A space designed for relaxation and restoration – the bedroom is where we recharge our bodies and relax our minds. Other rooms in the home are a hive of activity; the bedroom should be a haven of calm. Indulge yourself by investing in this room the key ingredients to create an interior perfect for relaxation and restoration.
You don’t need to spend a fortune to create a relaxing bedroom; a few changes can create a gorgeous sanctuary. We’ve highlighted ways to do it.
Research has shown colours can have a profound effect on our mood and sense of wellbeing. So, if you’re looking to create a serene space, your colour pallet is crucial. Choose restful colours rather than those which are energising. Bright yellow is known to be stimulating; red represents passion and lust but can also trigger feelings of hostility. Light purples - such as lilac or lavender - are calming. Green, the closest shade to our natural environment, creates a therapeutic space: choose tones of moss, olive or artichoke for ultimate relaxation.
Your bedroom should be a place to clear your mind and unwind. Sleep is a significant part of our lives, and prioritising quality shut-eye is a must. If you’re surrounded by clutter, it can be overwhelming. Piles of paperwork and heaps of clothes need to be cleared away: this is your sanctuary. Our recent blog on How to Declutter Your Home, offers tips and guidance if you’re planning a clear-out.
Use Soft Lighting
Lighting, both natural and artificial, can have a profound effect on our sleep. Our circadian rhythm, the natural cycle that regulates our sleep and waking hours, is influenced by light. To minimise light exposure close to bedtime and ensure you aren’t sending energising signals to your brain, soft lighting is recommended in the bedroom.
For many of us, our bedtime ritual includes a certain amount of downtime spent looking at our electronic devices. Remove this stimulation and temptation from your bedroom, to make it a more relaxing space. Continual entertainment on our phones or tablets before bed can keep us alert. Remove this distraction from your space and focus on relaxing in your room.
When a room has a dual function (for example, your home office and bedroom are in the same space), it’s important for the lines not to become blurred. This disparity can cause confusion and prevent you from relaxing. Not everyone has the space in their home for different functions to be separated but, if you do have a work station in your room, keep the area as tidy as possible. If you can, install furniture or fittings which allow you to shut down your desk, stationery and computer, so that they can’t be seen when not in use.
Add Comfortable Touches
Your bedroom should be filled with luxurious touches to make you feel comfortable and pampered. Add a Moroccan style wool rug for a soft and cushioned landing as you step out of bed first thing in the morning. Light deliciously scented candles in the evening, as you wind down before hitting the hay. Faux fur cushions and cashmere throws lend style and texture as well as cosiness.
Your bedroom is your personal haven to retreat to. Use our guide to create a relaxing, inviting space and share your transformation with us. We would love to hear from you: get in touch via our social media channels.