You spend a lot of time in your bedroom. Especially if you live with multiple people, your bedroom may be the only place in your home that you can completely customize and make your own. So why not make it a place that you enjoy spending time in? Your bedroom should be a place where you can surf the internet, cuddle up with a good book, eat a snack, and, of course, sleep. Follow these tips to turn your bedroom into a staycation spot you’ll never want to leave.
Make your bed a focal point
No matter how big or small your bedroom is, your bed is likely the main focus the room. Transforming your bed into an eye-catching piece of furniture can change the entire look and feel of your room. Try using a vibrantly colored comforter with patterned throw pillows or a simple with duvet with colored through pillows for a clean look.
Count on your sheets
Purchasing a set or two of high-thread count sheets will make your bedroom feel like a luxe hotel room. Typically, you want your sheets to have at least 400 thread count to get that soft and luxurious feel. However, it’s important to also pay close attention to the fabric of the sheets. If you want heavier more durable sheets, as opposed to more delicate sheets, be sure to look for double-ply fabric. Also realize that not all cotton is created equal. You’ve probably heard people sing the praises of Egyptian cotton which is known for being soft and breathable. You may also want to consider purchasing Pima cotton sheets, which are resilient and perfect for large households, and sheets made from Organic cotton, which is grown without harsh chemicals.
Invest in a supportive pillow
If your head, neck, and shoulders are not in proper alignment when you sleep, this could lead to restless nights. Purchasing a pillow that is designed to be more supportive may help you sleep more deeply. My Pillow, for example, was invented to prevent the most common causes of sleep deprivation.
Pull up a chair
If you often read, study, or do work in bed, your mind will start to associate your bed with those activities. If you have the space, create a small sitting area in your room where you can use your computer, read a book, surf the internet, or finish up a project for work. Then, try to reserve your bed for sleep. You’ll find you have a much easier time quieting your mind when it’s time to get some shut-eye!
Add some artwork
Hanging a framed picture on the wall behind your bed, or on the wall opposite your dresser, adds a great focal point to the room and can also help to solidify the theme or color palette you select for you bedroom. You don’t have to spend a fortune to get some inspirational or dynamic pieces of art. Oliver Gal, for example, produces stunning pieces of art that are often available on sites like Gilt and Rue la la at discounted prices. If you’re on a tighter budget, framing several photos or prints can have the same eye-catching effect as a piece of art.
Adjust the lighting
Ensuring you have the best lighting in your bedroom is more important that you make think. The type and amount of lighting you need depends on what you plan to do in your bedroom when you’re not sleeping. You’ll need a basic overhead light for the simple tasks of getting dressed and putting away laundry. This lighting can be dimmer as you will probably be assisted by natural daylight when you are performing these tasks. However, if you plan to read, or put on make-up in your room, you’ll need access to brighter lighting that you can get from reading lamps, standing lamps, or directional spotlights.
It’s okay to be left in the dark
As important as good lighting is to support activities you may perform in your bedroom, attaining the right amount of darkness can improve the quality of your sleep. The reason for this goes back to human evolution. Our bodies have been trained to rest when it’s dark and be active when it’s light. Because of this, buyingshades or curtains to keep your room darker will help your body stay at rest.
Follow these tips to improve the quality of the time you spend in your bedroom. Simple tweaks to your bedding, lighting, or furniture can improve the functionality of the room and also the quality of your sleep.
May 20, 2016