An article from James Menta, Editor of BestAirMattressGuide.com
Interior Design by Talianko Design Group, LLC
Having Trouble Sleeping? Here are 5 Easy Steps to making your bedroom sanctuary.
Your bedroom is the one room of your house that’s supposed to mean rejuvenation and relaxation. I t separates you from daily hassles and offers a respite from everything the outer world throws at you during the day. The key to serenity is simplicity. Your sumptuous oasis of tranquility is just a few simple steps away. Let me guide you through them.
Ask yourself if your bedroom is your happy place. If the answer is no, then we have some work to do. We’ll turn it into a tranquil getaway you’ve always dreamed of and make all that piled up stress just disappear.
Why is a good night’s sleep important?
It’s not just about sleep, it’s about quality sleep.
If your bedroom truly is a place of peace and isolation from the world, it will grant you incredible gifts such as improved stamina and memory, stress reduction, decreased cravings, longevity and reduced inflammation.
Other side of the spectrum has nothing good to offer. Deprivation of good night’s sleep will award you with weight gain, depression, irritability, high blood pressure and cholesterol. It will deprive you of your optimal self, and that’s a pretty high price to pay considering how easy it is to avoid it all together.
So, if you’re into being all you can be, just continue reading, and I’ll give you some essential tips on how to turn your inadequate bedroom into a true personal dreamland.
1) Choose the right color scheme.
The color of your bedroom is one of the bare essentials. It will dictate what kind of mood the room stirs up inside you.
Let me give you a quick example. If you decide to go for red, it will be a place that feels hot and fiery. It communicates the feeling of intensity, not a good choice for a room that’s supposed to be your oasis. You’ll get enough of that at work.
You should go for the colors that have a soothing quality to them. Anything that will awaken a feeling that you’re surrounded by the tranquil, unbroken bodies of water is a good place to start, for example. So, colors of the ocean or lakes will provide you with that much needed feeling of you simply floating in the vast, peaceful infinity of blue. Unexposed to stress, work or any other mundane necessary evils, just drifting on the endless waves of your new bedroom walls. This color pallet can also be applied to your bedding. It will yield similar effects, so I’ll leave the final choice to be made by the cravings of your inner self.
On the other hand, shades of browns or tans will fill your sanctuary with warmth and comfort. And being a very warm color, it matches perfectly with the cooler, more mystifying shades. White is also a superb choice. It’s very soft, and it will add intervals of pure relaxation to your life. Granted, it’s not for everyone. Thus, the shades of gray will provide similar serenity setting.
Important and most overlooked thing in your bedroom is the ceiling. You should make it into a focal point by giving it a lighter shade, so it stands out and contrasts the walls.
2) Its majesty, your bed!
Tented bed or a canopy will cradle you in the sensation of utter privacy and luxury. They’ll add to the overall mystical theme and awaken that luxurious 1001 night’s spark in your bedroom. Upholstered headboard will conjure up an unprecedented delight out of some light reading before sleep.
Adding a plethora of functional, luscious pillows to your bed will only intensify the feeling of comfort and make you feel like an all-powerful sultan along the way.
Indulgent mood in the peaceful retreat that is your bedroom is best achieved with some fabulous linens. Bestow upon it the appropriate attire by dressing it in flannel over the winter and cotton during the summer. Higher thread counts will elevate you to the higher planes of comfort. Busy patterns are an unnecessary distraction and put a strain on your eyes, which should be lost in the infinity of your perfect wall colors. Solid is the ultimate solution here, just steer clear of bright colors. Pale blue, light green, beige or white are all but perfect for what we’re trying to accomplish here.
3) Placement of your furniture is key.
Fitting the scale of your room is the single purpose in your furniture’s existence. Tall bed is an excellent choice for rooms with high ceiling. Not so much for the low-ceiling ones. You are, of course, aware of the point I’m trying to make here. The furniture should feel natural, almost as if you weren’t the one that put it there. If it transfers the feeling of being out of place, it will harm the overall esthetic perfection of your room.
Bedside tables need to have a perfect height for you to reach without fumbling. That’s how putting away a book or a glass just before you fall asleep will amount to no effort at all. A pair of lamps goes a long way too.
Overcrowding is one caveat that merits our attention. Your furniture pieces require an adequate amount of spacing between them in order to create that beautiful and functional harmony we all desire. If your bedroom is rather small, a large mirror will open it up and provide you with optical vistas of a much larger space.
4) Let there be light!
Lighting commands the mood of your surroundings.
Recessed light, paired up with a dimmer will control the overall mood. A table light will evoke a pleasing atmosphere, and two pin lights on the opposite sides of the bed will allow for some separate actions such as reading and sleeping.
Shades, shutters or draperies are a must. They will darken the room and cancel the outside light. They will bring you that coveted sense of isolation from the outside world that’s needed for a true respite of any nature.
5) Keep the space simple and organized.
Remember also-DON’T OVER-ACCESSORIZE!
Bedroom is a sacred space, away from time and space as far as you’re concerned. Filling it up with dusty trinkets defeats its purpose. All technological intrusions should also be banned.
Make smart sleep-related choices and you will be handsomely rewarded.
And we just made a cocoon of comfort for you. Enjoy it, treat it as it deserves, and it will yield fruits beyond the wildest of fancy.
James Menta is the editor of BestAirMattressGuide.com where he reviews the best air mattresses on the market and writes about all things sleep.