Often, the bedroom is the last room in the home to get our decorating attention. It’s easy to see why it happens – first of all, guests don’t usually hang out in our bedrooms. Add to that the fact that when we are in our rooms, we go there mainly to sleep so it’s dark and we don’t notice our surroundings as much. Lastly, the bedroom is the easiest room to simply ignore, by closing the door!
But what a disservice to ourselves and our rest and relaxation if omit our room from our decorating and even our cleaning attentions! If our bedrooms are cluttered, uncoordinated, mismatched, or messy, we can hardly expect them to Our bedrooms should be restful sanctuaries that invoke calm, peacefulness and restfulness. So how do we go about creating the perfect atmosphere for a good night’s rest?
First and foremost, our beds themselves should be comfortable. We almost all would agree on the need for a bed that is the right size for you or you and your mate, and a good mattress as well. Many people have chosen a bedroom suite that includes a dresser or bureau, nightstands, and a bed that match. Frequently, nightstands will have a lamp for reading. It is important that your bedroom lighting be appropriate. This isn’t the room for glaring, harsh lights. A lamp with adjustable light levels is great for the bedroom.
The bedroom furniture, mattress and lighting are just two aspects of the overall ambiance of your room. Pick a paint color that is soothing and restful. Soft colors like light greys, taupes or tans, light blues, yellows or lavenders make good choices. Coordinating sheets in 100% cotton and the highest thread count you can afford make a nice upgrade. It is better to have one nice set of sheets that you wash and reuse each week than 3-4 inferior sets. Also, choose draperies or curtains that allow some light during the day, but can be closed if you prefer a very dark room for sleeping, or have the need to sleep during daylight hours. Make sure your room smells nice with scented candles or oils.
And lastly, don’t allow yourself to throw your clothes carelessly around the room or let stacks of laundry, clean or dirty, gather. Take the time to put things away and make your bed daily. Maintaining your room in a neat fashion is sometimes overlooked, but doing so helps your room become a retreat your mind and body looks forward to for rest and relaxation at days end.