Out of all the rooms in your home or apartment, you probably spend the most time in your bedroom. As humans, we spend about one third of our lives sleeping, which is why we would spend most of our time in our bedrooms. Having a peaceful bedroom can help you relax and unwind at the end of a long day. The serenity in your room could also improve your sleep. Here are some tips on creating a calming bedroom.
1. Remove Clutter
Decluttering your bedroom could also help get clutter out of your mind. Only keep the items that you deem to be necessary. Make sure you have enough space for the items you believe to be essential in your bedroom. Try keeping any distractions you may have hidden and out of sight. For example, put the laundry baskets in your closet, make sure your night stand is clear most of the time, shut your closet door, etc.
2. Use Neutral or Light Paint Colors
Surround yourself with calming colors. Light, neutral colors can make your room feel bigger. You may want to avoid vibrant colors because they may trigger more excitement in your brain. Some colors to try include white, beige, light brown, light green, and light blue. Most bedrooms are easy to paint and even if you buy top-quality paint, a DIY project should cost less than $200.
3. Add Texture
Using different textures in your bedroom can help cultivate a peaceful and serene bedroom. This can help make the space feel cozy and welcoming. If your bed frame is made of wood, add a fluffy blanket or a throw made of chenille. If possible, choose wool or sheer curtains or a wool or jute rug to add texture.
4. Install Blackout Curtains
Too much light can make it difficult to fall asleep at night, especially during the summer. Blackout curtains will be able to block out the light from outside so that you can get a good night’s rest. They also keep the heat out during the summertime and the warmth in during the wintertime. Blackout curtains are made of heavyweight material and you can install them on a standard curtain rod.
5. Showcase Peaceful Artwork
Choose an inspiring piece of artwork that’s beautiful to you and evokes feelings of peace. Landscapes or still life artwork are good choices for art work in your bedroom. Abstract art with calming colors may also be a good choice. If you’ve traveled in the past, a large framed print of a place you’ve visited could also be a good addition to your bedroom.
6. Get a White Noise Machine or a Wake-up Light
These types of gadgets make it easier to fall asleep and wake up. A sunrise light gradually adds lumens of brightness, so you wake up at the desired time without a jolt of brightness. A white noise machine helps you relax at night because it stops you from listening to barking dogs, traffic, household noise and other distractions. Most of these devices offer multiple features. They’re also smart and come with apps that allow you to set their timers with your phone.
7. Use an Oil Diffuser
Oil diffusers use a carrier oil and an essential oil and they’re a type of aromatherapy. You can use essential oils that promote relaxation, such as lavender, chamomile, bergamot, etc. If you have pets or children who sleep in your room, double-check that the types of oils you want to use will be safe for them.
8. Store Electronics Elsewhere
Keep your TV, laptop, tablet and smartphone somewhere else while you’re sleeping. Instead of keeping your work laptop by your bed, put it on your dining room table. Rather than charging your phone on your nightstand, charge it on the kitchen countertop or in another room. Keeping electronic devices out of your bedroom will lower your stress level and help you sleep better.
9. Make Your Bed Every Day
Maybe you have a top of the line mattress in your room but your bed is never made. Making your bed in the morning can change the way you feel about your bedroom. This simple task will help you feel more productive. When you walk into your bedroom, you’ll feel more satisfied. The tidy surface of the bed reduces the sense of chaos in your bedroom. An unmade bed is distracting and can cause anxiety in some people. Also, knowing that your bed is ready for you to sleep in it promotes a sense of calmness.
10. Light a Candle
If your nighttime routine includes doing some stretches, writing in a journal, meditating or praying and your evening hygiene activities, light a candle before you begin. The candle’s soft light helps you relax. In the wintertime, a candle may also help you feel warmer. Choose a soy or beeswax candle, which doesn’t emit as many particles or chemicals while it burns. These types of candles also burn more cleanly and with less soot.
11. Get Fresh Air
If you don’t have allergies, open your windows every day. The fresh air will help you breathe easier. Even 10 minutes of the window being open helps remove stale air. If you do have allergies, consider an air cleaner for your room. You could also use your bathroom’s exhaust fan to improve the air quality in your bedroom if your room is attached to the bathroom. Keep it on while bathing or showering and then leave it on for another 10 minutes. Doing this will help remove the extra humidity and the stale air from your bathroom and bedroom. If your bathroom doesn’t have an exhaust fan, keep the window open while you shower and for at least 20 minutes after. The window’s passive ventilation will require more time to recycle the air.
Since we spend a ton of our time in your bedrooms, it is imperative that this space is calming and peaceful. There are many benefits to having a peaceful bedroom: being able to relax and unwind at the end of the day, getting adequate sleep, etc. Implementing the tips discussed in this article will help you create the most peaceful and serene bedroom.