Most people spend a large amount of their time in the bedroom. Humans spend, on average, 25 years of their lives sleeping, and that’s just part of the time spent in your bedroom. In my home, my bedroom is a respite, my happy place, and a space to get away from it all.
If your bedroom doesn’t feel restful, there are ways to improve it and make your life that much better morning and night. Start with these five ways to make your bedroom more “you,” and soon it’ll be your new favorite room in the house.
1) SETTLE IN
One of my favorite ways to wind down is with a book and a cup of tea. So it wouldn’t be right if my bedroom didn’t have a cozy nook with a comfy chair next to a window perfect for relaxing. Ask yourself what helps you relax, whether it’s yoga, a favorite scented candle, or a glass of red wine. Then create a space that’s perfect for that.
2) SOFTEN TEXTURE
Sleep should be easy, so why are so many things in our bedrooms so hard? Add softness in your textiles, colors, and patterns to aid in calming the mind and body. I personally love that my bed is a bit disheveled and imperfect. I can sit on it and not feel like I have to remake it. The linens I use make me feel like I’m sleeping on a cloud. This tip also allows you to mix things up for different seasons. For example, in the fall and winter months consider adding a fur throw or pillows, or an extra woven blanket for warmth. In the summer, lighten up with a linen duvet and sheer curtains.
3) CHOOSE COLOR WISELY
What’s your favorite color? The rule of thumb is that if it makes you feel good, it should be in your bedroom. Adding to the importance of color choice in your bedroom, the hues you choose play into the amount of restful sleep you get. Choose blues and yellows for more sleep. Avoid painting bedroom walls purple, because studies have shown that lessens the average amount of sleep people get per night. I’ve found that painting my bedroom a dark clay gives me a soothing cocoon-like feeling, keeping me very calm and relaxed. It’s all about the right hue for you, so get on Pinterest or head to your local paint store and play with color until you find the perfect shade.
4) PICTURE WHAT’S IMPORTANT
It’s your bedroom, so choose art and photography that is meaningful and beautiful to you, whether that means places you’ve been, people you’re close to, or art that speaks to you in some way. I love keeping my favorite images of my family in my bedroom, as well as elephant figurines, which are symbols of strength, wisdom and patience. When you look around your bedroom, you should see artwork and photos that inspire happiness and remind you of what’s good in your life. Family, friends, happy events, and memories make you smile more. So keep them close!
5) REMOVE WHAT’S NOT
On the flip side of all those pictures and art, if you truly want to focus on you and your healthy sleep habits in your bedroom, make it your goal to cut the clutter in a big way. But start small; purge unnecessary items like meaningless décor and clothes you never wear anymore. Pare down to the necessities so you can focus on aesthetics. Once you’re happy with how that looks, go bigger: try removing your cell phone from your nightstand for a few nights. See how much better you sleep without the ability to check for – let’s be honest – unnecessary interruptions and updates throughout the night and early morning hours. If you survive without it, keep it out. Odds are you’ll sleep better. Kicking the TV out will also add to your restful and focused bedroom peace.
Here’s to more rest, peace, and joy in your bedroom and in your life!