When it comes to sleeping I am either the absolute best or the absolute worst at it – ask my BF for confirmation on that one, so don’t let that pretty image of my bedroom above fool you. I either stay up until the wee hours of the night browsing the internet and get sucked into some sort of tech vortex, or my body does the exact opposite and never wants to wake up from my slumber. I am sure that I am doing things wrong and I keep hearing that I should have a bedroom/nighttime routine, but making sure I brush my teeth for 2 minutes after I breathe slowly for 5, and then putting on the same clothes whilst dimming the lights to the right hue is just not as high as it should be on my TODO list at the end of the day. But – with that said, your bedroom should be the place where you rest and relax. It should be a comfy and calm place where all of your cares just melt away, and you are able to enjoy just winding down (easier said than done). But, many of us (myself included) just don’t know how to create a mellow relaxation space that will help us destress properly. If you’re one of those people – then today I have some of the top tips according to the experts (and my biggest mistakes) in making your bedroom the place to actually get a good night’s rest. Here we go, wish me luck:
1. Go Minimalist
The bedroom is the one room where you really should embrace minimalism, even if it isn’t really your style. If your bedroom is too cluttered, your mind will be forever busy taking in everything from the mess on the floor to the artwork on the walls (check and check for me, if it isn’t the pile of clothes on the floor then it is the pile of tabs open on my browser). Your brain needs that free space when you are trying to relax! So, buy some storage baskets, organize your closet and take the ‘less is more’ approach to your bedroom’s décor.
2. Plump and Plush
You spend a third of your life sleeping, and if you’re like me, you spend a lot of time in bed doing other stuff too (see above for obvious examples of this), which is why you should make an effort to make your bed as comfy, plump and plush as possible. Buy feather pillows, thick comforters, and good bed sheets online and make your bed the perfect cozy place for you to sleep. Find what works for you and what you actually enjoy sleeping with. Don’t be afraid to layer up sheets, comforters and throws either – the more the merrier – and you can always remove them if they get too much, or if you are like me wait until the end up at a ball at the end of the bed, then wake up in the middle of the night filled with rage and give them a passion filled toss to the other side of the room. I digress – let’s keep going with this list.
3. A Functional Nightstand
You will want to purchase a nightstand, which is both sturdy enough to remain in place, even if you knock it during the night, attractive enough to be pleasing to the eye and functional enough to hold your water, a reading lamp and a book within easy reach. Yep, failed at this one already. I used to have very functional nightstand but of course I quicily traded them in for something more aesthetically pleasing like a floating shelf. Is it as functional as it should be… nope. Does it make me happy to look at… yep. But I wouldn’t mind a little more space to throw my 34 half drank water bottles or my stack of magazines before bed.
4. Shine a Light
Lighting in the bedroom is important. During the day, you will want to maximize the amount of natural light you get by using a roman blind or shutters, which you can adjust throughout the day to your needs. Then when it gets dark, soft lighting is your friend. I installed a dimmer switch on my wall sconces, so you can lower the lights when you want to get romantic and sappy or turn them up full blast should you insist on 2am dance parties.
5. Roll Out a Rug
Stepping out of your cozy warm bed in the morning can be shocking enough so if you are stepping onto a freezing floor you are in for a real rude wake up call. Adding some cozy textiles or rugs on either side of the bed are a good way to give your feet the warm welcome they deserve in the morning, and to make it even cozier grab yourself a thick rug pad so you essentially have gym pad under your feet 🙂
6. Add Aromas
I am good at this one and could potentially be crowned the king of candles. I love nothing more than coming home after work and lighting candles in every room in my house. But I can attest to the fact that they do help you mellow out and bring a bit of calm to your space. If you need a mellow suggestion then try Lavender. Rumor has it that it can relieve stress, aid relaxation and help you sleep. It all makes sense now why linen sprays are always scented with lavender.
7. Choose a Chair
It is always good to have a comfy chair where you can read, relax, put your socks on, or throw all your dirty clothes on in the bedroom. Depending on your room you can go with a few different varieties, but steer clear of anything that is all wood since those aren’t the most comfy to sit down on when trying to relax in your bedroom.
So, how did you score? Are you as relaxed as you could be or are you like me and about as hard to put down as an adderrall filled ferret on his second cup of coffee? What are your tips for bringing more comfort and relaxation to the bedroom, anything you swear by that I am missing?
***Photography by Tessa Neustadt