Without a doubt, most rooms in your home are abuzz with activities. The living room is always set for family gatherings and parties, the kitchen being a busy work center, and bathroom sorts every other basic need. This leaves only one household space, the bedroom, designated to comfort and calm you. As such, you should ensure that you create a peaceful feeling that keeps out the hustle and bustle of the rest of the house. The following tips come in handy in creating a relaxing bedroom that will surely restore your energies.
1. Invest in a Luxurious Bed
Nothing beats the feeling of relaxing in a luxurious and comfortable bed, especially after a long, busy day. A luxurious bed is probably an investment in the bedroom that doesn’t pay to scrimp. To begin, get a quality mattress with adequate support. Consider several factors to identify the best type of mattress that suits your needs. Note that the mattress is what makes the difference between a night of good, relaxing sleep, and long, unrestful nights of tossing and turning.
Besides choosing a good mattress, you should follow the outlined maintenance measures as recommended by the manufacturer to prevent easy sagging and wear. You can visit your local store for a physical search if you aren’t comfortable with an online search. If you don’t have the budget for a new mattress, you can add comfort and support to your old mattress using a mattress topper. Complete this by spreading soft sheets, warm blankets, and a thick comforter to make your bed overly cozy. Pillows, shams, and throw blankets also come in handy.
2. Soft Color Scheme
As much as you like apple green, tangerine, or peacock blue, such bright colors may be better suited for your kitchen or office, where they keep you motivated, cheerful, and positive. After a tedious day, overly bright colors and shouting color combinations with significant contrast may be a recipe that makes you more tired, cranky, and distracted.
Therefore, to create a peaceful and restful atmosphere, opt for soft, soothing, and quiet colors in your bedroom. When choosing the best palette for such a tranquil room, prefer shades of blue and green, and if necessary, gray. Prefer mid-tones and pastel shades to bright tones as they add plenty of color without shouting for attention. You can also throw in some navy blue, pewter gray and hunter green for a peaceful feel.
If you are into creativity, design your bedroom decorations in soft colors with some touch of white. Wall paint, window treatments, bed linens, furniture, and other upholstery provide unlimited opportunities to play with colors in your room.
3. Soft Lighting
Fixing your bedroom with intense lighting isn’t relaxing at all, as it reminisces operating rooms. Even if you need suitable lighting for your reading, dressing, and other nighttime routines, save the brightest bulbs and strong overhead ceiling fixtures for other spaces in your home. Bright and jarring lights are a cause of visual noise and can affect your sleeping patterns.
For the bedroom, stick with 3-way bulbs and lamps with dimmers that will allow you to adjust the intensity of light according to your needs. Instead of using one central ceiling light, place several small lamps around the room at varying heights. When you need to relax, dim the lights just enough to take the edge off yet bright enough to avoid straining your eyes. Proper lighting is an important factor for those who aim at improving sleep patterns.
It is certainly impossible to relax in a messy bedroom. Cleaning out the clutter in your room not only keeps what’s necessary and provide enough space but also de-clutters your mind, creating a peaceful environment. Take time to get rid of what you don’t need in the bedroom and take everything back to its proper place. Reduce artwork and collectibles to a few meaningful pieces that add to the room’s aesthetic appearance.
This doesn’t imply that your bedroom should be stark without personality. Take advantage of some touches of color, interesting patterns, photographs, and treasured pieces to add interest in the room.
5. Comfort Your Senses
Treating your senses brings your mind and body to unmatched relaxation. As such, you should bring various sensory insights into your bedroom that create a spa-like, peaceful, and relaxed atmosphere. Strategically placed candles by the bed, a bouquet of fresh scented flowers in an attractive vase, reed diffusor with rose, lavender or jasmine fragrance, and some soft music converts your regular bedroom into a relaxing retreat. All these are key to improving sleep.
6. Minimize the Electronics
It is certainly tempting to carry your laptop to play a few games or watch some TV programs before drifting off to sleep. However, these electronic devices produce enough lighting that can trick your brain into changing the normal biological clock. Electronic entertainment is also stimulating enough to ward sleep away. Therefore, you should make it a bedroom policy that you should off all electronic devices at least one hour before bedtime. Better yet, you can decide to keep them out of your bedroom completely.
7. Black-Out Curtains
Having black-out curtains is another essential installment that contributes to improved sleep. Without a doubt, nothing compared to a dark room for optimal sleeping. These curtains not only block morning sunlight allowing you to sleep late but also block unwanted lights at night, such as street lamps, neighbors’ security lights, and car headlights. They are also excellent for day time naps.
Another tip to creating a peaceful bedroom is having calming and pleasing scents that set a peaceful bedroom environment. Multiple scientific studies associate some scents, including jasmine and lavender, to calming and relaxing effects. You should opt for a bedroom scent of your choice, which will make you look forward to spending time in your bedroom. Apart from scented candles, you can lightly spritz some home fragrance on your pillowcase or have scented hand cream beside the nightstand to slather some before bed.
Despite the term “noise,” white noise is an effective way of creating a peaceful environment in your bedroom. White noise is a low-tone and continuous sound that the brain or ears won’t notice/hear. Some essentially effective white noise includes the low hum of an air conditioner and the soft bubbling sound of the aquarium’s air pump. You can also invest in white noise machines that produce soothing sounds, such as ocean waves gently crashing, crickets chirping, or water trickling down a creek.
Bedrooms are a safe zone for most adults. As such, they should be the most calming, tranquil, and peaceful rooms in the house. Fortunately, there are endless ways you can decorate your bedroom whilst creating a peaceful environment to encourage relaxation and sleep. Apart from the tips outlined above, surround yourself with items that make you happy; your favorite books, photos of good times with your loved ones, and other inexpensive installations that promote relaxation and unwinding.
Apart from these setups, you should take some time every day to tidy your bedroom. Tidying may not be the most relaxing thing to do, but coming home to a clean bedroom will enable you to maximize your peaceful time.