Whether the ultimate goal is a man cave, a couples’ retreat, or a lovely ladies’ lounge, we all want our bedrooms to be our own little haven of tranquility. But how do you create such a setting? It’s really a combination of factors, and the tips we share will help you create such a tranquil oasis—the only hazard will be that you might not want to leave.
Accessorize, Accessorize, Accessorize
Accessories are your opportunity to reflect your personality in design. From these fantastically fuzzy pillows to that Bohemian jewelry stand you made in high school, you want your accessories to portray your innermost style. A bit of nostalgia mixed with the art of Feng Shui can be a magical thing. Be wary, however, of over-chotchkie-izing. As this article on ApartmentTherapy.com notes, there’s a lot to be said for embracing minimalism. One thing you can’t live without is a super soft throw blanket on your bed, and modern bedding can look great and feel fantastic.
Color Me Calm, Cool, and Collected
Even athletic departments at universities have done research on paint colors and what they can do to strike a psychological nerve in just such a way. A neon green is certainly not going to lend itself to peace and tranquility, but a calm and soothing gray could very well be the order of the day. HGTV’s Love it or List It host Hillary Farr notes of this soft gray, “This serene color is earthy yet ethereal—you’ll start to fell the calm envelop you the minute it touches your walls.” Gray and yellow hues pair together in a lovely and soothing way. A comforter with both these colors can be a great way to tie everything in together.
A Soft Landing
Where you rest your head is more important than anything when it comes to finding your true zen. Don’t skimp on the thread count of your sheets, as there’s nothing like that feeling of falling into a giant cloud at the end of a hard day. Of course, the mattress is key as well. The Serta Perfect Sleeper mattress solves everything from sagging to back pain. Counting sheep has never been this enjoyable.
Let There Be (the Perfect) Light
Of course, lighting is a necessity, but to set the perfect tone in your bedroom, you want to balance functionality with style. A ceiling light with a dimmer such as a lovely, subtle chandelier can get the job done. If you like to read in bed, a wall sconce on each side can be both functional and add a touch of style. If you have a large bedroom with side areas for lounging, a lamp can be a great way to add a pop of color and flair. Pendant or teardrop lights that come down just over the bed can also be quite stylish—just watch your head!
Feng Shui Your Furniture
If you have a large bedroom, buy a book on Feng Shui to make sure everything in the room is in harmony with one another. Consider a relaxing book nook by a window that allows in the perfect amount of natural light, or a chaise lounge chair with colorful pillows and a throw blanket lying just so.
Yes, we made up a word, but just go with it. You’ve decorated your room in soothing colors and tones, and made sure everything you sit and lie on lends itself to the deepest sense of relaxation. Now what? It’s now time for the finishing touches, like a sound machine and plenty of candles (use the latter with caution, of course). Consider piping the sound of the ocean or rainforest in your room as you sleep. Lavender candles not only add ambience, but they also have aromatherapy benefits. Touches like this will allow you to walk in and let out a satisfied, “Ahhhh.”
Use these tips to create your own relaxing retreat away from all of life’s stresses.
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