7 Tips for Creating a Cozy, Calming Bedroom

Bedrooms should be a place where you linger and relax. Besides a soft spot to lay your head, what is it that a bedroom needs to keep you coming back for more? Read 7 tips that will lead to bedtime enlightenment after the jump!I recently repainted my bedroom and bed. I'm happy with the outcome, but it's still lacking the serenity and coziness that I'm seeking. After spending some time peeking through Living Etc.'s Cozy Bedroom Gallery, I noticed a few key elements that seem to be a common thread throughout the pictorials. I combined these elements with a few of my own bedroom essentials to give you some ideas on turning your bedroom into a sacred space.

1. Embrace Minimalism.
This is a difficult one for me, but it seems to be the most important. To create calm in the bedroom, free it of clutter, not just the floor, but the walls too. Choose one or two pieces of art for one wall and leave the rest alone. Apply a "less is more" approach to the furnishings also.
2. Take the Plushness Plunge.
We've all heard this before, but spending a little extra on plush bedding is key. There is nothing better than sinking into a cozy comfortable bed. Spring and summer are great times to purchase down comforters and feather beds on sale, so start saving now!
3. A Noteworthy Night Stand
A sturdy bedside tabletop is another key element. Having a place to rest your glass of water and/or favorite book is key to your overall comfort and relaxation. I lived without a nightstand for years and it was quite stressful. I was always knocking my water glass over in the morning and cleaning the floor is not how anyone wants to start their day!
4. Let There be Light.
Lighting is important in the bedroom. Natural sunlight is amazing during the day, but dimmed mood lighting is essential at night. Replacing your switch with a dimmer switch isn't too difficult or expensive. A bedside lamp is also a great way to add subtle light at night.
5. A Rug to Hug.
Have you ever hugged a rug with your feet? The right rug can give you a tiny foot massage before stepping into bed. Look for a thick shag rug or soft sheepskin for best results.
6. Scent-sational.
Picking the right scent for your bedroom is a matter of taste, but hands down the most popular essential oil for relaxation is Lavender. Caldrea Lavender Pine Linen Spray is amazing, or dab a little lavender oil directly to your pillow. Just be careful as the oil can stain pillow covers, sheets and comforters!
7. Take a Seat.
Having a place to sit down and remove your socks and shoes makes life a little easier. Whether it be a small side chair or a bench at the foot of your bed, try to make room for secondary seating.

Hope these tips help you on your path to nighttime Nirvana. Do you have any other ideas on how to create serenity in the bedroom? We would love to hear them!

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