Bedrooms are the ultimate sanctuaries. When crisis strikes – whether heartache, loss, or simply unbearable stress – our bedrooms become our havens, our safe places. But what if your bedroom has failed to serve that purpose lately? Does your bedroom make you more anxious instead of less? Do you find that you have trouble falling asleep? Designing the perfectly relaxing bedroom is a lot easier than you think and can be done on a tight budget. If you are not satisfied with the relaxation your bedroom induces, here are some tips to make it better.
#1 – DE-CLUTTER!
There are few things as bad for a bedroom as piles of clutter lying around. Sometimes we stop to even notice them because they have become such regular parts of the room. The time has come to clear it all away. Throw away or donate what you do not need and organize what you want to keep. Clean off your room’s surfaces – tables, desks, dressers, etc. – and put all that stuff somewhere where it fits.
#2 – PAINT THE WALLS
If your walls are boring white or even worse – something more stimulating like red or yellow – consider switching to a more relaxing, tranquil color. Though colors like orange, red, and yellow might be good for some rooms, they are not the right match for your bedroom. Look for something in an earth tone, something subdued – maybe a deep blue or neutral brown hue.
The principles of feng shui say that symmetry is the most conducive to a bedroom meant for relaxing and sleeping. Ask yourself if you can make your room symmetrical – maybe with the bedside tables or the pillows on your bed. (Note: do not try to get that symmetry by rearranging piles of clutter!)
#4 – GET RID OF THE TV
It probably does not come as a surprise to learn that keeping a television in your room is bad for your sleeping habits. Whether you watch television to fall asleep, or only during the daytime, you should not keep your television in your bedroom. Plenty of studies have documented the negative effect it can have on sleep, so get rid of that TV! (It is also bad for couples and reduces the amount of sexual relations that are enjoyed in the bedroom.)
#5 – REMOVE SOME FURNITURE
While you are moving the TV to a new home in your home, consider doing the same with other pieces of furniture in your bedroom. If a piece of furniture does not fit, get rid of it entirely or put it in another room in the house. Your desk is a good place to start – you should not be working in your bedroom anyway.
#6 – PICK A COLOR SCHEME
In addition to painting the walls, you should make the rest of the room match up with the relaxing new color. Consider investing in a new bedspread or rug. Make sure the artwork on your wall works with the color scheme and is generally relaxing. (Note: The bedroom might not be the best place for that blown up photograph of you and your best friend partying on spring break.)
These are just a few tips to make your bedroom more relaxing. When in doubt about any specific element, simply ask yourself: does it help me sleep? Use that question as your guide.
About the Author: Lisa Steele is a professional home decorator specializing in commercial seating options. Her greatest challenge is finding new and unique ways to personalize each room in her house.