A badly decorated bedroom might not matter much to some people. After all, it’s not a communal area for guests, it’s your private space – so what should it matter how it looks? The truth is that bad bedroom décor habits can be bad for your mental state. Your bedroom is supposed to be a place of harmony and calm where you can de-stress and get a good night’s sleep. Here are a few ways to get the best out of your bedroom décor.
Match curtains to the season
Changing up your curtains throughout the year can have a lot of benefits.
In the winter when it gets cold, a thick pair of winter curtains can help keep the heat in and the cold out. If you haven’t got double-glazing, this might act as a nice thermal shield that prevents you having to keep the heating on 24/7.
Thin fabrics meanwhile are more suited to the summer when you may want some air coming into the room. For bedroom windows facing the sun in the morning, a blackout roll-down blind could be worthwhile buying to stop you getting woken up early.
Sites such as https://www.montgomery.co.uk/shop/ready-made-curtains have a great selection of drapes to kit your room out with. Match your curtains to the season and you could find yourself having a more pleasant sleep all year round.
Use soothing colours
There are many links between colour and psychology. Whilst many people like warm reds and yellows, these aren’t the best colours to paint a bedroom as they symbolise energy and passion. Blues, greens and greys are more calming and for some people could be better colours for helping them get to sleep.
Try to avoid discordant clashing colours too. If your furniture is all different coloured or doesn’t sit nicely with the colour of the walls, it could be having an effect on your mental harmony.
Keep your feet warm
Waking up to cold floorboards isn’t fun. Make sure that if your bedroom isn’t carpeted, that you’ve at least got a warm rug to sink your toes into so that getting out of bed isn’t such a chore. Fur rugs can be an especially nice treat to wake up to, but bear in mind that they’re harder to clean than normal rugs.
Alternatively, you could just wear slippers. Make sure that these are easily accessible from your bed though, otherwise you’ll have to walk on cold floor to get to them defeating their purpose.
Make use of mirrors
Mirrors can have all kinds of great uses. There are a lot of arguments that hanging a mirror in your bedroom is bad for your Feng Shui, but for many the practicalities outweigh this belief. Given most of us go through our morning routine in our bedroom and need to see ourselves, a mirror is much needed, although placing it somewhere in which you don’t immediately wake up to it is advised.
If your bedroom only has a small window to let in natural light, a mirror can be placed opposite it and create the illusion of another window. Mirrors can also create the illusion of space, making them ideal in a poky bedroom for making it feel less claustrophobic.
You can hang a mirror on the outside or inside of a wardrobe door to save space (hanging it on the inside may help for those that don’t always want to see their reflection). You can also buy mirrored wardrobes that allow you to have storage space and a giant mirror all in one.
Keep on top of clutter
Clutter is bad for your mind. The bedroom is the one place where you should feel most at ease making it the most important room to regularly declutter.
Try not to keep clothes or cosmetics piled up on chairs or cabinets – find a home for anything that isn’t ornamental. Keep make-up in a bag or chest and use space under your bed wisely. Some beds will come with storage compartments underneath – don’t forget about this space.
If you cannot physical store away all your items, you may have to consider getting relocating or getting rid of a few. There are many systems that can make getting rid of items less of a chore. One is to simply throw away one item every day. In a year, that totals 365 items. This may be useful for those with overflowing bookshelves or piles of cosmetics.
Organise that wardrobe once and for all
By far the biggest clutter hotspot is our wardrobes. You have two options here – buy a bigger wardrobe, or get rid of some clothes.
Buying a bigger wardrobe is the dangerous route to take as it could just encourage you to buy more clothes knowing that you have the space. If you don’t have the space for a bigger wardrobe, you could consider storing clothes in another room.
Culling your wardrobe takes a lot more effort and motivation. It could be worth trying out the Oprah Winfrey closet hanger experiment. This involves placing all your hangers with the metal hook facing one way. Every time you a return a piece of clothing to the cupboard after wearing it, you turn the hanger around. After six months, you’ll be able to see which clothes you’ve worn in that time and which you haven’t. The ones you haven’t worn clearly aren’t getting any use and ought to be the ones you throw away (you might be surprised by how many you don’t wear!).
Some people have taken their wardrobes to super minimal extremes by replacing them with clothes rails. Not only does this eliminate floor and overhead space for storing extra clutter, it also put all your clothes on permanent display. By not being hidden away, you’re less likely to forget about certain clothing and more likely to then wear all your clothes, or get rid of certain items.
Remember to not immediately throw all clothes in the trashcan. There may be some that you can make money out of from selling and others that you can donate. http://www.preloved.co.uk/ is a good site for selling your clothes second-hand. Get selling as soon as you’ve decided which clothes you’d like to part with. Keeping your clothes in a bag in the attic might lead you to never get rid of them.
Tame those cables
Some of us can have a lot of electric appliances in our bedroom. This could include laptops, phone chargers, hairdryers, hair straighteners, table lamps, TVs, radios and alarm clocks. All these appliances can lead to a mess of wires. Try to limit these bundles of wires where possible by having a place to store appliances and chargers when not in use. You may want to keep certain items such as lamps and alarm clocks permanently plugged in for ease, but other items could benefit from having a storage place such as a plastic tub that slides under the bed or sits in the wardrobe.
Make sure that you’re not running extension cables off of extension cables as this can overload sockets and serve as a trip hazard if anything else. Store these away alongside appliances when they’re not in use to keep things tidy.
Try not to coil up wires when storing them away or wrap them around appliances as this can damage the cables. You’re far better off letting cables naturally coil at the bottom of a tub or drawer. Storing appliances together can sometimes cause their cables to get tangled up with one another, so be careful when storing them away rather than simply shoving them in a drawer and closing it.