Your bedroom should be a place of rest and relaxation. To achieve this peaceful feeling, it’s important to choose the right furniture, decor and organizational systems that will make your private room a place where you want to be.
The focal point of the room is the bed, and it’s also where you spend the most time. Therefore, you want a bed that is made for the way that you sleep. Back sleepers, for examples can benefit from a firm mattress. The best mattress for side sleepers with shoulder pain, would be a medium-firm one that will respond to the shape of your body. This helps you relax your muscles and sleep with your spine aligned.
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Designer Tanya Lacourse recommends that if you aren’t currently in the market to upgrade your entire mattress set, you could improve your sleeping arrangements just by replacing your box spring. An egg crate mattress topper can also help.
One easy upgrade that you can make to improve the mood of your room is to add a coat of paint to the walls. You shouldn’t necessarily pick your favorite color. Research has shown that certain hues are best for happiness and relaxation in your room. One study at Amsterdam’s Vrije University suggested that green is the color most associated with happiness, so you might want to consider a soft green, such as one that reminds you of nature and the outdoors.
Another set of research, this one from the University of British Columbia, linked blue walls to increased creativity. If your room is where to go to recharge, you might benefit from the creative burst that a blue paint job can inspire.
A cluttered room can be associated with depression, anxiety and irritability. Researchers at Princeton discovered that the abundance of mental stimuli that you receive when you are in a cluttered room can contribute to adverse mental health outcomes.
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Make your room a haven by implementing organizational strategies. First of all, clean off all of your cluttered surfaces, such as dressers and nightstands. Throw items away if you have to or just find new homes for them. Take stuff out of your closets, too. Put back only the items that you really need. Toss or donate the items that can go.
Then, keep your room looking its best with containers and closed doors. Shut your closet doors regularly so you can’t see what’s behind them. This gives your room a streamlined appearance. The same goes for dresser drawers.
Use the under-bed area to your advantage. Clean the junk out from under here. Then, purchase storage containers designed for this space and use them to store out-of-season clothes or other items that you don’t need to access on a regular basis.
The right bedding will set a pleasant atmosphere in your room, and it will also help you sleep more comfortably. You’ll want a sheet set and a comforter or duvet. Choosing these in a matching color scheme will give your room a unified look.
A duvet cover is a good option for the top layer on your bed is handy because you can remove just this top layer to wash, rather than tossing an entire bedspread in the washing machine. This can help you stay on top of regular laundering and make it easy to give your bedding a weekly refresh.
Keeping your room pleasantly scented can affect the overall mood of the space. Scientists at Haviland-Jones found that floral scents are often associated with happy memories, so you might want to give your room a faint aroma of flowers.
Of course, one of the easiest ways to make your room smell like flowers is to keep real flowers in a vase. If you aren’t allergic, this is a safe, natural option. Plus, the presence of flowers can improve your wellbeing. Research has shown that hospital patients whose rooms include flowers can have improved outcomes. Even when you’re not under the weather, fresh flowers certainly won’t hurt.
Another safe option for scents is diffusing essential oils. Gina Badalaty of The Soft Landing recommends the floral scent of lavender essential oil. It’s a calming fragrance that may even help you drift off to sleep at night. Other floral essential oils to consider in your bedroom are ylang ylang, jasmine, rose and chamomile.
With some simple decor changes, you can soon have the perfect bedroom. It will be a place where you look forward to retreating at the end of the day, and you’ll drift off to a comfortable sleep every night. With the right bed and bedding, the perfect color on the walls, a pleasant scent and decluttered organization, your private room will soon be your favorite spot in the whole house.