Healing Spaces-Just Like Paradise
refuge from the world's worries is closer than you think.
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?
Keep your personal computer, office documents
and reminder boards out of your bedroom.
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.
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 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.
Pick from incense sticks, burners and scented
Place them near your bed, clear from walls and
Don't forget tip No.1: steer clear of clashing
Your accessories should complement each other.
9. Bring the
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
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