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Create a sanctuary in your master bedroom

To help you combat the stress of hi-tech, high speed and multi task living, your master bedroom can provide you with an escape that will not only nurture your soul but offer you respite and relaxation. Create a ‘sanctuary’ within your own home, separate from the pace of everyday life.

There are eight senses that we use to experience our environment. They include hearing, sight, touch, smell, taste, movement, balance and the other more abstract notion of an ‘inner sense’. There are a number of ways to create a ‘sanctuary’ that soothes the senses, bringing peace and comfort in your busy lifestyle.

Master Bedroom
The primary focus for the room should be a comfortable place to sleep, an inviting and restful vista that draws you into the room.

Spatial Pleasures

  • When planning your master bedroom ensure that you have enough floor space for easy movement, separation and privacy from the rest of the household. Dedicated storage such as a walk in wardrobe for clothing, shoes and accessories. Using the bedroom as a storage space creates clutter and detracts from the serenity.

  • The primary focus for the room should be a comfortable place to sleep, an inviting and restful vista that draws you into the room. You may have the luxury of space to include a private en suite bathroom with a bathtub for soaking, a buoyancy to take the weight of the day. Perhaps an extended area for an armchair to recline and contemplate, a desk to write to a friend and, if room permits, enough clear floor space for early morning stretching and balance exercises.

  • Air flow and sunshine are essential elements that will enhance your environment.

  • A room with a view would be wonderful, however not essential as views can be created within a private courtyard or an adjacent garden.

Aesthetic Pleasures

Theming your bedroom can be achieved by drawing on elements that give you visual pleasure. For example, if you love the beach, you can incorporate elements from nature such as shells and driftwood, hand woven rugs, woven baskets, neutral and textured fabrics that reinforce your theme.

  • Colour can be uplifting, calming and tranquil and helps to evoke a mood.

  • Texture can convey a tactile level of comfort and luxury. The use of carpet or rugs under foot, crisp cotton sheets, soft fluffy towels, a feature wallpaper behind the bed together with the layering effect of throws, cushions and a bed head can bring more texture to the room.

  • Pattern can create rhythm and bring life into the space, the history or story in the design of fabrics, feature tiles in the bathroom and dappled light through shutters that offer the depth of shadow. Pattern can also reinforce a cultural background.

  • Personalise your space through the use of photos, fond and happy memories and treasured & collected items.

  • Reinforce a theme through artwork, accessories & textiles.

Invisible Pleasures

Sound can be used as a ‘White Noise’. Introducing a sound such as the movement of water, soothing music as a barrier to other sounds, chimes, sounds of nature or whatever sound appeals to you as an individual.

  • The room can be wired for sound or simply introduce a portable CD player.

  • Aromas from candles, incense, fresh flowers, massage oils, bath salts, air fresheners, perfumes and body lotions can bring about positive and physical and emotional effects.

Bedroom Features
By creating your own private sanctuary with its own amenities, wear an attitude to match the romance that you want to bring to your bedroom.

The Pleasure of Sleep

Good sleep will depend on the comfort level and size of the bed to suit you, the level of natural light control, the amount of fresh air in the room, the temperature, the acoustics and if you are sensitive, an allergy free environment.

The Pleasure of Romance

By creating your own private sanctuary with its own amenities, wear an attitude to match the romance that you want to bring to your bedroom.

  • Ensure that you have adequate privacy
  • Introduce lamps and dimmers for lighting control
  • Make the bed the focal aspect of the room
  • Invest in good quality bed linen
  • Introduce fragrances that you find appealing

Contact Lynette Lewis from The Inside Story directly on 0412 171 548 for any enquiries regarding the supply of beds, bedroom furniture, bed heads, bed linen, cushions, towels, soaps, air fresheners, artificial flowers, loose lamps and other accessories to not only enhance your bedroom but the entire house.

All consultations are by appointment only, contact Lyn directly if you wish to make an appointment with Kathleen Bowen for planning and decorating advice.