Creating a Calm Bedroom for Restful Nights

Creating a serene bedroom sanctuary isn’t just about decor; it’s a thoughtful orchestration of elements that invite tranquility and promote restful sleep. In fact, according to the Sleep Foundation, people simply sleep better when their bedroom is optimized for light and noise levels, temperature, and comfort. That optimal sleep environment even extends to the beauty and aesthetic of the space.

“Our five senses are stimulated by our environment and subsequently the design of the space,” explains Christa Gillespie, one of the Design Team members at Curtains, Blinds & Bath. “A well-designed bedroom can create a sense of peace and relaxation, making it easier to unwind and get the rest we need. On the other hand, a disjointed or uninviting bedroom can contribute to stress levels and anxiety, making it difficult to relax and sleep through the night. By intentionally designing and paying attention to the small details such as lighting, color palettes, and furniture layout, you can create an environment that promotes mental and physical well being, ultimately leading to better overall health.”

To create a serene bedroom that promotes quality sleep, there are a number of steps you can take, from decreasing clutter to investing in quality bedding.

Streamline and Organize

Begin by decluttering your space. A clutter-free environment fosters a clearer mind. Organize shelves, clear surfaces, and neatly stow away items. This sets the stage for a serene atmosphere that encourages relaxation.

Select Calming Color Schemes

Colors wield significant influence over mood. Opt for tranquil hues such as soft blues, muted greens, or gentle lavenders. These tones instill a sense of calmness, aiding in unwinding at the day’s end.

According to the Sleep Foundation’s research, blues, greens, and whites are the colors that promote the best quality sleep.

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Invest in Quality Bedding

Your bed is the centerpiece of your sanctuary. Prioritize comfortable and high-quality bedding— soft sheets, a supportive mattress, and luxurious pillows. Investing in superior bedding promises both comfort and a restful night’s sleep.

“Comfortable and high-quality bedding is essential to creating a peaceful and relaxing bedroom,” continues Gillespie. “The bed is the center focus of every bedroom; thus the beauty and comfort it provides affects the overall feel of your space. Providing yourself with high thread count sheets in natural textiles, a supportive mattress, and pillows conducive to your personal sleep goals can all aid in improving your nights rest. You’ll also be more inclined to seek your bedroom as a place of respite when you invest in beautiful bedding that makes you feel like you’re in an oasis when you walk through your bedroom door. These investments ultimately improve your quality of rest and make the most of your time spent prioritizing self care.”

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Layer Comfort and Texture

Envelop your bed with layers of comfort. Experiment with various textures and fabrics, combining plush throws and silky cushions for a sumptuous and inviting arrangement.

“Textiles are a great way to add depth to any room,” explains Gillespie. “Starting with the base layer of bedding, sheets and bed pillows, up to the duvets, coverlets, and accent throws/pillows. Don’t be afraid to intermix patterns, pops of color, and different textures within the bedding layers.” 

Gillespie suggests using a solid color sheet set with a patterned bedspread or duvet, and a solid throw blanket. To round off the look add decorative pillows varying in sizes from lumbars to euros. This doesn’t need to be excessive, the varying colors and textures in the bedding should complement and accentuate the overall color palette. 

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“To add depth to the rest of the room, prioritize variety by mixing wood, metal, glass, and other textiles into the furnishings, hardware, art, and decor,” furthers Gillespie.” All the elements should work together to complement your color palette and add visual interest.”

Mindful Lighting Choices

According to the National Library of Medicine, artificial light in the evenings can delay circadian rhythms and prolong sleep onset. That’s why thoughtful lighting is pivotal. Opt for warm, adjustable lighting that can be dimmed to signal the transition to relaxation. Consider soft lamps or adjustable lighting fixtures to create an ambiance conducive to winding down.

To that same end, prioritize an electronics-free zone at least an hour before bedtime. Instead, opt for calming activities such as reading, gentle music, or meditation to prepare for sleep.

Consider Curtains or Blinds

Control the ambiance with curtains or blinds that offer both privacy and light control. Opt for blackout curtains or blinds that effectively block out external light, promoting a conducive sleep environment.

“The lighting of your bedroom can contribute heavily to your quality of rest and peace of mind. Adding blinds, shades, or draperies can maximize comfort and improve the overall aesthetic of the room,” says Gillespie. “Blackout shades or drapes will provide privacy and improve rest. Light filtering products can allow sunlight in to help you naturally wake up in the morning which is more in line with our body’s circadian rhythm.”

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Light filtering options also improve the overall lighting of the space during the day. The best way to prioritize your lighting needs is to identify your goals; whether that’s for improved sleep quality, increased privacy, or overall aesthetic these elements should be added to the design of the space. 

“With these goals in mind, address your lifestyle and the desired maintenance level you have for window treatments,” Gillespie furthers. “This will determine the color, texture, and style of window treatments needed to create a luxurious and beautiful space.”

Aromatherapy for Relaxation

Harness the power of scents. Employ essential oils like lavender, chamomile, or jasmine known for their calming properties. Diffusers or linen sprays can infuse your space with these soothing fragrances.

Personalized Comfort

Lastly, infuse your space with personal touches. Display cherished items, favorite artworks, or family photos. Surrounding yourself with meaningful items enhances the sense of comfort and belonging within your sanctuary.

Crafting your ideal bedroom sanctuary is a gradual process, allowing you to refine and tailor your space to suit your needs. As you implement these adjustments, observe the transformative impact on your sleep quality and overall well-being. Your bedroom should beckon as a sanctuary—a realm where stress dissipates, and rest becomes a cherished ritual.


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