{design tips for creating a relaxing bedroom}

Desired by many, yet achieved by few – the ever elusive good night’s sleep! November is National Sleep Comfort Month, a whole month dedicated to the importance of sleep. Everyone has their own tricks and tips when it comes to getting a good night’s sleep – eat this, drink that, do this, try that – but did you ever consider that the secret to good sleep may be as simple as good design?

Design tips for creating a relaxing bedroom

Calming colors
Did you know that colors actually have sound? Pat Verlodt, president of Color Services & Associates, Inc., says the most common calming colors are blues and greens because they remind us of calming sounds in nature – the ocean, rustling grass, a whispering breeze.

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Benjamin Moore paint

Benjamin Moore Mountain Laurel

Benjamin Moore paint

Benjamin Moore Scenic Drive Blue Paint Color

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{inspiration rooms: master bedrooms}

You probably spend more time in your bedroom than any other room in your home.  Yet, many people neglect the design and feel of their bedrooms. Here is some inspiration to get you thinking outside those four plain white walls.

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{dr. seuss inspiration}

On March 2, we pay homage to Theodor Seuss Geisel, born on this day in 1904. Perhaps you know this person better as Dr. Seuss, world-renowned author, credited with writing 44 children’s books with fun rhyming verses! Dr. Seuss created some of the literary world’s most memorable characters, from The Cat in The Hat to Horton and the Grinch. Children and the young at heart will appreciate these Seuss-inspired rooms!

Kids will love turning their drab bedrooms into a colorful space to play. Channel the whimsical fun of Dr. Seuss with bright wallpaper and quirky rugs.

RoomMates

For new parents, there’s nothing more exciting than wondering what will their little one will grow up to be in the future. This welcoming “Oh! The Places You’ll Go!” nursery is the perfect place for baby and mom to dream.

Design Dazzle

Save all your kids’ books like Hop on Pop, Fox in Sox, and One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish in a stylish playroom like this one. Allow your kids to have a space of their own where their imaginations can run wild.

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Murals, vinyl quotes, and wall décor can also jazz up any room, giving it a Seuss feel!

Pottery Barn Kids

Adults can join in the fun, too! Add a splash of red to a bold black and white room, using the colors of The Cat in the Hat. Stripes can also be used for a mature take on this Dr. Seuss theme.

House Beautiful

Be sure to celebrate Theodor Seuss Geisel on March 2. Read a book and think about the creative ways you can bring Dr. Seuss’ zany characters into your home!

{fantasy rooms for children}

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader” transports children to the far away land of Narnia – encountering dragons, dwarves and lost warriors.

"The Chronicles of Narnia"

The movie, and book, may have your child dreaming of fantastical adventures. What better way to spur his or her imagination than with a bedroom that immerses them in a land of make-believe?

First, start with the bed. This can be as simple as the bedding you choose – but you can also get creative with headboards. Why not create a castle or shield for the head of a bed?

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If painting on a wall seems intimidating – there are some amazing stick-and-peel products to use. You can check out catalogs for Wall Pops and RoomMates products at Hirshfield’s. If you have a younger child, these Dragon Hunter wall stickers are fun and colorful.

RoomMates Wall Stickers

How about creating a magic wardrobe for your child? This is an amazing addition to a room – if you have the space. It could even be a do-it-yourself project with a reclaimed armoire.

Magic Wardrobe

Consider using an image of a lamppost – which is a key part of the stories – or lion in honor of the character Aslan to bring “Narnia” home to your child.

Etsy

Finally, use maps to lead your children through the story of a magical journey. Decorating with maps is a big trend right now and popular in all kinds of spaces. You can be literal and use a map from Narnia, or simply look for a map of the world to plan your adventures.

Map of Narnia

Room for Children by Susanna Salk

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