need rest. Use warm lights (yellow lights) instead of florescent lights. Change the mood from stiff to sensual, restrained to loose.

7. Plug in music.

Music soothes tortured souls. Take your pick: lounge music, Josh Groban, Enya, Gregorian Chants. The list is endless. But avoid angry music or music that reminds you of a breakup or loss.

8. "Incenslfyl"

Pick from incense sticks, burners and scented candles.

Place them near your bed, clear from walls and fabrics.

Don't forget tip No.1: steer clear of clashing colors.

Your accessories should complement each other.

9. Bring the outside in.

If you have a bare corner, fill it up with greenery. A pot of your favorite ornamental plant will liven up living space. But don't forget to bring out your plant once in a while for much-needed sun.

Think of how you want your room to be. It should mirror who you are; it should be a place where you can truly be yourself, free from all the complexities of life, even for just a moment.

The right touch

Interior design guru Eric Leong says there are three basic steps to putting together a tranquil bedroom:

Plan space well. WWell-planned space is the key to good interior work. The right furniture in the right dimensions-and in the right spot-is a crucial factor in keeping a room uncluttered.

Space planning involves the selection of a suitable design and the corresponding size of furniture. Does size matter? Of course it does. By choosing the right sized furniture, you can save space, create more space, and use space wisely.

Make a checklist of the type of furniture you need in the bedroom. Some need bedside tables to hold their books or alarm clocks. Others don't.

Color your palette. Color affects our mood. Red stimulates appetite, green boosts concentration, and blue lowers blood pressure and heart rate.

BBlue is the best color scheme for the bedroom. This is where we rest and relax; strong color schemes are discouraged. Soft or pastel shades like baby blue, off-white or beige are most suitable.

Make it feel soft. Add curtains, bed liners, comforters and throw pillows to soften the interior of a room. As you do when choosing what to wear, blend the furnishing with the color scheme. You can use a darker tone for your bedroom's soft accessories to complement the interior scheme. Go for 100-percent cotton for your bedding. It is softer and easier to maintain.


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