Being a mum is a full-time job, but just because you have a little nipper or five doesn’t mean you don’t deserve your own time and space. In fact, it means you deserve it even more! By making just a few changes and updates to your bedroom, you can create a real sanctuary to retreat back too after bath and bedtime…
If you want a bedroom to be a real retreat, it needs to have some clear distinctions from the busier areas of your home. So, if your main rooms downstairs are full of color and clutter, these elements need limiting in the bedroom. If you’re up for redecorating, go for neutral walls and leave the color to things like rugs and bedding; think accents, as opposed to entire walls!
As for clutter, while there is a school of thought that it adds charm and character to a home, it can also make things difficult to find and make a space look untidy! While you may not think that your bedroom is a priority for a tidy-up session, investing a few minutes everyday will really help keep mess to a minimum. And at least if the rest of the house is a tip, you’ll have one place to hide out for a few minutes to catch your breath!
If a more sophisticated bedroom is what you’re in need of, one of the best ways to do this is an injection of some more sophisticated materials. In a childproof home, safe corners and wipe-clean surfaces might reign supreme, but in your bedroom you can change up the rules! While we can’t all afford marble floors and cashmere curtains, furniture in rustic oak, like these pieces from Furniture Plus Online, exude much the same luxury.
Many mothers will have the ability to drop to sleep anywhere, any time, no matter the surroundings! If you too are a deep sleeper that doesn’t get disturbed by light, and live in a well-insulated home, you don’t actually need thick and heavy curtains. They can be a big source of dust and can block out a lot of light even when pushed back. On the other hand, draperies are far more delicate and luxurious. In the winter months you can add blackout fabric for an extra layer of warmth, but in the summer you can let those delicate curtains float free!
If you have the space, consider adding a sofa or armchair into the room. While it might not seem like a necessity, having a seating area away from the main hub of the house will give you a more tranquil place to read your book or browse the net. And, of course, to truly enjoy your newly updated bedroom…or should we say, sanctuary!