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Turn your bedroom into an oasis

With the pandemic forcing many of us to work from home it might be a good idea to reclaim your bedroom and turn it into peaceful refuge.

Kim Williams, a Cape Town-based Creative Behaviour Strategist focuses on designing interior spaces and understands the importance of a bedroom sanctuary.

Having spent much of her childhood in her bedroom due to a physical limitation, she has a deep passion for positively impacting the physical and emotional wellbeing of her clients. Kim knows that a beautiful space provides mental asylum from the chaos of the world and an opportunity to rest our bodies.

Photo: Kim Williams

Here are Kim’s top tips to create your perfect bedroom oasis:

Functionality is key

The point of departure with a bedroom is to understand who will live there and what type of experience you want to create. The main bedroom of a single man, for example, will be different from that of a married couple and the functionality of the design must reflect that. Next, you need to decide on the atmosphere you want to create. Do you want a romantic bedroom or do you want your bedroom to have a luxurious hotel feel? Deciding on these elements will help you get emotionally invested in the design, the process, and the finished room because you have cultivated an emotional connection to your space.

Pay attention to flow and energy

Spaces should not constrict or dictate our movement and should be used for what it was intended for. Paying attention to how you live, such as where you sit, where you stand, and where you snuggle in your bedroom, will give insight into how you want to ideally move through your future space.

Be mindful that there will always be adjustable elements. Once you have identified your unique living patterns you will find that layering your space with wonderful pieces of furniture and accessories will be a more seamless process.

Photo: Kim Williams

Get inspired…

Looking through books of famous designers, magazines, and Pinterest will help you gain an understanding of the lines, shapes, and colours you are naturally drawn to. When you enter new spaces, look out for magical things that catch your eye because they will give you insight and direction. Be mindful that your home is a larger entity than your bedroom is part of, therefore make sure you have a cohesive design.

Draw inspiration from a loved item – particularly paintings and sentimental objects – because they represent the perfect microcosm of their emotional sentiment and intellectual tastes.

Embrace Multi functionality

A bedroom is so much more than just a bedroom, and although we primarily sleep in the space, many of us are using our bedrooms as offices, dressing rooms, home gyms, and relaxation spaces. An easy way to add functionality is with nightstands which easily double as desks and dressing tables. Multifunctional doesn’t have to be unromantic either. The colours that you use, how you accessorise and use storage, will all contribute to how cluttered your space feels.

If you are a neat person, open storage is a great option. If you are not, blanket boxes are useful for storing items at the end of the bed. The colour of the furniture is very important when creating zones.

Have fun

One of the most profound parts of any project is combining creative understanding and skill to create a tailored retreat where you feel alive. It evokes feelings of inspiration and excitement. Connecting with your changing space and being mindful of the new and old elements that evoke memories and emotion in you, help you to reconnect with yourself. When we create our environment there is a powerful sense of control and accomplishment we feel in the process, so it is important to have fun with it.

Kim believes that we create spaces on an intelligent subconscious level and that by understanding where we feel the best, we will get closer to an excellent mindful design. If we give ourselves the freedom to dream about our ideal environment and then act to construct it, we create ideal asylum from the busyness of the outside world.

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