Your Bedroom As a Sanctuary – A How-To

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February 26, 2020

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As winter comes to an end, we can already sense the fresh spring air approaching. With this vibrant renewal in energy levels, it’s essential our bedrooms emit a true sense of peace and relaxation. Upgrade your bedroom with these easy-to-follow steps based on appealing to all five senses. (Being in tune with your body is also essential to increasing your well-being!) Get ready to tap into your senses to transform your bedroom into a sanctuary.

Develop Your Sense of Taste.

Your bedroom should be a reflection of yourself, showcasing what appeals to your taste. Introduce your personal taste into the room by choosing a unifying theme to build a sense of rhythm and symmetry. Are you a bookworm? A film buff? Perhaps your bedroom could include a hygge reading nook or a whimsical piece of comic art.

What You See Is What You Get. 

Research shows that color can impact your mood, even to the point of fluctuating your heart rate, blood pressure and breathing patterns. Adding natural colors such as white, green, blue, brown and gray are great for the bedroom because they produce a grounding effect, inducing feelings of serenity, healing and tranquility. White can easily brighten and open up any bedroom, so consider painting the walls white if you have a smaller sized bedroom to make it appear larger. Too much white and the room starts to feel a little sterile — like a doctor’s office. Accessorize with a pop of color, like purple to inspire a bit of luxury and majesticness, red for a little extra passion or black for a bit of elegance and mystery

Touch & Texture.

Spare no expense when it comes to texture — say hello to luxurious Egyptian cotton sheets! When deciding which kind of sheets to buy, focus on the length of the fibers and thread count. Although sheets may be advertised with a higher thread count, it may be made of shorter fibers, or staples, reducing its quality. The longer the staples the better. Bedding isn’t the only place where texture applies. Venture into dressing up the windows with elegant drapes or creating an accent wall with bespoke wallpaper as another way to appeal to the tactile.

Sound Escape.

Health professionals recommend bedrooms be void of any distractions. What can you hear in your bedroom? Putting away smartphones and leaving the laptop in the office is advisable, but it doesn’t mean your room should be pin-drop quiet. Enhance your space with a record player or indoor water fountain to give your oasis the ambience it deserves.

Scent Sense.

Add some finishing touches that satisfy your sense of smell. Candles, essential oils, incense or even a fresh bouquet of flowers can expand upon the essence of your bedroom. Get ready to stop and smell the roses — popular aromas for rest and relaxation include rose, lavender, vanilla, valerian extract, lemon, sandalwood, juniper and jasmine.

There you have it. When designing your bedroom sanctuary, cater to your senses and you’ll be well on your way!

Till next time…
Happy Designs!

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