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Our bedrooms are the last thing we see at night and the first thing we wake up to each morning — not to mention we spend about a third of our lives sleeping in them. So it makes sense that we’d want to turn our bedroom into a sanctuary — at least as much of a sanctuary as our budgets allow. And any one who has come home to a messy room, or who continually curses the inconvenient placement of a chest of drawers or storage bench can vouch for the fact that it just sucks to not feel relaxed and at peace in your own bedroom. If you’ve been feeling frustrated with your sleep space or have just been stressed lately and want to create an oasis for yourself, here are a few pointers to get the retreat you desire.

Make it Smell Nice!

Aromatherapy significantly reduces  stress and is a very effective treatment for stress management. Aromatherapy is even used to help cancer patients, based on the theory that certain scents can have an impact on the brain’s emotional center and provide sedative effects. So always keep your favorite relaxing scent on hand for when you’re having one of those days.

Opt For Plush

There’s nothing like sinking into a plush mattress and getting enveloped in super soft bedding to make you feel comforted and protected at the end of a long day.

Opt For Neutrals

Many people make the mistake of going for bold and patterned styles to decorate their bedrooms, especially when it comes to large pieces like their bedspread or duvet. However, you should stick to more neutral and calming colors for your sleep space, and adding only small pops of color if you must. Plus, a pillow or throw can be soft and special, but it’s also not too expensive to swap.

Keep It Organized!

The bedroom is a place where you need to turn off the stresses of the day. Also, while art and decoration can be a good thing, the one thing you don’t want in your bedroom specifically are pictures of your family — especially if in a long-term relationship. You can have pictures of your parents and your kids all over the rest of the house, but the focus in the bedroom should be on yourself and your partner.

Think About Lighting

Lighting is an extremely important part of creating ambiance in a space.  Avoid bright or fluorescent overhead lights, instead opting for floor and table lamps with dimmers. Soft white light bulbs or Edison bulbs are perfect for creating a soft glow.

Don’t Forget About The Windows

It’s important not to ignore your window situation, noting that they not only block light and provide privacy, but really are an important part of the look and feel of the space. The layered look provides softness and dimension to the room.

Get Some Plants

Plants truly make us feel good. They do everything from helping with blood pressure, reducing anxiety, and generally increasing our satisfaction. So once you’ve done the basic reorganizing and rearranging of your room, consider a place for some green. Ideally, a live plant is best, but if you do not have a green thumb, an artificial floral or greenery would still enhance your mood.


Your bedroom should always be a place of calm, never stress. And while redecorating and reorganizing can take some time, it doesn’t have to be overly costly, and more importantly, it can make a huge difference in your quality of life.


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