Friday, February 8, 2013

10 Tips to a Better Bedroom

By Jennifer Adams

If your home is your castle, then your bedroom is your innermost sanctuary. You spend more time in your bedroom than any other place in your home. It should be a place of comfort and relaxation -- a well-thought out bedroom will help you get better sleep, and you will feel much healthier and happier for it!

So what are some ways to make your bedroom a better place? Starting with the easiest and cheapest, here are my favorite tips.

Tip 1. Declutter! Clutter is stressful. Clear it away from the tops of your dressers, walls and floor. Store the laundry where it belongs – out of sight. Make room in your closet by cleaning it out and getting a closet organizing system if you need more space.

Tip 2. Make your bed every single day. Soft, smooth and comfortable sheets are luxurious and you will feel more relaxed and sleep better. A messy bed adds clutter, and wrinkled, uneven sheets can fall off one side or create hot or cold spots.

Tip 3. Move out the desks, exercise machines, hobby centers and anything else that isn’t related to sleeping, relaxing or making love. Who needs to look at the unfinished taxes and all those blinking computer lights while you’re trying to fall asleep!

Tip 4. Turn off the TV. Looking at electronic screens including e-readers, cell phones, video games or computers 30 minutes before bedtime can make it more difficult to fall asleep. Armoires or cabinets do double duty not only to hide the TV but as an extra place to store bedding or clothing.

Tip 5. Ban the pets and the kids. They should all sleep in their own beds, not yours.

Tip 6. Buy a better mattress. If your mattress is more than 5 to 7 years old, it may need to be replaced. If it’s older than 10 years, it definitely needs to be replaced! Pillows should be replaced every 2-5 years. Use pillow and mattress protectors to reduce dust and allergens from building up.

Tip 7. Minimize the furniture. Get rid of pieces that aren’t useful for sitting or sleeping, or will store clothing. The bed should be the focus, and a comfortable seating area is a nice luxury if you have the room. Each side of the bed should have a nightstand and lamp.

Tip 8. Control the light with versatile window treatments such as blinds or sheers, and use dimmers on all your lights. Turn down the lights at bedtime as a relaxing part of your evening ritual.

Tip 9. Color schemes should be light and airy, nothing bold colors or dramatic. Soft colors such as white, ivory, buttercream, sky blue, lavender, sage, accented with gray look beautiful and are relaxing.

Tip 10. Accessorize with pairs of things, such as candlesticks for a romantic feel. Choose artwork that’s peaceful or reminds you of places you’ve visited with your spouse or partner. Place the family photos somewhere else in your house so that everyone can enjoy them!

Do you have a tip to add? Let us know!

Photos courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens website.

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