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How to Create a Bedroom Retreat in 8 Easy Steps

teacher avatar Linda Gonzalez, Interior Designer

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Lessons in This Class

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    • 2.

      Course Overview


    • 3.

      Measure Your Room


    • 4.

      Create a Floor Plan


    • 5.



    • 6.

      Incorporate Furniture


    • 7.

      Less Is More


    • 8.

      Color Scheme - Neutrals


    • 9.

      Color Scheme - Accent Colors


    • 10.

      Window Coverings - Pick Your Style


    • 11.

      Hang Curtains Like a Pro


    • 12.



    • 13.

      Art & Accessories


    • 14.



    • 15.

      Essential Oils


    • 16.



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About This Class

Does your bedroom need a makeover, but you don’t know how or where to get started?

Do you need a place in your home where you can get away from it all and just relax?

Are you a busy person who doesn’t have the time or money to hire an Interior Designer?

If your answer was yes to one or more of these questions, then this class will make you very happy. This course will provide you with a step-by-step guide, so you can create the tranquil bedroom you deserve.  

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Linda Gonzalez

Interior Designer


Hello Everyone! My background is in interior design, so I enjoy renovating my home and creating tranquil rooms to relax in. 

In my spare time I enjoy cooking, hiking, and spending time with my dog Paloma. Thanks for stopping by!

