Unlike the family room (where everyone gathers to spend time together) or the kitchen (where meals are lovingly prepared and shared), the bedroom is the one space in the house that is completely and uniquely yours.
For many, the bedroom is their sanctuary, a place where they can retreat into themselves and shut out the outside world as much as they can or want to. It is where they are completely themselves, and it is also where they can rest and get their all-essential beauty sleep.
Is it any surprise, therefore, that having the perfect bedroom to retire to each night is so important? Whether you’re looking to sell your property or simply want to start the New Year with a fresh bedroom, why not engage the home styling services of a professional, or take note of these tips for transforming your bedroom into the perfect, welcoming sanctuary:
Make sure the lighting is just right
While you certainly do not want your bedroom lighting to be a stark, harsh white, making sure that you have adequate lighting is extremely important, not least because you don’t want to have to strain your eyes every time you want to take a closer look at something. In addition to getting the electrical lighting right, there is something very uplifting about a bedroom that is flooded with natural light during the daytime. Make the most of whatever natural light you can get, while ensuring that you have the right shutters, curtains or shades to block it all out when it comes time for a good night’s sleep.
If you could only splurge on one room in the entire house, it should be your bedroom. After all, it is said that the average person spends a third of their lifetime in bed – that is a lot of hours in your bedroom! Not everyone can afford the most expensive or most luxurious bed linen or bedroom accessories, but do try to splash out on at least one item that is very important to you, whether it is ultra comfy sheets, top of the range pillows, an expensive mattress, or even a super luxurious carpet or rug if your bedroom is not carpeted. You will be surprised at what a difference that can make, especially when you get out of bed in the mornings.
Choose the right colours
The colour palette of your bedroom affects you (and your sleep) more than you think. Bright, fiery red walls might look stunning from an interior design point of view, but unfortunately, when it comes to the bedroom, going bold and beautiful does not always translate to restful sleep. Save the vibrant, stimulating shades for the other rooms in the house, and stick to serene, cool hues that will help you relax, such as pale blue, cream or pale purple.
Don’t forget the finishing touches
Sometimes, all you need to make a room feel more welcoming or more luxurious is a couple of candles in a relaxing scent that you love. Better yet, try putting a vase of fresh flowers in your bedroom if you can. Little things like this need not cost a whole lot, but they will certainly go a long way towards making you feel more relaxed and rested.
Turn off the electronics
This isn’t exactly a design or style tip, but it is one of the most crucial things you can do to make your bedroom the sanctuary it is supposed to be. You don’t have to ban items such as your phone, tablet or laptop completely – although it would be great if you chose to – simply turn them off and tuck them away in a drawer or cabinet when it is time for bed. This will not only let you enjoy a restful night’s sleep without blinking lights or vibrating gadgets nearby, it will also allow your brain to switch off.