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« on: August 13, 2006 10:18:19 PM »

Do you guys have any suggestions for making white-walled aparment bedrooms more cozy and homey?
I have a lot of trouble falling asleep in my apartment bedroom. I've been here for years, but it feels like I'm still a vistor in a strange bedroom.  It seems so sterile and uncomfortable. I don't know what to do exactly.

I obviously can't paint the walls. I also don't want to clutter it up with photo collages or nsync posters or anything dorky like that.  i thought i loved the simplicity and cleanliness of white which is why i chose white sheets, but i think all that white might have something to do with me not feeling cozy in my bedroom.

what colors are good 'fall asleep fast' colors?
what colors make you want to jump in bed and sleep for 10 hours straight?
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« Reply #1 on: August 13, 2006 10:27:32 PM »

I have pale lilac sheets, and I must say I find them really relaxing. It's even nice when they're hanging on the line on my apartment's balcony, and the whole living room has a soft lilac glow. Soft minty green is also nice for the same reason
You could hang a quilt or nice patterned sheet across your walls with those magic adhesive strips that come off walls- i live by them in my rental.
A plant or two might soften the sterility of the white as well

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« Reply #2 on: August 13, 2006 10:39:10 PM »

maybe darker colors will help (depending on how big the room is i guess) - somewhere on here there is a post on using starch to put fabric on your wall (here's a link-  http://www.rentaldecorating.com/quick_fix_fabric_on_walls.htm ) supposedly it'll come down without any kind of damage or marks- this is something i plan to test out- one idea i had for my room is putting silhouettes up on the wall or something- enough to make it more homey without it being clutterred....
eh hope i helped some- i have the opposite problem- there is nothing sterile in my room- it's all horrid clutter and mess  Tongue

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« Reply #3 on: August 14, 2006 12:08:43 AM »

Oooh, thanks for the link- I'm in love! and inspired!
Just a 30 cm starched fabric trim around the middle of the room would change it completely

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« Reply #4 on: August 14, 2006 01:22:04 PM »

Do you use your bedroom for other things?  That might be the problem. Ive noticed since I started sleeping in our closet nook i sleep better.  I have a few pictures up that are of things I love. On the back wall ive got a cork board with scrabble tile tacks and a latter with family pics. I use the window sill for a night stand and the window is covered with a dark black curtian. I love it.

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« Reply #5 on: August 14, 2006 03:26:34 PM »

i think window covering are a good place to start.  do your window covering leave you with that perfect amount of light that makes you want to stay in bed all day on a saturday?  something soft and translucent or a very light color that can blow in the breeze.  also a fabric wall hanging/tapestry could do the trick.  im a dork, but i really like some one the ones at urban outfitters.  anyway, maybe the lighting is a good place to start.  figure out what you like...

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« Reply #6 on: August 14, 2006 03:42:00 PM »

I've always read that blues are the most soothing/relaxing colors. Maybe with a little yellow for warmth?

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« Reply #7 on: August 14, 2006 04:34:34 PM »

actully if the sun comes in your window in the early am, you may want to loose the soft wispy drapes. I know they say blak is a bad color for a bedroom urtain but mines black and keeps out the sun

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« Reply #8 on: August 14, 2006 08:25:48 PM »

Um, why can't you paint the walls?  Does your landlord object, or is it just the hassle of it?  Because if you've been living there for years, then I assume you're not moving anytime soon.  I would just paint the room a different color.  If that's really not an option, I would go for drapes.  Our bedroom seems completely different ever since I hung up curtains on all the windows.  I'd also pick out a few nice pieces of art to go on the walls.  We have all kinds of funky paintings and things that we've bought at thrift stores and tag sales, it doesn't just have to be cheesy prints of cafes and stuff from Linen n' Things, or gross posters.  You can find great stuff for cheap, I'd just hit the Salvos.

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« Reply #9 on: August 14, 2006 08:46:09 PM »

my idea would be to get something ELSE you can paint and put it in the room. I've never lived in a rental.. but if you can mount something on the walls get some small wooden shelves and paint them a nice soothing color or even just one you like. i think red would look nice. and then some clean silver foto frames or put up your favorite stuffies from childhood or even just some ncie baskets to store WIPs (i have tooonsss of those Wink)

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