Millennials are stressed out and struggling both financially and emotionally. It is hard to get ahead when you constantly feel like you are in survival mode just to keep the bills paid.
To top it all off, with everyone spending more time at home, it can be harder to get a moment to yourself. For all of these reasons, it is important to make your bedroom your sanctuary where you can go for peace and relaxation.
Mental health and self-care aren’t just buzz words – they are important for all health and happiness. You can’t pour from an empty cup.
Even if you have others to take care of or to whom you feel responsible, you still have to take time for yourself. If you don’t, you’ll eventually reach a breaking point that could cause much worse problems.
When you design your new bedroom, keep in mind that you will need that occasional hideaway. Here are the best ways to design a mentally and physically healthy bedroom.
1. Find the middle ground between Modern minimalism and functionality
You don’t want to have so much furniture in your bedroom that it seems overcrowded or cluttered. Open spaces are more relaxing, whereas a room with too much furniture can make it seem as though the walls are closing in.
Keep things simple and choose furniture that doesn’t have a lot of added bulk.
At the same time, don’t deny yourself style, comfort, or convenience. If you know that you will use a bedroom bench every day while dressing, it is an acceptable addition.
However, if you know that you will never fill a dresser because you hang most of your clothes, that piece of furniture should be eliminated from the set.
To further minimize clutter and keep the space open and airy, make use of multi-function furniture. Bedroom benches, ottomans, and even sofas come with interior storage that can be quite useful.
If you know that you will want to curl up and read, switch out the bedroom bench for a small sofa so that you can use it for both dressing and relaxation.
2. Choose easily cleaned and low maintenance furniture
Many people don’t feel up to extra cleaning, and if you’re thinking about a way to relax cleaning is the furthest thing from your mind.
But it is important to keep this in mind if you don’t want to add hours to your weekly housework. Avoid upholstered headboards, as these can attract dust and gather oil if you rest your head upon them.
To further limit the amount of furniture to clean, dust, or vacuum, consider furniture bedroom sets that have a platform bed with drawer storage.
3. Look for bedroom furniture and décor in these calming elements
There are certain colors and scenes that can help increase your feeling of peace and give you the perfect environment in which to let your burdens rest.
The most calming colors to use in a bedroom are shades of blue and green, an indoor reminder of the earth and sky.
Other colors have been shown to help boost people’s moods. These colors include yellow, orange, pink, and red.
You can incorporate all of these colors into your bedroom design with the upholstered items, bedding, throws, and pillows. An area rug can also help pull everything together, as well as appropriate wall art.
When it comes down to décor for your walls, choose abstract art or blurred watercolor pieces to elevate the mood and blend in with the natural colors of the rest of the room.
4. Bring nature inside
When you consider the colors that make people the happiest and calmest, it is hard not to notice the fact that all of these colors occur in nature.
The yellow of the sunrise, the orange and pinks of sunsets, the green of the grass, blue for the skies, and even brown for earth all come from our natural desire to be one with the great outdoors.
In addition to using the methods mentioned above, there are a few things you can do to bring nature into your bedroom for a relaxing getaway within your own home.
Choose bedding and décor in the colors of nature, blending complimentary colors and layering textiles for depth in interior design.
You can give yourself a natural scene for focus in meditation or simple relaxation.
Hang wall art that depicts a beautiful nature scene, paint a mural directly on the wall, or get a hanging tapestry into which you can imagine walking through the forest.
Another great way to incorporate nature is by getting some greenery. Whether you buy real potted plants or fake ones, having plants in your home will improve your mood considerably.
If you can have natural potted plants in your home, choose ones that improve indoor air quality with the additional oxygen released into the air.
The feeling of being in nature brings out the peace of mind people crave. Especially in colder months, having something to remind you of the lush springs and summers soon to follow.