Bedroom / June 26, 2018 /
Plan for the light. Lighting is the first and most important element we discuss in every project. Choose full-spectrum light bulbs, available in all kinds of configurations, not fluorescent tubes or spiral bulbs. Poor lighting—too warm or yellow and too cold or blue white—causes anxiety and depression. While you want to let the natural sunlight in during the day to encourage a happy mood, lighting at other times should be subdued to encourage quiet and rest. To transition from day to night, consider adding dimmer switches and attachments with three levels of intensity to overhead lighting as well as floor and table lamps, and choose the right window treatments. There are so many choices, everything from delicate light-filtering shades and sheers to certain blinds and draperies that offer complete black-out.
Arrange furniture wisely. To help parents remember the elements needed for a healthy and well-balanced bedroom, I developed the acronym SPEL—Sleep, Play, Enjoy, Learn. Every room should be able to provide all these functions. In her system, each activity is given its own distinct zone but the rooms primary functions of relaxation and sleeping are given the most attention. Proper placement of beds, storage, toys, desk, etc. varies from room to room and with the childs age, but one thing is certain, the positioning of these stations and the colors, finishes, lighting, and scents will make a big difference in how the room is perceived and used.