Considering we live in a world that never seems to slow down, having a room you can call your sanctuary is a brilliant way to keep yourself calm and take yourself out of the hustle and bustle of work and socializing.
Whether you’re looking for bedside tables for sale, or a new candle or two, there are several tips you can use to turn your room into a super cozy slice of heaven.
How to Make Your Room Your Sanctuary
Mood lighting is one of the best ways to keep your room and your mind calm. Opting for lightbulbs that produce soft, yellow light will instantly add a calming effect to any room and is brilliant for a bedroom.
Opt for lamps instead of ceiling lights too, and keep your room dimly lit except if you are planning to do work or read.
When it comes to your bed linen, cushions, or blankets, choose soft and cuddly materials such as cotton, silk, or satin. These materials will instantly relax you, especially during the Winter when you want to wrap up.
Softer linen is also brilliant for bedtime, as you will feel completely relaxed, which will help you calm your mind quicker, and fall asleep much faster than usual.
Cushions & Pillows
A bedroom shouldn’t feel like a showroom, and there should be a ton of cushions and pillows that you can use to sit on, lean on and lie on. Even if you are working or reading, you don’t want to sit on an uncomfortable chair for hours on end.
A few big cushions will let you sink into a couch or bed, with the goal being to feel consumed and snuggled by the pillows.
It is important to choose a color palette that helps relax your mind and not raise your energy. Avoid bright or drastic colors such as red, as it is known to cause a heightened sense of excitement and, in some cases, anxiety.
Instead, choose more natural colors such as browns, yellows, and greens. These neutral tones, once again, will have a calming effect on you and make your room feel like it is one with nature instead of one that is more high-intensity.
Plants are famously one of the best things to add to a room if you want to bring the outdoors inside. Not only do plants offer a subtle smell of the outdoors, but they also have a great secondary effect too.
Depending on the type of indoor plant you get, many do a brilliant job of cleaning the air and letting out fresh oxygen. While this may sound unnecessary, many have said they tend to have a more relaxed mind and sleep better in a room that has purer oxygen circulating all the time.
Nothing will ruin your day and mood quicker than being in a space that is too hot or too cold. If you live somewhere warm, buy a fan or cooling system for your room, and if you live somewhere cooler, opt for a heater.
If you have a thermostat, find a temperature that allows you to stay just cool enough in the Summer to not need a fan or anything like that. For cooler climates and Wintertime, choose a temperature that allows you to dress comfortably and not need a hot water bottle or heater constantly.
Many experts agree that most, if not all, technology should stay out of your bedroom. Excessive use of your phone, laptop, or gaming system can lead to poor sleep patterns, lower mood, and being constantly “on edge,” in a way.
Instead, don’t have a TV or your laptop/computer in your bedroom unless you have no other choice, and also teach yourself to put down your phone an hour or two before bedtime.
A reading nook can be a purposefully designed spot where you can not only relax and read your favorite novel but also do work. If you have the space, choose an area of your room near a window, and put in a comfortable chair or couch.
Add a side table for tea or coffee, a cushion or two, and a blanket. This allows you to work or read in a spot you love without having to do it in your bed. Working in your bed has been shown hinder sleep, as your brain starts associating with working instead of sleeping.
Many people underestimate just how much of a difference choosing the right smells can make to your mood and state of mind. Smells like mint, jasmine, and many flowery aromas calm your mind, while others make you feel more energetic.
While it may sound like “hippy science,” many doctors have also stated that having a smell you love in your room can decrease anxiety and tension and put you in a better space for sleep.
There are many variations of the saying, “a tidy room creates a tidy mind.” Whether it be packing your clothes away, making your bed, or reorganizing, a tidy room creates a space that is made for relaxation and calm.