Your bedroom should be your sanctuary. It should be a place that you can go in the evening after a long day at work and feel completely relaxed. Your bedroom should be comfortable and inviting, a space that you are eager to retire to each night and leave the stress of the day far behind.
However, too often, our bedrooms are messy and chaotic, the opposite of relaxing. Sometimes you might avoid going into your bedroom altogether other than to sleep in order to avoid the clutter, the messiness and the poor design that permeates the space.
Luckily, you don’t have to deal with your uninviting bedroom space any longer. You can turn your bedroom area into a relaxing environment that you will be happy to sleep in each and every night by making a few simple changes. Here a few tips that will help make your bedroom a more relaxing space.
1- Go hands free. Home automation improves with leaps and bounds every year. Some home automation systems have voice recognition software, so you can control your lights and temperature without having to get up. Nothing contributes to a relaxing atmosphere like your surroundings catering to your every whim.
2- Invest in Good Bedding. In your bedroom you spend the majority of your time in your bed, so you’ll want to invest in quality sheets and comforters. The right sheets will make your bed more comfortable and will help it to feel very luxurious. Invest in 100 % Egyptian cotton sheets with a thread count of at least 300. Sheets with high thread counts cost more, but the comfort and the durability will make it well worth the extra cost. Also, investing in quality blankets and pillows in a cool tone like blue or white is also a good idea.
3- Focus on Good Lighting. Proper lighting can make or break a restful, relaxing environment. Lighting that is too bright can be harsh and distracting and does nothing to help make an environment feel more relaxing. However, lighting that is too dim is not ideal either. Instead, you will want to choose lamps and light bulbs that give off a warm, soft light. Consider buying lamps with dimmers so that you can adjust the lighting according to the time of day. If you have enough cash, installing a fireplace for extra lighting will instantly give your bedroom a more peaceful ambiance.
4- Experiment with Color. Changing the color on the walls is one of the easiest, as well as one of the most effective, ways to change the atmosphere of your bedroom. Bright colors and bold patterns can make it very hard to relax so stick to cool, light tones instead. Stay away from reds, yellows and purples and instead opt for colors like gray, blue, khaki, beige and olive green. Avoid colorful wall paper and instead create visual interest by painting stripes in neutral tones or using art or sculptures. You will also want to make sure that the colors you choose complement your bedding, carpet, and furniture so that everything goes together and feels seamless.
5- Get Rid of Clutter. Getting rid of clutter will take a bit of hard work, but it will make your bedroom a much more relaxing and enjoyable place. Even those people who would not consider themselves neat freaks are often stressed out by clutter. Spend a weekend getting rid of anything that you don’t need or you no longer use including clothing, books and paper. You will also want to take the time to deep clean the entire space by vacuuming, dusting, polishing wood and cleaning the windows.
6- Tone Down the Distractions. Simply put, your bedroom is intended for sleeping and relaxing and should not be used for working, exercising or eating. Avoid putting a computer in your bedroom and get rid of your television if possible. You will also want to eliminate noise that can disturb you in your bedroom such as loud neighbors and street noise. A good way to do this is to invest in a white noise machine. Also, laying down a thick area rug can help eliminate sounds from creaky floors.
If you put forth the effort to make your bedroom a more relaxing place, the potential benefits include better sleep, less stress and a better relationship with your partner.