Create a Peaceful Retreat That You and Prospective Buyers Will Love.
With Valentine's Day just passing you may be having thoughts of romance and serenity. This might be prompting you to think about creating a relaxing, romantic setting in the bedroom. Or perhaps you are going to be selling your house and you want prospective buyers to fall in love with the master bedroom . Or if you live here in Northeast Ohio where it's been colder than usual with blankets of snow everywhere; you might be thinking about a few little home decorating projects.
Show the Bedroom as a Sanctuary
The bedroom is the one room in the house that should serve as a place to get away from the daily chaos. Most homeowners want their bedroom to be a peaceful retreat where they can rest, relax and rejuvenate. The first step in accomplishing this is to get rid of junk. Clear off surfaces and get "stuff" off the floor. You really don't want to see anything that reminds you of chores.
Bedroom sizes vary and are typically smaller the older the home is. You many find the average size of a master bedroom in a North Madison ranch to be about 12x10. You may also find the same to be true in a rural farmhouse in Hartsgrove or an older colonial in Geneva. Newer homes offer larger master bedrooms and typically, homes on the shores of Lake Erie boast large master bedrooms that allow for a sitting area and a lake breeze. But the size shouldn't prevent you from creating the feel you desire. It's really the elements that you incorporate that is going to give you the desired effect.
Coordinating and Contrasting with Color
Whether you are setting the mood for romance or trying to capture the heart of a potential buyer, color plays a major role. Consider a muted palette of neutral shades to create a look that leaves room for pops of color. This will allow you to change the mood of the room or decorate for the season.
Bed linens, pillows, lamps and accessories are great ways to incorporate color and make the room pop with personality and color.
Pantone Color Institute studies future color trends and how color influences how we think, feel and react. They have named Radiant Orchid as the 2014 color of the year. This is a great color to incorporate against a white, gray or beige background.
Thoughtful Lighting Fresh Scents (Don't Overpower)
Lighting is also important when trying to create a peaceful retreat. Light bulbs less than 60 watts or candles work best. Candles can add scent. Choose a scent that is fresh and clean. Try to stay away from strong, floral scents. Playing soft background music will also add to the ambiance. Various research and studies show that music provides a mental distraction, reduces muscle tension and decreases stress hormones.
Debbie Powell, Sales Associate