Ideally, your bedroom should be one of the calmest and most relaxing rooms in your home. Unfortunately, instead of being a relaxing and comforting retreat, many people’s bedrooms become cluttered, crowded and overused living spaces. If your bedroom isn’t providing you with the serene and peaceful atmosphere that you crave, here are a few tips to simplify and streamline your bedroom area.
Assessing Your Space
Before giving your bedroom an overhaul, take the time to really look at your bedroom. Pay special attention to how you are currently utilizing the space. If you’re like many people, you might find that you’re actually using your bedroom space in a very inefficient fashion. Take careful measurements of all the walls and closet areas, paying special attention to architectural details such as window and door positions. It can be quite helpful to sketch the layout of the room onto graph paper, which will make it easier to plan furniture moves without actually lugging heavy furniture around the room. Once you’ve got a good idea of what you have to work with, you’ll be better prepared to make some enhancements.
Assessing Your Needs
Although you might wish you had a spacious bedroom that you could transform into a serene retreat, it’s important to give some thought as to how you really need to use the space. For example, although experts usually advise against putting desks and computer equipment in the bedroom, sometimes you might not have a different option. Think about how you’re currently using your bedroom space, as well as how you want to use it in the future. If you really don’t have any other office space options in your room, it might be necessary to leave your desk and computer in the bedroom. In order to minimize the disruptive influence of your computer equipment, try separating your work area from your sleeping area with a folding screen or a full height bookcase.
It’s also important to think about other things you’d like to do in the bedroom. For example, you’ll need good lighting if you regularly read in your bedroom. If you enjoy listening to music to relax, you’ll want to make sure to have a good sound system. Although many people find the sound and sight of a television to be jarring and distracting in the bedroom, you might personally enjoy watching an occasional television show while in bed. Making accommodations for the bedroom features you really want and enjoy while eliminating clutter and other distractions are the main keys to creating a relaxing bedroom environment.
Choose the Right Colors
The colors you use in your bedroom are certainly a personal choice. However, some color choices such as vivid red, orange and yellow tend to add too much energy and visual excitement to the bedroom. If you’d like to add a more relaxing look to the room, cool and neutral shades often work best. Once you’ve used relaxing colors for the primary areas of the room such as the walls and floor, you can spice things up a bit visually with a few accessories in bold shades if desired. The end result will be a relaxing bedroom that still has plenty of style.