Would you believe that the average Brit spends nearly half their life in bed in a lifetime, a recent study showed. Puts just how important it is to have a cosy bedroom in perspective!
Beyond keeping technology and dirty clothes out and bringing books and blankets in, here are six simple ideas to transform your bedroom into a restful sanctuary.
Your bed is likely to be the key feature in your bedroom. Take the change in season as a cue to switch up your bedsheets. Linen is a luxurious and comforting fabric. It generates a calming atmosphere in the room and is a dream to sleep in. Seriously, you won’t want to sleep in anything else. Except, maybe, silk.
Layering pillows and a cosy blanket on your bed instantly adds to the homey vibe. Cushions are a great way to compliment and accentuate the colour, style, and textures in your bedroom. You could even make your own cushion covers!
Use colour on the wall to create calmness in the space. Warm naturals are especially good for this: soft cream, coffee, blush, beige, eggshell, and slate-blue.
Wood, linen, rattan, wicker, unpolished bronze, wool: these natural elements add cosiness to a room. Reminders of the natural world around us and add calm. Why else are yoga studios filled with them!
Create a soothing ambience with candles or accent lighting. You could even do away with overhead lighting entirely and opt for floor and table lamps! Himalayan salt lamps, for example, generate a soothing orange-pink glow that adds something delightful to a room.
Bring the healing power of nature in by incorporating plants and flowers. Air-purifying plants like peace lily, phlebodium, and pothos help neutralise toxins in the air like benzene and carbon monoxide. Helping you to breathe easier and sleep deeper. Flowers like lavender and jasmine are said to lower heart rate and blood pressure. Their calming fragrances help you to unwind and chill out.
You don’t need to be an aromatherapy professional to harness the power of scent. Phew! Add soothing smells to help you feel tranquil in the form of scented candles, room sprays, incense, or an essential oil diffuser. Bergamot, clary sage, ylang-ylang, and vetiver are known for their comforting properties.