Top 5 Relaxing Bedroom Ideas To Create Your Personal Sanctuary
If your bedroom is not a relaxing space, you’re probably finding it hard to fall asleep when you go to bed. We all like the idea of having a relaxing bedroom sanctuary, but the reality is often far from that. In this list of five relaxing bedroom ideas, I’ll share my top tips to make your bedroom that relaxing space you can fall asleep in. Some you can get started on straight away!
1. Deep Clean And De-clutter
A clean and tidy environment is more relaxing than one that is dirty or cluttered. So if your dresser needs dusting, or you’ve let a pile of discarded clothes grow on a chair, the easiest step you can take towards getting a relaxing bedroom is to get cleaning and de-cluttering!
This is something that you can get up and get started on right now, without having to buy anything extra or plan any redecorating so it’s a no-brainer as the first suggestion on this list. Not only will de cluttering and cleaning your bedroom make it a nicer space to relax in, you’ll also sleep better, according to a survey conducted by the Sleep Foundation.
Top De-cluttering Tips:
- Sort your clothes by season, and pack of out-of-season items away.
- Reduce the amount of clothes you have by getting rid of anything you haven’t worn for a year, or doesn’t fit.
- Make your bed: keep it simple for yourself by getting rid of excess decorative pillows and having beautiful linen.
- De-clutter your bedside table (try to limit items on it to a book, a lamp, an alarm clock, and maybe a glass of water).
- Move any unnecessary furniture out of the bedroom (do you really need that chair in there, or are you just using it to toss your clothes on?).
2. Add Light, Natural Color
Giving your bedroom a fresh lick of paint can totally transform how it feels. Similarly, choosing a color theme for how you furnish the room can change how it feels. Color experts recommend using light, natural, or pastel tones to get the most relaxing vibe.
You might want to give your whole room a makeover in a fresh new shade, or go for a neutral look with hints of the colors suggested below.
Which Colors Work Well For A Relaxing Bedroom?
- Greens: found in abundance in the natural world, green is a naturally relaxing color.
- Lavender: purple is reported to be a stress reducing color, so lavender is a beautiful pastel shade to consider including in your bedroom.
- Blues: blue is associated with helping you fall asleep, so pastel blues or duck egg hues could be what you’re looking for.
- Greys: soft greys, used in moderation, can bring a sense of calm.
3. Improve Your Bed
Your bed is the centerpiece of your bedroom, so you should aim to have a bed that is as inviting as possible. There are a number of things you can do to improve your bed, or get it to work better for you . These include:
- Change the entire look of your bed with a new bed frame. Traditional box springs can not only look unsightly, but if they’re worn out, they’ll also be affecting your sleep. Change your bed up by getting either a minimalist but strong metal platform (like this one) that will support your mattress and create storage space under your bed, or embrace a natural theme and invest in a statement reclaimed wooden frame like this one.
- Refresh the look of your bed with nice new linen. Go for something in the natural tones listed above.
- Get a new mattress. The average lifespan of a mattress is around eight years, but often we push them way beyond that. A comfortable mattress that can support you adequately can be life changing if you’ve been getting bad sleep on an old mattress for too long. If you’re not sure where to start your search for a new mattress, I have some in-depth reviews of some great mattresses for you to read:
4. Bring Some Nature Inside
Did you know that in Japanese, there is a special word for the calming effect of spending time in a forest? The concept of shinrinyoku, or “forest bathing” has been shown to reduce stress hormones and improve your immune system.
Now I’m not suggesting you buy a hammock and move yourself into the nearest forest, but bringing some greenery into your bedroom can have a calming effect too. It will also add a pop of calming color, as I talked about above.
Choose low maintenance plants that won’t create extra stress in looking after them.
Four Popular Bedroom Plants Include:
- Peace Lily: this glossy leaved stunner thrives in low and high light rooms. They are easy to care for, just water them a little when the leaves start to wilt.
- Snake Plant: a striking looking plant that won’t shed leaves and only needs to be watered every couple of weeks.
- Aloe Vera: a robust succulent that looks great even in small pots.
- Valerian: with its pink and white flowers and sleep inducing scent, Valerian has been used to help with sleep problems for centuries. A Valerian plant will need sunlight, so pop it on a windowsill.
5. Get A Diffuser For Essential Oils
Certain scents are known to help improve sleep, so getting a diffuser and using it in your bedroom can be a great addition to your bedroom. If you don’t want to get a diffuser to use the oils in your bedroom, you can also put a few drops on your pillow at night.
Essential Oils Recommended For Sleep:
If you do choose to use a diffuser, it’s recommended you place it about 3 feet away from your bed and out of direct sunlight.
Here’s how one lady created a calming bedroom in her small apartment space.