If you sleep for eight hours a day, you spend at least a third of your life in a bedroom. It is your personal space where you relax and unwind after the day’s activities. You can also use it to read and reflect. Many of your house guests won’t see your bedroom, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t put some effort into decorating it. Your bedroom should give you feelings of calmness, relief, and peace. Here are seven essential aspects of your bedroom you should consider when decorating.
Paint or wallpaper your walls.
Color theory talks about how colors have various effects on people. Apply color theory in your bedroom by painting your walls in monochromatic tones and soothing shades rather than bold colors. Go for gentle hues of green, blue, or lavender, which are considered calm and serene. You can also opt for jewel-toned tones, pomegranate, topaz, or toasty browns. If you decide to go with your favorite color, pick a toned-down version of it. Alternatively, you can choose to use a wallpaper such as one with a floral pattern to decorate your walls. Pick an even more toned-down version of the wall color for the ceiling. This will visually lower the ceiling giving your room an intimate feeling.
Pick simple but elegant furniture
The aim is for a simple and cozy but elegant bedroom. The amount of space you have determines how much furniture you can have and of what kind. Generally, a bed, a dresser, a bedside table, or two and a chair are enough. If you have space, you can add furniture at the end of the bed. Have minimal accessories such as a piece of artwork, family photos, flowers, and a candle. If you are looking for a house with a bigger bedroom so you can have more space, visit real estate listings such as Movoto.
Have enough storage
Science shows that clutter can affect your ability to sleep and cause feelings of anxiety. To minimize clutter, you will want to have enough storage space. You can go for a bedside table with drawers where you can put away things such as books, lotions, etc. or you can opt to use a skirted table or a dresser instead. If your bed has a headboard with inbuilt shelves or sliders, you can use it as a bookshelf. If you have room, you can use a storage bench or a trunk at the foot of your bed to store bed sheets, blankets, and pillows.
Use customized organization designs to make maximum use of your storage spaces, for example, shower curtain hooks on hangers, rolling clothes instead of folding, and even using drawer dividers for optimum organization. Having a shoe rack is another organizational hack. Some people also incorporate the bed area for storage; for example, you can put shallow storage boxes under your bed. You can also repurpose a drawer from an old dresser by installing wheels on it and use it as under the bed storage. A bed skirt will help keep these things hidden.
Incorporate a private nook
Have an intimate space where you can sit quietly and read or meditate. If space allows, you can have a window seat where you can soak in some sunlight or the view, or you can just set aside a corner with a chair, a throw, and maybe an ottoman. Candles make the space more intimate. For regular meditators, it can be a prayer mat with a cushion. Also, consider a rocking chair.
Invest in luxurious linen
For your bed, select luxurious and beautiful fabrics such as 100% cotton sheets or sheets with high thread counts. If you want your sheets to feel like those from five-star hotels, you can consider having them dry-cleaned and pressed professionally. It does not cost much. Incorporate sensual feeling fabrics such as silk or soft cashmere. Furthermore, have plush carpeting where possible.
Cover your windows.
Good curtains will add color, softness, and pattern texture to a room. Consider combining opaque roller blinds with sheer curtains. The sheer curtains will allow light into the room when you need it while the opaque shades will block out the sun when you don’t and give you privacy when you need it.
Install good lighting fixtures
Consider having three ‘layers’ of lighting, each with individual switches. Have ambient lights that illuminate the whole room. Have small lights for focused lighting, such as when you are reading or applying makeup. Contemplate having lamps with movable arms and adjustable lights to dim and brighten at will. Finally, have accent lights that wash the walls in soft illumination.
Your bedroom should be your getaway from all the stresses of life. Make it a room you enjoy being in. Try to void having items in your bedroom that do not promote relaxation such as exercise equipment and unnecessary electronics like televisions. As mentioned, it is a place to renew and relax and, therefore, it should be dedicated to sleeping, reading, and romance.