IS YOUR MASTER BEDROOM A LUXURIOUS RETREAT?

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When the temperatures are dropping outside and the nights are dark for longer, it’s time to burrow deeper into our homes. Spending lengthy periods hibernating in our bedrooms, which are the inner sanctum of our homes. Regardless of the weather conditions outside or being an adult or child. Our bedroom is the one place in the house where we should be able to shut ourselves away from the world for a while. Nurture our souls, recharge the batteries and be ready to be social beings again.

The main or master bedroom is usually the biggest bedroom in the house, has the biggest bed and traditionally a space reserved for the parents of the home. In the last fifteen to twenty years the master bedroom has evolved into a luxury retreat, with ensuite, walk in wardrobe and lounge area. Providing the occupants of this room an exclusive hideaway from other members of the household. Gone are the days when it was deemed necessary to purchase a complete bedroom suite. Have everything matchy matchy on either side of the bed, with the bed linen and other furnishing fabrics in the same print and colour. It’s more about providing a soothing environment that encompasses the combined style of its occupants. This luxurious space needs to be about nurturing the sole and inviting sound quality sleep. Which can be achieved with soft lighting, scented candles and natural oil vaporisers. Rather than housing electronic equipment which produces electromagnetic energy that will interfere with your natural sleep patterns.

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Photo by Alisa Anton on Unsplash

 

QUESTION TIME:

It’s time to cast a critical eye over the master bedroom and take a photograph of this space. This will help you see the space as it really is. Then, take some time to ask yourself the following questions, which hopefully will give you a great starting point for the master bedroom’s revitalisation.

  1. Does the décor match the style of the room’s occupants? (There may be a need to compromise if sharing this space)
  2. Is there good ventilation & heating in this room?
  3. Is your mattress and base of excellent quality & condition that provides a restful sleep?
  4. Are there unnecessary electronic gadgets in this room?
  5. Is there a full length mirror to provide a complete outfit view?
  6. Are there fitted carpet or rugs at the bedside, so you don’t have to place your warm feet straight onto a cold floor?
  7. Are your bedside tables the same height as your mattress, to offer easy access to them?
  8. Is there the capacity to block out noise and light to provide optimum sleeping conditions?
  9. Do you have comfortable seating in this room for relaxation or to aid dressing?
  10. Is your bed linen of excellent quality & suitable for the current season?
  11. Do you have easy to access storage for your decorative pillows when dressing or preparing your bed for sleep?
  12. Is there both mood and task lighting in this space?
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Photo by Alexander Possingham on Unsplash

TIME FOR ACTION:

Now, it’s time to get stuck in and give this space some tender loving care and add a sense of luxurious retreat to this space.

  1. Remove everything from the space that you can, and give the area a thorough clean.
  2. Sort through everything that was emptied out of this space. Only keeping the things that you regularly use and are in good working order.
  3. If you have not previously tackled a complete wardrobe unclutter, I suggest you leave this for a separate mission.
  4. If you don’t have a clear picture in your mind of how you would like this space to look. Spend some time in your favourite interiors stores, in magazines or on Pinterest getting some inspiration.
  5. Now it’s time to address any alarm bells that were set off, when answering the above questions. Remember that it’s not just about throwing money at the project. It’s about thinking outside the square. Seeing what can be re-purposed from the things you already have.
  6. Being the largest item in the room, it is vital that the bed is positioned first to ensure that there is ample space to move around the room.
  7. Once you have done all you can with what you already have. It’s time to compile a wish list of things you would love to acquire when the time and budget allows.
  8. Take a photo of your newly transformed bedroom and compare the before and after pics.
  9. Celebrate your achievements.
  10. Share the before and after photos on the Unclutter Your Universe Facebook and Instagram pages or add your comments in the section below.
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Photo by Cheryl Winn-Boujnida on Unsplash

Next week it’s all about the other bedrooms in your home. If there is anything about the master bedroom that you would like me to discuss. Drop me a line at [email protected]

Jenni XXX

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  • LydiaCLee

    Very thorough!

