Wouldn’t it be nice to get better sleep by just changing up your bedroom decor? The truth is, it can make a big difference in your ability to feel relaxed and restful. Let’s go through the steps that can go a long way to creating an environment conducive to good sleep patterns.
Step 1: Minimize with Minimalism
This is kind of a catch-all category because it can infiltrate all parts of your bedroom. But it’s a great place to start because without getting a handle on your excess stuff, everything else is going to be harder to do. So, to begin your journey for better sleep, start by removing the clutter that exists all around your sleeping area.
It is super important to not just simply “rearrange” it but to actually downsize. Look first at all of your horizontal surfaces, such as dresser tops, end tables, shelves, and of course, the floor. Anything that doesn’t need to live in the bedroom needs to be properly put away or purged. Next, check your vertical areas, such as wall space or hooks that have been over utilized. Remove anything that makes the space look jumbled or overfilled.
In preparation for some of the other steps, it might be a good idea to rethink virtually everything in your sleep space, even items that may win out in the end and get to stay. For now though, make a cleared out space that leaves you a blank slate to work with.
This “minimalism” step is super important because it is hard to relax in a room that is stuffed with too much stuff. Just like your mind needs to be cleared in order to sleep properly, your room needs to be cleared so that it doesn’t overstimulate your brain or leave you feeling overwhelmed or frustrated.
Step 2: Pick a Palette
Now that you have a clear space to work with, think about what colors you would like to incorporate into your bedroom. Consider that it is best to use muted tones that are relaxing to the eye and mind. Stay away from anything bright or jarring to the senses. Whether you go with a deeper, darker color scheme, soft pastels, or neutrals, try to not overdo the number of colors. Pick either two main colors and one accent or one main color with two accents. This will give you plenty of room for creativity without overwhelming the space.
With your new palette of color, consider repainting your bedroom for a fresh clean start. Make sure you allow the room to air out for an appropriate length of time before sleeping in it, however, as paint fumes are very unhealthy. Another consideration is to pick a basic wallpaper that follows your color scheme and apply it to either one wall or two of the walls. Make sure that you avoid anything with too busy of a pattern. I especially like to decorate with wallpaper by using it as an accent on only the top or bottom portion of the wall and using a chair rail trim to separate it from the painted portion of the wall.
Step 3: Add some Art
Now that you have fresh clean walls, find a couple of pieces of beautiful art that exemplifies the feeling that you want to evoke in your sleep space. This could be abstract work, images of natures, or likenesses of people that are in peaceful poses. Stick to something that works in the color scheme you have chosen and keep it sparing. In the case of art, often times less is more. It is nice to have this type of focal point in your bedroom to brighten the space and make it seem homey and comfortable.
Art is a very personal thing and choosing just the right combination of pieces will ensure that its overall presence evokes feelings of relaxation, peacefulness, and quietness. Avoid anything too provocative, loud, or jarring and anything that feels stressful or depressing. Try to go for gentle or soulful art that makes you innately feel happy.
Step 4: Bring on the Bedding
As a final step to get your bedroom ready for a wonderful night of sleep, choose the most comfortable bedding you can find in your budget. Try to find something that comes in a coordinating color scheme to the rest of the room. Think of the words comfy, cozy, soft, and warm when making your choice. Add an array of pillows that are both useful and beautiful to this space so that it really brings out the “sleep” feel of the room.
If you are feeling especially adventurous, add a canopy over the bed to make it feel more private or to soften the room. And don’t forget to put down fuzzy rugs so that your feet can more easily transition from floor to bed and back again.
Don’t forget to avoid placing anything in your bedroom that will interfere with your sleep. Leave your office or TV in another part of the home. Don’t bring your computer or phone into this space that is designed just for relaxation. Only include a small alarm clock if you absolutely must, but mostly try to eliminate anything that has electronics or little lights, especially ones that blink. And if you need a nightlight, use a motion-activated one that only comes on if you get out of bed.
Remember, “the don’ts” are just as important as “the do’s” in order to make this area truly your sleep sanctuary. So guard it carefully from distraction and you will find that your bedroom decor will help you get better sleep!