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Ten Steps for Creating a more Calming, Welcoming Bedroom

Updated: Oct 19, 2022

Aside from being a place to sleep, bedrooms play a very pivotal role in our lives. A bedroom should be a place of solitude and calm. If you’re bedroom isn’t a space that puts you at ease and helps you unwind, it may be time to rethink your bedroom.

Tidying up

The first step anyone hoping to create a more relaxing bedroom should take is cleaning up. Organizing desks and dressers, cleaning up dirty laundry and ensuring your space is clutter free can go a long way.

For many, a messy room may simply be a nuisance that makes their bedrooms a less inviting space, but for others a messy room can have serious impacts on mental health. These negative effects can be bad enough to trigger symptoms of anxiety and depression.

Regardless of the impact a messy room has on you, cleaning should be the first step every time you rearrange or rework your bedroom.

Tidying up also means letting go of old things. The KonMari method is a fantastic route to take if you’re struggling to get rid of objects that cause clutter. Sometimes, tidying up can mean it’s time for an upgrade. Great sleep is only possible if you’re as comfortable as possible, which is why a new lamp or soft comforter can make sleep feel all the more exciting, especially on nights when you’re feeling restless.

Keeping pillowcases and sheets fresh

While washing pillowcases and sheets may seem like a basic part of cleaning, it actually serves an entirely different purpose.

Unclean pillowcases and sheets can exacerbate allergies and make symptoms much worse. The last thing anyone wants is to have the sniffles every time they lay down on their mattress at night. Fortunately, this doesn’t mean you have to watch your pillowcases every single week.

Simply running your pillowcases and sheets in the dryer, or airing them out a few times a week, should be enough to curb the allergic reactions pillowcases can cause. On that note, it’s important to have quality bed sheets and pillowcases that make you feel you excited about falling asleep. A soft, luxurious feeling bed sheet that gets softer with each wash can make you feel like you’re sleeping on a lush cloud. Investing in quality bedding that boasts a solid thread count is just as vital as finding a mattress that’s inviting.

Selecting the right lighting

Now that your room is clean and organized, it’s time to start making changes. One of the cheapest, easiest changes you can make that will still have a large impact is changing the lighting in your room.

Changing your lighting could mean purchasing new light fixtures or hanging string lights, but it could also simply mean changing your lightbulbs. A LED bulb that provides light that’s not too bright, but not too dull is ideal for bedrooms. Using these LED bulbs in lamps can create a much more ambient, calming atmosphere in your room.

A splash of color

The value of colors in the bedroom is often overlooked, but choosing the right colors can have a serious impact on your sleep and your mood. Reds, blacks, and purples may seem like ideal colors to create ambiance but going overboard with these colors may stop you from getting quality sleep.

Instead, opt for light blues, greens, and soft greys. If you’re a renter who can’t repaint walls, try incorporating soft colors through bed sets, wall décor, and appliances like lamps. However, you achieve it, strive to curate a color palette that is easy on the eyes and combines soft tones with dark accents.

Breathing in life

Most people are aware of some benefits of having plants in the home, but taking care of a bedroom plant may be easier than you think.

There are plenty of house plants that require little light and only needed to be watered once or twice a week. Keeping a plant or two can bring a sense of tranquility to the bedroom and provide benefits other décor options just can’t match.

A good option is to keep a large house plant in the corner and another smaller one on a workspace like a desk or on top of a dresser.

Create a tech-free space

Most people probably have a TV in their room or at least bring a laptop to bed to binge their favorite series before hitting the hay. While this won’t always wreck your sleep, it could have negative impacts.

Video games, TVs, computers, and phones can all trick your mind into waking up rather than winding down. While it’s not always possible to keep all technology out of your room, try making a habit out of keeping your bedroom free of devices when you can. At the very least, leave your laptop in the living room at night or position your TV i