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1. Introduction : Hello, everyone, and welcome to my course. In this course, I will show you how to turn your bedroom into a relaxing retreat in eight simple steps. My name is Linda, and I am an interior designer based in Phoenix, Arizona. In 2000 and nine, I graduated from Northern Arizona University with my bachelor's of science and interior design Citizen. I have worked in both residential and commercial settings. In this course, you will learn how to create a floor, arrange furniture, have a confidence to select a close, seen and so much more with the angle of 80. A relaxing retreat review can get away from it all. I created this course for anyone who would like to redesign the bedroom but doesn't know how or where to get started. Please look over the course description, and if this sounds like something that you would benefit from, then go ahead and roll this sauce, and I look forward to working with you. 2. Course Overview : hello and welcome. In this course, I will give you a simple and easy step by step guide on how to turn your bedroom into a relaxing retreat. In this course, we will cover the following eight steps. How to measure your room and create a floor plan. How to pick furniture and create the perfect layout. How to pick a color scheme that will look great. How to pick the right window coverings for your room. How to pick the right lighting in order to create the perfect ambiance. How to pick the right art and accessories, how to create balance and serenity with plants and how to incorporate essential oils into your space. 3. Measure Your Room : Welcome to Section two. Today you will learn how to measure your room and created for doing this will help you to better understand scale in proportion. So this started. For this section, you will need a piece of paper, a tape measure, a ruler and a pencil. You will start by measuring the length and width of your room and remember to make a note of doors and windows. Next, we will draw our floor plan on a piece of paper. And don't worry. This drawing does not have to be to scale, and it does not need to be perfect. Here's my example. My room is 11 feet by 10 feet, and I've notated where my doors and windows are. For example, I know my window is six feet wide, and it's three feet from this wall. The entry door to my room is two feet 10 inches wide, including the frame. My closet door is two feet five inches, and it's three feet nine inches from this wall. Hold on to your drawing, as you will use it as the reference in the next step 4. Create a Floor Plan : Now we will create our floor plan. There are three space planning tools that I would recommend they are. DWR got room. Styler dot com planner five d dot com and home styler dot com. These websites will also be listed below. For the purpose of this course, I will use dwr dot room styler dot com, and we will use the floor plan we drew earlier as a reference to move our walls and place our doors and windows. We will get started by clicking on design your DWR interior that will open another window, and we will go ahead and click on start from scratch. Then on the left hand side, you'll see you'll have different options. We're gonna do the drag and drop room shape. You can pick any of these options, but for the purpose of this video, I will go ahead and pick this one here, click on it and drag it and drop it onto the white space. Now there is a camera here, and you can use that at Asus will render a three D picture of your room. But for now, since we're just concentrating on the floor plan, I'm gonna actually move that to the side. Now I'm going to get started. By moving my walls, you can click on it and drag it, and that will move the walls. Now, up here, you can either use meters or feet. I right now is in feet, which is what I want. But if you wanted to use meters, you can. And that won't change the number two meters. And then But for this purpose, I'm gonna go ahead and use feet. Now, I'm gonna go back to the floor plan that I drew earlier. And I know that my room is 10 feet by 11 feet. So in order to move this here, I'm going to click on this wall, and I'm gonna drag it up until I get to 10 feet. So now I am going to do the same for this wall here. This one needs to be 11 feet, so I'm gonna click on the wall and drag it until I get toe 11 feet. So there we go. I'm also gonna just make this drying illiterate bigger so you can see it. Okay, so now it is. There we go 10 feet by 11 feet, and that's the size of my room. I'm gonna go ahead and click here. It's like a piece of paper with the pencil, and I'm gonna go to doors. And I didn't pick this store here as my entry door to my room. Right Click on it. I'm a dragon and place it where you need it. You can always slide your door toe wherever it is that you needed to be. My door is that's a good, good place to have it. And so I know that my with of my door, it's actually two feet 10 inches. So I'm gonna go ahead and move that there. Then I do want to show you that you can always you can always change the hinge to the right minus left. So that's good. But you can also make your door open to the other side. Okay, so now I know that I have my closet door on this wall here. I'm gonna click on the wall and I'm going to click on this green button there and I'm gonna take this circle and I'm gonna move it down because I know that my closet door is three feet nine inches from this wall here. So I know that my door is going to go there. I go back. I'm going to pick this store here as my closet door and I mean, they drag it over and drop it. So now I can move it to the opposite side. But I can't move it to this side, which is good, because I know that it needs to stop right. At three feet nine inches, I'm gonna change the hinge because it opens this way. It opens to the right, and then I'm going to make the with a little bit smaller. Two feet, five inches. It's what I had measured previously. Then I am going to go ahead and do the same on this law where my window is permanent. Click on the wall. I'm going to click on the green dot Here that don't get me this blue circle Gonna go ahead and move that to three feet. I know it's three feet from that wall Here click there again And now I'm in a click on the windows tab Ongoing Click this when No here, click on it and I'm in a drag it and I'm gonna drop it So There we go. So now I'm gonna click on the window because I know that this window here is six feet wide . So I'm gonna go ahead and click there until I get to six feet. And again, you could always click on the number and put in six feet. But this is what I'm doing now. So there is my window. That's how wide it iss. And then here is my finish four plan. For the time being, I've added my doors I've had in my window, and we are actually going to save this so you can register. Um, it's free. You don't have to pay anything. Um, you could always use your facebook, but you can also register be a room, Styler. If you click there, you put a user name and email address and create a password, and then you were registered. Once you register and create an account, make sure to save your floor plan. We will come back to this in the next section to add furniture 5. Furniture : Section three is all about furniture layout and creating the right balance between your furniture and space. We are going to get started by first thinking about the desired furniture pieces that we would like to incorporate in the room. For example, in my case, I'm going to need a bed, a dresser and two nights cents. Now I will take an inventory of the furniture I already have. I have the bed in the dresser, but I will need to purchase two nights sense. I will add the two nights stones to my list of things I need to purchase. Make sure you hold onto this list because depending on your situation, you will add more items throughout the rest of this course. 