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It’s easy to overlook the time we spend in our bedroom but when you think about it, it tends to be the one room we spend the most time in. Sure, a large portion of that time is spent sleeping but creating a relaxing environment is key to getting the most of that sleep and to make it feel as comfortable as possible.
While sleeping is a big part of the bedroom, let’s look making it the most relaxing room as well, helping you feel rested and recharged even when you’re wide awake.
Decluttering your bedroom will create a calm, open space for you to sit back and decompress. Try to keep only necessary items: Your bed, bedside cabinets, a dresser and perhaps a mirror. Laundry hampers are great for convenience but try to keep them hidden in a closet or just outside the room so you are not worrying about dirty laundry while trying to relax.
People know these curtains for keeping light out of the bedroom, preventing you from waking up before you’re ready, but they’re also great for maintaining comfortable temperatures as well. They keep cool air in during the summer and warm air inside during the winter. Keeping the right temperature is key for relaxation.
If the colours are too dark, they can make you feel claustrophobic. If the colours are a little too bright and intense (think bright red), you might find it hard to switch off and relax. Keep the colours soft and natural to maintain a calming atmosphere where the walls are just part of the background. Our solid pine wardrobes provide a perfect compliment to these pallets as well.
Using an alarm clock with a gradual, calming noise for waking eases you into the day and lets you wake up right. Think about the difference between shaking and yelling someone awake compared to a gentle and quiet “Hey….time to wake up….” with a soft touch to the shoulder.
Starting your day by completing a simple task provides a tiny sense of accomplishment while making the room nice and tidy. And looking at a messy bed throughout the day, or even when you’re about to go to sleep, is not the best way to relax. It might be slight but it will add an air of tension to the space that could have otherwise been avoided.
Whether it’s cold or hot outside, allowing a gust of fresh air into the room will instantly refresh the space and remove any stuffiness that may have settled in. Getting some clean outside air inside will increase overall circulation and airflow throughout your space. Think of the sink when you’re washing dishes. After a few loads, it’s best to drain the sink and start with a new fresh batch of soapy water. Periodically opening the windows is along the same lines, although not as dramatic.
Keep these points in mind but above all, make the space your own. Simple but personal touches go a long way so really put some thought into what you find most relaxing and incorporate that into the design and layout.