Most of the rooms in your house are full of action – from laughing and playing in the living room, cooking up culinary masterpieces (or just making what feels like a giant mess with your kids) in the kitchen, to enjoying a meal as a family in the dining room. But there’s one space in your house that should have a calming effect on you – your bedroom. Creating a serene and relaxing space is key to rest and restore at the end of a hectic day. Read on for my top 10 tips to keep the hustle-and-bustle out and bring the calm feelings in when it comes to your all-important bedroom.
[ 1 ] Calming colour palette
Cool colours are more calming than warm colours, as are muted colours rather than really bright ones. So stick with whites, soft blues and lilacs, and cool shades of grey to create a perfectly serene space that just invites sleep when you walk through the door.
[ 2 ] Minimal decor
Declutter, declutter, declutter! And I’m not just talking on the floor, but also on the walls and everywhere else in the bedroom. A bedroom that is too full of things means a lot of opportunity for distraction. The “less is more” approach has never been more important than in the bedroom.
[ 3 ] Blackout blinds
For a bedroom to be relaxing, you need to be able to sleep well in it. Your body repairs itself and detoxes whilst sleeping and, to do so productively, it needs darkness. So invest in a good pair of blackout blinds and shut out those city lights or summer sun. These days you can get really attractive blackout blinds in a diverse selection of styles so you’re sure to find something that matches your aesthetic.
[ 4 ] No technology
When it comes to a putting a TV in your bedroom, don’t. In fact, try not to bring any electronics into the bedroom if you can help it. Leave your phone somewhere else to charge and use an old school alarm clock instead (or, better yet, invest in one of those light alarm clocks to let your body wake up more gently). The blue light from screens suppresses the production of the sleep-inducing hormone melatonin more than any other wavelength. Meaning electronics used too close to bedtime can significantly change your circadian sleep rhythm. (source) Most experts suggest avoiding screens altogether for the 1-2 hours before bedtime.
[ 5 ] A high-quality mattress
Everything you put into your bedroom plays an important role in creating a serene space, and it’s not just the items that you can see. Arguable the most important item is the one you spend approximately one third of your life on. Having the right mattress plays a big role in how we sleep at night and also how we view our bedroom. If you can’t wait to lie down on your own bed because it’s just so darn comfortable and you know you’re going to wake up well rested without any aches and pains, then that feeling is going to carry over whenever you walk into a bedroom. A serene bedroom is one where you can sleep serenely.
More on the mattress we have in our bedroom below! (It’s the Olive mattress we’ve now had for five months and are still loving as much as when we first got it in the spring.)
[ 6 ] Fancy bedding
Having a great mattress is the first step, but adding luxurious bedding adds that finishing touch. For maximum comfort and coziness, have a high-quality down pillow and comforter on the inside, and high-thread count Egyptian or pima cotton, silk, bamboo blend, or linen sheets on the outside.
[ 7 ] Adjustable lighting
Soft, soothing light that you can adjust in brightness is ideal in your bedroom. So, if nothing else, install a dimmer in your bedroom so you can control the level of light in your bedroom. Bedside lamps and scones that emit a warm, diffused light are a great way to add a bit of coziness into the room.
[ 8 ] Properly positioned bed
Generally speaking, to create an inviting space, you’ll want the hero piece of furniture (that you sit or lie on) to be one of the first things you see when you walk into a room so that you feel drawn to it. So for your bedroom, that’s your bed. Having the foot of the bed face the door will make you instantly want to lie down when you walk into your room. There are of course exceptions to this (like a window view worth facing), but, for the most part, it’s good rule to follow.
[ 9 ] A cozy rug
When you take off your slippers and climb into bed, have the last feeling on your feet be one of pure bliss. A thick, shaggy rug or faux sheepskin will make it feel like your feet are getting a massage every time you step into or out of bed.
[ 10 ] Add your favourite books
In today’s technological world, we’re less inclined than ever to pick up a book (rather than our phone or a tablet) when we want to unwind. But nothing quite beats a cup of hot tea and a good book, especially before you sleep. Fill your room with a few of your absolute favourite books as well as those on your must-read list, so that you’re reminded to pick up a book every time you’re in your bedroom. And since you’re not bringing electronics in, it’s the perfect way to finish your day before hitting the snooze button.
Last spring, we updated our old spring mattress to a memory foam Olive mattress and I’m still so glad that we did! Olive is a new Canadian company that offers mattresses that come with an ultra-soft antibacterial and hypoallergenic cover stretched over three layers of breathable, temperature-controlled memory foam. It’s both super comfy and stylish to boot (because why not have a mattress that looks good on laundry day, ya know?).
This is our very first foam mattress and I’ve definitely become a foam convert. I love that I just sink into the mattress but am not sore the next morning from it being too soft. It’s just the right level of plush and oh so comfortable. It’s also great for bed sharing because your partner’s tossing and turning definitely isn’t felt as strongly with a foam mattress as it is with a bouncy spring mattress.
If you’re worried about the logistics of getting a new mattress (bringing a mattress up our narrow, winding flight of stairs isn’t for the faint of heart), then Olive is for you. It arrives in a very manageable sized box that you honestly wouldn’t believe has a mattress in it. Plus they won’t just drop it off in your driveway. They bring it inside and place it exactly where you want. And even better? They take your old mattress free of charge.
If you want to read more about this amazing mattress (and the amazing Canadian company behind it), check out their website here.
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Olive. All thoughts and opinions are my own.