That Private Space
NEW DELHI: In any apartment the main entrance, foyer, living and dining areas are meant for entertaining guests, relatives and friends. The bedroom, however, is a private space that people prefer to keep out of bounds from visitors. Planning a bedroom is not just about buying the right bed, wardrobe, dressing table and side tables. Their placement also needs to be thought about carefully.First of all, the bed should not be placed in front of the door. The dressing table should not be near the windows in order not to offer undue opportunities to Peeping Toms in the neighbourhood. To create a feeling of warmth in the bedroom a section of the wall should have family pictures. This creates warmth in the room. This particular wall can be texture painted to give it a special look. If proper planning is done, then one can even have a reading corner with a small display library and a cosy seating couch or beanbag. Flats in cities are too small to accommodate all our belongings. Hence, you can use the thickness of walls to create niches, cabinets and built-in hidden cupboards. Even elevations of buildings can be planned with boxing and double walling treatment, which lead to additional sunk-in cupboards in the walls that can become an additional asset. These double walls and boxing give scope to shift French windows and grills further outside, creating a space for a ledge finished with a stone, wood, marble or granite.Cushions and bolsters can add to the comfort. Lighting plays a very crucial role in bedroom design. It should be planned in such a way that it does not disturb one while lying down or sleeping. The room should have options for both direct and diffused lighting. Direct lighting is useful for reading, watching television or using the wardrobe. Diffused lighting can be used in different ways to change the mood.You may have lighting below the bed or behind the headrest for diffused lighting. You can also have foot lights near the door to avoid complete darkness at night. The controls of all electric points such as lights and fans and their regulators should be provided at two places for added comfort.Colours play a very vital role in determining the bedroomâ‚¬s ambience. Their choice should depend on the age of occupants. Seniors prefer light pastel shades such as eggshell white, beige, cream, off-white, pale blue, etc. Youngsters prefer brighter colours such as yellow, orange, aqua blue, etc. whereas smaller kids love very colourfully painted walls. One wall can be painted in a dark striking contrast giving the room a modern touch. Textures can be incorporated in niches and the backdrop of the bed to highlight a part of the room. Accessories such as curtains, bed spreads, dhurries and carpets should match the colour scheme of the room. Bamboo chick roll-ons can make the place very cozy. Roman blinds or curtains with shears can also be used. Vertical and horizontal blinds and spring-loaded fabric roll-ons give a modern ambience and also help acoustically.