The Perfect Personal Space: How to Create a Zen Bedroom

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Are you in the process of redesigning your bedroom? Maybe it's because you're moving into a new space or are simply tired of having a room that creates anxiety. Whatever the case, you need a place that calms you at the end of the day. 

We're going to tell you how to create a zen bedroom that will ensure a great night's sleep and offer a tranquil space for you to relax after a long day. Keep reading for more information! 

Choosing Colors

One of the first things you will notice when entering a room is the overall color scheme. Certain color schemes have calming effects, while others tend to be more energizing. 

Typically, zen colors tend to be in the blue and green families but can be almost any muted or neutral color. Bright yellows and reds are colors you should stay away from if your goal is to create a calming space. 

Sometimes painting an entire room isn't in your timeframe or financial budget. You can opt for painting an accent wall or to keep your wall color the neutral grey, white, or taupe that it already is. 

Instead, you can choose to incorporate these psychologically calming colors into other areas like your blackout curtains, bedding, or wall art. 

A Zen Bedroom Isn't Cluttered

Cleaning your room isn't just a childhood chore. Typically your mother would tell you to do so because guests were coming over or she was tired of looking at your mess. Whether she realized it or not, that mess may have been a cause of anxiety.

As an adult, it is easy to leave a trail of items as you change from work to comfortable clothes. You may leave your shoes in the middle of the floor (because you'll wear them tomorrow) or have paperwork and other pieces of the day left in disarray. 

This habit can cause the same anxiety that your parents may have faced as well as increase stress levels and hinder much-needed sleep.

To have a calming bedroom, you should keep mess to a minimum. This includes placing dirty clothes into a hamper, shoes in your closet, and keeping knick-knacks and other displays to a minimum.

Additionally, you should consider making or straightening your bed each morning. This small task will give you a sense of accomplishment, prevent embarrassment if you have unexpected guests, and can lead to other good habits. 

Replace Old Bedding

Did you know that most bed sheets only last 2-3 years? They may last a bit longer if they are a high-quality material and meticulously taken care of. However, most people hang onto these products for far longer than that. 

Given that you spend approximately one-third of your day in bed, high-quality, comfortable sheets are a necessity for your zen design. Opting for natural materials like cotton or bamboo will keep you from sweating at night and remain soft over the product's lifespan. 

Additionally, you may consider upgrading your comforter set. Choosing to buy a duvet and duvet cover will allow you to have the warmth of a traditional comforter but the cover is far easier to toss into the wash. 

Also, duvets will generally keep you warm without overheating and the changeable covers allow you to update your room any time you please. 

When choosing colors or patterns for any of your bedding, stay away from busy designs and opt for colors that promote sleep&relaxation. 

Upgrade Your Mattress

It is difficult to look forward to going to sleep if it seems as though you never get quality rest. Years ago, purchasing a new mattress was prohibitively expensive and left buyers with uncomfortable sleeping arrangements. 

Luckily, there are all types of comfortable options on the market. Online retailers offer all sorts of rebates and guarantees that allow them to compete with brick and mortar stores. The key to finding the best mattress is just a little bit of research! 

Aromatherapy and Relaxation

If you are truly aiming for a zen bedroom, you can't forget about the aroma when you walk in the door. There are multiple ways to fill a room with fragrance, from air fresheners and candles to oil diffusers. 

The method you choose is not nearly as important as the scent. Lavender is one of the most commonly used aromas for sleep and relaxation. However, you shouldn't forget about chamomile, vanilla, juniper, and sandalwood. 

If you don't love the smell of any of these options, consider mixing them or finding a scent you love. 

Avoid Harsh Lighting

While great lighting is important for waking hours and for finishing work-related tasks, bright lights should be avoided in the bedroom. If you prefer flexibility, opt for a light switch with a dimmer or lamps with various levels of brightness. 

Lowering the lights before you are ready for bed will allow your eyes to adjust to the darkness and set the mood for sleep. 

Making Your Bedroom a Calming Escape

Choosing to follow these steps can help create the zen bedroom you so desire. However, one of the easiest actions to take is to implement limited screen time. 

Laptops, televisions, smartphones, and other devices emit blue light waves that can affect your sleep. Opting to limit your exposure will allow you to achieve better rest and ultimately create a truly calming experience. 

If you are interested in additional design ideas and how to create them, check out our other blogs!


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