Bedroom, Design Trends, Helpful Tips

Setting the tone: Designing a Relaxing Bedroom

Choosing the right colors for your bedroom is important because different colors can actually have an effect on your mood and how you perceive the world around you. Since you want your bedroom to be a private oasis in which you can unwind and sleep, you should consider using a color palette that creates the right atmosphere. One trick designers use to create a sense of calm in the bedroom is to start with a soft, muted lighting. Dimmable lamps throughout the room are better than one harsh overhead light, and you can add some personality as well by using paper lanterns or a string of lights above your vanity or bed. When you start choosing colors, consider cool tones like blues, greens, greys, and other earth tones that will naturally put your mind at ease. These colors are all considered passive tones (as opposed to active tones like red and orange), and blue is said to even have the ability to help reduce your blood pressure and achieve a clam state. You can avoid creating a space that feels cold and uninviting by combining blues with warm greens and rich browns. Another thing important to consider when decorating your bedroom is the use of electronics. Electronics can contribute to stress and should kept to a minimum when possible. Just like bright lights near bedtime, electronics stimulate the brain and make you more alert, which doesn’t help much when trying to get some shuteye. Also, plugging in your cell phone on the other side of the room will prevent you from spending hours scanning social media and checking emails instead of getting rest. Finally, remove clutter to cut down on unnecessary distractions. The bedroom should be a sanctuary that makes you feel rejuvenated and prepared for the day’s challenges. Using the colors that make you feel most relaxed, keeping the electronics at bay, and clearing unnecessary objects from the room can help clear the mind so you can make the most of your time to sleep.