Have you ever been on vacation and stayed in a beautiful hotel? It’s really hard to leave, isn’t it?! It seems like you sleep better when you have the sense of getting away from it all. Even when you aren’t able to travel to a resort, creating a relaxing bedroom retreat in your own home is an easy design project.
The colors we choose for our homes greatly influence the feel of the space. There are several color options to consider when creating a relaxing bedroom retreat. Lighter tones of blue and green are popular choices for bedrooms as they invoke a sense of calmness and rest. These colors are also associated with healing and nature.
A neutral palette is a classic choice and helps a create a peaceful atmosphere. When using neutrals you have the freedom to add accents of your favorite colors and change things up seasonally or simply when you are ready for a new look. It’s important to incorporate pattern and texture when choosing neutrals for a richer look. For tips on how to choose and test paint colors, visit this prior blog post: https://lauragossett.com/2021/01/11/my-best-tips-for-choosing-the-right-paint-for-your-home/
The bedroom is the perfect place to use beautiful accent lighting. Wall sconces, smaller decorative lamps, and candles all can be used to create beautiful ambiance. I love real candles but I have found some battery operated ones that actually look real! Add task lighting by the bed or seating area for reading. There are so many fun options from table lamps, wall mounted lamps, or pendant fixtures hung from the ceiling over the nightstands. I love the look of a chandelier in a bedroom, but here in Alabama we’ve got to have a ceiling fan!
Treat yourself by using some of your favorite scents in your bedroom retreat. Scented candles are an easy and beautiful option. Freshly laundered sheets are always inviting. In between laundry days, try a linen spray for your sheets. Lavender is one of the most popular and calming fragrances. Your bedroom is a great place to feature a piece of your favorite artwork and a few special photos. Bring in some books you love and maybe even a coffee maker for those breakfast in bed days.
There are so many great options when it comes to choosing bedding for your retreat. If you prefer cool crisp cotton, look for sheets with a high thread count for softer texture. Flannel sheets are perfect for the winter months and a fluffy down comforter is especially luxurious. Linen or velvet fabrics for your seating will be cozy and comfortable. Add a beautiful throw blanket and some accent pillows to complete the look.
Have a Seat
If you have the space, bring in a comfortable chair with an ottoman to prop up your feet. A bench is a great addition at the end of the bed. When choosing a chair, make sure the back is tall enough to support your head and that the seat depth is right for your height. This will be the perfect spot for reading, meditating, or perhaps doing some journal writing.
Close the Door
Now let’s talk about what to leave out of your retreat! One thing you definitely don’t need in your oasis is clutter. It is easy to let clothes pile up and hide things away since most people won’t ever see it- but you will. You will feel much less stressed in a clean and organized room. Try not to bring your computer or any work into your sleeping space.
Close the door on any worries of the day before entering your bedroom. How might you do that? Make a list of things that you need to do the next day. There is actually research that indicates this helps people off load stress and fall asleep faster by lessening anxiety about unfinished work. Spend a moment in prayer and entrust God with the things that are concerning you. Keep a gratitude journal and write down the blessings you experienced that day.
I hope you are inspired to create a bedroom retreat space for yourself. Drop me an email if you have any questions and share pics of your space with me! I’d love to see what you are working on! If you would like some help with your design, set up a free discovery call here: https://calendly.com/lauragossett