What kind of vibe is your bedroom giving off these days? Bold and motivating? Slightly messy and a little sad? Forget how it's has been feeling. Let's focus on how you want it to feel. Do you want your bedroom to feel as peaceful as falling asleep on a pillow of clouds overlooking a dewy meadow? Then you might want to incorporate these nine ideas and design elements into your sleep space, pronto.
1. Strip it down to its bare necessities, furniture-wise
You don't have to take it all out, but consider trimming away some furniture you just don't actually need. This will make the bedroom feel lighter, look less cluttered and help you focus more on what the space is intended to be for.
2. Focus on your nightstand as an important piece of real estate
It sits next to you silently as you sleep. And depending on what sleep pose you rock, it might be the first thing your eyes focus on when you wake up. But most importantly, it's the piece of furniture with the potential to really offer up a peaceful ritual right before you sleep. So keep dust and clutter off of it. Put just what you need on it, but more importantly, know what you need before you go to bed (think about the things you're always throwing the covers off to get out of bed to go get last minute). Make this piece of real estate work to make your life easier.
3. Fill the wall behind your bed with whatever would bring you peace when you walk in
Because the bed is often the focal point of a bedroom, the wall behind the bed is important, too. Think about what might bring you peace. Is it a lovely landscape that reminds you of the land you grew up on? Is it travel photos from that time you spent on the beach? Is it photos of your kiddos as they've grown up? Is it a soft family heirloom hanging on the wall? You want the first feeling you get when you walk into your bedroom to be one of peacefulness, so consider what might do that for you and hang that on the wall behind your bed.
4. Boot technology out
If you get mad at video games, stressed about work emails or annoyed with the latest crop of reality shows, get that technology out of your peaceful bedroom retreat! The exceptions might be some music-making technology if that can help add to the peaceful vibe.
5. Consider light, neutral colors
Does a peaceful bedroom have to be all white? No, but light, neutral colors do help. White and other light colors are visually associated with cleanliness and freshness, which are the kind of characteristics that can lead to a room feeling peaceful. Color, while vibrant and motivating, can get your blood pumping a little too much.
6. Consider natural textures
That meadow we mentioned above? It was so mentioned because nature can be quite the peaceful experience. And bringing in textures and elements that have an earthy-vibe can contribute to the peaceful feeling you're going for. The trick is to think about the kind of nature that's peaceful to you. Where do you find the most peace in nature? On a beach? Hiking a forest trail? Looking down from a mountain? Brushing a unicorn in a dewy meadow? Think about the kind of natural setting that brings you peace and bring in those kinds of textures.
7. Add in movement
Speaking of nature, you know how peaceful listening to and watching a babbling brook is? Or watching the leaves and branches of a tree sway in a breeze? That kind of gentleness and movement is reminiscent, ironically, of slowing down.
8. Make your bed the coziest of cozy spots
As we mentioned above, the bed is often the focal point of the bedroom, and if you want a bedroom that feels peaceful, a cozy, peaceful looking bed is a good way to make that happen.
9. Carve out space (physically or mentally) for mediation and quiet thought
This might not be for everyone, but we think it's worth trying. Making room for a small corner or spot you can meditate quietly, or journal intentionally, or any other thing that brings peace and present-ness to your life, and doing that in your bedroom will make you associate your bedroom with that feeling of peace.