10 Key Elements Of A Relaxing Bedroom
Janell Beals, Houzz Contributor
When redecorating our homes, priority often goes to the public spaces, while the private rooms get the cold shoulder, with funds and energy possibly running low. Bedrooms quickly fall on the list of spaces to work on someday, which is ironic given they’re where we spend the largest portion of our lives.
If this is the case in your home, it may be time to correct the situation. Our days are full of demands, so what could be more beneficial than a peaceful haven in which to rejuvenate at the end of the day? Here are 10 features to consider as you create your master bedroom retreat.
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1. Mattress. The single most important element in the bedroom is a good mattress. A model that fits your particular needs will make a big difference in the rest your body receives each night.
There are seemingly endless options, so take the time to research the possibilities within your price range online before heading to a mattress store to test them.
Once out shopping, take your time in making a decision; it’s a purchase you’ll most ly be living with for quite a while.
2. Frame. After the mattress, the next item to decide on is what type of frame or headboard would be good match with your habits. If leaning against a comfortable surface to read is part of your nightly routine, an upholstered headboard would be a smart choice. A cozy sheltering design this is perfect for those who love to linger in bed with a book.
3. Bedding. Competing with the mattress as most important in building a successful bedroom are linens and pillows, and again the options grow every year.
Select sheets that feel soft against the skin, and blankets and comforters that provide the level of warmth you .
Take the time to try out pillows until you find one that supports your head and neck in your favored sleeping position.
Accent pillows are a design choice people tend to differ on greatly, so it’s up to you to bring in a pile or omit them altogether. But definitely select bedding you find attractive and inspiring because, in addition to offering warmth and comfort, it plays a major role in setting the design tone of your room.
4. Lighting. Soft lighting is essential in a room that aims to provide a relaxing atmosphere. If reading light is required, make certain the overhead fixture and table lamps provide adequate brightness. For lamps, look for taller bases and wider shades to ensure light falls where it’s needed.
5. Nightstands. Ideally you’ll have a surface for your lamps and whatever else you to have handy: clock, glass of water, favorite photographs, reading material.
In selecting these pieces of furniture, feel free to mix the style of the nightstands on either side of the bed.
Doing this presents an opportunity to match the habits of each sleeper to each nightstand, be it a streamlined one or one with storage.
6. Window treatments. Do you need complete darkness to get your best night’s sleep, or is a little light streaming in from the moon comforting? Select window treatments that support your sleeping preferences, adding blackout shades or drapes if any light proves to be disruptive. After function, use window treatments as an area to enhance the beauty and design aesthetic of the room.
7. Soothing color palette. Color can have a large impact on how a room feels. A soft neutral palette of pale blues, grays and whites is a popular choice for master bedrooms.
An elegant mixture of taupes, creams and whites is equally tranquil.
8. Additional furniture. If you have room, consider setting a side chair or two for reading and lounging in a corner or in front of a window. With a table and perhaps another lamp, chairs provide a cozy spot to unwind before getting ready for bed.
9. Area rug. Your feet will love the luxurious feeling of being greeted by a soft surface when you step bed in the morning. If the bedroom has hardwood floors, consider layering an area rug under the bed. And if you have carpet, layering an area rug over carpet for extra texture and pattern is another option that provides an opportunity to enhance the design.
10. A Spot for Spot. If you have a pet that sleeps in the bedroom, provide a cushion or bed they’ll love, particularly if you’d to avoid them treating your bed as their bed!
How to Get That Master Bedroom Feel No Matter How Small Your Space Is
Rikki Snyder; Design: Tamara Magel
Settling into a plush hotel room with no other plans but to completely unwind sounds pretty nice, but what's even better (as well as budget-friendly) is a staycation at home.
No need to fly anywhere, put on makeup, or even get dressed—all you need are your pj's and a good book. Of course, it can be hard to achieve a truly blissful master bedroom décor setup.
Often, nightstand clutter, mismatched sheets, and underwhelming furniture can get in the way of complete relaxation.
Think it's time to give your bedroom the makeover it deserves? We've outlined a few master bedroom ideas that will help your space feel more layered and comfortable—it may even make it feel larger.
No, you don't need a giant room or perfectly pressed linens to achieve pure bliss at home. Whether you're in the market for a new bed frame or just looking to upgrade your wall color, we have the solutions for you.
Don't spend another weekend stressing about the state of your bedroom—give it a well-deserved makeover.
Nothing makes a space look smaller than a rug too small for it. In the bedroom, it's especially important to have a rug large enough to cover the area around the bed—not to mention it's more comfortable to step on when you wake up.
Small-space tip: If you can't fit a large rug in your space, opt for two runners flanking the bed instead.
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Want to get that plush hotel look? Try going all white: walls, ceiling, floors, furniture, and, most importantly, bedding. Play with textures instead of colors by adding cashmere, sheepskin, and linens.
Small-space tip: White walls can look dingy in a small room with very little natural light. If that's the case for you, paint the walls and ceiling a soft muted color, and keep everything else white.
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Fill an awkward corner with a statement chair. Not only does it look great on its own, but it comes in handy when you want to throw clothes or a bag over it at the end of a long day. After all, laziness happens to the best of us.
Small-space tip: If there is no space for a chair, try a smaller accent a stool or even a woven basket to handle extra clutter.
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Fill the height of your space with a large statement chandelier, which will also enhance the mood lighting in your space. Just don't forget to put it on a dimmer in case you want to set a romantic tone. If you have low ceilings, opt for a chandelier that branches out horizontally instead of vertically.
