That’s why we rounded up some of our favourite tips and tricks for making your sleeping space as soothing and comfortable as possible. From sweet scents to cool colours, there are so many simple and easy things you can do to ensure you’re getting the good night’s sleep you deserve.
With their sweet scents and keen ability to make any room more cozy, candles are your best friend when it comes to a peaceful night’s sleep.
And with so many shapes, sizes, and styles, they also double as great decor for every aesthetic. Put ‘em on your bedside table, your windowsills, or let them cleverly congregate like this luxe display.
Add Cool Colours
The last thing your brain wants to see when it’s trying to wind down for the day are bright, aggressive colours. Save those for the rest of your home and keep your bedroom calm by integrating a cool colour palette.
Blues, purples, and greens with grey undertones look incredibly chic all the while signalling your brain that this is a safe, inviting space to relax in. Read more on colour psychology in the home here.
Each and every day we’re bombarded by beeps, notifications, and other forms of constant stimulation thanks to our abundance of electronic devices. This is great for keeping up connections but horrible for relaxation.
The fewer distractions and interruptions we have, the more readily our minds and bodies can let go and relax. To optimise your peace of mind for deep sleep, keep electronics out of the bedroom.
Cozy Up the Bed
Does anything look more inviting than this bed? It seems obvious that, if you’re trying to get a good night’s sleep, you ought to make your bed as comfortable as possible. But a lot of folks invest a lot less time in making it nice than in other areas of the home.
Your bed should be treated like your sanctuary. Make it as comfortable as you possibly can by treating it to luxurious bedding, fluffy pillows, and super soft sheets.
We’d venture to guess Scandinavians sleep better than most, largely due to their characteristic minimalist aesthetic. A minimalist design removes visual clutter at the same time it removes the clutter from your mind, helping you rest more easily.
Scan your room for items that aren’t absolutely necessary and see if you can find another place in your home for them. The fewer things you have surrounding you as you drift off, the fewer distractions from sleep your mind can latch onto.
Let in Natural Light
A sun-soaked room has a special way of easing even the highest stress levels. And while you’re likely not heading to bed while the sun’s out, letting in natural light will condition you to associate the positivity sunlight brings with your sacred space.
Keep your curtains open during the day, open your windows, and raise the shades. Let the sun wash over all of the areas wherein you’re looking for peace and tranquility.
Bring Life with Plants
Just as the sun has a unique way of uplifting the spirit, so do plants. Incorporating elements from nature will evoke feelings of being safe and grounded.
And if you’ve never had much of a green thumb, that’s no reason not to integrate this idea. Air plants and succulents can work the same amount of magic while requiring little to no effort or plant knowledge on your part.
Play with Lighting
You know that feeling you get when you walk into a room that exudes a warm, inviting ambiance? It feels protective, comfortable and safe, and it’s almost always due to thoughtful lighting.
That said, you don’t want to dismiss what a large role lighting can play in soothing your slumber. Forgo harsh overhead lighting and pick up a few lamps instead. You might be surprised by the difference this small change can make.
Add Soothing Scents
When we climb into bed for the evening, it’s so we can recharge every part of our bodies. And among the most effective ways to signal to the body that it’s time to rest, is to appeal to all of its senses.
A soft bed is great for touch, ambient lighting is wonderful for sight, and soothing scents are, of course, lovely for our smelling sense. Incense and essential oils are a great way to tell your body it’s time to get wind down.
Symmetry is great for rest in much the same way minimalism is. This is the one room in your house where you really want to eliminate excessive stimulation and distraction, and symmetrical designs can play a large part in that.
If one side of your room mirrors the other, your brain will have less to cling to and think about than it would in a more chaotic space. And the less you latch on, the easier it is to let go and fall into Dreamland.
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