Lockdown has been chaotic, and at a time of uncertainty has also shown to be a time of high-stress and pressure. With that in mind, I think it’s important to create a calm and relaxing environment and be mindful of this, especially since we’re all spending a lot more time in our homes. There are lots of simple changes we can make in at home, and specifically in the bedroom to achieve calm during lockdown.
I feel lighting is very important in creating a calm and relaxing atmosphere. Whether that be having a dimmer switch on your main light so the brightness can be reduced, or fairy lights. There are lots of different ways of creating ambient lighting for your bedroom. I love fairy lights and have them stringed along my shelves, turning them on during the evening when I’m winding down after work.
Bedding and Furnishing
Bedding completely changes the look of the room. I have many different sets, and use different sets at different points of the year. More often than not, I have a floral set on. My room decor is quite simple and minimalistic, so the floral bedding gives you and your room that little pop of colour. Pillows and cushions also make your bed super cosy, comfortable and can be a subtle feature in the bedroom.
I’ve been looking for a new bedroom set recently, and came across Yorkshire Linen, who have the most beautiful bedroom sets and curtains. My most favourite range from Yorkshire Linen, has to be their Catherine Lanfield curtain collection. These are high quality products, and at an affordable price too. Also, it’s great that they’re a Yorkshire company too!
A beautiful scent can really set the scene in your home. A scent in each room, gives it personality. In the bedroom, the aroma of fresh lavender is the perfect scent to create a relaxing atmosphere. It’s also scientifically proven to reduce stress and anxiety levels by lowering your blood pressure and heart rate. Using essential oil diffusers, scented candles, and/or reed diffusers can help to achieve an fragrant and homely environment. These are all easily available to purchase in many local supermarkets or online. If you’re not a fan of Lavender other fragrances that also give this effect include lemongrass, jasmine, chamomile and rose.
Plants and Flowers
I love fresh flowers in my room. They make the room smell fresh, and just look so pretty too. My favourite flowers are Tulips, Daffodils, Peonies and Lilies. But, I find any flowers pretty. Flowers are not only nice to look at, it gives you a small sense of responsibility, helping you stay invested in your bedroom. However, flowers only last 7-10 days, so if this isn’t something you want to deal with, you could opt for a succulent instead or maybe even some faux flowers and/or potted plants. Either way, have them next to your bed or in your eye-line, bringing you that calm and happy feeling.
My favourite parts of my room are my photos and memories. I have a collage photo frame that sits above my bed, as well as lots of photo frames around my room, all of which are filled with photos of my favourite people and memories. Looking at these positive memories, can instill calmness, so I think it’s the perfect thing to have dotted around your bedroom, and other rooms around the house.
Colours and Tones
Light, neutral and pastel colours are perfect in creating a calm feeling room. Lack of colour in a room can make it feel lifeless but adding a little colour in the room can help to breathe life into your space.
Other things I recommend is to have some sort of colour code for your room. In my bedroom, I have a white, grey and teal/jade features. When it comes to furniture in the bedroom, I recommend choosing light wood over dark wood, so it feels less obtrusive in your relaxing space.
Tidy Room, Tidy Mind
I am a firm believer of tidy room, tidy mind. If there’s any mess on the floor or on top of the drawers, it causes unnecessary stress and my productivity levels drop. I’m much calmer when my room is tidy and organised. I’d strongly recommend deep cleaning and decluttering your room whenever you have any spare time. When you are tidy and organised it also builds into your life. Once your bedroom becomes tidy and ordered, you will feel less distracted, less stressed and as a result calmer.
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