The summer holidays are officially on! No more school runs for another six weeks! Obviously that doesn’t mean six weeks of sun bathing on the beach with a glass of Martini in one hand and a fashion magazine in the other. Most of us will get one, maybe two weeks to actually slow down and relax a little bit (either at home or on that beach in fact). But some of us will get none of that at all! So what do you do then? How do you slow down and relax before you go completely mad? The answer is in your bedroom. You can create your own paradise (read: relaxed bedroom) in just 7 easy steps! And there’s no need to redecorate the room! Just reinvent it.
7 steps to a relaxed bedroom
Let’s start with colour! And no, I’m not gonna tell you to paint your bedroom dark for a cosy feel (although it’s true). And I’m not gonna tell you to go crazy with colours (like me). Look at the paint samples or at the interior magazines and just FIND THE COLOUR THAT FEELS RELAXING FOR YOU! And then apply it either to the walls or simply in a form of an art, painting or even a family photo. Just make sure that colour is the last thing you see when you go to bed and the first when you wake up in the morning. IT WILL PUT A SMILE ON YOUR FACE AND MAKE YOU FEEL RELAXED!
2. Get rid of the clutter
That’s quite obvious, isn’t it? Although I know it’s easier said than done. Bedrooms can easily become the dumping ground for all the clutter there is in the world. And why is that? They are the “guests-free zones”, meaning that in an attempt to
fool our guests WOW our guests with a lovely clutter-free living rooms we just dump everything in there in a last-minute tidying spree (I’m totally guilty of doing just that).
Invest in some baskets in different sizes for your bedroom as well as living room. It will not only save you running up and down the stairs in that pre-guests madness, but also help to make your bedroom look tidy. And tidy bedroom is a relaxed bedroom! And besides, there are never too many baskets n the house, right?
3. Invest in new bedding
If you can do just one thing, choose this one! New bed linen can dramatically change your bedroom. If your room is rather neutral, you can add colour with new covers, or if your room feels busy, you can calm it down by introducing some neutral colours with new bedding. The choice is endless. My only advise is to always go for 100% cotton or linen. Nothing less! If you want to feel spoilt and have a truly relaxed bedroom, polyester is not the way to go! They may look pretty and often they don’t even need ironing but when you invest in cotton your skin will thank you for that! We’ve got some new bedding from Yorkshire Linen couple of months ago and they are my favourite covers ever! They are very reasonably priced and the quality is absolutely stunning. Feel free to swoon over those gorgeous colours and pattern I’ve chosen for you here or check out their full collection of 100% cotton bedding in here.
Good lighting in a bedroom is a key to success! And that doesn’t mean your main lighting on the ceiling. You have to have at least one bedside lamp (but ideally two!). No bedroom can have a real relaxing feel if you have to get up to turn your lights off and then possibly trip over on the way to your bed. Plus table lamps are great for creating a mood, which is particularly important when you want to have a relaxed bedroom. And your main lights? Just use it for finding your earnings plugs on the floor…
Want to read more about lighting and how to use it in your home? Go to my post here.
5. Add full length curtains
Curtains along with new bedding and lighting can really transform the look of your bedroom. Obviously when you’re really short on space, having blinds instead of curtains can free up those few much-needed inches. But if the space is not an issue and you want to create that relaxed bedroom feel, then hanging full length curtains is the way to go! Curtains can add texture, colour and pattern and can really shape your bedroom into a stylish space. My advice is to leave your curtains about 10 inches too long. When lying on the floor they will give your bedroom a luxurious hotel-like feel (but in your own bedroom). And remember to invest in black-out blinds so that you will not have to worry about waking up at a crazy hour!
6. Throw a rug in there
Nothing will make you feel better in your bedroom than a soft rug under your bare feet in the morning. And they have other benefits too, like covering your less than perfect hard flooring or carpet! Just make sure you choose a size appropriate to the space or add two or three rugs for a more casual look. They can add colour, pattern or texture to your room and depending on the style they can instantly turn your bedroom into the cosiest and most relaxing place on earth. And it will just happen to be your bedroom!
7.Remove the TV from your bedroom!
OK, I know, this one might be controversial. But I will stick to my guns and say it again: REMOVE THE TV FROM YOUR BEDROOM! If you’ve not followed the trend or the need for hanging a massive TV on your bedroom wall – good for you, neither we did, or shall we ever do. TV on a bedroom wall is a complete mood, love and romance killer. And most importantly, it does not add to a relaxed bedroom feel! Instead it takes away your precious moments for relaxation at the end of the day, filling them with yet another episode of “Love Island”.
So now you know how to create a relaxed bedroom without redecorating the whole room. It’s only up to you if you want to achieve it.
This post was written in collaboration with Yorkshire Linen, but as always all opinions and tips are my own and I would never advise you on anything I don’t believe in myself!