Start the new year off right by following these 5 easy steps to achieve a stress free bedroom, that will have a direct positive impact on your day to day. There are many theories out there that getting your room right will get your head right, and we trust there’s definitely something to this. Your bedroom is the place you start and end your day, so it’s important to create a stress free environment where you can rest and recharge with ease.
1. DE-CLUTTER EVERYTHING
Everything. Literally. That means clothes, books, papers/receipts, empty coffee cups/mugs, water bottles, etc. A good place to start would be getting a couple of empty boxes/bins and labeling them “Keep, Donate, Garbage, Recyling” and fill them up accordingly. Also getting a few large clear containers for miscellaneous items to store will be helpful – it’s not only visually more appealing but much more practical to have your things organized in a box than sporadically laid out across your bedroom floor. I have personally found that when you have some sort of repetition, it helps create a sense of ease and continuity in a space too. For example having all your hangers be one colour in your closet, and several matching containers on a shelf to store all your little items, etc. Furniture pieces that will do wonders are hydraulic storage beds, storage benches, and closed shelving/cabinets. The reason I recommend a closed shelving unit as opposed to an open unit is because open units tend to collect a lot of dust. To get that open feel concept in a closed storage dust-free application is to use glass doors vs. solid. IKEA has some great cost effective units to achieve this look, or you can go the custom route for a more detailed look.
2. CALMING COLOUR SCHEME
Colour selection is key. Choosing soft subdued colours will play a major role in how your bedroom will make you feel. Neutral colours layered through different textures are a great way to do this. You can still incorporate your favourite colours, just try to stick to the more muted shades of them – soft pastels, etc.
3. PROPER LIGHTING
Having the right lighting in your bedroom will make all the difference. Having control over the lighting is even better, like a dimmable switch that controls the general lighting in your room. One of my favourites is incorporating wall mounted LED lights on either side of the bed – it's a great alternative to the “big” light in the room when you just want to read, etc.
4. NATURAL MATERIALS & PLANTS
Comfort is important, and fabric is undoubtedly the main source of comfort in a bedroom. Try to stick to fabrics with natural fibres vs. synthetic as they are more breathable and won’t lock in heat. This can be applied to bedding, pillows, bench cushions, drapery, etc. Smaller rooms tend to get pretty stuffy, a great solution for this is to add some greenery. Plants will not only brighten up your room, but they will help purify the air and help you sleep better at night.
5. ROOM LAYOUT/FLOW
Furniture placement is fundamental in creating a stress-free environment. Good circulation and a little Feng-Shui are essential for the room’s overall flow. A few tips include grounding the bed with nightstands on either side to create a sense of balance, having your headboard against a wall vs. a window is said to be better for a solid night’s rest, and clear accessible pathways to your closet/ensuite/bedroom entry.