THE BEDROOM RETREAT

11 Oct 2013

We are completely embracing one of 2013’s biggest trends: The Bedroom Retreat. Take a look at what international designers had to say about this trend and how you can go about achieving it.

Design

Whether you are remodeling or building a new home, you have the opportunity to create a beautiful bedroom that could double as an amazing living space or a relaxing retreat.

“More than ever, homeowners are seeking open, spacious bedrooms with cathedral ceilings, large his-and-hers walk-in closets and bigger master bathrooms, complete with double sinks, vanity televisions (for him) and televisions near the bathtub (for her),” says Jeffrey Collé, the Hamptons’ leading design-builder.

“Homeowners are looking to make their bedrooms more of a living space, complete with a separate sitting area, which can also double as a gym or office, and decks or screened-in porches that are connected to the bedroom. And of course, fireplaces and built-in blackout shades are as popular as ever.”

Life is so busy. The bedroom has become a retreat for people to come home to. It’s a place to feel quiet, serene and peaceful.

Colour

We’re all familiar with the fact that Pantone’s 2013 Colour of the Year is emerald, but will this translate well in bedrooms?

Erika Woelfel, director of colour at internationally renowned Behr Paints, is positive that it will.

“There are two new colours entering the scene for decor in 2013: jewel tone green and vampy rose red. These rich colours are riding in on a wave of renewed interest in luxury and opulence. They will feel especially appropriate for updates in the bedroom,” says Woelfel.

“Bedrooms remain a place of refuge for most with a soothing and calm color palette, however the use of wallpaper, whether it is patterned or simply textural, is in high demand. This added layer on the wall makes the spaces more intimate and personalized. Luxurious textiles and a hint of glamour in the bedroom are often requested, which we can accomplish with lovely velvet, mohair or even cashmere… and maybe a mirror or two.”

All the experts agree that bedrooms aren’t just for sleeping anymore. Go ahead, you deserve to escape the hustle and bustle of the city by retiring to a beautiful spa-like oasis.

*Image courtesy of imactoy.com