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Classic hardwood flooring fit the mood of relaxing bedroom retreats

May 12, 2014

Homeowners increasingly view their bedrooms as retreats with oversized closets, space to relax and beautiful hardwood floors like those in Anderson's Chestnut Hill collection. Having a seating area with soft cushioned chairs and a side table to set down a snack has taken precedence over dressing tables that were once popular.

For homeowners who have limited space, subtle colors for the walls and bed ensembles will reflect light and create a more spacious feel in the room. They can arrange their furniture to maximize the square footage, and remove pieces that don't serve much purpose.

According to House Beautiful magazine, the factors that make a room design more spacious are its color scheme and the proportion of the furniture to the space. But homeowners shouldn't make assumptions about what will make a small room appear larger. Dark walls, for instance, do the opposite of what one might expect - they tend to make a small room look bigger.

When homeowners include too much small-scale furniture in a room design, they end up making the bedroom look crowded. On the other hand, a high bed and tall headboard will make the room seem taller and more spacious.

Repurpose furnishings
When redecorating a bedroom, there's no reason to rush out and get new furnishings when existing furniture in the home can be given a new lease on life. The character of a hardwood captain's chair can be softened for bedroom use by adding a fabric skirt around the seat. With the addition of an ottoman and pillows for back support, it can be made into a comfortable reading chair.

For a window treatment that adds elegance and airiness to a small bedroom, homeowners should try soft sheer shades. They allow filtered light into the room while maintaining visibility of outside views. For privacy, denser shades may be used and raised for lighting as needed.

The bed still remains the focal point of a master suite, but traditional headboards take up a significant amount of space. Sunset magazine recommended taking a simple board that can be painted or decorated with wallpaper and attaching it the wall behind the bed. For a softer version, the board may be lined with foam and covered in fabric for an upholstered headboard that's comfortable to lean against while reading in bed.

The magazine also suggested that homeowners use more than one pair of pillows to decorate their beds. Two pairs in contrasting patterns, colors and textures creates a lavish look.