For many of us, our bedrooms are the ultimate place for relaxation in our homes. But, in a time where we’re spending more and more time at home, and doubling up these spaces as working environments, it’s more important than ever to create a stress-free haven in our bedrooms.
From colours to creating separate areas for certain activities, there’s a whole host of ways to curate calm and tranquillity in your bedroom. If you want to reinvent your space and de-stress your mind when you spend time in your bedtime sanctuary, consider these tips.
The first step to creating a stress-free haven in your bedroom is to remove all unnecessary clutter from your space, keeping your bedroom as clear as possible. Having a cluttered room can lead to having a cluttered mind, so this is one of the most important parts of creating that haven. Make sure you have plenty of storage so that all of your clothes are put away, and not piled up on that random chair in the corner of the room – we’ve all been there!
Keep your workspace separate
Another really important part of transforming your bedroom is making sure that you keep your working-from-home space separate from your place of relaxation. This can sometimes be difficult, in a time where we’re finding ourselves predominantly working from our homes. The ideal scenario is working from a different room, other than your bedroom, but if that’s not an option for you, then there are still a few things you can do to keep work and leisure separate.
If your space allows it, try not to work from your bed. Setting up a desk in your bedroom is a great way to break the connection between working and relaxing, or perhaps you could double-up your dressing table as a temporary desk area. If you have no choice but to work from your bed, it’s a good idea to invest in a lap table to give you the closest thing to a desk that your space allows. We also recommend not getting under the duvet – although we know how tempting that may be!
Incorporate floral patterns
A great way to transform your bedroom is to incorporate patterns – in particular, florals. The main benefit of including floral patterns in your room is that they can promote a fresh and relaxing atmosphere, with calming effects. Of course, having a vase of fresh flowers by your bed would be ideal, however, investing in some floral designer bedlinen can easily be the next best thing.
Jenn Feldman, a Los Angeles-based interior designer, encourages us to embrace floral designs:
“If you have the luxury of getting anything like a flower near your bedside, take advantage of it.”
Opting for floral bedding is an easy way to benefit from this, without the fuss or commitment of looking after anything living.
Choose colours wisely
The colours you choose to use in your bedroom can have a huge effect on how you feel in that room, and the quality of your sleep. Research shows that the colour blue has an effect on the autonomic nervous system, which is the part of the brain which lowers your heart rate and blood pressure, as well as having the ability to regulate your breathing. Blue has long been identified as a calming colour, with a relaxing effect that will help lull you to sleep.
There are many ways to incorporate blue into your space. If your bedroom could use a lick of paint then opt for a blue tone, or a wallpaper that contains some kind of blue pattern or block colour. Alternatively, why not invest in some blue pillows or a colourful blanket to add to your bed and brighten up the room.