Most of us spend the majority of our days in overdrive – racing to get to work, meeting deadlines, driving the kids to ball practice, cooking, cleaning and plenty other activities that rob us of our energy. So, it’s not strange that at the end of the day all we want to do is to retreat to our private sanctuary – the bedroom. Our bedrooms are the places where we go to nourish our bodies and souls once more. And in order to do so, we have to create the right atmosphere that works best in soothing our over-stressed selves. Here are a few ideas on how to use furniture, lighting and accessories for the bedroom to create a cosy and romantic space that inspires sweet slumber.
Create a Dreamy Bed
When it comes to our sleeping environment, it’s natural that we put our focus on the bed. And in a room that needs very few furniture pieces and décor, you can use your bed to add more visual interest and depth to the space. While in the past it was all about the bed’s headboard, now, bedroom designers have started to put their focus on the bed linens themselves as the most important accessories for the bedroom. You can even completely overlook the bed frame, and instead place a bulky mattress on the floor for a more romantic look. Crisp sheets, soft pillows and luscious duvets with soothing, graphic prints and relaxing colours such as baby pink, light grey, or soft blue will make it hard for you to ever leave your bed. Indulgently soft linens out of natural fibres such as cotton or bamboo are the best option for your sleeping environment because they are incredibly breathable and moisture absorbent.
Lighting to Set the Mood
But of course, the lack of light is essential for a good night sleep, however, lighting is an element that cannot be overlooked in any room, not even the bedroom. But unlike most other rooms where lights should provide functionality, here, you can get creative with including various ambient light sources that set the mood. A gorgeous chandelier that provides a glittery display right above the bed, an antique bedside table that provides a more focused illumination for your nightly read, some hidden alcove lights for a more cosy atmosphere – there’s no end to the ways you can use light in the bedroom. Oh, and don’t leave out the candles, because nothing can make for a more romantic and intimate mood than them.
Remember to Keep it Simple
The bedroom is most relaxing when it’s stripped down from unnecessary stuff and clutter. Regarding furnishings, remember to keep it simple – the bed, nightstand and wardrobe are honestly all the pieces you need. Because there’s little furniture, you can allow yourself to spend a bit more on a timeless, quality piece. As far as décor, its also best to take a minimal approach. Too many things can be distracting and make you feel irritated, thus preventing you from getting a good night’s sleep. Introduce a small amount of décor pieces like plants, an artwork or two, photos from your loved ones and other lovely items that make you happy or help calm you down.