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Make Your Bedroom More Relaxing

January 6, 2011 IADT Seattle, Interior Design 0 Comments

Even though doctors have been telling us for years that a good night's sleep is critical to living a productive life, many of us do not get the rest we should. While our busy schedules might receive much of the blame for our lack of rest, some of the fault certainly falls on our bedrooms themselves … they're simply not designed to be restful retreats. If you find that you can't even relax in your own bedroom, you may be surprised to learn how cheaply and easily you can transform your room into a haven of rest. If you're ready to start relaxing in your bedroom, follow these tips:

Consider the lighting
A simple step you can take toward making your bedroom more relaxing is opening the windows to bring in natural light and fresh air. Also, remember that soft lighting is more relaxing than harsh lighting. While installing your bedrooms lights, consider a dimmer switch that allows you to soften the light when you want to relax and brighten it when you need to work.

Use soothing colors
The colors you use in your bedroom contribute heavily to its mood. For example, blues and light pinks can be soothing, while yellows and reds are jarring. To encourage relaxation, choose cool, muted colors rather than deep or loud colors.

Keep it clean
The most effective way to make your bedroom relaxing is also the cheapest. Clean it! Even those of us who don't consider ourselves neat freaks are stressed out by clutter. If your room is already cluttered, do yourself a favor and spend a weekend vacuuming, dusting and finding places for all your unwanted junk. Afterward, you'll feel much better about the room and yourself.

Get rid of distractions
If the bedroom is going to be a restful retreat, it should be free from distractions that remind you of the rest of your life. This means that the computer has no place in the bedroom. Also, while some people prefer a television in their room to help them fall asleep, bedroom TVs can become a distraction that take away from true rest. You may also find that harmless objects like ticking clocks remind you that you're still awake when you're trying to fall asleep. Remove these distractions. If the distracting noise is outside your house, run a fan that can provide white noise.

Spend extra on bedding
If you're like most people, the piece of furniture you use the most is your bed. Doesn't it make sense, then, to invest a few extra dollars in your sheets, blankets and pillows? You'll soon discover that few things are more comforting than a soft, warm blanket and a pile of fluffy pillows.

Introduce pleasant scents
You've taken care of your senses of sight, sound and touch; now, it's time to satisfy your sense of smell. Filling your room with your favorite air fresheners or scented candles can go a long way toward making your bedroom more relaxing.

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