Does Your Bedroom Need TLC?

A lot of important stuff takes place in the bedroom, from critically needed sleep to relaxation and romance. Yet when it comes to decorating, bedrooms often get short shrift. Sure, we could just shut the door in shame when guests come over, but shouldn't we make our sanctuaries worthy of all that we do in them?I don't know if the neglected bedroom is a widespread phenomenon, but I've seen it time and again in homes that I've visited. I'll ooh-and-aah over beautiful living rooms, smart kitchens and spa-like bathrooms. Then the bedroom is shown with a sheepish introduction: "We haven't gotten around to this quite yet."

Lest it sounds like I'm throwing stones, I'll admit that my own bedroom is only half-finished after more than two years. I just started working on it a few months ago, painting over the drab beige walls and crafting a comfy fabric headboard. But it's still in a sad state. There's an overhead light fixture missing its glass cover — nothing says "love nest" like exposed foil insulation and fluorescent bulbs. And my storage-challenged closet is a jumbled mess that spills out onto the floor, forcing my husband to sidestep it every time he crawls into bed. Inviting, right? Right? Ahem.

I'm pledging here and now to give my bedroom the TLC it deserves. Are you with me? Will you make your bedroom a pleasant place to spend your waking and non-waking hours? Or do you already deem the bedroom a top priority wherever you settle?

Either way, here are a few links to inspire and help you get started:

  • The Best Bedrooms of 2012

  • 50+ DIY Projects for the Bedroom

  • Maxwell's 10 Tips for the Sexiest Bedroom Like ... Ever

  • Beautifully Organized Bedrooms

  • In the Mood for Sexy Bedrooms

  • 10 Beautiful Bedrooms

    Bedrooms by color: White, Charcoal, Pale Gray, Navy, Pale Blue, Orange, Pale Pink, Lavender, Sunny Yellow

    (Image: Christopher's Fine and Feathery Nest)

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