DREAM HAVEN

Creating a Cozy Bedroom Oasis
By Emily Watkins

As it gets colder, do you dream of spending more time snuggled up in your bed, reading or watching Netflix?  Here are some easy ways to create a cozy, relaxing and functional bedroom.  

AMBIANCE

Quick fixes can include accessories, plants, artwork, lighting, textiles and window treatments. Paul Bennet, owner of Dwell Local in Zumbrota, recommends candles as one of the easiest and lowest-cost ways to add coziness. He says, “Even if you don’t burn them all the time, you get that nice scent in the room.”

Bennett adds, “Plants are huge right now. If you don’t have a green thumb, there are great faux plants and wreaths.” And wall hangings can also dramatically change the feel and focal point of a room. He says, “Macrame is really big for wall hangings.” Dwell Local also carries locally made wood mosaics that make for dramatic wall art and even headboards.

LIGHTING

Lighting is key, as well. Greg Gill at Northern Lights & Furnishings advises using “some type of general light from a decorative chandelier, ceiling light, recessed lights or a ceiling fan.” He adds, “Wall sconces will provide an interesting ambient light. Accent light can enhance the enjoyment of pictures. Task light is important for reading locations or desks.” Bennett’s opinion is that “Table and floor lamps are cozy and warm.”

Choosing the right light bulb can have a big effect as well. Gill says, “With the new LED bulbs you can control the type of light a person feels most comfortable under. You can choose warm white, soft white and cool white.”

COMFORT

Textiles are obviously an important way to change the feel and look of your room. Cotton sheets between 200 and 800 thread count are cool, crisp and breathable. Anything over that is too tightly woven and won’t breathe. If you like the feel of an old t-shirt, you might like jersey sheets, and of course flannel sheets feel cozy and warm on those really chilly nights. 

Add decorative pillows in your favorite colors and patterns. “Textures are really big right now,” says Bennett. “There are a lot of big nubby fabrics. Going into winter, you want to be bigger, cozier, fluffier.” Bennett carries Kantha recycled hand-stitched Indian sari pillows and throws, which is a “great way to bring in some color.” 

Rugs are another textile that can add warmth, color and style to your bedroom. Janelle Forliti of Carpet One describes an option that they have: “Pick any style of carpet and can have a custom rug made in the size and shape you want for about the same price as you’d find it in another store.” 

VISUAL

A fresh coat of paint can work wonders. Dan Harthan of Hirshfield’s says that greys “tend to stay popular.” Benjamin Moore First Light, the color of the year, is a pink with a beige background. When picking a color, Harthan says, “The biggest thing to consider are the other colors in the room. The way your eye picks up color depends on the colors around it.” He adds, “When you come to grab color samples, even if you have a color in mind, still grab a bunch of colors around it, because lighting makes a big difference in how you see it.”

Cheri Struve of Struve’s Paint says that a current trend is adding a wall of wallpaper behind your bed to “add more character.” Another way to express your personality, you can choose anything from classic floral to contemporary geometric shapes. 

Struve’s also carries many options for window coverings. Room darkening is popular when choosing cellular shades or roller shades that “come in a variety of fabrics and textures.” Their fabric department can create customized roman shades that can also be room darkening. “Side panels on window treatments add softness and absorb sound,” Struve adds. Heavier curtains will keep the cold out and the cozy in during colder weather, while also reflecting your style.

FUNCTION

If room allows, add an upholstered chair in a corner or some mud-painted furniture. And never underestimate the power of a new mattress, according to Elizabeth Timmerman of Rest Assured Mattresses. Not surprisingly, there are many things to consider when buying a mattress, and Timmerman says there are models with lots of “bells and whistles,” such as Bluetooth connectivity and a remote to turn on lights. 

You might also consider replacing your flooring. Forliti of Carpet One says that the most popular flooring type currently is luxury vinyl in different shades of grey. She advises asking the following questions when deciding what kind of flooring to go with: “Do you have pets? What kind of stain-resistance do you need? Do you want something plush or do you prefer something that doesn’t show vacuum lines or footprints? 

DON’T FORGET THE BATH

Jessica Curry of Interiors by J. Curry helps her clients step through the process of a remodel or addition of a master suite. She says about the bathroom, “The number one thing I ask first is if the homeowner wants to eliminate the tub in favor of a large walk-in shower.” If there’s space for both, that’s ideal, and Curry adds, “A deep soaker tub or bath with bubble therapy or Chroma therapy could be just what the doctor ordered. On the other hand, the way a larger shower can be designed and equipped with multiple shower heads, hand sprayers, a built-in bench, possible steam capacity and body sprays can often take the place of a tub.”

Two important aspects that Curry makes sure to address are form and style. A full slab of quartz or granite as shown in this bath is not only dramatic and beautiful, but maintenance is very low. Colors, materials and textures create a feeling or mood in the room. Curry says, “We get to know our clients and what will make them happy being in there every day, from getting ready in the morning to rewinding at the end of the day.

Storage is important, as are accessories and accessory placement. The color of metal reflects a homeowner’s style. For example, Curry says, “Polished nickel and rich polished metal gives an upscale appeal, whereas to reflect a farmhouse style, the client may opt for brushed pewter or matte black.”

PLANNING AHEAD

One reason that people might want to remodel their master suite is for aging in place. Diane Quinn of Beyond Kitchens says the biggest consideration is safety. Things like high-rise toilets, floors aren’t overly glossy to prevent falls, and grab bars in key places are important. But to minimize the institutional-like feeling, there are ways to incorporate safety features that match your style. 

A zero-entry shower can prevent tripping or tubs with doors. The main complaint with that last is that a person has to be in the tub while filling and emptying the water, so it’s important to make sure that there are ways to keep the bathroom at a warm temperature.

Making sure there is easy-to-access storage at a lower level with a bathtub to minimize the risk of something falling.

Although it may not seem like you need these features now, it’s important to be “future aware,” says Quinn. And injuries can happen at any age.

Rochester Women Magazine wishes you relaxation and sweet dreams.