Your bedroom should be your sanctuary, your escape from the hustle, bustle and noise of the busy world. A bedroom is more than just a place to sleep, it can become that space in your home where you can find your calm. A blissful bedroom sanctuary can help you feel immediately peaceful, so you can relax and switch off.
Styling your bedroom is often a work in progress, but there are a few things you can easily do to help make your bedroom feel tranquil and relaxing, as if you’ve escaped to your own private retreat.
So where to begin? What do you focus on first?
Considering we spend a third of our lives sleeping, I’d suggest you start with your bed. It’s not only the focal point of the room, but the quality of bed furniture, the mattress, bed linen and pillows will all determine how well you sleep.
Along with eating well and exercising, sleep is a major factor that contributes to your overall well-being and your ability to cope with stress. So choosing a quality mattress is a big deal and it’s worth investing in the best mattress you can afford, so you can enjoy ‘sweet dreams’.
Invest in quality bed linen
Most people tend to underplay the importance of dressing their bed with quality linen and rely on the same rumpled quilt covers they sleep with nightly. A quick style tip that’ll instantly upgrade your space, is to use two sheets in contrasting colours and fold the edge of the top one over the duvet for a polished look.
If you’re looking to go one step further and invest in new sheets, is to look beyond classic white sheets. Bedding doesn’t have to be all white anymore—it’s all about mixing shades together. For example, shades of grey and taupe mixed with white can be just as classy as all white, and it’s usually much easier to keep clean.
Natural fibres such as cotton, linen, hemp or bamboo also make great choices for bed linen, as they breathe with the body which helps to keep you cool in summer and warmer in winter. For those of you who suffer with allergies, bedding made from natural fibres are also anti-allergic. But if these benefits aren’t enough to convince you—they require no ironing! As a busy woman, juggling a hundred and one things, no ironing sure gets my tick of approval.
Choose a colour palette
It helps to know what look you’re trying to create. I love using Pinterest to create mood boards for the various rooms in your home. Pin inspiring images to remind you of
where you can add textures, tones, colours, furniture, and details that will inspire your space. For me, there’s a lot of white, white, and more white, which Judd says “has a universal appeal”, then I add in shades of grey with throws, pillows and accessories.
Remove all the clutter
Yes, we’ve all heard this one. But that’s not to say you have to end up with a room with nothing much in it. If you struggle with decluttering or where to start with it, you can get some great tips from our Simple Decluttering Plan article.
Deal with good messes by styling key areas like a bedside tables, a bookcase or nightstand and tackle unnecessary messes by making the most of hidden storage. If you have a bed frame that is raised off the floor, consider using storage boxes or trays underneath and hide this by having a valance / bed skirt.
Of course, you will want to inject your personality into the space and add meaningful items on your side tables, tops of your drawers and so on. But it’s best to keep things streamlined, by removing unnecessary items that are not absolutely essential to creating a bedroom vibe that feels luxe, relaxing and dreamy.
Not to mention, it also cuts down on dust accumulating in hidden places, which will help you breathe easier when you sleep.
So, the first step is to start by clearing everything off your bedside tables and the tops of any other furniture. Then carefully select items to bring back into your room. Choose items hold meaning to you, or help to create a feeling of calm.
Consider placing small objects such as candles, wick trimmers, or a vase of flowers on a tray. You can also bring in other items such as photographs or a framed quote, an aroma diffuser, books, trinket boxes to hold your jewellery or some plant greenery to showcase your personality and interior decor style.
Layer up your pillows and cushions
If you only make one tweak to upgrade your bedroom, it should be the way you style your pillows and cushions. The practical pillows (the ones you sleep on a night), should be placed so they are propped against the bedhead, then you can overlay with decorative pillows and cushions in height order.
One basic rule to observe, is that when placed in their ‘show’ position, sleeping pillows and decorative pillows or cushions shouldn’t take up more than a quarter of the total bed length. More than that looks over styled.
In terms of colours to use, it always looks more cohesive if you use accent colours from the overall colour scheme of your bedroom which helps draw the eye to the bed as the focal point of your room.
Light up with table lamps & ceiling pendants
Replacing outdated or tired looking bedside lamps is a simple way to give your bedroom a luxe look for less. Even if it’s just upgrading the lamp shade with a new colour, cool fabric choice or texture can create a big impact. A lamp shade can really make or break the lamp and a quick style tip…. choose a shade that’s “taller than expected.”
If funds permit, updating the pendant light in your bedroom will make an immediate impact to the overall interior style, look and feel of your space.
Don’t overlook hanging some of your favourite artwork in your bedroom. Artwork is made to be seen, so it’s understandable that we often hang our favourite pieces in social areas of the house, like the living room or dining room. Just because your bedroom is a private space doesn’t mean you should only display the best pieces in the living room where guests will see it. Instead, consider moving around the artworks in your home and experiment with placing one large statement piece positioned over the bedhead for maximum impact. You can also place two smaller art pieces side by side if you don’t have any oversized wall art.
So there you have it. Achieving a blissful bedroom sanctuary at home is easier (and less expensive) than you think.