Small-space tip: To know exactly how big your chandelier should be for the space, add the dimensions of the room together in feet, and then convert the result to inches. For instance, a room that's eight by 10 feet should have a chandelier with a diameter of 18 inches.
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One of the most frequent questions people have for their interior designers is how to fill a large, blank wall space. This problem is especially common in the bedroom, where you often have a large wall behind the bed. A canopy bed visually fills vertical space in your room so that it looks more structured and layered.
Small-space tip: Yes, you can have a canopy bed in a small room. Just opt for one with a thin frame.
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Another way to fill large blank space, especially in a room with tall ceilings, is to use a patterned or textured wallpaper, in the bedroom above. It gives the space a moody feel and keeps the eye interested.
Small-space tip: Don't be afraid to use dark colors in small spaces. Especially if you have little natural light, it can help the space feel cozier.
In a large bedroom, don't be afraid to supersize your bedside tables and sconces. There's nothing worse than leaving large blank spaces on each side of the nightstands.
Small-space tip: Sconces work wonders in small rooms because they free up nightstand space. Just make sure you opt for lights that have an appropriate scale for the room.
Rikki Snyder ; DESIGN: Tamara Magel
In large bedrooms, empty space can feel awkward. Try adding a small living area in your room, if you can, or even just add a bench at the foot of your bed to fill the room. Not only will it make the space feel more layered, but it's also practical.
Small-space tip: Pay careful attention to the traffic clearance in your space—which should be around two to three feet wide to walk around comfortably. Don't try to cram too much furniture in or your space will end up looking cluttered.
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No matter how big or small, a seating area in your bedroom will make it feel a lot bigger. Try a pair of chairs or even a window seat to make your space multipurpose. A double-duty space will always get more use and feel a whole lot bigger.
Small-space tip: Pay attention to the scale of the seating you chose. If your space is small, opt for more petite lounge chairs or build-in a seating space that doubles as storage a window bench.
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A large floor mirror will trick the eye into feeling the room is much bigger and brighter than it actually is. By leaning a mirror against an empty wall, you'll instantly add a feeling of expansiveness into your space. Just make sure to reflect something you love to look at.
Small-space tip: If leaning a mirror against a wall feels too cramped, you can also hang it directly on the wall for similar effect. Just make sure to use the proper wall anchors, as floor mirrors can get heavy.
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We love the idea of a canopy bed, but if you don't want to update your bedframe, try faking the look by hanging floor-grazing curtains from the ceiling in the California bedroom above. This will actually make your bed feel its own little sanctuary, leaving the rest of the space for other uses.
Small-space tips: While a statement canopy bed might feel counter-intuitive in a small space, it can actually help mentally divide your bedroom's areas and help you sleep more soundly. Just pull the curtain and the clutter is gone.
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Using the power of repetition is a great way to make your space feel larger and more coherent. In the bedroom above, the walls, floors, and even curtains are all in the same shade of gray, giving the space a feeling of expansiveness. By contrast, a few repetitive black velvet accents create continuity.
Small-space tip: To make a small dark room appear larger, lay the largest and lightest rug you can find—a light gray is ideal. Then paint the walls—and maybe even the ceiling—in the same hue to disguise the lines that define the room.
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And now, the most romantic bedrooms that aren't cheesy.
15 Soothing Decorating Ideas for Bedrooms
Choose soft, relaxing paint colors for your bedroom walls, such as light blues, greens or grays, this Blue Bird Day by Behr for soothing bedroom colors. And compliment this soothing color with soothing decorating pieces.
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While not exclusively a soothing decorating idea for the bedroom, a diffuser that looks as good as it smells. And wafts calming essential oil fragrance lavender and ylang ylang to help you relax at the end of the day.
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For ambient light, keep a lamp with a soft, cloth- shade bedside. And for extra Feng Shui and relaxing decorating ideas, keep identical, symmetrical beside tables and lamps on both sides of the bed.
To help make all of these soothing decorating ideas for bedrooms work well together, replace light bulbs in ceiling fixtures and lamps with energy-efficient, soft-white, warm-glow light bulbs to create a cozy ambiance. Photo: Courtesy of Philips
Decorate with soft textures, knit blankets hung on a decorative ladder, or woven wall art. Photo: Courtesy of Dormify
Consider a white noise sound machine to block out noises in the home and help you relax at night. And if the machine is an eyesore, and not adding to your soothing decorating try hiding it behind a closet door, or even under the bed. Photo: Courtesy of HoMedics
Candles have been a soothing decorating idea for bedrooms forever, but they can be messy and dangerous. So try a flameless, battery-powered version for soft candlelight without the worry.
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Keep bed linens fresh and clean. And incorporate sheets and covers in neutral colors made from organic cotton or bamboo for the softest touch.
This soothing decorating idea for bedrooms involves maximizing natural light by hanging a mirror on the wall opposite a window to reflect sunlight. And this makes the room appear larger. Photo: Courtesy of Target
Live houseplants add a pop of color and texture to your room's decor and some. And Aloe Vera and Spider Plant, work exceptionally hard to purify the air around you.
Create a calming mood in your bedroom by using soothing bedroom colors and neutral styles, decorations clean and simple, and clutter to a minimum.
Soften a hardwood or tile floor with a soft, neutral area rug positioned under the bed with a 12 to 18-in. perimeter on the sides. Photo: Courtesy of Overstock
Make your bed an inviting space to wind down by upgrading to an upholstered headboard that adds a soft texture to the room.
If weather permits open windows daily to freshen stale air and sleep with the curtains drawn so the sunrise triggers natural serotonin levels in your body, helping you sleep better the following night.