Looking for some relaxing bedroom ideas and inspiration for your home refresh? In this article, Suzanne Pearce from family-run furniture brand Casa Bella Furniture shares her top tips for creating a calming bedroom sanctuary to help you wind down this spring.
Spring is the perfect season to spruce up your interiors and refresh your home for the rest of the year ahead. And if your priority is creating a home designed for relaxation, the bedroom is a great place to start. Having a calming bedroom is sure to help when it comes to winding down at night, meaning you can get plenty of quality shut-eye and wake feeling revitalised and ready to take on the day. This is especially important with the arrival of spring, as many find that lighter nights can have an effect on their sleeping patterns.
The good news is, creating a relaxing bedroom isn’t just beneficial for your sleep routine, but it can really elevate the look of your home too. Coordinated interiors and calming colour schemes can enhance any room to make it coherent and stylish. But how can you upgrade your bedroom to make it the perfect space for relaxation? Below are four tips to help you create your own bedroom sanctuary this spring.
Bring natural elements into your room
Using natural elements in your bedroom is a great way to spruce the space up this spring. As well as looking great and being versatile options, decorating with natural materials can help you create a more relaxing atmosphere. When we think of calming spaces, our minds often go to places designed with natural materials, whether this is a remote, relaxing wood cabin or a zen spa with stone flooring.
One of the ways to incorporate more natural elements in your bedroom design is to choose furniture made of organic materials, such as wood. As well as being durable and long-lasting, wooden furniture can suit a variety of styles, so whether your interiors follow a more rustic, farmhouse aesthetic or you prefer minimalist design, a piece of wooden furniture is sure to fit in seamlessly. You can also opt for natural materials in your décor and soft furnishings too, such as by decorating with woollen throws and crystal trinkets. And, for a truly relaxing bedroom, don’t forget to include houseplants. Not only have studies found that they may reduce stress levels, but they look fantastic too. If you don’t have a green thumb, you can always opt for something low-maintenance, such as a succulent.
Choose a calming colour palette
A coherent colour scheme is important in any room, but when it comes to creating a sanctuary for winding down in, choosing the best relaxing bedroom colours is essential. Some bold shades like bright reds, pinks, and purples can boost alertness, which is the opposite effect you’ll be looking for when crafting a zen bedroom. Muted colours, on the other hand, can be much less stimulating, making them ideal for a room designed for rest. Below are a few calming colours for the bedroom which you can incorporate into your spring home refresh:
- Sky blue: Studies have found this tranquil colour to have calming effects on the brain, making it ideal for the bedroom. For smaller rooms, lighter shades like sky blue can also be great at making the space feel larger.
- Medium-dark blue shades: If you’re still looking for the calming impact of blue but want something a little darker, deeper shades like navy and denim blue could be the perfect fit for you.
- Lavender: Although bright purple shades aren’t best for the bedroom, this muted purple hue is ideal for calming colour schemes. Plus, versatile lavender pairs well with a variety of other shades and styles, including types of green and a variety of neutral wood colours.
- Sage green: A simple shade inspired by nature, sage green pairs well with a variety of other colours and is considered to be a calming hue.
- Neutrals: Simple and soothing neutral shades like white, light grey, and beige are incredibly versatile and perfect for creating a calming bedroom sanctuary.
There are a number of ways you can incorporate these shades in your room, including through bedroom décor, soft furnishings, and of course, through your bedroom walls and floor. If you’re planning on painting the walls in your room, just make sure to avoid glossy paint, as this can reflect the light.
Find the perfect lighting
You shouldn’t underestimate the importance of choosing the right bedroom lighting. The type of lighting you go for can have a significant impact on how relaxing your bedroom is. Cool lighting can feel much more stimulating than soft, warm lights. While this can make it ideal for rooms where we are required to concentrate, like the kitchen or the office, this isn’t a good fit when it comes to crafting a calming bedroom. So, if your overhead lights are cool, it’s a good idea to replace them with warm bulbs.
As well as opting for warm ceiling lights, there are a variety of other methods for incorporating relaxing lights in the bedroom. Dimmable bedside lamps are ideal for both winding down in the evening and gently waking yourself up in the morning. And if you’re looking to add an extra cosy flourish, one fun way to incorporate softer lighting is to use fairy lights in the bedroom. While they don’t emit much light in comparison to lamps, they make great décor and add a subtle warmth and glow to your relaxing room.
Incorporate relaxing scents
Choosing calming interiors and relaxing colour schemes is sure to help you create a bedroom sanctuary, but if you’re looking to go one step further, adding the right scent is a great way to make your room feel even more zen. As well as making the room smell pleasant and inviting, certain scents have calming properties making them ideal for the bedroom. A few of the most relaxing scents include:
- Ocean scents
You can add these scents to your room in a number of ways, from room sprays to reed diffusers to scented candles. If you’re looking for something long-lasting, essential oil diffusers are great, as you only need a few drops of oil at a time. Plus, you won’t have to worry about drifting off and leaving a flame unattended like you would with a candle.
A calming bedroom sanctuary is sure to be a welcome addition to your home this spring, and with the tips above, you can craft a zen space of your own to enjoy plenty of relaxation in the year ahead.