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Art of Design - Dearest Bedroom
Dearest Bedroom - My, how you've changed! Once upon a time, those that were well-to-do received company in bed as they rested in the horizontal position; grand rooms were embellished with upholstered walls, massive chandeliers, portraits and separate seating and dressing areas for him, her and whomever. Although there is hardly a master bedroom today without a bathroom within, much has changed. In our quest for a minimalist aesthetic, all that is left today is an empty room with the essential bed and of course, a television.
It seems we have all forgotten how important you are. Most of us spend 6 to 8 hours a day on average in our bedrooms, so why are you often left as the last room to design and decorate? Think about how important this room is. First and foremost, a bedroom is the place to rest and restore yourself for the next day. It is also the place to convalesce from an illness. In addition, for some, staying in bed perched on two pillows is the best time to think, write or make that perfect sketch of an idea for later development. With mobile technology, your bed and bedroom can be virtually the world's most perfect place.
Bedrooms are to be revered. They are after all, your own kingdoms. So why not go all out on the design of your bedroom. You should take time and thought, and make your selections for comfort and performance, almost as when one chooses and expensive luxury automobile. If budget is an issue, buy the very best you can, even if this means putting things on a lay-a-way plan or dipping into your savings account.
There is nothing more uncomfortable than lying down and hitting your head on a cold wall, or hitting the frame of a poorly supported mattress. The best choice for a headboard is an upholstered headboard, preferably in a fabric or leather of your choice. Walls should be painted in a soft or dark color depending on your preference. Why not try a pale pink, powder blue or (only for the brave) a unique shade of lavender?
Off to dress the bed: invest in your mattress, and buy the best you can. Next, choose the best cotton or linen sheets. Generally, the advice is to buy the highest thread count possible. Although these high thread count sheets require ironing, it is well worth the effort. If looks are not as important, then use them wrinkled or choose an iron-free percale, which always looks and feels great. Take a pillow out for snooze -- some stores may even have a pillow menu to choose from. Do you prefer a soft pillow or do you prefer a firm pillow? Your bed, your choice.
Finally, come time to put the final touches. How will you keep warm? Choose the appropriate weight for your duvet or blanket for your climatic region. Then there are the additional foot-warming throws and blankets to drape at the foot of the bed. And what adds more luxury and comfort to a bed but layers and layers of decorative pillows? We can all recognize when someone has taken care to all the details. Take care of your bedroom and it will take care of you.
Joseph Pubillones is the owner of Joseph Pubillones Interiors, an award-winning interior design firm based in Palm Beach, Fla. His website is www.josephpubillones.com.
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