Our bedrooms should be our sanctuaries: a place of escape, relaxation and an invitation to rest. So shouldn’t its décor reflect exactly what you wish? We spend one third of our lifetime in bed so it’s important that your bedroom is your personal (or couples) oasis. Walking into your bedroom should make you and your partner feel happy and calm, evoking thoughts of the relaxation and blissful slumber that lay ahead.
The National Sleep Foundation reports that only 42 percent of people claim to get a good night’s sleep every night or nearly every night. And besides feeling overall sluggish, lack of sleep has also been linked to overeating, poor memory and learning retention, depression and poor immune system strength.
So how do you create the perfect boudoir? It’s easier than you think and doesn’t need to break the bank. With the help of some useful tips, we’ll have you loving your new bedroom in no time! It’s all about layers, light and a little bit of luxury. Through lighting, fabrics, and spa inspired décor, you and your better half can come home to a bedroom that you dream about all day! Read on for a few helpful hacks on how you can create the perfect bedroom for better rest.
When there’s clutter in your space, your mind can often feel the same way. Who needs that? Our bedrooms should be a place we come to unwind and relax and eventually sleep after a long day. But because we spend so much time in our bedrooms, they can quickly become a dumping ground with surfaces becoming piled high with clutter and clothes – and it is next to impossible to relax when you are distracted in a disorganized space.
Lighting is everything! It creates atmosphere, drama and intrigue in a room. The right lighting in your bedroom can make the difference between a sterile room and a soothing sanctuary. Use side lamps for task lighting, consider installing a dimmer for overhead lighting or if you want to add a touch of glam to your space, go for a pretty and romantic chandelier! By controlling the lighting in your bedroom the mood can go from bright and energetic to soothing or romantic. Another easy way to create a flattering light, is use soft pink light bulbs in your bedroom lamps.
As well as looking lovely, keeping a small plant on your dressing table will do wonders for the atmosphere in your bedroom. Plants release oxygen and water, which purify the air, and also increases humidity to help you breathe more easily. Orchids are a great option, especially since they come in an array of soothing pastel colors.
CALMING COLOR SCHEME
It’s proven that certain colors stimulate your senses while others naturally put you in a calmer state. Although it may seem fun to use bold, bright colors when decorating your room in order to make a standout impression, those hues are actually impacting your mood. Consider choosing a color scheme in soft neutrals, instead (think rich creams, soft taupes and even pale pinks).
The easiest way to transform your bedroom to a personal oasis is to outfit your bed with a gorgeous and soft set of sheets. You can never go wrong with crisp, white set sheets, just make sure they’re at least 500 thread count – trust us, it’ll be worth the extra money. Ideal fabrics are sateen or percale, but choose whatever is most comfy for you – after all, you and your partner are the ones that’ll be snoozing on them! If you really want to splurge, you can have your sheets professionally laundered, so they come home nice and pressed. And if you find a brand of linens that you truly love, consider purchasing two or three sets so you always have them on hand!
Do you prefer soft classical music, or prefer the soft trickle of water flowing in a nearby fountain? Whatever gets you in a relaxed state, you can create an ambiance in your bedroom with music that relaxes as well as rejuvenates. Meditation is becoming popular in bedrooms, and relaxing nature sounds can help you refocus and get centered. By introducing soothing sounds into your bedroom, you’ll transport yourself into another state of well-being.
Invest in a high-quality mattress
Having a comfortable mattress and pillow is crucial to getting a good night’s sleep. Some people don’t realize their mattress may be too hard or too soft, and can end up with a restless night’s sleep or even body pain! If a high-end mattress set is out of your budget, try a textured or pillow top mattress topper. It’s an excellent and less expensive option to buying a whole new mattress.
When you swing your legs over the side of the bed each morning, it’s nice to touch down on something soft instead of the cold hard floor. The perfect soft, fluffy rug might even make you forget that you don’t yet have the sheets you’ve been coveting or the perfect lighting setup. If you find a small rug that you love, like sheepskin, you could buy a few and place them around each of the three sides of your bed. Remember that you will usually be standing on this rug with bare feet, so the softer (and the fluffier!), the better.
Use Relaxing Aromas
Getting in tune with all your five senses will help regulate your sleeping patterns significantly. Smells can subconsciously connect you with certain moods or memories so consider adding certain scents to the room that promote a healthy sleep and well-being. Scented candles, flowers or a touch of aromatherapy oil under your nose before bed can create a relaxing and soothing atmosphere in your room. Great scents to try are lavender, vanilla and sandalwood.