While we can appreciate the idea of Sunday morning breakfast in bed, we’re not so sure about watching TV in bed with a dinner tray every evening. And as for working the night away – hunched over a laptop on one side of our bedroom with the bed nothing but a distant dream on the other – surely we must draw the line somewhere?
Our bedrooms should, ideally, be havens of relaxation where we can switch off from the day around us and transition into full chill-out mode. That means not continuing to stress about work, and not confusing our sleeping spot with a place to eat our dinner.
Here are our tips for creating a relaxing bedroom that instantly turns you into a cosy book-reader, a committed yawner and a seriously satisfied snoozer.
Relaxing bedroom tip 4: Soft textures
Just as choosing luxurious bedding that invites you to lie down and relax is key to a relaxing bedroom, introducing similarly soft textures throughout your bedroom can help the whole room feel cosy.
A generous bedroom armchair upholstered in a tactile fabric like velvet or linen is a wonderful place to wind down before bed, and floor rugs, especially wool rugs, feel fabulous underfoot on a chilly morning. Plush fluffy rugs can even help soundproof your bedroom, keeping things calm and quiet as you drift off to sleep.
Relaxing bedroom tip 5: Fabulous finishing touches
Surrounding yourself with home accessories and decorative items that you love to look at and that evoke happy memories will also help create a relaxing bedroom.
Touches like a vase of flowers, a bookcase filled with your favourite novels, and oversized wall hangings will all help to build a cosy, homely environment. Bringing a little of the outdoors into your bedroom – green house plants, bright bouquets or even cacti and succulents – is another great way to calm the mind. Opt for pale curtains that pool on the floor instead of blinds, which can feel a little too practical in a bedroom. And add pictures, paintings and photographs that instantly transport you to a peaceful place.
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Creating a relaxing bedroom can take as much or a little effort as you like, all within your budget. It’s all about choosing the right pieces that create a calm and tranquil atmosphere – from adding meaningful decorative touches to investing in a beautiful upholstered bed frame. And while the overall look might be stylish and creative, the effects on your state of mind can be even more dramatic. Remember, a restful night’s sleep starts in a relaxing bedroom.