What if your bedroom were a serene space that helped you relax while reducing anxiety and stress?
How would that impact your mood? Would you feel better throughout the day? Would you sleep better at night?
At PURE Design, I’m always looking to create a purposeful space for my interior design clients – one they feel not just good in, but absolutely delighted!
You might even be surprised at how much better you feel when you spend time in a space that’s designed specifically to be calming for you.
The good thing about the following tips is that you don’t have to change your personal design preferences to incorporate them. You can adjust them all in a way that’s best for you.
So, are you interested in turning your bedroom into a relaxing retreat? Keep reading, my friend…
8 Tips for A Perfectly Mood-Enhancing Master Bedroom
Lighting can drastically change the look and feel of a space. Soft, soothing lighting is a good way to tone down your bedroom, especially at night before bed. Warmer-toned lighting can also create a more relaxing space. However, if you prefer modern, brighter spaces, you can still enjoy the same effects by connecting a dimmer to your bedroom lighting. Not only does this give you more control over the lighting at any time, but switching to a dimmer can save energy – making it a more sustainable choice.
Incorporating organic elements from nature can produce a calming effect on the mind. But this doesn’t mean you have to change the entire style of your bedroom. Adding a plant or two, letting natural light in during the day, opening the window for fresh air, and orienting your bed to take advantage of a view in your home are all ways to bring in nature without sacrificing your design preferences.
Soft fabrics, cozy pillows, and your favorite bed linens also create a sensorily soothing space. Textiles naturally appear more comforting and relaxing to the eye, and choosing those that appeal to you will amplify this effect. Like soft lighting, textiles can tone things down for a less harsh, less stark atmosphere. But another thing to remember is that textiles can go a long way to softening a room. So while you can pile the covers, pillows, and blankets onto your bed for a comforting feel, one or two small textile accents in the room can still have the same effect if it’s not your thing.
This element is up to your personal preference. Some may find they enjoy a neutral, aroma-free space, and others will feel calmer when their bedroom has a light scent. If you choose this route, using organic essential oils will likely have the strongest effect on relaxation, and there are a variety of ways to incorporate them. You may go with traditional options like candles, diffusers, and oil warmers, or others like using essential oils on your pillow, in cleaners or when dusting furniture, and in your load of laundry. Scents such as lavender, eucalyptus, peppermint, and rosemary have all been known to be calming choices. However, it is more important than you personally enjoy the scent you use.
(Here’s a pro tip for aromatherapy: try designating the scent you choose for the bedroom only. This will help create a stronger association between relaxation and this particular space.)
Colour psychology plays an important role in the mood and feel of a space. To create a more relaxing atmosphere, try using neutrals or monochromatic color schemes. They are known to have the greatest calming effect. Another creative way to find a serene color scheme is to pull colors from photos and images you find soothing to look at. For example, you might feel calm when you view photos of the ocean, mountains, sunset, or forest. Or perhaps color schemes from coffee shops or luxury spas make you feel the most tranquil. Like other suggestions on this list, it is best you choose what is relaxing for you – even if it’s not traditionally calming for most.
This tip is less about the visual design and more about the function and use of your space. It is a good practice to reduce the amount of stimulation in your bedroom if you’re looking to have a more relaxing area. One of the easiest ways to lower stress associated with stimulation is to keep screen and technology use to a minimum in your room. There is also a correlation between increased stress and using your bedroom for work and related activity.
Design is about making a space purposeful, so one of the best ways to make it serene and relaxing is to save the space for calm, relaxing activities.
Try keeping mementos and treasures that have positive memories associated with them. Family vacation photos might make you smile. A music box from a parent might feel comforting. A card from a best friend might make you laugh. Having a few of these things displayed or easily accessible in your bedroom can do wonders for reducing stress!
Cleaning and Organizing
A clean, organized space will inherently be more calming than a cluttered, chaotic one. However, there’s no need to compare your version of clean and organized to someone else’s. If you feel your space is organized and orderly to your liking, then there’s no need to change that. But if there are some improvements you want to make for yourself, then those changes can help you feel happier and more relaxed in your space. If you feel like you want to spring clean, do it. If you’re itching to go on a decluttering spree, go for it. Just want to do some light re-arranging? That’s fine, too.
Hopefully, these tips give you some ideas to create a more calming, serene bedroom. Keep in mind, you can also use these suggestions in other areas of your home!
If you want to take your bedroom serenity to the next level, I would love to work with you on a renovation or redesign. Let’s chat about your interior design goals!