7 Ways to Transform Your Bedroom into a Sheltered Retreat of Peace and Tranquility


 

The hustle and bustle of our offices, commutes and city life, in general, can be quite overwhelming. It’s not surprising then that we sometimes just need to escape it all and get some peace and quiet. When you don’t have the time for a 10-day vacation, it’s important to have a space in your home which will be your shelter. Consider turning your bedroom into this tranquil retreat and take note of the tips below on how to do it.

Clean and Declutter

In order to be able to relax, you have to declutter your mind. However, this cannot be achieved in a messy space. The first step, therefore, is cleaning up your bedroom. Make sure to get rid of all items you don’t need which are just creating clutter. Turn to minimalism and only keep things that you use. Moreover, regularly clean your room. Open your windows for fresh air, vacuum and wipe the floors, remove all dust and dirt, and put your clothes away. Only in a neat and tidy room will you be able to relax.

Get a High-Quality Mattress

When was the last time you bought a new mattress? If it’s been around eight years, it’s probably time for a change. Even newer mattresses need to be replaced if they don’t suit you. In case you wake up sore and stiff and find your mattress uncomfortable, you should look for another one. In order to be well-rested and able to be productive the next day, you need a high-quality mattress that provides proper support for your spine. Bonus, you can also get new linens. Cotton sheets with a high thread count are a great option. Wash them once a week with a detergent that smells great and you’ll sleep like a baby.

Introduce Pleasant Smells

While on the topic of smells, pleasant scents can play a huge role in feeling relaxed and rested. Many different smells can achieve this effect, so you can choose your favorite among lavender, sandalwood, marjoram and bergamot oil. All of them promote soothing feelings, slow down your heart rate and reduce anxiety. You can add scented candles, essential oil diffusers or even air fresheners to your room, and that is bound to put you right to sleep. Just make sure not to light a candle and drift off.

Play Soothing Sounds

In addition to smells, other senses are also vital in feeling calm. For instance, there are all sorts of sounds you can choose to play to create a tranquil environment. Some people like white noise, which can be produced by a fan or an AC. However, there are also apps that provide you with this and many other soothing sounds, such as ocean waves, leaves blowing in the wind, crickets chirping and so on. Others prefer music and there are those who need complete silence. If you belong to the last category, think about installing brand new sound proof windows and getting the entire room soundproofed if earplugs are not enough for you.

Choose Calming Colors

To promote peace and be able to really unwind, the colors in the room should be calming as well. That means that you should avoid hues that are too stimulating, such as bright red. Sure, you can have bright accents, but for most things, you should turn to warm and earthy tones. On the other hand, blues and greens are also great for serenity so you can consider them for your walls as well.

Have Soft Lighting

You want to avoid jarring bright lights as they will do nothing for your relaxation. Instead, you should layer the lights and get a couple of fixtures that cast a soft glow. Furthermore, look for dimmer switches to get the exact brightness you want. While natural light is important, some people prefer blackout curtains that allow them to sleep in complete darkness. In case you are easily disturbed by street lamps and headlights, this might be something to invest in.

Ban Electronics

For a good night’s sleep, you should consider banning all electronics from your bedroom. The blue lights which these devices emit prevent the production of melatonin – the hormone which tells us it’s time to sleep. To avoid tossing and turning each night, don’t use TVs, laptops, tablets, and phones in your bedroom. As a matter of fact, avoid all electronics for an hour or so before bed and you will feel rested in the morning.

Seeing as how most of us are not lucky enough to have the chance to escape to a spa whenever we need some R&R, it’s good to have a space at home which can be our shelter when things get overwhelming. Rely on these tips and your bedroom will be your sanctuary. Enjoy!

 

Author Bio: 

Patrick Adams is a freelance writer and rock-blues fan. When he is not writing about home improvement, he loves to play chess, watch basketball, and play his guitar. More than anything, he loves to spend his time in his garage, repairing appliances and creating stuff from wood.

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