I’ve been thinking about how often we deem our homes (and our lives in general) not grand enough, clean enough or beautiful enough to enjoy.
“Maybe at a later point,” we reason with ourselves, “When we fix this or remodel that… Maybe when we finally move into a bigger home – THEN we can finally (fill-in-the-blank).”
Our entire generation is notorious for always looking toward the future for that elusive moment when we can finally start enjoying life.
I'm sure you too have once or twice found yourself thinking, "If only we had a bigger dining room, then we could host dinner parties" or "If only our house could stay clean for longer than a few minutes, then we'd definitely invite friends over more often" or "If only we didn't live in a rental, then we would transform our bedroom into a dreamy master retreat."
The excuses are endless and, quite frankly, nothing short of ridiculous.
Take the master bedroom, for example. Considering the extensive amount of time we spend in the bedroom, we may as well make the space appealing. Sadly, it is quite possibly one of the most ignored rooms of the house, mainly because it's not one that guests typically see.
Ideally, the master bedroom ought to be your private oasis – a space for relaxing and restoring body, mind and soul from the daily stresses of everyday life. To encourage you to enjoy whatever living situation you find yourself in, I'm sharing five ideas to inspire you to transform your space into a relaxing oasis.
Choose a calm palette. A soft color scheme is often used to set an understated and refined tone. To recreate this look in your own bedroom, opt for a neutral palette – off-white, ivory, dove grey or soft blush are all great options.
Live in a rental and can’t paint the walls? Luckily, most rental homes and apartments have white or soft grey walls, which works great for the master bedroom. Keep the space from looking too sterile by layering slightly different shades of the same color.
Indulge in a dreamy bed. Sinking into soft sheets, fluffy pillows and a cloud-like comforter at the end of a long and stressful day is quite possibly one of life's most simple and underrated pleasures. Start with a good mattress, preferably a queen or king size. More importantly than the size, however, is that you invest in soft and breathable bedding set – none of that synthetic nonsense.
Eliminate clutter with ample storage. Clearing the bedroom from clutter not only gives the space a streamlined and calming appearance, but it also makes the bedroom appear larger than it really is. Clear the area around your bed of anything that doesn't serve the purpose of delighting or relaxing you. Storage benches, like this Alcott Hill option from Wayfair, are great for quickly stowing away unnecessary objects, ensuring a clutter-free, relaxing space.
Set the mood and relax your senses. Utilize your dresser or nightstand to display only items that help you relax. Consider adding a lamp that sets a romantic mood, an arrangement of candles or possibly a vintage record player to add to the overall relaxing mood. A bouquet of flowers is also a nice way to enliven the space, even if it consists of a few simple stems.
Layer on textures for a cozy, plush feel. A velvet headboard, a canopy wall, a tufted ottoman and a faux fur throw go a long way in adding dimension and transforming your bedroom into a comfortable, cozy and relaxing space. Even if your wall color isn’t idea, you can add so much versatility to your space with a few textured pieces.
Tell me: What are some excuses you give yourself for not enjoying your current living situation as it is? What are some quick, budget-friendly ways you can transform your own bedroom into a luxurious and relaxing master retreat?