Design tips for a calm and peaceful bedroom
The look and feel of our homes can have a subtle – yet profound – effect on our moods. Bedrooms should be a sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of day-to-day life. However, bright and bold colors, clutter, or too much furniture can leave us restless instead of relaxed. The following design tips can help you create a calm and peaceful bedroom.
- Splurge on quality curtains
One of the best ways to ensure a good night’s sleep is by investing in quality window coverings. The amount of opacity your curtain’s provide often comes down to personal preference; ideally they should allow in enough sunlight for you to wake naturally while being thick enough to provide daytime privacy. Those who work odd hours that require daytime sleep should invest in full blackout curtains.
- Choose calming colors
For maximum relaxation, stick to cooler hues for bedroom walls and décor. Blues, lilacs, and greys can foster a feeling of calm and encourage restful sleep; bright colors such as pinks, oranges, or reds can be energizing and are more likely to keep you up at night.
- Add adjustable lighting
More than any other room in the house, the bedroom has a variety of lighting needs. While low or soft light is ideal in the evenings when relaxing before sleep, bright light is helpful to wake up in the morning or when getting dressed. Adding adjustable lighting, such as dimmers to overhead fixtures, bedside sconces, or lamps in specific areas, can provide flexible lighting that can be used as needed.
- Keep décor minimal
Bedrooms can become a dumping ground of our things, particularly in an effort to keep common areas neat and tidy. Instead, try to keep furniture and décor in the bedroom minimal; clearing the bedroom of distractions can help the mind calm itself and relax after a long day.
- Turn off electronics
Increasing amounts of research has shown that electronics in the bedroom can decrease the quantity and quality of sleep. Ban technology such as televisions, tablets, laptops, smartphones, and even exercise equipment to keep the bedroom focused on relaxation and sleep. It could also help your body connect with its natural sleep rhythms.