Anyone who has ever had trouble falling asleep in guest bedrooms of other people and hotel rooms can tell you just how important it is to see your bedroom as a sanctuary. After a long and stressful day, there is nothing better than retreating into your bedroom and getting a good night’s sleep. If you’re looking for easy and effective ways to turn your bedroom into a relaxing retreat, look no further. We’ve put together a brief list of the things you can do to turn your bedroom into a place of your dreams.
If everywhere you look in your bedroom all you see is clutter and chaos, you’ll have a hard time relaxing and falling asleep because you’ll be thinking about having to clean the place up soon. When you have chaos surrounding you, you’ll find it much more difficult to relax, and that’s why you should make sure that your bedroom is a clutter-free zone. This means that your clothes should be neatly folded even if they’re on the chair you keep next to your bed and that there shouldn’t be any kids’ toys or work-related mess anywhere. By keeping the clutter out, you’re also keeping the stress out, and it will help you feel calm and relaxed.
Opt for a bit of luxury
By choosing to have bedding, curtains, pillows, and carpets made of high-quality natural materials, you’ll pamper yourself and improve your sleep quality. You’ll find it easier to sleep on a goose-feather pillow that’s inside a pillowcase made of organic cotton, silk, or even bamboo. You should be layering your bedding so that you can stay as warm or as cool during the night as you want. Also, when buying pajamas or slips, make sure you buy the ones made of natural fabrics as materials such as bamboo, linen, and silk will allow our skin to breathe and you’ll sleep better.
His Majesty – the bed
The bed is the most important thing in your bedroom – it’s where you’ll be spending most of your time, and it’s imperative that you’re comfortable. Don’t buy a mattress just because it’s cheap – those expensive mattresses are made of quality materials and will last longer. What is more, you should also think about investing in a quality timber wood bed frame and get rid of your squeaky old one. If you can hear your bed squeaking every time you turn during the night, it means it’s time for an upgrade. All this might seem like too big of an investment, but it will be worth it when you start waking up well-rested for a change.
If you have trouble sleeping, there are a few things that can help you relax and fall asleep easier. One of them is soothing smells in the bedroom. Calming fragrances that most people find effective when it comes to sleep include lavender, chamomile, and geranium. Not only will these help you sleep, but they are also very good at reducing stress levels and alleviating anxiety. Try to keep a scented candle by your bed or keep a small bag filled with dried lavender leaves under your pillow and notice how much easier it is to fall asleep in the evening.
Pick the right color scheme
When it comes to bedroom color palettes, people usually choose to paint their walls white because they feel like other colors might be too aggressive. While it’s true that you should avoid overly garish patterns and colors, there is nothing wrong with some blue and green shades, or even a touch of lavender. These might be cool, but they are restful and calming, and they’ll look great in your bedroom. Even people who prefer a more neutral look can find something for them – pale paints that contain just a hint of these colors will do the trick.
It wouldn’t be fair if we left out another of your senses out of the picture as certain sounds (or the absence of sound) can help improve the quality of sleep. If noise bothers you, don’t hesitate to keep earplugs on your bedside table, but make sure your alarm is loud enough to wake you up in the morning. Otherwise, you could always play calming music or sounds of ocean waves and allow them to lull you to sleep.
Decorating or renovating a bedroom doesn’t have to be difficult or costly if you take some time to prepare and allow yourself to improvise and get creative. Working with what you have is a great way to save money, and different DIY projects will help you improve your skills and perhaps even develop some new ones. All this will surely transform your boring old bedroom into a truly relaxing retreat you’ll look forward to spending time in.
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About the Author
Mike Johnston is a lifestyle blogger and DIY enthusiast from Sydney. He is a regular writer at “Smooth Decorator” and “Divine Magazine”. He also contributed to several interior design, real estate, and environmental blogs. Mike’s goal is to create and share meaningful content that helps and inspires people.