Importance of Color Play in the Bedroom

It is a known fact that colors have an intense impact in our life; they are the mood swinger. Just as they help in alleviating blues, they may also add more to it. Balancing colors help in creating harmony in one’s life  and it’s not such a difficult ballgame.

Your home is your canvas to play with colors. So, is it important what color you choose? Absolutely, especially if it’s for your bedroom. Your bedroom is your getaway…your abode…your retreat to recharge & re-energize after a long day. Should you go random with your choice? Ideally, no…but then it’s your call in the end. To understand the importance of color play in the bedroom, take a look at the color wheel, it would help if you know  bit about the color theory.

Knowing the warm from cool colors makes life simpler in choosing and co-ordinating.  Looking at the color wheel you would know how to combine complimentary colors to get a better visual appeal.

The next dilemma? Permanent versus Temporary. With permanent solid color adorning the bedroom wall, the flexibility reduces…one has to stick to the same color palette, till the time you decide to repaint. Opting for versatile neutral tones (warm or cool) for the bedroom walls help create a surreal and calming experience. Also, neutral tones help in reducing stress, help you relax, induce sleep (all this equals greater romance quotient!) But then does that mean one can never go in for a bold solid colors? Choose by all means but bear in mind that you would be stuck with it for a while. The best way out would be to go with the bold solid colors as a statement or accent wall (that is, choose to paint only one wall of your bedroom with such colors).

Based on the seasons incorporate these little elements of color in your bedroom:-      

Keep ‘His’ and ‘Her’ sensibilities intact; try choosing a neutral color for the bedroom curtains and walls. Such colors also complement accessories in any color.

Take the temporary way out to create an elegant and sophisticated haven. Neutral colors give you the freedom to buy any colored bed linen. Good bed linen should be the focal point in your bedroom not only for aesthetics but more importantly for comfort.

Pick-up coördinated cushion covers and place-mats to go with the bedspreads or curtains.

Choose accessories that compliment the bedspreads you buy. Accessorize with colored lampshade, vase, showpiece, candles, rugs, plants, flowers, photo frames etc.

Being drawn to certain colors is a form of subconscious therapy as it connects you to happy memories embedded in your subconscious. Does that mean you always stick to the same color? Be brave; don’t be afraid to inject some color into your bedroom to trigger ‘dormant’ happier memories!

Whether you live in your own home or in a rented accommodation, just go ahead and add color to your bedroom; rummage through your stuff , your duppatas, sarees, silk blouse pieces which you never got stitched, silk scarves etc are your potential decorating aids!; rehash, rearrange, mix and match things around your home to create a coördinated look in your bedroom (you always have the option of re-doing it!). Create your magical haven with the right balance of colors… neither too loud nor too dull, just magical! Happy decorating! 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dressing/Changing Area

I never got around to taking photos of the dressing/changing area that we created in our master bedroom by moving the huge wardrobe, about 4½ feet away from the wall and by reversing it the other way.

We used the large wardrobe as a room divider, if you would like to see how we did it click here. Since the time this wardrobe has been positioned this way, I am in L-O-V-E with it!

 The textured wall paper that we pasted on the reverse side of the wardrobe adds depth and drama to the master bedroom. And this wall paper didn’t cost us a bomb; to know more about this wall paper click here for my post on this faux wall’s makeover.

This is how the 10½ feet long dressing galley looks now. At the far end we have placed a pedestal clothes hanger and mounted a small fan on the wall.

Here is the view from the other end. The full length mirror of my dressing unit is positioned right at the entrance to this area (couldn’t avoid this pic!). The little wicker basket is for laundry.

During the winter months I replace the ‘chattai’ (river grass mat) with a thicker woolen rug.

If you would be visiting me on a Friday evening, I wouldn’t give you a tour of this area. You may ask me why? That’s because this space also happens to be my ‘stress free’ throw-all space! Mind you, my bedroom always looks neat and tidy (thanks to this space!).

One of the major weekend chores is to ready the dressing/changing area for the next week’s de-stressing 😉 Do you also have a dumping space at your home? Or am I the only lazy lounger in this world?! What’s your ‘stress free’ dumping area @ home?

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Re-purpose

A couple of days ago, my mom in law was about to trash this flight kit ‘thingy’, which she once carried along from a long haul flight.

How could my ‘re-cycle/re-purpose’ spirit allow it? So I took it from her and decided to put it to a worthy use. And all did was collect a few stationery essentials (somethings that I can’t live without, I must have them everywhere around our home) and re-purposed this into a small hold all for stationery-on-the-go.

This little hold-all now sits in the dashboard of my car.

I am thinking of making something like this, a little more prettier perhaps(it has kindled my DIY spirit!) for so many other possibilities:

  • cosmetics-on-the-go
  • medicine kit
  • crafting kit
  • colouring kit
  • cutlery-on-the-go  or just about anything on the go! 🙂
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Simple Under Sink Organization

Today I took out ten minutes to do a simple under sink organization in my bathroom.  I had wanted to do this for a while… the plan was in my head… I had everything that I needed to organize this space, I just didn’t have one thing…TIME 🙁. The only thing that I generally never have is time! I wish I could manage my time more efficiently… I am forever racing against it, anyhow that’s a different story altogether.