  • Dianne Childs

    Great tips! Mine is definitely not the retreat I hope it to be. My whole house needs a declutter in fact! #lifethisweek

    Di from Max The Unicorn

    • Busy times ahead for you then Dianne? Start with your bedroom and that way you will have somewhere to retreat to while the rest of the house is being uncluttered.

  • Lots of good tips here and a great checklist. I absolutely refuse to have a television in our bedroom but the mobile phones do have a habit of sneaking in there.

    • Yay for no tv’s in the bedroom. I confess that I do have my ph in a draw beside the bed at night in case of an urgent call, but the internet is off and i read a book, rather than check messages before lights out.

  • sydneyshopgirl

    Great tips!

    SSG xxx

  • Mine is nice but not what I would call a retreat. It is a convenient dumping ground to kick off my shoes and strip down as I walk through the door.
    Thanks for linking up to #MummyMondays at http://www.allmumsaid.com.au

  • Glenda Cates

    We are going room through room in our home and redoing and repainting now that we are buying our home. So our Master Bedroom has become a storage for now.

    • Exciting and busy times ahead for you Glenda, fingers crossed you have not run out of steam by the time you are ready to redecorate the master bedroom.

  • Thank you so much for linking up for #lifethisweek 28/52. As it is my first week back since major surgery and I am very much in recuperative mode, I am leaving this general comment on your blog this week. Many thanks for your support of my blog and my recovery, Denyse x

    Next Week’s Prompt: Winter.

    • Thanks Denyse. I hope your recovery from surgery is going well and you are able to be up and about soon. Jenni xxx

  • writeofthemiddle

    Beautiful photographs (and bedroom!!) and great tips! These will be very helpful! My bedroom needs many improvements made to it in order to be a proper retreat that’s for sure! #TeamLovinLife

    • Now that you are armed with all this helpful information, why not make the most of the weekend ahead and turn your master bedroom into a wonderful retreat.

  • Kathy Marris

    I have a very comfortable and calming bedroom, but I do need to declutter my walk in robe and ensuite vanity. I would also like to put in a long mirror and add a chair at some stage. Do you have any suggestions for bedroom mirrors? #TeamLovinLife

    • Kathy, the latest post that went live on Thursday is all about a seasonal wardrobe unclutter, so perfect timing for you to get stuck into it this weekend. In my opinion a full length mirror that you can see from head to toe and is situated in good light is a must for your walk in robe/ bedroom.

  • As always some great tips here Jenni. My favourite thing in our bedroom is a red wing backed chair that I read in every evening after finishing work. Love it. #TeamLovinLife

    • That wing backed chair sounds perfect Jo. If space allows, I think every bedroom should have a chair for relaxing in.

  • I have a new electronic gadget on my bedside table – a CPAP machine. The machine itself looks okay – a bit like an alarm clock – but I put the tubing and mask away each morning so it doesn’t look like a hospital ward LOL

    • How do you find sleeping with the mask on Janet. I have a partner who is a chronic snorer and I have reoccurring sleep apnea & sinus problems.

      • It’s not too bad actually. I just feel sorry for my hubby that I look like an elephant with the hose hanging off my nose and face mask!

      • Keep an eye out – I’ve written a post about it which will go live on my blog tomorrow 🙂

  • I need new lamps. Mine are crappy and cheap and have stuff peeling off them. I only just focussed on that the other day. Amazing what we get used to.
    #teamlovinlife

    • Yes, its amazing how our eyes skim over things in our homes and we don’t see them as they really are. That’s why taking a photo’s of the space can be very useful. Enjoy your lamp shopping Leanne.

  • I’ve done a recent wardrobe declutter so that part is going well. I am in need of a new fitted sheet; I don’t like owning multiples of items and I noticed mine is getting threadbare now from constant use so that’s now on the list.

    • Well done you, for completing a wardrobe unclutter. I don’t have a huge stash of bed linen either, but have found that two sets for each bed works well for us. One on the bed & one in the wash, this removes the stress of having to turn around the washing on the same day.