Creating a calm and relaxing bedroom environment for optimal sleep and rest
Your bedroom should be a place of peace. A calm and relaxing place in your home; somewhere you can switch off and let the strain of the day melt away. By creating a calm and relaxing bedroom you turn the space into a sanctuary for you to rest your mind and get some much-needed, productive sleep.
A good nights sleep is often the ultimate cure for stress and mental refreshment. Who doesn’t feel better after a good nights sleep?
Being comfortable in your bed is obviously the most significant detail when it comes to getting a good nights rest. However, no matter how comfortable you feel once you snuggle down if the rest of your room is cluttered and a mess you’re going to find it difficult to fully relax.
If you’re anything like me, my environment significantly affects my mood! If the space around me is cluttered and messy then so is my brain. I can’t shut off from the external “noise” no matter how hard I try.
Things to consider when creating your calm and relaxing bedroom.
Is your room cluttered and untidy? Trying to relax when you’re surrounded by a heap of mess is not going to work!
Studies show that physical clutter competes for your attention, you become distracted by it and often results in increased stress and low mood.
It’s a simple fact, mess causes stress! Being surrounded by mayhem means your brain is continually switched on. It’s a constant reminder of everything you “should” be doing, that you’re not.
Clutter makes you irritable, distracted and unable to process information effectively. Processing information is one of the key functions of sleep. Therefore, clearing your clutter to create a calm and relaxing bedroom is, in actual fact, good for your health.
In order to properly relax and switch off once you hit the pillow at night decluttering is a must!
Our bodies are automatically programmed to sleep when it’s dark and wake when it’s light. Which is why you might find it difficult to get to sleep in the summer when the evenings are lighter. An early sunrise can also awaken you earlier than you’d like! By fitting some black-out blinds or curtains you’ll be able to control the amount of light streaming in through your windows.
Alternatively, if buying yourself some new blinds or curtains isn’t an option right now, you could opt for a simple instead.
If you have ceiling lights turn these off and switch on a lamp using incandescent bulbs. LED light can delay melatonin (the sleep hormone) production by up to 90 minutes!
If you struggle to wake up in complete darkness,
Choose a calm and relaxing bedroom colour scheme
When you choose your bedroom colour scheme, opt for soft warm colours, rather than anything too garish and bright. Soft muted tones, found in nature provide a light and airy feel and are by far the most relaxing colours to choose when creating your calm and relaxing bedroom.
Colour psychology says cooler blues and greens are the most restful and calming tones to use in your bedroom. The darker the hue the more relaxing the effect. However, if you prefer more neutral decor choose pale paints warm with earthy tones.
Think about how colours affect your mood and how they make you feel. When creating your calm and relaxing bedroom you should definitely take this into account.
Be inspired and find out how to match colour palettes here at better homes & gardens. Tie in any bedding, lamp shades, floor coverings and window dressings with you colour scheme.
Calm and relaxing bedroom accessories
Once you have cleared your clutter, painted and dealt with light its time to accessorise. My favourite part of redecorating any room!
Filling your room with things you love will make you feel comforted and relaxed. However, keeping a sanctuary style in mind you should stick with minimalistic accessories and wall decor.
Avoid overstimulating yourself by cluttering again! Keep distractions to a minimum especially any area in which you eye line falls when lying down. Choose accessories similar in colour as opposed to lots of contrasting tones.
For your walls, stick to simple prints or a single item of artwork. A gallery wall, for example, will occupy your mind, while your eyes dart about looking at each piece.
If you have hardwood or laminate floor choose a soft pale rug that will create a feeling of warmth, cosiness and visual softness
Finally, if you can, try not to keep any electronic devices in your bedroom, Tv’s, tablets and phones will divert your attention away from the calm and relaxing bedroom space you have created.
Reap the benefits
By creating a calm and relaxing bedroom you are providing yourself with a go-to space in your home where you can fully wind down and relax. Your bedroom can serve as a sanctuary, changing every aspect of your life.
Your bedroom is the first thing you see in the morning, being surrounded by a serene space will ensure you will wake up every day feeling refreshed, calm and relaxed. This will provide you with inspiration and motivation to carry those feelings with you throughout the day. A calm and relaxing bedroom equals a more calm and relaxed you!