Your master bedroom should be a sanctuary that you can go to at the end of a long day and feel totally relaxed and peaceful.  In order to create this mood in your bedroom I have created a list of tips.

Tip #1 – Keep it clean and uncluttered.  Put away anything in your room that is unnecessary or does not give you a calm, happy feeling.  Use hidden storage like drawers that close, closets with doors, a chest or ottoman with a lid.  Tidy your room every morning – make the bed, plump your pillows, put clothes where they belong.  Walking into a messy bedroom at night will not help you feel relaxed.

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Tip #2 – Use soft, neutral paint colours – soft greens, browns, blues, creams and white.  Organic colours are very nurturing and easy to live with because they bring a sense of harmony to our lives.  They have the feel of the sea and sky. Photos from

Hush by Benjamin Moore China Doll by Sherwin Williams Ancient Marble by Sherwin Williams

Gray Owl by BM
Consentino Chardonnay by BM Upward by SW
Universal Khaki by SW Blonde by SW Revere Pewter by BM
Oat Straw by Behr Ocean Pearl by Behr Rice Grain by SW
Fossil by SW Nutshell by Martha Stewart Pebble by Martha Stewart
Cityscape by Martha Stewart Kilim Beige by SW Softened Green by SW

Tip #3 – Keep your furniture simple and made from natural materials.  Whether your style is modern or shabby chic, your furniture should have clean lines.  Wood and rattan, marble, bamboo, upcycled furniture, tables and chairs covered in linen, organic cotton and hemp are all great choices.  Scale is important when choosing your furniture – don’t use bedside tables or lamps that are too small if you have a king-size bed or a high mattress.  Bedside tables don’t need to match if you want a relaxed look, as long as they balance each other out.  Here are some ideas (from

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Tip #4 – Create a focal point.  Every room must have one outstanding design feature.  It may be a beautiful view, in which case you want your window to be the main attraction.  If you are lucky enough to have a beautiful fireplace in your room, you may want it to be the focal point.  Quite often it is the bed.  In this case, your bedding should be spectacular – colours you love, lots of soft, natural textures, maybe some eye-catching throw pillows or a throw.

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Bedding by NikkiDesigns

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Tip #5 – Bring in nature, not technology!  Lots of natural light, wood floors, rugs made of natural materials like sisal, jute, wool and cotton, plants, flowers, branches and baskets will all help create a natural, peaceful vibe.  Do NOT bring in “work” related items like computers, cell phones and T.V.’s if you want your bedroom to truly be a relaxing retreat.  If you have the space, a cozy chair for reading or a desk for writing, are much choices.

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What are your favorite ways to make your bedroom feel calm and cozy?

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