Posted by Meredith O'Connor

How to Turn Your Bedroom Into a Sanctuary

For most people, the bedroom is a safe place — it’s where we go to rest, relax, and recharge both mentally and physically. Unfortunately, with Covid-19 forcing many of us to be stuck at home, our rooms have gone from a relaxing oasis to a depressing dungeon where we work, exercise, eat, and virtually socialize.

 

Reclaim your bedroom by creating a cozy space to decompress and catch some z’s that feels distinctly different from the corner of your home or apartment that you work in. A good night’s sleep can help to boost immunity and physical well-being — by the time you’re 79, on average, you will have spent 33 years in bed — that’s why it’s so important to make sure your room feels like a sanctuary. Here’s how:  

 

Set The Mood

Bedroom, Cozy, Relax

First, you gotta get the vibe right. Switching up the lighting, scent, and décor is the easiest way to cultivate a soothing environment. Bright overhead lighting can be harsh. Invest in candles, twinkle lights, and lamps to add a rich, low-light glow to your bedroom. It’s small, inexpensive changes like this that will help you craft a comforting atmosphere where you can lounge and rest — plus, it’s more gentle on your eyes.

 

Soothing fragrances can completely transform the mood of a room. Rosemary, lavender, vanilla, and jasmine will help you unwind and destress as you enjoy the comforts of your bedroom refuge. Place a few reed diffusers on your shelves and bedside table or pick up an essential oil diffuser — like Vitruvi’s stone diffuser — to fill your space with calming scents.  

 

Muted tones can also help turn your room into the bedroom sanctuary of your dreams. Add color and texture with throw pillows, blankets, and rugs to keep the room simple but unique to your style. And, of course, investing in a few houseplants is never a bad idea. Plants will not only infuse your room with life and color, they come with a handful of scientifically backed health benefits. According to a study in the journal of physiological anthropology, plants can help reduce stress, as well as increase productivity and creativity.

 

Define Your Space

 

Workspace, Desk, Work From Home

Setting boundaries and having the right accessories is key to a tranquil bedroom space. Staying organized is a great way to ensure your work and leisure worlds feel separate. Clutter is a reminder that you have things left undone, which can disrupt the mood you’re trying to achieve — especially if it’s work-related clutter. Out of sight, out of mind is a great rule to live by here. Invest in bins to store your work essentials. If you have a place to put away your computer and agenda at the end of the day, you’ll be able to truly unplug. 

 

This mindset should also carry over into where you place your furniture. If you can, set up your workspace outside your bedroom. But if that’s not an option, face your desk toward a wall or window so you aren’t constantly staring at your bed or TV and wishing you were there instead. By maintaining separate spaces, your bedroom will automatically turn into a relaxing escape.  

 

Purchasing noise-canceling headphones is an easy way to block out the world around. The next time you want to sit up in bed and read or spend the afternoon binge-watching your favorite show, headphones will help enjoy your space in peace.

 

Invest In Essentials

 

Bedroom, Mattress, Pillows, Relax

Finding the right mattress and pillows for your body and sleeping style is essential when creating the ultimate sleep oasis. Around 50 percent of Americans have reported being unhappy with their current sleeping situation. Keep in mind a good mattress and linens can be pricey, but when you’re spending upwards of 10 hours a day in bed, it’s definitely worth the investment. The Oceano Luxury Hybrid Mattress matches exceptional quality with luxurious style. It’s made from organic certified wool and cotton, and is perfect for all types of sleepers. Pillows also play a huge role in sleep comfort — from firmness and fluffiness to a comfortable sleep position, it makes all the difference.

 

 

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