After a long, stressful day at work, nothing beats the thought of retreating to your bedroom to relax. That is, if you have created a bedroom space that allows you to relax and escape from the stresses of life. Your bedroom should be your safe haven, your own personal place that guarantees rest, relaxation, and self-care. If your bedroom doesn’t currently fit these characteristics, you’ll want to read these relaxing bedroom ideas so that you can get started creating a bedroom that you can be proud of and benefit from.
There are a lot of things to consider when you start renovating or revamping your bedroom, but don’t forget the smaller details make all the difference in how relaxing it is. Making some changes now will also prevent problems down the road such as chronic back pain if you aren’t sleeping on a comfortable mattress.
Take some time to think about what you need to make your bedroom a sanctuary and not just a place to sleep. Here, I’m sharing some relaxing bedroom ideas that will make your master bedroom the perfect place to unwind from your day and get a good night’s sleep. Using these ideas will help you transform your bedroom into a relaxing bedroom sanctuary.
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Why do you need a relaxing bedroom?
Sleep finds its way onto most self-care activity lists. In fact, I even mention sleep in these articles:
A relaxing bedroom makes is essential for good sleep. When you create a relaxing environment in your bedroom, you will find it easier when it’s time for sleep. Furthermore, you will wake up feeling more rested than if you slept in a place that is uncomfortable or disorganized.
So, why do you need a relaxing bedroom? Unlike the living room, kitchen, and other rooms in your house, your bedroom is yours. Make it your mission to turn it into the calming space that you need to help you achieve maximum self care.
Taking time to pay attention to your bedroom design is important to making your space feel like the most relaxing place ever. These top tips for items to include in your room will have you racing to get to your bedroom at the end of a long day.
What items do you need to create a calming bedroom?
Are you ready to achieve a serene bedroom? Let’s talk about some easy tips to turn your bedroom into a relaxing sanctuary. Even a small change using these cozy bedroom ideas will transform your bedroom into one of your favorite places in your home.
Here are some items that you need to create a calming bedroom:
Did you know that there are certain colors that are more relaxing than others? For this reason, you should be very intentional when choosing a paint color for your master bedroom walls.
Lush Lavendar and Tranquil White top Shutterly’s list of calming bedroom colors to relax and unwind. Even if you don’t want to settle for white walls, you’ll want to choose a color that is proven to have a calming effect. Check out Shutterfly’s list as you work to finalize your color scheme for your own bedroom.
The overhead light is great for getting up in the middle of the night and finding your way out of the room but not so great for when you settle in to read or watch TV. A floor lamp with a dimmer is much more relaxing than an overhead light. Choose something that is within reach of your bedside table. After all, you don’t want to get out of bed and have to fumble around in the dark just to turn off the light.
If you don’t like the idea of having lamps on bedside tables in your room, you might prefer a dimmer switch. Most light fixtures work with dimmer switches, which makes it a practical choice for controlling the brightness of your lights.
Dim lights are great for winding down after a hard day at work. There is also research that claims that a direct correlation between dim lights and relaxation. This article from Independent explains this concept in greater detail.
A few scented candles can really create a relaxing atmosphere for your bedroom. Aromatherapy candles or just a few scented candles with different fragrances will help you forget about the stress of your day. Just make sure that your candles are kept on a stable base that won’t tip over and cause a fire hazard. A candle in the bathroom while you take your daily bath, if you have a bathtub, is also a great way to end the day with a sense of relaxation.
Be intentional about choosing candles with scents that have relaxing properties, especially if you are lighting the candles in the evening when you are preparing to unwind for the day.
Not all rooms are temperature-controlled and when it’s warm at night, your body will feel more relaxed if you have a fan blowing on you. Of course, this item may or may not be ideal for everyone. Many people sleep better with background noise or white noise and others need complete silence in order to drift off to sleep.
To determine whether or not sleeping with a fan in your bedroom is right for you, try both ways and then make a determination about which is best for you.
Sometimes busy-ness of our daily lives can get in the way of serenity. A sound machine, like a fan or white noise maker, is great for drowning out sounds from traffic outside your window or even loud neighbors. You can also use it to calm you down if you have trouble going to sleep. There are even sound machines that will play music, nature sounds or even help you learn foreign languages while you sleep!
Shades and curtains.
It’s a lot easier to relax when you know that everyone else can’t see in! Drapes over your windows, as well as blackout shades on the windows themselves will help create an atmosphere of privacy, which is vital to relaxing. Blackout shades are especially effective if you plan to sleep during the day.
Note: It’s a good idea to let some natural light in your bedroom sometimes. There are articles like this one that speak to the benefits of natural light in your home. But, make sure that you have a way to hide the natural light (with blackout curtains or the like) if you are someone who needs complete darkness to sleep.
If your bedroom carpet is worn or stained beyond repair but you aren’t ready for hardwood floors, choose a comfortable area rug to make your bedroom a little cozier. The best area rugs are those that can be vacuumed and fluffed to get rid of any scuff marks without having to replace them.
Cozy bedding, including throw pillows.
It doesn’t have to be expensive or fancy but a well-made comforter, a nice sheet set, and fluffy pillows will all help you sleep better. Don’t discount what an impact your bedding has on your bedroom’s atmosphere when you retreat from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Oh, and don’t forget the throw pillows. Extra pillows can make it easier to get in relaxing positions for a good night’s sleep.
Check out Cushion Lab’s selection of pillows to find the perfect one for a great night’s sleep!
I could write a whole blog on this alone! There are so many things to consider when you buy a mattress. A comfortable sleeping surface is important for a good night’s sleep but so are other things like how it will hold up over years of use or if you have allergies, what material won’t bother you. In the end it comes down to your personal needs and budget.
Other items to add to make your bedroom a relaxing space.
Adding faux plants to your bedroom can make your space visibly more calming. The simple addition of a fake plant can give your room sense of positivity that will help you relax in your space. Faux plants are a great alternative when fresh flowers are not an option.
Quality bedroom furniture.
If you are in a position to invest in quality bedroom furniture, do it. Furniture that is well constructed lends itself well to you getting the quality rest that you need to be your best self. Do your research and invest in something that’s going to help you get good sleep for years to come.
Blankets and throws provide you with extra warmth and comfort that you need to get rest. No bedroom is complete without your favorite cozy blanket.
Be intentional about the wall hangings that you decorate your bedroom with. You want to choose relaxing pieces and ones that contribute to a calm environment.
I hope these relaxing bedroom ideas have inspired you to take the steps needed to improve your master bedroom. You certainly do not have to make all of these changes and you do not have to make all of these choices at once.
There’s no need to get discouraged if you’re unable to make all of the suggested changes. The sum of small things in your bedroom can add up to making a big difference in how well you relax and sleep. Changing one thing at a time will keep your room from feeling too chaotic, so go ahead and get started.
Try these ideas and see if they aren’t just what you need to make a serene retreat out of your bedroom.
Remember that these are all suggestions. At the end of the day, you have the final say as to what items make your bedroom relaxing. It may take you a while to figure out the combination of items that will yield the best results for you. Keep trying until you achieve a bedroom that you absolutely love!
Other resources for relaxing bedroom ideas
Mattress Insider: How to create a relaxing bedroom
Forbes Advisor: Best Relaxing Bedroom Decor Ideas
DIY Decor Mom: 9 Relaxing Bedroom Ideas