When the day is done, nothing is more relaxing than retiring to a calming bedroom. Especially after a busy day at work or the craziness of the holidays. That is of course unless your bedroom is anything but calming.
Here are several tips for designing a sleeping space that brings calm and comfort to what is the beginning of a beautiful … ZZZZ.
There is nothing calming about a blood-red bedroom or hot orange. Choose a hue like a gentle blue, soft sage green, taupe gray, or deep, delicious brown to create your calming bedroom and make falling asleep easier.
I can’t say it enough, blackout shades. Make sure you can block light with opaque window coverings so your hibernating state can go uninterrupted. Even that extra 30 minutes of shut-eye between sunrise and the alarm can make all the difference in the world and extend the effects of your calming bedroom.
While you might like to watch TV in bed, try and create a space that isn’t focused on binge-watching Netflix or Hulu. It’s well known that the light from electronic devices can interrupt our sleep cycles, so if you must occupy your brain before bed opt for reading to give you a calming bedroom. Or set the remote timer to turn off the tube at a certain time so it doesn’t run through the night.
Keep your room neat and clutter-free so your mind doesn’t go into overdrive when you enter. Keep clothes in the closet or hamper (not on the floor) and rid horizontal surfaces of stacks of bills and other clutter. Making your bed every morning makes slipping between the sheets at night feel fresh and eventful. It’s also a great finish to a tough day knowing you started your day with a job well done.
Light it right.
There is nothing calming, special, or flattering about harsh overhead light. Rooms should have three sources of light: ambient, accent, and task lighting. Ambient lighting for an overall light is suitable for picking a coordinating outfit or keeping you from stubbing your toe. Accent light can give your room a pop to show off fabulous art or beautiful window treatments. Great bedside lamps are a must as task lighting when reading those last few pages before turning off the lights.