Did you know that an ideal bedroom is really only fit for romancing and resting?
You read that right. Other recreational activities—such as watching TV, reading or playing video games—should be relegated to other parts of the home. Working and studying are also best accomplished elsewhere.
In other words, if what you’re doing doesn’t require a bed, don’t do it in your bedroom. You’d be surprised at how much this single rule opens up the most private of your physical spaces to higher beauty and comfort standards.
Approach bedroom decor and maintenance with a simple and stress-free mindset. Prioritize your aesthetic sensual sensibilities and feel the difference.
Don’t know where to begin? We’re here to help. Here are six design musts for a beautiful and comfortable bedroom.
1. A Supportive and Cozy Bed Setup
Your bed is the centerpiece of your room, no ifs or buts about it. There’s nothing more important than this big-ticket item, and you should treat it as such.
More than anything else, your bed should be what you spend on. After all, it’s probably the piece of furniture that will get the most use. First things first: Replace your mattress if it’s old, sagging or lumpy in places. Don’t make excuses for it, especially if you’re already having trouble sleeping or you routinely wake up with little aches and pains.
The same goes for pillows. In fact, if you don’t have the financial leeway to replace your mattress just yet, new pillows may be an acceptable step in the right direction. Make sure you pick bolsters that are compatible with your sleeping position and health considerations.
Contrary to popular belief, plush and fluffy pillows aren’t the best for everyone. For example: If you have chronic acid reflux, you may want to try a wedge-shaped bolster. A flat pillow may actually be more to your liking if you sleep on your stomach.
2. A Treat for Your Senses
The best bed isn’t just about the best support. If you can manage it, invest in high-quality bed linens that go with the seasons. During summers you will want light and breathable fabric. Winters may require heavier fabric and down comforters. Moisture-wicking and non-allergenic properties are ideal all year round.
Apart from tactile considerations, you may also include relaxing additions for your other senses. Aromatherapy candles and diffusers are a nice touch. Some variants of the latter may even double as small humidifiers that can add comfort during dry winter months. If you’re worried about atmospheric contaminants, you may even install an air purifier.
Itching to accessorize? Blackout curtains and rugs will help keep harsh lighting and outside noises from disturbing your rest while adding stylistic accents to the room.
3. A Camouflaged Electronics and Charging Station.
If you must combine sleeping quarters with an entertainment space or work desk, find a way to keep these latter elements out of view when they’re not in use. Use a shallow cabinet or small curtains to hide TV screens. Cover gaming consoles with a cloth. Put away laptops, binders, or reports in a drawer or closet.
A novel idea is to create a charging station somewhere in your bedroom, as far away from where you sleep as possible. You may have to flex your creative muscles for this project, but it’s worth the added comfort of having a designated place for your gadgets once nighttime hits.
Pick an area with a power outlet that you can obscure with a table or storage unit. Include a tray or container to organize your devices, chargers and charging cables.
4. A Calming Color Palette
It can be tempting to base your bedroom interior decor on your favorite shades. However, it’s important to note that certain colors don’t inspire feelings of calm and relaxation. Avoid using striking hues like bright reds or harsh yellows are main components. If you must include these colors, use them for small but impactful accent pieces.
Cool and neutral colors are best for bedrooms: greens, blues, and grays. Pastel shades are easy on the eyes and provide a cozy backdrop for sleep or seduction. Grays and whites are particularly great additions to your linen closet, as they can be used with most other colors and patterns.
This is not to say that you can’t use bold hues in your bedroom. You may use dark tones for some pieces to add interest and personality. For example, hunter green or royal blue sets of bed linens can be paired with comforters or throw pillows in a lighter shade.
5. A Way to Keep the Clutter to a Minimum
The best way to go about fulfilling this design rule is to figure out a place for everything that belongs in your bedroom.
Nightstands and tables can be useful, but if you’re not careful, piles of stuff can start to accumulate on top of them. Don’t add these elements to your bedroom without knowing what you should be putting in and on them.
Do you have a collection of books or knick knacks? Install some shelving to keep these items close together and off other surfaces. Do you find yourself leaving clothes on your chair, desk or floor? Consider putting an attractive laundry basket in your room.
If the issue is an honest lack of space to store your stuff, look for solutions that you can fit under your bed or stack in your closet. You can even prioritize furniture that can double as organizational features, like a chest or a storage ottoman.
6. A Breath of Life, Real or Otherwise
Indoor plants can improve your mood and help purify the atmosphere. Those with pretty features or blooms can also add beauty to a room. If you have a green thumb, don’t hesitate to introduce some plant life into your sleeping sanctuary.
However, some homes aren’t conducive to greenery. You may have a pet that can’t leave a potted plant alone. Your house may not have enough natural light coming in during the daytime. You may even have allergies that make it difficult for you to incorporate garden mainstays indoors.
In these cases, you may brighten up a bedroom with reasonable facsimiles. High-quality silk flower arrangements are easy to find and even easier to maintain.