Many students live in shared accommodation, which makes your bedroom the only space to relax, unwind and catch up on some me time. With this in mind, your bedroom should be a haven of tranquillity and a place to escape the stresses of everyday life. All too often, however, we unwittingly allow the hectic nature of our lives to intrude into the sanctuary of the bedroom.
If you’re in the process of reclaiming your bedroom, we’ve got a few tips that might just help to transform it into the relaxing space that you’ve always desired.
Lay the right foundations
When it comes to determining the character of your bedroom, an air of relaxation is built on the foundations of definitive choices.
If creating a relaxing environment is your intention, the organisation of the bedroom must reflect that desire. Make a resolution to use your bedroom solely for the purpose of sleeping. Instead of allowing distractions such as televisions and work stations to enter into the equation, eliminate all possible stress-inducing items of furniture – it certainly helps to relax the mind.
Once you’ve firmly made the decision to turn your bedroom into a sanctuary of solitude, ridding it of clutter is an absolute must. If you own a lot of clothes or accessories, there is a wealth of innovative bedroom storage options available which are able to house your personal items, while maintaining a clutter-free environment.
If you’re going to place any furniture in your new bedroom, aside from your bed, make it an armchair or two. By resisting the temptation to put a work desk in the room, and replacing it with some armchairs, you have a dedicated area for reading, thinking or chatting with your partner.
Select the right colour scheme
Choosing the right colour scheme for your bedroom is an integral part of creating that relaxing feel, but is a highly individualistic decision. Soft greens and blues can help to generate a feeling of calm and tranquillity, making them the ideal colours for a bedroom where relaxation is the focus.
Get the lighting right
With the walls painted in inherently relaxing colours, your bedroom lighting really helps to confirm the relaxing tone. Instead of opting for bright ambient lighting, install a dimmer switch and rely on carefully selected accent lighting to highlight important areas of the room, as well as provide residual, softer lighting to the rest of the room, helping to create a more relaxing overall ambience.
Invest in your bedding
If you’re intent on creating a truly relaxing space, it’s imperative to invest wisely in bedding. Not only should you opt for a memory foam mattress for maximum comfort, but choosing soft sheets made from high-thread-count, Egyptian cotton and purchasing an array of plump pillows, really helps to make your bed feel enticing. These luxuries may cost a little extra, but you can’t put a price on the relaxing vibe that they exude.
Adding the right finishing touches
Once the decor in your haven of relaxation is complete, it’s the finishing touches that confirm the mellowing ambience of your new bedroom, so choose wisely.
A feature wall of framed pictures and prints are a great addition to any bedroom, as long as their subject matter instils a feeling of calm in you. Acoustic music and scented candles or incense will firmly establish your bedroom as the relaxing space that you’ve craved for so long.