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Making Your Bedroom Feel Like an Escape!

Struggling to make your bedroom feel a little more romantic and more like an escape?  I’ve got some tips for you that can help make you feel like you don’t have to run far to feel like your far, far away.

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Since Valentines Day is coming up, I thought sprucing up the bedroom was an appropriate topic.  If you’re like me, your bedroom is the last place you work on.  We tend to put more effort on our main floors because that’s what guests see when they come for a visit.  However, your bedroom should be a retreat, a place of peace and comfort.  It should be your exhale from a long day.

Designing a bedroom can be very difficult.  There are so many options and it’s often hard to find and buy what your looking for especially if your on a budget.

I’m currently working on my bedroom and super excited to show you my before and after.


How many pillows should be on your bed?  Well, first it depends on the size of your bed.  It should be enough pillows to make it look very cozy and inviting when made, but not so many that it takes forever to takedown and setup.  Think about how many you really need.  If you read in bed then maybe you would like two pillows to lean on and an accent pillow to elevate your book on… You can go anywhere between 2-8.  I have 7 on my bed.  🙂

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Add a place to sit other than your bed.  It’s a great place to read, catch up on your email or tie your shoes.

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Make your room your own.  Add some of your favorite things.  Maybe they’re your grandmother jewelry box, or your favorite decor pieces you’ve held on too. It’s doesn’t need to feel like an antique store, but a little personality can give your room a lot of character and bring a smile to your face every time you enter.

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Make your room feel like a vacation, so you can relax and get it on with your loved one!  😉  Let go of the smartphones and laptops!

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This should be your first investment!  It’s important to get your beauty sleep so you wake up refreshed and ready to go!  Did you know a person can burn up to 0.42 for every pound in one hour of sleep?  For a 130 pound person that’s over 400 calories if you get 8 hours.  It’s true, that’s why they call it beauty sleep.


Just how you ask your kids “what do you want your room to be, ”  you too need to ask yourself the same question.  A theme can really unify and bring the room together, whether it’s floral, geometric or modern.  Choose 3-4 colors for your room.  Make sure one of those colors is a pop color or the main color you notice first when you enter your room.

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Have fun with your night stands.  Notice in many of the photos there are eclectic nightstands.  I personally like to make these more of a statement piece.  Please note: they should coordinate but they don’t have to match your bedroom set.  A wall lamp can help with less clutter on the nightstand.  If you have a lamp on your nightstand gauge the size of your bedside lamp by the scale of your bed if your headboard is tall go for a big fixture; for a low bed, go with something smaller.

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Tip #8 ART

Elegant and relaxing art should hang from your walls.  You should feel relaxed, so don’t go crazy, unless you really like big and bold.  It’s all personal preference.  Also, if you’re a little more brave feel free to go a little off-center with your art.  If you like asymmetrical then go for it!

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Adding texture and a little pattern with layers to your bed, windows or accent pillows creates depth and a comfy cozy feel.  If you are like me and get too hot with too many layers, you can still create a layered look with light weight blankets.  It’s also doesn’t hurt to turn down the heat at night, you can save a little money too.

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A lovely piece of furniture can become a focal point when it’s positioned correctly.  Usually for the bedroom it’s your bed.  Make sure your bed is well placed and ready to fall into.

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Being that I’m an artist, I like my decor to be a little more edgy and dramatic.  I’m painting a mural in my bedroom!  I know it’s crazy.  So excited to see what it looks like when I’m done. Stay tuned for my master bedroom before and after.

What do you want to do with your bedroom?  Are you ready for a change?




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  • Anonymous
    February 3, 2017 at 10:33 am

    Sometimes I don’t retreat to my bedroom until shortly before bedtime. On a day when the beds have been unmade all day, I’ll go to the trouble of making them, even if it’s at 9pm. When I finally relax at the end of the night I like to do so in a beautiful, serene space where sheets and pillows aren’t’ strewn about!

    • Melessa
      February 3, 2017 at 2:31 pm

      I know exactly what you’re talking about! I’ve done that.

  • Martha
    February 3, 2017 at 11:49 am

    Have to put my self to work, great ideas

    • Melessa
      February 3, 2017 at 2:33 pm

      The most important thing to remember is to have fun with it!

  • Leann
    February 3, 2017 at 2:40 pm

    I really need to improve my bedroom! Thanks for the tips!

    • Melessa
      February 3, 2017 at 2:43 pm

      You can start with simple changes like making your bed differently and arranging your pillows a new way. Don’t feel like you have to buy things right away.

  • Lillian Soza
    February 3, 2017 at 4:25 pm

    I think getting rid of the electronics is what I need to do first. I hate when I look up from my phone and realize my husband and I have been laying there for half an hour without talking to each other… just zoning out on our phones.

    • Melessa
      February 6, 2017 at 10:22 pm

      I totally know what you’re talking about!

  • Elane
    February 10, 2017 at 12:32 am

    Oh, I love all of these ideas. I finally was brave and painted my room a light green a few years ago. The color does make it feel like a retreat when the day is gray and cold outside.

    • Melessa
      February 10, 2017 at 8:12 am

      Color can really make a difference in your mood , even on a gloomy day.

  • Amy
    February 10, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    My bedroom is my next task. Well, after living room paint…you know I’m never satisfied with the living room! 😀

    • Melessa
      February 10, 2017 at 1:15 pm

      It’s smart to take it one step at a time. I’m really good at starting many projects, now I have finish them before I hop on to another.

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