Even though we are all spending more time at home than ever and updating our home offices and/or home schooling spaces right now, our bedrooms might be the one place that we are overlooking. But of course, keep in mind how much time we spend in our bedrooms – it’s probably the one room we spend about a third of our lives in. That’s why your bedroom should reflect that and be the one place you can truly let your hair down and relax. Make your bedroom a sanctuary.
Since we can’t exactly travel and stay in a five star hotel right now, here’s how to bring that experience to your own home and make your bedroom the relaxing place that you need – and deserve!
Make Your Bedroom A Sanctuary
Great Sheets (And Matching Robes)
You spend approximately one third of your life sleeping, so why not do it in the best possible way? We love Brooklinen’s classic percale hotel-style sheets – you’ll feel like you’re at the Four Seasons and the price is right. You can even order coordinating loungewear or a super plush robe and pretend that your home is a high end hotel.
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We’re kind of loving weighted blankets these days, both for their anxiety-reducing properties and their cozy plushness. While you can find weighted blankets at almost any color, style, and price point right now, we’re fans of this $50 option from Hug Bud via Amazon in a neutral pale gray velvet.
A reading lamp or similar next to the bed can be useful, but you shouldn’t use just any lamp for this purpose. An adjustable lamp like this one from TaoTronics that also has a USB port so you can charge your phone or tablet is just about perfect. There are seven different levels of lighting and its slim design and low profile means that it can be worked into just about any style of decor.
Having some of your favorite photos or art in your bedroom sanctuary can go a long way towards making it feel cozy and special. We love framing and hanging up family photos or pictures you’ve taken on vacation of course, but we also love watercolors and abstract pieces in soft or soothing colors for the bedroom as well.
Society6 has some great options by indie artists (and of course so does Etsy), like this softly lit garden painting or this portrait of a woman reading with a leopard. And if you want to turn one of your own photos into a painting, Etsy has a whole category for artists who will do just that, so you can find your perfect fit.
Throw pillows might seem superfluous, but they can also be an easy way to add some color to your bedroom – and it is super simple to change things up. If you already have throw pillows, you can simply order a set of covers like these from Phantoscope via Amazon and completely change the overall look of your bed.
Functionally Elegant Curtains
Depending on the lighting and the placement of the windows in your bedroom, you might want some serious blackout curtains to create that perfect level of darkness for whenever you want to sleep in or nap. These curtain panels from Wayfair would do the trick. They come in plenty of colors so there is sure to be one that fits your color scheme and taste.
Other Tips for Your Bedroom Sanctuary
A couple of other things we like to do are to have great candles, incense, or diffusers to make sure that the room smells wonderful. If it’s a different scent it can even help you to mentally separate the bedroom – your sanctuary – from the rest of the house. We also like to keep our nightstand relatively clean – no piles of books, papers, or electronics. All that clutter can distract you from getting optimal rest.
How are you making your bedroom more cozy or relaxing right now? What are your favorite tips and tricks for making your bedroom feel luxurious and special? Let us know in the comments or in our Growing Younger Facebook group!
– Jacqueline Zenn
You may like to read more of Jacqueline’s Shelter In Place posts like How To Set Up Your Home Office Desk and Get Inspired by Living Rooms From Around The World.
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