We all need a place where we go to restore, relax, and rest. We all need a sanctuary bedroom. They can help you overcome insomnia, might tempt you to read before bed (a great habit), and create space for self-care and reflection.
Here are 12 tips to create a bedroom sleep sanctuary:
1. Choose a soothing color scheme for your bedroom. BLues, muted gray, dusty pink, lavender, and natural white can help set the tone for a good night’s rest.
2. Have a lamp next to your bed. If ever there was a room that needed ambient lights, it’s your sanctuary bedroom. You don’t want to have to get up and turn off the lights once you’re in bed.
3. Use double curtain rods for your window treatment so you can easily switch between natural light during the day and a darkened room at night.
4. Limit your wall decor to no more than 1 or 2 pieces. Keep the visual noise down and help your sanctuary bedroom feel more restful by leaving some walls blank. When choosing wall art for this room, choose meaningful pieces. This is where you can add a wow factor with a large statement piece as a focal point.
5. Sleep on quality sheets; organic, if you can find and afford them feel great against your skin.
6. Invest in a good mattress! You don’t need a headboard or a regular bed, but what you sleep on should be comfortable. Invest in a great quality mattress because you spend one-third of your life sleeping.
7. Have a great pillow formula. Two pillows or four, but not more. That’s my rule for pillows on a bed. This leaves room to add a couple of smaller ones as accents. Whatever your formula, your bed will look more stylish if it’s not covered in pillows.
8. A chandelier above you is oh, so nice! As focal points go, this one is unexpected in the bedroom and can feel elegant hanging over you.
9. Use attractive baskets with lids to put away stuff so they don’t become clutter.
10. Add a self-care station or storage to keep your wellness essentials within easy reach. The perfect solution is a nightstand with two drawers.
11. Add plants to purify the air and bring something natural into the room.
12. Swap out TV for a large iPad. If you must have a TV, mount it on the wall.
When she's not studying fashion at FIT, Shelly can be found photographing architecture, street style and browsing the used art book rack at The Strand in Union Square Manhattan. She is as funny as she is creative and has a keen eye for mixing textures.