For many people, spending a year at home has made them look at remodeling and design options to change things up a bit. The bedroom is a popular choice for a new look because you can give the room a complete makeover without demolition and piping and wiring like in a kitchen or bathroom remodel. New furniture and design accents are easy, affordable, and can make a bedroom feel brand new again. When households began sheltering in place together last year, the bedrooms within a home became more than just a sanctuary from the outside world but also a hideout away from other family members. More than ever before, bedrooms became a space for calm as well as privacy. It’s no wonder that the canopy bed, which was already coming back into style before the pandemic has been growing in popularity. No longer simply a dramatic touch to a bedroom with the tall, stately four posters to make the bed a stylish focal point in the room—a canopy bed can have a functional use to create privacy when draped with curtains and fabrics.

Even if you don’t have a canopy bed and perhaps don’t desire one, there are other ways simple ways to turn your bedroom into a calming retreat.

Color

Color matters. Modern studies have revealed that color can affect your mood and emotions. Most designers and decorators know this, but homeowners don’t always consider the impact of color on the mood in a room. Sometimes we’re tempted to choose colors we like rather than colors that will make us feel good. Your favorite color may not be your favorite color for long if you’re surrounded by it every day. Instead, for your bedroom choose colors that will blend instead of standing out. Select hues and shades that will promote rest and bring relief to the senses such as soft blues, grays, and neutral beiges. Save the vibrant trendy splashes of color for accents in other areas of the house.

Texture

Texture helps. By its very nature, a bedroom is like other rooms in a home, usually with a lot of lines and edges where the walls meet the ceiling and the windows create a sharp square frame to the outside. There are some easy solutions to softening these abrupt angles by adding elements of texture. Layer and drape curtains around windows to allow for privacy and function while also creating a soft textured look. Use trim to break up the harsh transition between the walls and ceiling. There are different styles of trim that can be selected and placed to create a rounded effect that can look both elegant and cozy. Also, consider wallpaper or wall upholstery options to reduce the hard surface appearance of the walls.

Light

Lighting is everything. Save the glaring bright workspace lighting for productive areas like the kitchen or a home office. A bedroom is a place to unwind and rest so the lighting should be warm, restful and inviting. If you have a ceiling fixture install a dimmer switch to adjust the light to your needs throughout the daylight and nighttime hours. Place lamps in corners behind comfortable chairs and on bedside tables for reading. For bedrooms that get a lot of natural light, use the light to your advantage to elevate your mood rather than block it out with blackout curtains. Sheer fabrics for window coverings will add a warm, natural glow to a bedroom as natural light enters the space. The CDC reports that the more exposure we get to natural light (especially in the morning hours) the better it is for our circadian rhythms to promote healthy sleep patterns. When the light begins to dim in the evening then our brain knows it is time for sleeping.

 

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