Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Chic Tip of the Week

This week, I couldn't help but share with you something that I read on Elle Decor the other day. Initially, this picture drew me in. I mean, remember this post from the other day??

via Elle Decor
Well, I started reading the article (shocking... because usually I just look at the pictures!) and it was some GREAT advice that I wanted to share with you as the Chic Tip this week. 

How to create a peaceful bedroom


A serene bedroom doesn’t just look soothing; it sets the tone for relaxed evenings, a better night’s sleep, and an energized morning. Consider these tips from top interior designers to transform yours.
1. Rethink the Paint Color 
There isn’t one color that’s right for everyone. Designer Delphine Krakoff recommends soothing whites, beiges, and pale grays, while Aurélien Gallet prefers dark colors, specifically blues or aubergine. And though Michelle Nussbaumer suggests a calming celestial blue for the walls, she emphasizes the importance of following your instinct. “Your bedroom is your most personal space. You should go with whatever makes you happy, even if that happens to be vermilion red.”
2. Make Your Bed the Best 
“A great mattress makes all the difference in the world,” says Krakoff, who swears by models by Haastens. “But if that’s not an option, the next best thing is to buy good sheets and change them as often as you can.” Krakoff recommends splurging on Leontine Linens, or The Company Store’s more affordable solid sheet sets. Meanwhile, Gallet stresses the importance of a pillow, and often has his clients test as many as five before making a decision. “People don’t usually think about the pillow beyond it’s firmness, but there are so many options out there, you must try a few.”
3. Make it a Technology-Free Zone 
When it comes to television in the bedroom, don’t do it. “Studies have proven that people who watch TV before bed just don’t sleep as well,” Nussbaumer says. “Whether you live alone or with another person, it’s just not good for your psyche to watch something right before sleep.” Gallet agrees, and also advises against keeping your cellphone by the bed, suggesting an alarm clock rather than using the alarm on your phone. “The bedroom is about sleeping. What do you need when you’re sleeping? Not a Blackberry.” The only thing worse? A treadmill. “It’s heinous,” says Krakoff. “By all means, even if it kills you, keep the gym equipment out of the bedroom.”
4. Get the Right Light 
It’s a multi-step process, one that involves bringing in accent lighting—sconces and table lamps—to illuminate the room at night, and window treatments to adequately block out daylight. All three designers advise against recessed lighting. “It’s not flattering, or pleasing to the eye,” says Krakoff, who prefers lamps and chandeliers. Gallet suggests at least two types of lighting on each side of the bed—preferably a bedside lamp and above-the-bed sconce. Also, dimmers are a must. For window treatments, Nussbaumer recommends lined drapes to block light and noise at night, with sheers beneath to allow natural light in during the day.
5. Surround Yourself with Comfort
Don’t skimp on the finishing touches, whether it’s a luxurious wall treatment like the upholstered walls and tented ceilings Gallet brought to the ELLE DECOR Modern Life Concept House or a well-stocked nightstand with some of Nussbaumer’s favorites—family photos, candles, peonies, a carafe of water, or a rich hand cream. Finally, add a variety of textures to the bedroom, such as a plush rug layered on wall-to-wall carpet, as Krakoff recommends, and a fur or cashmere throw to top the bed.

What great tips, right?! Straight from the designers themselves. <3 If you have a Chic Tip that you'd like to share, please let me know! Comment with your email and I'll contact you to set up the details.

3 comments:

Britt @ Dreamy Spaces said...

Very soft and cozy! Great tips! Thanks for posting!

Aquí said...

I always love your chic tip of the week! I think my favorite is still the one about paint. Mostly because I had no idea that counter tops could be painted but this one is right up there! These are great tips! I've never had a tv in my room for this reason exactly!

Anonymous said...

I need my tv ;'0(

~AriesParker