Here is what I wanted to control… the random storage of things under the sink /basin.

I bought these inexpensive plastic baskets from a thrift store to organize the clutter. The big basket is kind of ‘hold-all’ and the little plastic containers hold the smaller items and other miscellaneous items.

Earlier I stored the cleaning brushes etc. in this wicker basket but I realized it was occupying a lot of space.

I decided to replace it with this toothbrush holder (which I never used for keeping toothbrushes). It is so much compact now.

Hooked on Homes! (5)After placing all the stuff in these baskets I am still left with space at the back.

Do you have any ideas for simple under sink organization?… I‘d be happy if you would share it with me!

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Photography Challenge # 5- Bedroom

Today, the second day after Diwali and a holiday… I got a little extra time to be on the internet. Browsing through some of my favourite blogs, one of them being Redesigned by M, I decided to do this post as my entry for the Photography Challenge # 5- Bedroom.

Honestly, I didn’t have to do much (post Diwali cleaning, everything looks good for at least a few weeks! ;-)). Just propped and fluffed up the pillows, straightened them a bit (everything looks so crooked in the camera, I wonder why). So here is my entry for the Photography Challenge # 5- Bedroom.

Holiday means getting up late! I just love the morning view from the bedroom window (from my bed)… that’s another excuse to be in bed till late! You see I am at work… admiring nature!

This is how I do up my bed before I leave for work every day.

Okay, an honest confession… I do leave it messy every once in a while when I am running late but I am sure it’s allowed… or is it not? Anyhow, I have trained my children to do theirs… my daughter follows it to the T everyday and I have no comments for my son’s bedroom… lesser said is better. 

Coming back to the topic, at the end of the day (generally post dinner) this becomes the sight of my bedroom, especially my side of the bed.

I know what you all must be thinking… shop-talk on bed! Yes, shop-talk on bed… please don’t judge me… I don’t feel like sitting in my home office at the end of the day leaving my cosy and comfortable bedroom. I like to stretch my legs straight, prop up against all the pillows and perch up my lappy on my bed-table and browse the net or read a book or sketch… that’s my hour! The only deal that I have to honour for that one hour is that I do not mess my husband’s side of the bed! He hates the clutter I create.

I try to keep the deal but sometimes I end up with too much of a clutter all over the bed and that’s the day I get an ML (moral lecture!) from him for this bad habit. I will definitely try to mend my ways… maybe after the winters 😉

There may not great photography or great styling in the photographs but I definitely enjoyed the shoot and the write-up. And yes, I am open to suggestions and criticism… bring it on!

Thanks M @ Redesigned by M for this challenge (a first for a newbie like me!).

Take a peek at the other participants and their work for this challenge:

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Diwali

Diwali or Deepavali, the festival of lights, marks the end of harvest season. It takes place towards the end of fall… there is nip in the air… everything seems fresh and new. I love this season!  Having our morning cup of tea in the misty fall mornings… the experience is unbeatable. Marigold, periwinkle, Bougainvillea & Frangipani are in full bloom. Bazaars are a riot of coloured lights and festive decorations. The entire North India comes alive during this time of the year.

Markets are flooded with exclusive Diwali decoration

Diwali ritual at our home begins with de-cluttering and cleaning every corner (I try to) of our home a few weeks before the festival. Chores are delegated…the entire family gets going, doing their bit in sprucing up home sweet home. It’s like giving a spa treatment to our home!

Last Diwali my daughter made Lord Ganesha’s idol with clay.

I love decorating my home with seasonal flowers and foliage especially around this season. The flower associated with Diwali (for that matter, any ‘puja’) is the humble Marigold.

We decorate our home with strings of double hued marigold, mango leaves or Ashoka leaves. Diwali decor is associated with bold colours; orange, saffron, red, brown, green and yellow. All these colours can be seen in everything that’s connected with Diwali.

I had picked up these lovely lanterns a couple of years back and I love taking them out during Diwali, although they aren’t the traditional Diwali lanterns but they serve the purpose well. All my festive home accessories see the light of the day during this festive season.

My daughter and I string the flowers and leaves two days before Diwali and keep them in the refrigerator. I like to keep the decor as eco-friendly as possible hence no shimmery poly tinsels.  Yashaana paints a few ‘diyas’ (earthen lamps) with eco-friendly colours and makes paper lanterns as a ritual every year.

Here are some pictures of our home from last Diwali, when we had just shifted in:

Looking forward to Diwali this year…all set to usher in the festival with full fervor. A Very Happy Diwali to all! May lord Ganesha and Goddess Lakshmi bless you and your family with good health, lots of wealth and infinite prosperity!

 

          

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