All of us deserve a beautiful bedroom. Life can get so busy and chaotic, so having a relaxing bedroom to retreat to each evening is so important. A nice space will help you to feel calm and unwind more easily. Plus as your bedroom is so personal, it’s nice to customize it and make it all about you. Here are some of the ways you can transform your room into a Pinterest- worthy space you can be truly proud of!
Colors and Theme
Your color scheme is essential to the look of your room, so browse through plenty of photos for inspiration before taking the plunge. Ideally, you will go for soft, calming colors or neutrals which work with everything. Keep it light so that you don’t enclose in the space. As well as choosing colors it’s also useful to decide on a theme. This helps everything to tie together nicely once it’s finished. Will you go for romantic shabby chic, industrial modern, glam and girly? Either way, it’s something to decide on early on for the best effect.
Storage and Furniture
Having somewhere to store your possessions in your room is important so you will need to plan carefully to find out what will and won’t work. If you’re ordering furniture online always take measurements, you can use masking tape to map out the size of the floor, so you know 100% if everything will fit. You need enough furniture and storage to house your belongings, but without it completely dominating the room. You can get smart and use baskets on wall shelves to hold items or get some pretty storage boxes to put on top of your wardrobe. Tall, narrow chests can hold a lot of items but without taking up much floor space, so are useful in smaller bedrooms.
Bed, Headboard, and Mattress
As the main feature in the room, the bed is something you need to get right. As well as how it looks visually, a comfortable bed is also crucial for good sleep. Poor sleep can cause all manner of physical and mental health conditions, so it’s worth getting the best you can afford. Go with a sturdy bed base, with a headboard that matches the rest of your room for the best finish. Spend time trying out different mattresses, you need something that will support your body and which feels neither too hard or too soft. Foam mattresses such as memory foam, gel, and latex always perform better than springs in independent tests so it might be time to upgrade if you’re still using a sprung mattress. Regarding the size of the bed, the biggest beds are always going to be the most comfortable. But you need to bear in mind the size of the room. You should be able to comfortably fit one bedside table at the side if it’s a single if it’s a double or bigger you should be able to fit a bedside table each side. Something to bear in mind when you’re planning out your room.
Pillows and Duvets
Plush pillows and duvets will make the bed look fantastic, but of course, they’re practical too. Your pillow should comfortably support your head and neck, the exact firmness will depend on your body shape and personal preference. Duvets should be suitable for the time of year, ideally, you will have one lighter spring/ summer duvet and a thicker autumn/ winter one. As well as your regular pillow, adding some other pillows behind them will plump everything up and give you that luxurious hotel feels to your room.
Your room is a relaxing and calm space to unwind. And so soft mood lighting is a must. This is useful if you’re reading a book in the evening, getting ready for bed or even meditating. Standard lamps too are also useful if you need something a bit brighter, perhaps if you’re getting ready at night or in the morning and it’s still dark. It saves you from having to put a big bright overhead light on! Scented candles are another way to add ambiance and give a soft glow to the room. They’re lovely to relax with all year round, but especially when it’s cold and dreary outside. Your overhead light fitting should also be taken into consideration. You will need a piece that’s neither too large or too small. It should look balanced in the space, not dominating or ‘lost’ on the ceiling. Fairy lights also look very Pinterest-worthy, you could go with a hanging fairy light curtain or wrap an LED set around your headboard.
Your accessories are what give your room personality and make it custom to you. Family photos, sentimental trinkets and other things you love are all likely to feature. If you have lots of smaller items, consider grouping them together on a pretty tray. This will help to keep everything looking neat and organized. For decorative accessories, have a think about the theme you decided on. For example, a shabby chic theme would work well with vases of faux flowers, a patchwork bedspread and rustic wicker storage baskets. Go with rugs, decorative cushions, candles, flowers and wall art to bring your space to live and let it reflect you.
Window treatments are possibly one of the most important features in the bedroom after the bed, and definitely not something to overlook. While you will want to choose curtains that match the rest of your room, they also need to be effective in blocking out the light. Traffic, streetlights and the sun coming up in the morning are all likely to wake you up and disturb your sleep. Opt for thick blackout curtains which will keep out draughts as well as light. You could even go a step further and have shutters or blinds fitted too. You’ll get a far better night’s sleep in a dark room.
If you suffer from allergies, the bedroom is likely to be one place in the home where you really suffer. Dust mites feast on our shedded skin (ew), and the powerful digestive waste they produce can irritate some people. We can never get rid of these microscopic creatures completely, but there are ways of keeping their numbers down. Regularly wash bedding and soft furnishings on the hottest cycle in your washing machine. Dust and hoover properly, being sure to get behind beds and under furniture. Replacing your mattress and pillow after the recommended time is essential too since these things are traps for dust mites. Switching to a bamboo pillow can help if you’re fed up of a scratchy throat and watery eyes. They’re naturally hypoallergenic so can help with most allergy sufferers. You can find bamboo pillow reviews online to see if they’re right for you. A Pinterest-worthy room is generally styled to perfection. While this might not be realistic for daily life, it’s nice to keep everything tidy and organized. It’s nice to get into a bed that’s been properly made, and not just climb into a pile of sheets.
Does your bedroom double up as your home office, gym, ironing room, craft room or something else? It makes sense, not everyone has the luxury of having spare rooms in their home for these kinds of things. However, if you can, try and keep your room just about sleep and relaxation. If you can move your computer or exercise equipment somewhere else, it’s worth doing so. Blinking LED lights and computer screens can drastically affect your sleep cycle, so if you’re struggling to drift off at night, this could be why. If you can’t move your equipment, at least make sure you’re switching off your technology at night and not just leaving it on standby. If you can clear away your iron, ironing board, and washing basket into a cupboard elsewhere, do that. Keeping the room serene, clean and calm creates a much better environment for both falling asleep and waking up to.
Fixtures and Fittings
Finally, something you might not have given much thought to is the fixtures and fittings. These are things like light switches, plug sockets, door handles and curtain poles. Pick a metal and then buy each of these items in the same kind of metal. It makes your room look more expensive as well as cohesive. It certainly beats the cheap looking white plastic fixtures that come as standard in most homes. Whether you go with brushed steel, polished steel, brass, gunmetal or something else is completely up to you. If you have a metal bed base, you’re best matching everything else to this to keep it all tied together.
There’s a lot that goes into making a gorgeous bedroom. But it’s so worth it, and having a space, you’re happy relaxing in can improve your life in so many ways. So treat yourself, give yourself the bedroom you deserve. Push the boat out and spend the money on it- you’re worth it!
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