Style guide: Turn your bedroom into a zen sanctuary

Maelee Wallpaper from The Potting Room Collection by Harlequin Wallpaper

If you take into account how much time each and every one of us spends in our bedrooms, it becomes quite obvious that this space should be decorated in such a manner that it fosters peace, relaxation and the sense of security. Now, many people fail to realise just how important it is to pay attention to your bedroom décor and really turn it into something magical, as they would argue that this room serves only one purpose – as a place to rest at the end of the day.

And while it is true that sleeping is the most practiced activity in this room, that doesn’t mean that the décor should lack in anything – au contraire! The room where you’ll be at your most vulnerable should be set up so that it allows and even motivates you to fully relax and drift off to the Dreamland more easily. Here’s how you can achieve this.

Add a personal touch

First, just like any other room in your home, you need to personalise your bedroom. You can’t really hope to create your own personal sanctuary if you don’t fill every inch of it with your personal touch. This doesn’t just include the colour scheme you choose to create in the room, this encompasses everything from the furniture and the way it’s positioned to the materials, fabrics, the style of walls and wallpapers, accessories and other décor pieces you wish to implement.

Fill it with greenery

Next, a true Zen oasis simply can’t do without greenery. Houseplants are known to have an extremely positive effect on our overall well-being and that’s definitely something you wish to include in your bedroom as well. The best part is that you don’t need to go big with plants if you don’t have a lot of space or if your thumb is not quite green. Instead, think in terms of various succulents and air plants as they can look beautiful and are quite easy to maintain. For some additional oomph, you can even get a potted fiddle leaf fig tree and make it a statement piece in your bedroom.

Accessorise it

a zen bedroom

Furthermore, once you’ve decided on furniture and plant placement, you should make an effort and add some extra accessories to your bedroom. For starters, make sure you get a big, soft duvet cover for your bed and even a soft throw blanket for some additional comfort. Also, put fluffy rugs on both sides of the bed so you have something soft underfoot every time you leave your bed. You can accessorise further with framed wall art and interesting candle supplies to add another layer of personality and serenity to your bedroom.

Invest in quality sleep

Moreover, if you’re aiming at creating a truly relaxing environment, you should definitely invest in quality sleep. Quality sleep is something that’s absolutely necessary for your overall well-being – both physical and mental – so you should make it a priority in your bedroom if you haven’t already. Therefore, make sure you invest in a high-quality mattress, sheets and pillows that will guarantee you the utmost comfort whenever you lay down to rest, get a humidifier to create the perfect and healthy atmosphere for sleeping and even try to get your hands on either a white-noise or noise-cancelling machine if you’re a light sleeper.

Maintain it regularly

Finally, no space can create a sense of peace and serenity if it’s filled with clutter. That’s why you should do regular cleaning and maintenance and try to keep your bedroom looking fresh at all times. The most important thing to avoid doing is having “the chair” where you’ll keep all the clothes that you wore that day/week. Instead, get in the habit of putting your clothes away – in either the closet or the laundry basket – as soon as you take them off. This is because visual clutter has the power to subconsciously make you feel anxious, which should be unacceptable in an area such as the bedroom. Of course, aside from this, you should dust, vacuum and clean regularly to keep the space nice and crisp.

These were just the starting points and some basic tips you can try out if you want to turn your bedroom into a Zen sanctuary. No matter what you decide to do in the end just make sure that your room is free of clutter and clean, that the air in the room is of best possible quality and free of dust and other allergens and that the bed you sleep on provides you with the level of comfort and cosiness necessary for you to completely relax.

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