They say there’s no place like home, and for many of us, this statement rings true. Home is a place where we can relax and be ourselves. When you’re designing your home’s interiors, it’s always important to consider the purpose of each room and how you want to feel when you use that particular space. In an office or studio, you want to be inspired and motivated. In the kitchen, you may wish to create a sociable space where you can hang out and catch up. In the bedroom, it’s important to feel calm and design an area where you can chill out, switch off and embrace the peace and quiet. If your bedroom is more hectic than heavenly, and you’re keen to create a tranquil haven to retreat to after long, busy days, here are some suggestions to inspire you.
Using colour to set the tone
Colours can have a significant impact on the way we feel. Certain shades can energise and uplift us, while others can make us feel calm. In the bedroom, it’s beneficial to opt for tones that facilitate relaxation. Avoid colours like orange, yellow and purple and opt for blue, white and grey. Pastel tones can also work well. If you want to add colour without making a bold statement, keep the walls understated and use accessories to add interest. Monochrome is a really popular choice for bedrooms. If you’ve got white walls, you can use soft furnishings, vases and frames to add grey and black tones. When you’re searching for inspiration for colours, have a look at some samples, get some ideas from the Internet and interior magazines and think about the kind of style you want to go for.
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Making your bed the star of the show
Most of us spend the majority of our time in the bedroom sleeping. When you walk through the door, and you catch sight of your bed, how do you feel? Do you feel relaxed and overjoyed that you’ll soon be climbing under those covers or does you bed leave you wanting more? If you’re keen to make more of a statement and ensure your bed is the focal point of the room, take a look at some designs and styles on sites like John Ryan by Design or think about ways you could breathe new life into an existing frame. If you’re a creative person, and you don’t want to buy a new bed, you could always embrace the upcycling trend and use your talents to make a unique headboard or an eye-catching frame, for example. Once you’ve got your bed sorted, use linen and accessories to bring attention to it.
Adding subtle lighting
Lighting can be used to brighten up a room, but it’s also a really useful means of setting the tone. In the kitchen, you probably want as much light as possible, but in the bedroom, it’s best to keep things muted and subtle. Low-level lighting creates a romantic ambience, and it will help to prepare you for a well-earned rest. Stick to bedside lamps or fit a dimmer switch so that you can turn down the lights and create the right mood when you’re ready to hit the hay. You could also use LED candles or even fairy lights to add cosiness.
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Embrace the darkness
As humans, we are programmed to sleep at night and wake when it’s light. If you’ve got light streaming through the windows and you’re trying to wind down and doze off, you may struggle. Ensuring that the room is dark will create the desired atmosphere and make it easier to get to sleep. If your room isn’t pitch black at night, you could add a lining to your curtains or invest in some blackout blinds.
Celebrating plant power
Plants can bring a beautifully fresh and natural aesthetic to the bedroom, but they also have benefits for your physical and mental health. Studies show that having plants at home can improve air quality and help you feel less stressed. With so many people struggling to relax due to stress, adding some plants to your boudoir could prove beneficial. Research suggests that exposure to plants can lower your blood pressure, combat stress and improve your mood. If you’re not a gardener, don’t worry. It’s very easy to care for houseplants. All you need to do is choose a spot with access to natural light and water your plants every couple of days.
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Take a walk into your bedroom. How do you feel when you open the door? Do you feel happy, relaxed and peaceful or do you feel anxious or on edge? If your room is full of stuff, there are clothes and shoes scattered all over the place, and you can’t see the floor for dust, now is the time to embark on a decluttering mission. Clutter can make you feel stressed, and it can make it difficult to switch off and get to sleep. Invest in some storage boxes or fit some shelves to enable you to tidy your belongings away or display them in a stylish manner. A tidy room makes for a tidy mind. If you’re guilty of hoarding things, try and be ruthless. If you’ve got clothes you haven’t worn for years or ornaments that are gathering dust in boxes, have a clear out. Decluttering can be very cathartic.
When you’re heading up to your bedroom to read a book, listen to some music or catch forty winks, you want to feel completely calm and relaxed. If your bedroom is full of stuff, the decor is garish or drab, or there’s no space to chill out, now is the time to overhaul your boudoir to bring a sense of serenity. You don’t have to spend a fortune to achieve a stunning transformation. Choose soothing colours, keep the room dark and tidy and set the tone with ambient lighting and an inviting bed. Finish the look with some carefully-selected accessories and some houseplants. Hopefully, you’ll have a stunning sanctuary in no time.