If you stop to think about it, your bedroom is where you spend most of your time. With most adults getting an average of eight hours sleep per day, this translates into us spending approximately 1/3 of our day in our bedrooms. To ensure that the time we spend in our bedroom is maximised in terms of comfort, it is important that it is a room of rest and relaxation.
With that said, read on for our advice on how you can turn your bedroom into a real-life sanctuary.
- Cosy rather than supersized
If you need additional space in your room, consider building on an alcove or bay window rather than enlarging the dimensions of your room. A smaller room with interesting little spaces is much more cosy and inviting than a larger bedroom.
Try your best to keep clutter in your bedroom to a minimum. Make sure to put clothes away when they’re not being worn and to have a clothesbasket for clothes ready to be laundered. Install shelves on the walls to hold mementos and trinkets rather than having them clutter your dressing tables or bedside tables.
Many sleep experts recommend that you keep electronic devices such as televisions and laptops out of the bedroom. However, if this is just not possible, you should at least ensure that they are not left plugged in as the static they produce, even when in standby mode, can disrupt your sleep.
- Comfy bedding
It’s always a good idea to invest in good quality, comfortable bedding. There are several types of washable quilts Australia has to offer, as well as sheets and pillows. A machine washable wool underlay can also increase your level of comfort as you sleep and is something you should definitely consider purchasing. You should make sure that you choose the best bedding that your budget can stretch to, as good bedding will ensure many hours of deep and restful sleep.
- Bedroom colours
Keep your bedroom colours as neutral as possible with colours such as white, cream, grey or beige. If you would prefer to introduce a little bit more colour, consider choosing colours that promote relaxation and restfulness. Green and blue are perfect colours for your bedroom while colours such as red or orange which have a stimulating effect should be avoided.
In line with keeping your bedroom clutter-free, you should aim to have just the furniture you need in your room. In that way, the available space commands your bedroom and not the furniture. For most people, a bed, wardrobe, bedside table and dressing table should suffice, however, a chair or two or chest of drawers may also be required.
- Keep it for sleeping
In order to ensure that your bedroom remains a sanctuary for you, you should be careful to define its use. In other words, keep your bedroom for sleeping and avoid using it for work, study or exercising. Associating your bedroom with sleep and rest is a perfect way to turn it into a sanctuary in your mind as well as in your home.
With our advice, your bedroom can become the sanctuary you’ve always wanted it to be!