What does a bedroom need to become a sanctuary? These tips will set you on your way to having a cosy space to retreat to at the end of the day
Bedrooms are among the most intimate spaces in a house. It is that place you should be able to completely be yourself. Your surroundings and every item you touch, nestle or recline on, must be chosen with that same self-regard. Yes, sometimes we share our bedroom space, but even then, negotiate your essentials - your side, your half, or even your own little shelf, some parts of this room must say it belongs to (add your name here).
This is our list of items that you must-must think carefully about when you’re setting up your bedroom:
A good mattress
Some people like the support of a firm mattress, some prefer to sink in. There’s even a lobby for water-beds! This is an investment piece that’ll give you returns every single day. Take care of it by turning it over periodically.
Create a canopy
In India, you can easily justify adding a canopy over your bed, even if you don’t have a massive four-poster institution in your bedroom. This is a fail-safe way to make the bed inviting and a pretty good option, especially for cooler climates.
Get a tufted headboard
If you like reading in bed, sitting up is made that much more comfortable with a tufted—or quilted, as some say—headboard to lean on to. Read our story on headboards here.
Pay attention to soft furnishings
Keep the bedding a light, clean colour. Not all fabrics are the same, cottons are always cool, while linen can be too warm and musty for hot weather. Consider the climate and do your research while buying bedlinen. If you like having a comforter on you through the night buy at least two different weights; a lightweight one for the summer and a heavy-fall duvet for the winter (again, this also depends on the strength of the winter in the place you live.)
Try dark colours
While light colours can make a space seem more open and airier, dark tones create a more womb-like atmosphere. If you ask us, we’re partial towards grey.
Use dim lighting
Bluish-white light must be banned from all spaces in the home, and most certainly from the bedroom. Dim, warm light that lull the body into a state of relaxation is perfect. To ensure you don’t have to move out of bed to turn off the lights, get table lamps with a dimmer. Read our story on the best way to light your home here.
You don’t want to step onto a cold, hard floor when you step out of your warm, soft bed. Get a furry, thick rug to place under or on either side of your bed. A rug also helps bring in warmth in the room.
Have calming elements in the room
If you like contemporary art, stay away from disturbing and strong ideas staring out at you.
There are many room scents and pillow scents that are perfect for the end-of-day. However, plenty of people find these distracting or allergy-inducing. If that is not an issue then certainly invest in a natural light-fragrance room scent for the bedroom. If you prefer the perfume emanating from a candle, please ensure you blow it off before you fall asleep!
The right temperature
If you feel too warm, it’s likely you’ll sweat yourself awake at some point in the night. So, ensure the room is the right temperature. The ‘rightness’ of the temperature in the room varies depending on the people using it, and the outside temperatures. Once you’ve discovered your ideal, ensure you stay within that. When it’s very warm outside, you may want to turn on the AC a little bit in advance so that the room is cooled by the time you’re ready to turn in for the night.
Keep your tech products away
Blue light emitted by electronic screens leads to delayed sleep. So, it’s advisable to not bring these into the bedroom. Avoid having a television in the room, choose a bookshelf instead and stock up on books and magazines to read before going to sleep.
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