The kitchen is the heart of a home, but the bedroom should be a strong contender. The bedroom is the beginning and end of every day. It has the potential to shape the mood of every day. If not the heart, at least the soul.
Creating a Serene Haven
The start of a relaxing bedroom is the bed. If you are sleeping on a tired, old mattress, it’s harder to get a good night’s rest. If your mattress is over eight years old, uncomfortable, creaky, or sags, it’s time to upgrade.
Your sleep habits determine the best mattress for your needs. Side sleepers usually want a plush to medium comfort, back sleepers prefer medium comfort, and tummy sleepers should look for a firm to extra-firm mattress for best support.
There are three primary types of mattresses to consider. An innerspring mattress is what most of us grew up sleeping on, consisting of coils that provide firm support.
Memory foam offers a wide range of comfort levels, from firm to ultra-plush but may not provide enough support for some sleepers. A hybrid mattress is often the best choice, offering a blend of supportive inner springs and a layer of cooling memory foam to add comfort and reduce movement transference.
When deciding on a mattress, don’t forget to get a supporting base. Underlying support is vital for memory foam beds but benefits all types of mattresses.
The kind of bed frame you choose will influence what type of base you elect. Some bed frames are a base – like a platform bed.
Others may require traditional box springs or a bunky board. Whatever you choose, make sure your bed is a comfortable height, sturdy, and not prone to creaking when you move.
Set the Tone with Color
The color of your space impacts your mood and, in turn, can affect how restful your bedroom is. While color and its influence can be personal and cultural, there are some guidelines that one can look to when selecting color schemes to create a serene boudoir.
Particularly in lighter shades, blue promotes feelings of calm. A study by Travelodge found that those sleeping in blue bedrooms got more sleep than those in any other color room.
Another color that inspires serenity, green can help you feel at home in your bedroom. Get your green in with houseplants for a double dose of good vibes. According to a Columbia University study, having houseplants in your bedroom may even improve your health.
Some colors may negatively impact your sense of serenity. Darker colors like deep browns, dark purples, and vibrant reds may make it harder for you to relax in your bedroom.
If you want to include these colors, consider restraining them to trim and accessories or electing a muted, lighter shade variant. Whatever color scheme you select, your space should provide you with a sense of ease and comfort.
Sink into Bed
When you settle into bed, the feel of your bedding should inspire you to relax. Bedding comes in a wide range of materials. It can be overwhelming to pick the best set of sheets for you without understanding their function.
Hot sleepers should look at linen and percale sheets, which feature a loose weave that releases rather than traps heat close to the body. Cotton is also an affordable option for hot sleepers and is often a more affordable choice.
Conversely, flannel and sateen are tighter weaves that hold heat in, making them excellent choices for chilly winter nights when you want soft warmth. Jersey is an affordable option that retains heat well and offers a soft feel.
If you are one of the top-sheet averse, don’t forget to think about the texture of your blanket. If your sheet is a delight to sink into, but your blanket is scratchy and stiff, you’ll have difficulty getting to sleep.
When shopping for a blanket or duvet, be mindful of fabrics, trim, and detailing that will not be comfortable sleeping against.
Set the Mood Lighting
Consider swapping your old incandescent or standard LED bulbs with adjustable light bulbs that can dim or shift color. Some of these can even be programmed to slowly fade out at night and ease in the morning to gently bring you into and out of sleep.
You can also acquire string lights that may be dimmed and adjusted to create soft lighting effects.
Treat Yourself to Good Habits
Having an established wake-up and wind-down routine can improve the restfulness of your sleep, help you get to sleep faster, and wake up more reliably. Set yourself up for success by arranging your room to support those habits.
Set a glass of water to hydrate first thing in the morning. Plug in your phone away from your bed to keep you from late-night temptation.
Keep a bedtime journal to leave those nagging thoughts behind. Think about ways to help yourself get a quick jump start into a productive, joyful day.
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