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Bedroom Relaxation Makeover
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Hang a Candelabra over Your Bed

Candles hanging over your bed not only add a touch of décor but romance, too. To attach the candelabra to your ceiling use a simple plant hook, which can be found in the indoor garden section of your local home improvement store. The butterfly screw that comes with the hook will allow you to hang the candelabra anywhere, and if you buy a lamp chain as well, you will have the added flexibility of hanging the candelabra lower down.

Make sure to use votives and not the more beautiful colored, scented candles, as the smell can be overwhelming when you light several candles at once. Votives are also much cheaper, and they last longer. The only drawback is that votives will leave a small film of soot on the glass, but this can be wiped easily and doesn’t have to be done often. A good way to put out the candles with a minimum of smoke (and without burning your fingers) is to wet a Q-tip and use it as an extinguisher.

Scented Candles, Aromatic Oils, and Incense:

The sense of smell is said to be the most evocative of our senses, able to recall long-forgotten memories. For this reason, a scent that we liked at one time may become hateful to us by association. When choosing a scent for your room, it is best to start with a blank slate, to choose something that you have never bought before. Let that unique fragrance become the fragrance of your room.

Overtime, even a small whiff will begin to rekindle your memory of your room in your mind and help you relax. This can be especially helpful if you are away from home, on business or even vacation, and wish to recapture the feeling of home easily.

Keep in mind that a scent will change when it is mixed with other fragrances, so use only one kind of candle at a time, or one type of oil or incense. Keep it at a distance from your bed, so it won’t be too intense, and in a safe place where there is no danger of any one knocking into it or causing any damage.

An electric fireplace can add elegance and romance to your bedroom. The make-believe orange flames will fill the room with a warm flickering light that can be enjoyed winter or summer, as the heater can be turned off even while the flames stay on.

In addition, the mantelpiece can be used to display a mirror, which will reflect the ambient light even more. Since most electric fireplaces have a remote control, you will not even need to get out of bed to turn the fire on and off. And if you spread a hearth rug on the floor and add two armchairs, you will have a cozy sitting area in which to relax with a good book after a long, hard day. (Learn how to choose the right electric fireplace for your room.)

Pillows & Silky Sheets

Invest in one excellent set of sheets, at least 1000 thread count. Though silk feels smooth and luxurious against your skin, remember that you can sweat more in silk than in cotton. High quality cotton, such as Egyptian Cotton Sateen can feel like silk while offering the advantages of cotton. You may match your sheets to your room’s colors, or go with old-fashioned white sheets which will feel clean and fresh as you slip between them. Make your bedcover a part of the color scheme of the room, and whatever decorative pillows you choose, remember that pillows usually end up on the floor and in the way.

Nature Sounds & Music

Soothing nature sounds or soft music can transport your thoughts to other places. The patter of rain or the rumble of thunder can make you forget that it is sunny outside. In fact, experiments have shown that sounds can affect our brainwaves. The use of calming sounds, especially ones that you associate with the place that inspired your design, will help complete your perfect getaway. And best of all, nature sound CD’s and radio-clocks are inexpensive and can easily be found on the internet.

More ideas for making the perfect room will surely come to you as you start the work. Everything you add will enhance the sensory experience, and if you get it right, your bedroom will become a place for more than dreaming, a haven for thinking, reading, and replenishing your soul.

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