We spend about a third of our life sleeping and additional time in our bedrooms reading, getting dressed, and relaxing, but far too often, this room doesn’t measure up to the peaceful, happy haven it should be. Here are some quick, easy tips to make this important room be the warmest and most comfortable space in your home.
First and foremost, invest in a great mattress and comfortable pillows. A good mattress is a must for great sleep, and the right pillows will be the perfect complement. Since mattresses are generally kept for a lengthy period of time, invest in something you’ll want to spend years sleeping on. Pillows are also something that people tend to hold onto, so purchase pillows you’ll want to use every night. Visit Furniture Connexion for great deals on exceptional mattresses!
Now that you’ve got the mattress, it’s time to think about the sheets! Your bedding is another place to spend a little money since nice sheets can make such a difference. However, if you can’t afford luxury sheeting for all the items on your bed, spend less money on the duvet cover and decorative shams since they won’t actually be against your skin, and the most money on your flat and fitted sheets and pillowcases. The general rule is that if it touches your skin, you can spend a little more money. Depending on where you live, you may want to buy a few sets of sheets – heavier flannel ones for cold winters, and lighter cotton ones for hot summers. In addition, you may need an extra blanket for winter as well. We love the classic look of a white, fluffy bed, but like to dress it up with decorative pillows and a throw at the end. Just remember to pick bedding that will coordinate well with the rest of your room and that you’ll enjoy for a long time. People tend to keep their sheets for years, so you won’t want to buy a busy print you might easily tire of.
Make sure your furniture is perfect for you. Buy a bed you’ll love! If you’ve been wanting an upholstered headboard, don’t settle for a slat-back one just because it’s on sale. Make sure you buy the exact thing you’ve been wanting and consider how it will work for you. If you’re tall, you may not want a low platform bed that will be hard for you to get in and out of. Also consider storage: If you like to keep books, magazines, medicine, and other items near your bed, you’ll probably want a nightstand with storage to keep the area clean and organized.
Now that you’ve got the furniture, mattress, and bedding sorted out, it’s time to think about your more sentimental items. Keep photos of loved ones in your bedroom. Have a piece of artwork you adore? Hang it up for you to see and enjoy first thing when you wake up in the morning. If you’re going to keep knickknacks in your bedroom, store them on a tray to keep everything contained and give a sense of order.
Perfect your lighting. Your bedroom lighting should be soft, so stay away from harsh lights that are too bright. In addition to an overhead light, you should have a light on either side of the bed, preferably with lighting that’s adjustable so that if you stay up reading, your partner won’t be bothered with a bright light. If you can, have at least one stylish lighting choice, either bedside lamps or overhead, to make a beautiful statement.
Inject your style! For a bedroom that’s soft and romantic, add a canopy or drape mosquito netting around it. For a glamorous look, mix in some mirrored or lacquered furniture, a dazzling tray to hold perfumes and lotions, or hang some framed vintage fashion prints. For an ethnic spin, add some ikat or kilim prints and pillows. Put at least one bold element in your room to give a stronger sense of the style you’re going for. Have fun with your bedroom and make it unique – this is the one space in your home that is just for you!
Don’t forget color! One of the most basic ways to create a particular feeling in a room is to change the backdrop. Yellow walls can be cheerful, cool blue walls give a sense of calm, deep brown or even black walls can be dramatic and sophisticated, and pink gives off a soft, feminine vibe. Just remember that since it’s a bedroom, you’ll want to choose a color that is flattering (which is why green isn’t the best option) and calming (this may not be the best place for neon geometric wallpaper).
Remember the little touches. Keep your bedroom smelling fresh and feeling cozy and clean! A vase of flowers will look lovely and may give your room a soft fragrance, or consider using a linen spray to lightly scent your sheets. The first thing you do once you wake up is get out of bed, so have a soft rug for your feet when they hit the ground. And don’t forget to make your bed – it only takes a couple minutes, and it immediately makes your room look fresh and clean.
What’s your favorite thing about your bedroom?
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