The bedroom, where you can relax and unwind at the end of the day, is one of the most important areas of any house. So, when it comes to decorating or renovating your home, it is one room that should be treated with extra care. This guide to creating a properly relaxing bedroom should give you a few ideas.
Cool, soft colors
One of the first things you notice about any bedroom is the color scheme. A truly relaxing bedroom is decorated in cool, tranquil tones that create an impression of calm, still waters or a peaceful summer day. When you’re deciding on the color palette for a bedroom, the key thing to remember is to opt for tranquil shades such as gentle greens, blues or greys, and to steer clear of anything that is too bright. Darker blue and green shades are also an option, but the best effect is usually achieved by mixing whites with soft colors.
A comfortable bed
The centerpiece of any bedroom is, of course, the bed, and that is one part of bedroom decoration where it rarely pays to cut costs or corners, starting with the choice of mattress. Your mattress will make the difference between getting a good night’s sleep or spending several hours tossing and turning, so it’s a good idea to go for the best mattress you can afford. Mattress technology has produced some great innovations including wrinkle-free options and it’s worth searching online to find the best wrinkle-free sheets to go with your mattress.
As well as getting the mattress and sheets right, there are other ways to add to the comfort of your bed. A mattress topper can add an extra layer of snugness, and there are plenty of accessory possibilities from warm blankets and comforters to accent pillows and throws. This is the one area of the bedroom where you shouldn’t skimp on luxury.
You may never have thought of introducing greenery into your bedroom, but it is a great way to add a tone of tranquility and an air of healthy living. You don’t need to be an expert horticulturalist either. Go for a large plant for the corner of the room or perhaps a group of smaller plants arranged around your dresser. Plants such as peace lily or Chinese evergreen are the best options. All you need to do is water them every week, make sure they get plenty of light during the day and the plants will add a degree of comfort to your bedroom. Plants can also be therapeutic, and help you to sleep better.
Strike the right tone with lighting
When it comes to bedroom lighting, you need to avoid light that is too strong. Although the light has to be powerful enough to enable you to read in bed, avoid opting for the brighter end of the scale when it comes to choosing bulbs and steer clear of the more dramatic light fixtures that might feature elsewhere in the home. For bedroom lighting, it is best to stick with three-way bulbs or ideally lights with dimmers that enable you to alter the lighting intensity according to your needs.
Keep the gadgets out
Many of us spend much of our day either checking our electronic devices or gazing at a screen. It can be tempting to take your laptop with you when you go to bed to check your emails one more time, but the effect of these devices will counteract the effort you have put into making your bedroom a haven of tranquility. Electronic entertainment can also often stimulate the brain to the point where it is hard to go to sleep. So, if you want to create a space that is truly relaxing, make sure all electronic devices are kept out of the bedroom, or at the very least, turned off an hour before bed.
Declutter for comfort
You can’t completely relax in a messy room, which is why de-cluttering is the single most effective, cheapest way to promote tranquility in the bedroom. Give yourself an afternoon or perhaps a whole day to remove every item from your bedroom that is not strictly required, or that does not add to the relaxing effect. That will usually mean cutting down on collectibles and pictures, leaving just those items that give you the most pleasant to look at.
Finding time and space to relax is increasingly important in the hectic modern world, and hopefully, these tips will have given you some inspiration and ideas on how to turn your bedroom into an oasis of calm and peace.