Your bedroom should be reserved for sleep and relaxation. But, with the hectic lives we all live, this sacred space has become the office, television room and play room for many of us.
Instead of keeping our bedrooms off limits to anything outside of sleeping, we’ve invited the chaos in through television, laptops, and smartphones, not to mention the binge eating during Netflix marathons.
It’s time to take back your bedroom and create a bedroom sanctuary that promotes a sleep-positive environment.
Creating a bedroom sanctuary doesn’t have to mean spending a lot of money, buying all new furniture or completing an entire makeover.
In fact, you will probably find yourself getting rid of some of the things already in your bedroom and repurposing them in other areas of your home.
By creating a bedroom sanctuary you’ll start to sleep better and feel more rested each morning when you wake up.
The following ideas will help you create your sanctuary, focusing on an open airy natural space that whispers relaxation and instills peaceful vibes.
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Choose A Cool Paint Color
As much as your favorite color may be fiery orange or sunshine yellow, the bedroom is not the place for bright, vibrant walls.
Instead, choose a soothing color. Many studies have concluded that color affects our mood, emotions, energy level and sense of order (or disorder).
When it comes to choosing a paint color for your walls we suggest sticking to cool colors such as light blue, green or purple. By choosing a light shade of any of these colors, you’ll be able to create a calm and soothing energy.
Your bedding should also be simple and neutral. If that sounds boring to you…well that’s sorta the point. You want your bedroom sanctuary to feel relaxing and calm, not flashy and upbeat. But, if you really feel the need to add something vibrant do it with accent pillows.
Create Ambience With Proper Lighting
Lighting plays an important part in creating a bedroom sanctuary. We like to use a combination of overhead lighting and task lighting, all with dimmers. This way you can create a brighter space when getting ready in the morning, and a soft ambient space when preparing for bed.
Take advantage of natural light in your bedroom by opening blinds/curtains when you awake. When getting ready in the morning, use the dimmer on your overhead light to adjust how much light you need. This will help prevent you from feeling overstimulated by bright light, giving your mind and body time to adjust naturally to the new day.
For task lighting (bedside lamps), use soft white/warm white light bulbs. Lifehacker has compiled this comprehensive guide to help you choose the best light bulbs for every room. The warm white bulbs are bright enough for you to read before falling asleep yet contain less blue light, making it easier for your eyes to adjust and prepare for sleep. Try this 3 stage dimmable bedside touch lamp.
If you have a large bedroom with a seating space, consider placing a chandelier over the sitting area for unique focal point. Chandeliers are no longer just for dining rooms, this unexpected element is sure to add a calming elegance to your bedroom.
Breathe Better With The Help Of Plants
Plants are an excellent addition to any bedroom sanctuary. Not only do plants look beautiful, they help purify the air in your bedroom, which creates a better atmosphere for sleeping.
Plants naturally convert carbon dioxide into oxygen during photosynthesis, increasing the oxygen level in your home. With good oxygen flow comes a good night’s sleep.
Another benefit to having plants indoors is they help reduce stress. Just like going for a walk in nature is a great way to release stress, you can replicate this feeling in your home by bringing some of nature indoors with you.
Here’s a few different ways you can add plants to your bedroom decor.
- Hang English Ivy from your favorite hanging planter, in a corner near a window.
- Place an Areca Palm inside an oversized natural seagrass woven basket in a bright corner.
- Plant a Snake Plant inside a decorative pot and place in a short plant stand beside your nightstand.
- Place an Aloe Vera plant on your dresser or nightstand. As an added bonus, aloe vera plants are an excellent skin moisturizer.
Give Your Feet A Soft Place To Land
There’s always a big debate when it comes to which type of flooring is better in the bedroom – hardwood or carpet?
As Debbie from The Flooring Girl explains, her customers are split 60/40 on the decision. And with all the research we did on trying to decide if one is better than the other, we’ve realized that this one really is going to come down to personal preference.
Our suggestion is, if you’re going to use hardwood flooring in your bedroom, add a soft shag area rug, such as this one, around
your bed so your feet have something warm and relaxing to feel right before getting into bed and something plush to land on when climbing out of bed.
If you opt for full carpet throughout your bedroom, make sure to give it a good shampooing every 12-18 months. Not only will this extend the life of your carpet, it will remove any built up dirt and debris that isn’t always visible to the naked eye.
Because flooring in the bedroom is going to be decided on using personal preference, go with what is going to make you feel the most comfortable and relaxed. You want something that is going to add to the chill vibe of your bedroom sanctuary, keeping colors soft and neutral.
Sink Into Comfort
Linen is an excellent way to go for sheets, they’ll keep you warm in the winter and cool in the summer. New linen sheets often feel a little crisp to the touch, but they soften up over time and use. These linen sheets are a top seller on Amazon and are an excellent choice to create a relaxed inviting look that also feels great to sleep in.
Even though the linen sheets are what you’ll most feel against your skin while sleeping, the major piece of comfort comes from the top. To keep your bed light and airy feeling, choose an all-season duvet and cover it with a textured duvet cover that is light-weight and encourages you to sink into comfort.
For the final touch on your bed, you’ll want to have an array of pillows. For the most comfort, choose pillows that match your sleeping position (two per person should be plenty). You can then add an array of accent pillows of different sizes with different fill types can then be used to create a visual appeal while also contributing to your sense of touch.
Keep Things Organized
You want to have space to move around in your bedroom. By keeping things organized and only having the amount of furniture necessary, not only will you have space to move around, your mind will feel at ease when you enter.
Clutter is a reminder of things not completed which has no place in the bedroom. By removing work materials, toys and any other items that don’t pertain to relaxation and sleep, you’ll be able to create a mental association between sleep and your bedroom.
In keeping with the feeling of serenity and space to move around, don’t cram too much furniture in your bedroom. A nightstand for each side of the bed and a dresser is adequate. Your closet will hold any clothes that need hung or don’t fit in the dresser. If you absolutely need more space, choose a tasteful armoire that is not too big for the room.
You’ll also want to keep your dirty laundry tucked away – out of sight, out of mind. One way to keep your dirty clothes off the floor is to place a woven hamper (we love this one from Amazon) in a corner space or inside the closet. Not only will this help keep things organized, it will add texture to your space and add to the natural relaxing vibe.
Put It All Together To Create Your Bedroom Sanctuary
The most important thing to remember when creating a bedroom sanctuary is that your bedroom is a place of escape for you. A place to unwind and let go of the day’s stressors.
Use these decorating tips to create a real sanctuary of peace where you can leave the rest of your troubles behind.
Let me know how much better you sleep after incorporating some (or all) of these tips in your new bedroom sanctuary.