Your bedroom needs to be a sanctuary, as it has to be somewhere you go to relax. Of course, it is not always this place, but that doesn’t mean that it cannot be. With focus, investment, and a plan, you can turn your bedroom into the relaxing, calming, and tranquil place you need it to be. Getting to grips with the key elements of your bedroom and learning to understand (and work) with the space is going to help you get the best end result.
Focus on the Ambience
Creating a relaxing bedroom is all about the ambiance. Without this right ambiance, you will struggle to fully relax. The ambiance is made up of the lighting, the scent, and the soft furnishings that are present in your room. If there is one element that is out of place (or out of sync), then it is going to have a significant impact on the overall look and feel. When you focus on the ambiance, you can then work towards producing a room that you want to retreat to (and not just to sleep in).
The Color Pallete to Use
Bright and vibrant colors can feel nice and refreshing; however, they are not always the most relaxing colors and tones to use. Focusing on introducing a soothing and calming color scheme or palette is what you must do. Using earthy hues and styles and using naturally inspired colors is essential. You do not want to use loud colors or tones in your bedroom (whether in the furnishings or in the paintwork). To get a color palette that you like and that sits naturally in the background, focus on neutral colors. Utilize pale colors and tones, and introduce cream colors where possible. These colors will then give you a solid base to work on.
Introduce House Plants
It is easier to create a relaxing atmosphere if you bring ina variety of houseplants. Tall, small, or even hanging houseplants can breathe new life into a bedroom and add those natural elements that can be hard to replicate. Certain houseplants can also help to purify the air, and you may find that this allows you to sleep a little easier at night. When you are introducing houseplants, always focus on how they will live and survive in the space. Make sure they have sufficient light and conditions to help them thrive.
Make the Bed the Focal Point
One focal point of any relaxing bedroom is the bed. If the bed is not comfortable or sumptuous, then the space will never be as cozy as it can be. To make your bed the focal point, you need to focus on the quality, but you also have to focus on those additional throws, cushions, and pillows. Plumped-up pillows and sumptuous fabrics will make a bedroom feel comfortable, warm, and relaxing. When thinking about what fabrics and materials to use on the bed, look at those that can be layered and those that add depth and texture. For example, silk can look beautiful, but it can be cold to the touch. At the same time, you may find that fleece materials and fabrics can add comfort and softness all year round to your bedroom.
Lighting is Key in a Bedroom
Soft lighting is key in a relaxing bedroom. But, you must also make sure that you take advantage of any natural light, too, as this will impact the ambiance as well. When you are looking at the lighting in your bedroom, you may wish to look at adding wall lights. Or, you may even want to look at changing the fittings and bulbs you use in existing fixtures. Going for a softer or warmer color, as opposed to a daylight brightness, can make all the difference. Lighting up certain areas of a bedroom and even introducing softer lighting through bedside lamps and feature lamps may work well too.
Have Chillout Spaces
There will be times when you want to relax and unwind in your bedroom before you head to bed. To ensure this happens, you need to have chillout spaces. In these chillout spaces, you may want to feature a sofa or comfy chair. You may even want to add a record player with Bluetooth that allows you to listen to your favorite music from your modern devices (like your laptop, phone, or tablet) as you are getting ready for bed or while you are unwinding after a long and hard day. Chillout spaces do not have to be large; sometimes, just taking a small nook from your bedroom can be sufficient. Having a dedicated chillout space in your bedroom will help you maintain a relaxing atmosphere and ensure it never ends up as a dumping ground for clothes and other items that can build up into a pile of clutter.
Good Quality Soft Furnishings are a Must
When you think about relaxing bedrooms and spaces, you often think about high quality too. Investing in good quality soft furnishings is a must. Cheap items that may look good initially will not last. Over time they will wear down and end up looking thin and lackluster. It is therefore important to invest in expensive and good quality where you can. Remember that you can get away with layering with lower-end quality items mixed with high-end pieces if your budget is already stretched.
Drapes and Blackout Blinds
You want to let in natural light where possible, but you also want to make sure you can block out harsh daylight when you need to. To make this happen, you will want to utilize drapes and blackout blinds. Creating elaborate and eye-catching window dressings can add a luxurious look and feel to your bedroom. Drapes that are made from fabrics such as velvet can add depth to the room and can help with the layered look.
Top Tip: The layered look and finish will help you create a relaxing space. If spaces feel empty or vacant, or if they feel unfinished and minimalist, then you will struggle to get the look. Blank spaces will never feel warm or complete, so make sure you fill a space appropriately.