In the dark winter months I think we all have a bit of a natural inclination to want to hibernate.
To come home at the end of the day, shut the curtains and curl up in bed under piles of blankets.
This can be hard though, if your bedroom isn’t quite the relaxing haven you’d like it to be. There are various things you can do though to create a bedroom to see you though the winter months.
Here are 5 ways to make your bedroom a peaceful, relaxing room to retreat to at the end of the day.
1. De-clutter and deep clean
This is the biggest issue for me and my husband at the moment, our bedroom is in dire need of a clear out and a deep clean.
We have a lot of stuff in our room that should really be kept elsewhere, including the airer full of washing that drives me mad day after day. Ideally bedrooms should be kept as clear as possible, so they are calm and relaxing rooms to be in.
So work your way around the room and clear out as much as you can.
Throw away any obvious rubbish. Sort through your wardrobe and drawers and donate any clothes that you never actually wear. Move things that shouldn’t really be in the bedroom to a more appropriate place in the house.
Once you’ve decluttered, give the room a good, thorough clean. Dust, vacuum (including under the bed), clean the windows, polish any mirrors. And finally make your bed to really make the room look clean and inviting.
2. Use calming colours
If you want your bedroom to be a calm and peaceful space, then you need to use calm and peaceful colours when you decorate.
The best colour to use to help you sleep is blue, as it’s so calming. This could be a light, pale blue or a deep, dark almost grey blue.
If blue’s not your thing, then green is another great choice.
You don’t have to go full on with colour, if you’re not sure about having blue or green on the walls. You can keep the walls a neutral cream and then bring colour in with your bedding, cushions, throws and rugs.
To keep things interesting think about using some patterns in your soft furnishings, rather than having everything as just blocks of colour.
3. Make it smell nice
First of all, fling the windows open on a regular basis.
When you get up in the morning, don’t make your bed straight away. Fold the covers back to let the bed air, and open the window for 5 minutes to get some fresh air in.
To create a really relaxing environment you can then add a bit of extra scent to the bedroom.
Lavender is a classic scent for promoting sleep and helping us feel calm and relaxed.
You could get a lavender reed diffuser or some scented candles, or try some lavender oil in a diffuser.
4. Leave work downstairs
It can be really tempting to take a laptop or notebook up to bed with you to squeeze in some last bits of work or reply to some emails before you go to sleep. The thing with this though, is that we then start to associate the bedroom with work, rather than as a place to switch off and relax.
So as much as possible try to leave work, and work related activities, out of the bedroom.
The same goes for exercise too. If at all possible keep your exercise equipment in another room and do your home workouts in the living room, not the bedroom.
5. Choose furniture that you love
It’s hard to relax in a room full of furniture that you don’t really like.
So take some time to pick out bits of bedroom furniture that you really love, whether it’s a matching set or a collection of pieces that you pick up second-hand. If you’re not in a position to buy completely new furniture then see what you can do to up-cycle what you already have so that you love it.
Hopefully by working through these 5 steps you can create a calm, relaxing haven to retreat to, perfect for a spot of hibernating during the winter months.
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