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I am a narcoleptic who used to sell $7,000+ beds. I know sleep, intimately. If you can’t sleep well, then it’s time to take a look at your bedroom. Your bedroom sets the tone for the night, and if it isn’t comfortable enough, you will likely have trouble sleeping. Luckily, there are many things that you can do to create an exceptionally cozy bedroom so that you always feel relaxed and rested when going to bed. In this blog post, I share four tips on creating your cozy bedroom escape.
Your DIY Cozy Bedroom
Create Ambience With Lighting
Consider lighting your room with a dimmer switch. This will allow you to brighten or dim the lights as needed, depending on whether it’s daytime or nighttime. If you desire total darkness for sleeping, consider using blackout curtains if the light is coming from outside your bedroom window. We have a streetlamp that shines right in ours, so blackout curtains have been a lifesaver.
A great way to create an even more soothing atmosphere in a dark bedroom is by decorating the walls and ceiling with fairy lights that shine at night! You can find these types of decals online, and they are relatively inexpensive compared to having them painted onto the wall/ceiling.
Try to keep electronics out of the bedroom so that your body associates them with sleep, and your internal clock stays in sleep mode. Blue light can wreak havoc on circadian rhythms.
Choose Calming Colors and Textures
Hear me out on this one: the color of your walls can dictate the temperature in your room (it’s the same science for your external walls). If you feel like your bedroom is a little too warm or cold, then consider painting it with cool colors such as blue and green to help keep things very relaxed during the summer months. Warm colors, on the other hand, can be great for heating a room in wintertime.
When considering what types of items will line your walls and flooring, choose soft materials to touch so that they don’t irritate your skin at all while lying down. There’s nothing worse than being awakened from deep sleep because something was hurting you as you were trying to fall asleep. For example, I have an aversion to the feel of wool and can pretty much never use it if I want to be comfortable.
Use the Space Wisely
If space in your room is limited, then consider wall beds for your bedrooms. Wall beds, aka Murphy beds, have been around for decades, and they allow you to make the most of what little space there may be available by converting it into sleeping quarters when needed.
This allows virtually any room in your house, no matter the size, to have a cozy place to sleep. For example, if having an extra guest over or if visiting relatives want to stay with you overnight, pull out your wall bed, and voila— everyone has their sleeping area.
Adding plants to your room may not seem like a big deal, but having them around actually adds to the overall warmth and comfort of your room. Even just one plant can make all of the difference in making you feel relaxed when going to bed at night (we have about 30 plants in our bedroom—all on shelves).
Also, consider adding scents such as lavender so that they lightly scent up each time you open your bedroom door. Either way, it doesn’t hurt and will help keep things smelling soothing throughout the day.
Cozy Bedroom Accessories
Here’s a list of products that can positively influence the comfort of your bedroom:
- Faux fur throw blanket
- Cotton duvet set
- 360-degree swivel chair
- Velvet pillow covers
- These bestselling gusseted pillows
- Luxury sheets with almost 300,000 reviews
- Moon lamp
Creating an exceptionally comfortable bedroom is all about making sure that you’re warm enough, cool enough, and most importantly – relaxed. Make your room into a place where you can go to sleep in peace every night by following the tips above.