Because only you and a few others spend time there, it’s easy to put your bedroom last on your list of priorities. But the bedroom is where you start and end your day, your go-to to space to rest and rejuvenate, to connect with yourself (and maybe someone else) and is a refuge within your home that’s just yours.
During these long days of quarantine, a space of one’s own has taken on new meaning. Scientific research underscores the importance of a good night’s sleep so creating a relaxing, soothing space is a must.
This is first on my list because it’s virtually impossible to relax when laundry, mail, books or anything else reminding you of your to-do list interferes with your ability to relax and turn off the outside world. ONLY items that support sleep and relaxation should live in your bedroom.
There’s a science to the way people experience color and its effect on mood.
Soft blues and greens, warm earthy beiges and grays, and subtle uses of texture or pattern help set the stage for a good night’s sleep. Here are a few favorites:
3. Window Treatments
They not only make a space feel warm, they insulate the room from drafts while keeping it cool in warmer weather, especially if your room is very sunny, and most importantly they keep the room dark when you need to sleep. Make sure your window treatments are lined, and if you are at all sensitive to light (sunlight or moonlight), blackout shades or lining are a must.
Surround yourself with things you love and give you comfort.
My nightstand has a few simple things that give me warm and fuzzy feelings; a bowl my daughter made years ago… simple and sweet and perfectly imperfect in a way only the art of a young child is.
She knew I loved blues and greens, so it fits in to our room’s overall aesthetic and is a great place to store hair elastics, lip balm and rings. I also keep these small figurines my parents got on their honeymoon in Mexico. As a small child I was enamored by them and their presence brings back sweet memories of my parents..
This is nothing new, but not so easy. While we don’t have a TV in our bedroom, our phones are a constant accessory. Put them in a drawer with airplane mode until morning and you will rest easier, I promise.
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