6. Incorporate Furniture : Now we will add furniture to our floor plan. We will start by opening the drawing we created and saved in the last section. Go ahead and click on log in and use the email and password you created in the last section . Once you're inside, you're going to click on design your DWR interior and again that'll open this window here, go ahead and click on open saved room. Now, here the room said I have been working on, uh, the top one is the one that I'm going to click on. I removed the camera. That's why it's not showing the rendering. But I'm going to go ahead and click on Edit A three D Room and the floor plan that I was working on will appear. I mean, I go ahead and make this a bit bigger, that down, making a little bit bigger. Then I'm gonna go ahead and click on furniture, which is the picture of a chair. Then click on bedroom, click on bedroom furniture and a minute click on beds. I have a queen bed, so I'm gonna go ahead and click there, and that will give me options of different beds that I can pick from. So I'm gonna look through that, and I'm going to go ahead and picks. Probably this one. Probably this one here. So I'm gonna go ahead and click on it, drag it and put it inside my room. Then I'm gonna click the bottom part that will move it because I wanted to go against this wall Here. There we go. Now, this gives me the whip and the death of my bed. And this is the similar measurements of my actual bed, So that's good. Now, if you click on this green bar here, it will take you to the top, and I'm gonna click on bedroom again. And now, um, bedroom furniture. And now I'm looking for a dresser because I have a dresser that I will be keeping someone. I looked at her here and again. This I will give you different options as to what type of dress. So you would like to put into your room? I'm gonna go ahead and click on this one. Um, just looking through that, and then I'm gonna click on it, and I'm actually gonna move the bottom and put it where I currently have that dresser. Okay, So that the within the death and similar to the dresser that I have now, So that will work. And now I'm going to go back into the furniture's tab, click on bedroom again. And now, um, going, I'm looking for, um, a night stance. I don't have the night stand, so I'm gonna look through here to see what type of what measurements my nights tons will be . So, I mean, I know I have this much amount of space to work with on either side of my bed, someone electricity here and see which one I would like to get. Think I'm gonna go for this one here? Some in it, click on it, drag it, I'm gonna drop it, and I'm gonna move it to how I want it to be. And then I'm gonna put it where it will be. So when I go shopping, I know that I will want to buy a night stand that is similar to this measurements here. So I'm gonna go back, and I'm gonna go ahead and click on another one position to how I wanted to look. So there we go. Okay. So here s my finished floor plan with the furniture. Now, I do want to show you that you do have the option. If you want to change the flooring, you have different options. If you click on the paintbrush, you have different options to pick from. It will also give you If you want to paint your walls, you can do that as well. Once you're happy with how your furniture looks, you're going to go at the top and you're gonna click on Save. Now. I will go ahead and look for the camera and I will put the camera inside the room. This will show you a picture of what your room looks like. Here is a three D rendering of your room. Now, I would like for you to share a screenshot of your finished floor plan with the rest of the class and I'll see you in the next section. 7. Less Is More : when selecting furniture and arranging your room, always remember that less is more. And if you're looking for design inspiration, I would recommend then Scandinavian Scandinavian design in closed neutral colors, clutter free interiors, wood and metal finishes, good lighting and bright rooms with minimal decoration and first flowers and Zen design includes clean lines, earthy colors, natural and light fabric, simple and natural furniture green plants and incorporating natural scents like essential oils into your space. 8. Color Scheme - Neutrals : but and a section for you will have the confidence to select a color scheme that will look great in your room. We will start by first picking a neutral color. These colors consists of white ivory babe's gray until which is a mixture of ground angry. Keep in mind that these colors will have undertones, and not all white or beige colors will say, for example, why might have. It's like yellow, blue or pink undertone, and Paige might have an undertone of 10 or gold. I would recommend that you use one of these colors as you make, and this color will go on your walls and you're made pieces of furniture. 9. Color Scheme - Accent Colors: Now we will pick 2 to 3 accent colors. Leading colors can be used in your many window coverings and our accessories. In sticking with then and Scandinavian design styles, I recommend working with an analogous color scheme for your accent Colors. Way will get started by going to google dot com and typing in color wheel. Once you do this, you will get different variations of the color wheel. I'm actually going to go to the top and click on images. And as you can see, there are many different images that you can pick from and use as a reference when choosing your accent colors. Analogous color schemes to use three colors that are next to each other on the color wheel . For example, you could use blue, blue, green and green as your accent colors, but you could also use red, red, orange and orange. If you decide to go with the red, then I would recommend that you go with a muted version of this color. Remember that calming colors are usually in the blue and green family, but dusty and muted shades of other colors can also be Call me 10. Window Coverings - Pick Your Style: Hello and we'll go to Section five. In keeping with a Scandinavian design style, I would recommend window coverings that are very simple and minimal shades or blinds made from bamboo or other natural fibres. Such a Xueju, hem or sizzle are great choice. Shaves usually operate top down any really mechanism, and he pulled down to cover the window. Blinds are usually 1 to 2 inch wide slats that are sacked when gathered. Bull options reduce like while providing privacy and are great for minimal look. Another option could be curtains. This option can be the least expensive and can look really really good in anywhere. I would recommend going with a linen, cotton or polyester for the material, especially if you want to create a layered look in the next section. I will give you some tips and tricks on how did the curtains like a pro? The last option would be wooden shutters, which consists of afraid of vertical styles and adjustable slats. This option can be more expensive, but the locum it is timeless because privacy is really important in a bedroom. It's always a good idea to combine window treatments in my bedroom. I have a combination of accordion style sheets encouraging for me, So here's some examples of layer looks 11. Hang Curtains Like a Pro : in this section, I will give you some tips and tricks on how to hang curtains like an interior designer. Tip number one Measured