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Three Ways to Create a Relaxing Bedroom

Bedrooms are a popular place to make changes when updating your home. From a primary suite to kids’ rooms to a guest bedroom, everyone deserves a restful and calming place to unwind. Here, we walk you through three simple ways to create a relaxing bedroom you'll want to hang out in — awake or asleep.

September 10, 2020

If you’re like us, you want your bedroom to be a refuge where you can relax and unwind after a long day. It’s a delight to help clients design their perfect bedroom and, here, we’re laying out some of our favorite ways to make your bedroom the soothing respite you need.

Making the most out of your bedroom can make all the difference.

How many hours do you spend in your bedroom every day? We’d guess at least eight, and even if you're asleep for most of it, your bedroom environment can impact the quality of that time. On the bright side, it’s a room that serves only one purpose, which means you can really invest in making it perfect for your needs. And (another silver lining) creating a relaxing bedroom space you can enjoy awake or sleeping is easier than you might think.

Set the Mood with the Right Lighting

We find that the most relaxing bedroom is a de-cluttered bedroom. One of our go-to ways to reduce clutter while adding functionality and beauty is doing hardwired or plug-in wall sconces in lieu of table lamps at your bedside table.

Utility and Beauty In One

Make the most out of the surfaces in your room by lifting light fixtures to the wall. Then, the precious space on your bedside tables can stay tidy for the important things like your next binge-read.

Using a wall sconce with an articulating, adjustable arm has ergonomic benefits, allowing you to adjust your lighting to your ideal angle for bedtime reading. It also helps free up space on your nightstand for more soothing, beautiful decorative objects, such as flowers, books, or, of course, a cozy cup of tea or coffee!

Get Cozy with Layered Textiles

In a bedroom, “comfort” is synonymous with “relaxing.” One of the simplest ways to add comfort to a room is by investing in luxurious bedding. These days, there are so many options on the market, but pick a natural fiber, like cotton, linen, or hemp, for the easiest maintenance and for the softest feel against your skin.

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Cuddle Up

There’s nothing better than diving head-first into a pile of plush pillows. You deserve to be comfy in your bed, so don’t be afraid to go overboard with extra pillows and blankets.

Bedding, blankets, rugs — all the soft elements of a bedroom — are fun and easy places to add layers to your space with color, texture, and patterns, too. On the floor, we love to layer contrasting rugs together for additional softness and depth. On your bed, we advocate for going the whole nine yards: Euro shams, pillows, a duvet layered with a quilt, and throw pillows and blankets to finish it off. Not only is the combination of these elements eye-catching (couldn't you just melt into that pile of pillows?), they give you greater flexibility for getting and staying comfortable, whether you're lounging, reading, or trying to sleep.

Go Dark for the Best Rest

There's nothing better than a super dark bedroom to help you sleep. Lighter colors on your walls or bedding can make your room feel brighter even in low light. Keeping your walls on the darker side might be the difference between a restless and a restful night.

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A Soothing Gray

Darker colors on your walls help to offset any lingering daylight or street lamps that can be amplified by lighter colors.

We love deep-colored wallpaper or paint in a bedroom — or something neutral in a slightly darker shade — to help absorb any bits of light that might come through your curtains. If you’re a city dweller, the addition of blackout curtains or shades might be the answer.

You spend so much time in your bedroom. You might not be awake for a lot of it, but creating a relaxing space to take off the day can help you make the most of that time — however you spend it!

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