A restful, inviting bedroom lets you and potential home buyers leave their cares outside the door. But, creating a calming space may take some thought and planning. With the right design elements, your bedroom can promote healthy sleep and become one of your favorite rooms in the house.
Use Texture to Your Advantage
Texture brings interest and depth to your space. Soft, comfortable textures convey a luxurious sense of relaxation. You can add it anywhere you use textiles. In the bedroom that’s usually curtains, upholstered furniture, and bedding.
Bedding made of natural fabrics like linen and cotton grow softer with time. They’re also incredibly breathable so you won’t overheat in the summer. Try varying the textures of your throw pillows too. Here’s where you can add a little extra luxury with velvet or masculinity with corduroy.
Rugs and curtains can add texture but serve as sound and light barriers as well. If you still want to welcome sun into the room, consider blinds or a second sheer layer to welcome sunshine during the day. Remember, the less light and sound you have in the bedroom the better you’ll be able to sleep.
Keep Clutter Under Control
The chaos of clutter can prevent can leave you tense with pent-up stress. Considering that stress is a major cause of insomnia, you’ll want to do everything you can to reduce it in the bedroom. Get clutter under control by:
- Reducing Your Wardrobe: It’s time to go through the closet and get rid of anything you haven’t worn in the last year. If it doesn’t fit, needs repair, or went out style 10 years ago, nix it.
- Utilizing Under Bed Storage: Under bed storage containers are perfect for seasonal clothing or other items you don’t access often. You can even find containers with wheels for better mobility.
- Using a Nightstand with Drawers: Open shelving lends itself to clutter. Keep all your nighttime necessities in drawers so they’re neatly hidden.
Use a Calming Color Palette
Color can have a powerful psychological impact. Shades of red, orange, and bright yellows are known to invigorate
and enliven your senses. However, that’s not exactly what you want in the bedroom. A survey conducted by Travelodge found that 58 percent of the 2,000 people surveyed slept better and longer in blue rooms. Other cool colors like green, gray, and white don’t overstimulate the senses so you can relax and sleep better.
Make the Mattress a Priority
Your mattress might be covered with beautiful bedding, but it’s what lies beneath that will prevent morning aches and pains. A good mattress should support both your weight and preferred sleep position – back, side, or stomach. You want something that’s firm enough to keep your spine aligned but doesn’t leave you floating on top of the mattress.
Today, there are more models to choose from than ever before. You’ve got the innerspring, memory foam, latex, and hybrids that combine features of the other three types. Many manufacturers offer a 30 to 90-day return period so you’ll get a good idea if the mattress works for you before you’re committed. You’ll just have to decide if you want to hang on to your old mattress until you’ve settled on a new one.
A great bedroom should make you want to stay and relax while. The right design elements will create a welcoming space that will make you or a potential home buyer want to stay awhile.
Author: Ellie Porter
Managing Editor | SleepHelp.org