wind of your window because you will want her curtain rod to extend anywhere from 5 to 8 inches on either side of your Tim number. To mount a curtain rod close to the ceiling this little bit under space and will make a room fill a lot bigger. Another good rule of thumb is sitting in Curtis 8 to 12 inches above the window free or halfway between the window frame and the sea. Tip number three. When picking out your curtains, always school. If you have eight foot ceilings, you will want credit panels that are 96 inches in like curtains should either skin or pedal floor, but should not be any higher than three inches off floor. If the curtains are too long and the puddle look, it's not for you. I would recommend that you used him intake because this is the easiest way to him. Acourt. You can find me take at any local fabric or craft store tip number four by the right amount of curtain house because you don't want your curtains too little flat. They look so much better when it has a bit of awfulness. A good rule to follow is to multiply the width of your window by 1.5. For example, if your window is succeed inches wide, you will need a minimum of 90 inches of curtain. Most credit panels are between 48 to 54 inches wide, so to printed panels for this window, size would do the job. 10. Number five. Once you hang your curtains, used a steamer to remove all creases. This will make a world of difference in the appearance of your curtains and the overall look of your room. So please escape that step. I hope families tips n tricks beneficial, and I will see you in the next section, where I will cover lighting and how to create the perfect ambiance in your room. 12. Lighting : lighting is key in creating the right ambience in any room. To do this, I would recommend that implement the three layers of light, which are Ambien lighting test quiting an accent lady and being liking provides the overall night, too. Examples of ambient lighting include channel years, stealing, dance dependence and any other type of seeing mountain fixtures. The fights are almost always connected to a foot switch. Here are examples of Abby and Light Test lighting provides you with the necessary light to complete a task like reading examples of test citing include floor and table. It's These lamps can be adjustable so you can direct the light where you need it to go. Here are more examples of tests lighting, accent lighting provide slight to an object that you would like to highlight or bring more attention to, such as a bookcase, art class and so forth. Examples of accent lighting include led tail lights, special lights, track flighty and the ever so popular twinkle lines. Here are a few more samples of accidentally. Keep in mind that some light fixtures can be used as two layers of lighting at the same time. For example, track Lady can be used a spoke ambient and accidentally, and a wall sconce can be used as both tests. An absolutely. Now you know about the three layers of light. We're going to take an inventory of what we have and what we need. In my case, I have a seat, so that will take care of the ambient light. I also have a pendant light that hangs in one of the course of my room that I used this accent lady, I will need to purchase two table lamps that are going to go on either side of my bed. And this will provide me with tests later. I will go ahead and add these to table lends to the list of things that I will need to back . We started this list in section three. I hope that you have enjoyed learning about the three layers of light. And I must see you in the next section where we will cover art and accessories 13. Art & Accessories : you will definitely want to incorporate our accessories Interbrew, but it's really important to keep them to a minimum. Just remember less is more. You are going to get started by taking a quick look at section for and the accent colors picked. For example. In my case, my ass and color is included. Blue blue green angry. So I go ahead and purchase accessories that are in this color age. The accent colors you picked will be your guy when purchasing art and accessories. This could also include betting and maybe even with treatments you want. Outing an inventory of the accessories that you would like to incorporate into your room, and you will add it to the list of things that you will need to purchase for assemble. I will add the following items to my chest to table us a mirror to go over sir. Two accent pillows, a throw and two pieces of art. It good able to follow when purchasing accessories is to limit yourself to 10 items per shopping visit. This way, you can bring these items home, place them in your room and see how it looks. Remember to leave the tags on in case you need to return anything. 500 very places to purchase accessories are HomeGoods, target, Kia World Market and local stores. In closing, remember that having too many things can create club clutter creates noise, which is completely opposite to our goal of creating a relaxing retreat. 14. Plants : greenery brings a sense of calmness and peace to any space. And like Pinterest and Instagram, I'm all about incorporating plants, especially in the bedroom. Here is a list of war plans that I like to include in a bedroom or just around the house. Talavera the midst oxygen at night and can improve overall see quality. This is a great country has sitting on one of your nights, since laughter is well known for reducing exciting levels, and although it goes better outside, it's always a good idea to bring some fresh lavender inside your home and put it in a vase with water. Another favorite ISS, a state because it filters household toxins from the air, and it is widely known as the bedroom. Pocos is widely known for removing toxins from the air. This land is very low maintenance and looks amazing when it starts to grow. I hope you have enjoyed learning about my favorite plants and that you have been inspired to bring more greenery into your home and especially into your bedroom 15. Essential Oils : essential oils have been around for a very long time and have been used throughout history for their medicinal and therapeutic benefits. By using a diffuser, you are able to spread a fine mist of essential oils into their. This will help with creating a relaxing by throughout your the following. Essential oils are best known for promoting realization and sleep. Lavender, cedarwood, Roman camomile you lie. You lie. Annenberg amount. Please keep in mind that novel essential oils are the same. You will want to make sure that they come from organic plants and are produced without any pesticides. A great resource for everything on essential oils is doctor eric z dot com. Hislop side is full of information and knowledge on this subject. I hope this video has motivated you to incorporate essential oils in your home and especially in your bedroom. 16. Conclusion : thank you for spending this time with me. I hope that you enjoy this course. And above all, I hope it was beneficial to you in creating the perfect bedroom retreat. Here is a recap couple was covered and what you learned in this course you learn how to measure your room, how to create a floor plan using room Styler how to arrange furniture, how to pick the right color scheme, how to pick the right window coverings. How to incorporate the three layers of light. How to incorporate art and accessories, how to create serenity with plants and how to incorporate essential oils in your room. Feel free to contact me with any questions and please share this course with your family and friends They view again and congratulations on completing this course.