Stress is dangerous to your health as well as being simply unpleasant. The grating nerves alone are a great reason for creating a safe and peaceful place outside the torrents of the daily grind. When it comes to your home, you need to create a space that allows you to unwind. In a perfect world, your entire home would be a restorative bastion of relaxation, but alas, most of us live in less than ideal circumstances – an apartment far too small for the people crammed inside, a room that serves as a multipurpose dining/living room, or the stress dealing with lots of noise from the neighbors and their kids or dog!
Despite the chaos surrounding us, even at home, there is one place in your home where you can concentrate your relaxation efforts. And it’s an especially important place to do so – after all, the most important time to unwind is when you are drifting off to sleep in preparation for a brand new day. Your bedroom is the most important spot to emphasize relaxation at home.
Here are some great tips on how to make your bedroom more relaxing.
How to Make Your Bedroom More Relaxing
Start with Quality Furniture
Start by choosing furniture that not only matches your style, but is also built-to-last. If you choose pieces made from particleboard, they may look nice for a few years (but only if you’re careful), but soon you’ll see the wear-and-tear. IKEA and other “value” furniture is the same way – not only do you have to assemble it yourself, but it is rarely sturdy enough to last for years. Your bookcases will shake and your desk will wobble. This adds stress to your life. After all, you finished school a while ago. You’re a real adult. Why are you living amidst broken, wobbling, beaten up furniture that would look more at home in a dorm room?
Make your bedroom more relaxing by choosing quality furniture. You can enjoy it for years to come and be proud of your decision. You’ll save more money in the long run as it won’t need to be replaced or repaired as often as the mass-produced pieces sold at the value furniture shops.
Consider the extraordinary comfort values of the quite justifiably famous mission bedroom sets. This highly respected quality of craftsmanship is the current top of the range in solid wood furniture. Now look at the sheer range of designs and possibilities of these incredible works of art. You can actually see the lifestyle imperatives at work.
Choose Your Color Palette
When you are in the process of making your bedroom more relaxing, select one or two soothing colors as your base. Think neutrals or pastels, whites and beiges; these colors give you a simple canvas to which you can add colorful accessories. These colors will be the foundation of your room, the anchor. Use your rug, throw pillows and bedding to add some pops of color. You can also select an accent wall to paint a shade or two darker or lighter than your base color to add more depth to the room.
Though color psychology is not an exact science, some interior designers suggest using warmer shades (yellows, peaches, and pinks) in colder areas, and cooler shades (blues, purples, and greens) in warmer regions. These choices will visually adjust the temperature of the room, up (warmer colors) or down (cooler colors) in order to better balance your perception of the room’s comfort.
Color psychologists also recommend a few specific colors for their effect on your mood. Light purple is a great choice if you often feel rushed; it contributes a sense of peacefulness to a room. If you use computers all day at work, consider a shade that combines blue and green; the blue is calming, while the green is actually less strain on your eyes.
If your day involves a lot of risky decision-making, consider a light shade of brown or beige, which encourage feelings of stability. Taken together, the shade and temperature of your paint colors can have a dramatic effect on your mood and perception.
Don’t be afraid of patterns. It’s okay to select more than one to use together. A geometric-patterned rug with a flowered pillow can create an interesting look, especially if they share a common color. The goal is to create a space that is interesting and inviting, but not overstimulating. Stay away from neon pairings and extremely clashing patterns in your bedroom – they can actually make you feel more awake, the opposite of how you want to feel before getting some shut eye!
Read also: What are Relaxing Colors
Don’t Skimp on the Sheets and Pillows
When it comes to the bedroom, there are three elements that you should not skimp on: your furniture, your sheets, and your pillows. Thread count is the measure of the threads per inch – the higher the thread count, the thinner the threads are, meaning the softer the material. Choose the highest thread count you can afford and you’ll enjoy your sheets more – and for longer. Give yourself that pampering at the end of the day by sinking into a bed covered in luxurious sheets.
Don’t forget about the importance of pillows – this piece of material and stuffing is supporting your head for a third of the day, every day! Do you really want a cheap, flat pillow that won’t properly hold your neck at the right position? If you sleep on your back, you need a thinner pillow than if you sleep on your side.
Remember that old pillows can actually be a health risk – change your pillowcase often and retire pillows after about a year and a half. Don’t worry – after that time you’ve already gotten over 4300 hours of use out of them!
Display Only Your Treasured Pieces
The bedroom is a great place to display treasured pieces, whether that means an item handed down through the family or your child’s art. The key is to choose only your most valued pieces and give your space plenty of breathing room. Clutter is not an option if you’re looking to relax.
Define Your Space
Peace of mind really can be achieved, and it can be done entirely on your own terms. Your bedroom is where you can finally relax, partake in other stress relief options like essential oils and yoga, and simply benefit from the comfort of a wonderful environment.
Make sure you stick to its definition as a place to relax. Don’t plan on doing work in your bedroom and consider turning off your phone when you turn in for the night. It’s truly said that happiness begins at home. Make your bedroom more relaxing and you can say goodbye to stress anytime you like.
How do you male your bedroom more relaxing – feel free to share your tips in the comments below.
Carl is a writer who enjoys blogging about anything and everything that crosses his mind. He’s constantly striving to strengthen his writing skills and is continuously grateful that the Internet allows him to share his thoughts with the world.