By Jess Williams from Create Live Grow and Lindsey Green from Styled Living
The bedroom is one of the most important rooms of our home. It’s the place we can disconnect from the world, relax, feel safe and just BE US.
In today’s hectic world stress is always present, but our home shouldn’t contribute to it.
Check out these simple solutions for creating your own sanctuary and kick that added stress to the curb!
TIPS TO DESIGN & STYLE YOUR BEDROOM
1.Create a Vision & Direction
Consider your colour pallete and the mood you would like to create in the room.
A really easy way to do this is to look through interior magazines and pinterest.
Create a pinterest board called ‘bedroom’ and ‘pin’ inspiration that you get an intuitive pull to. Don’t over think it, just pin the ones you get excited about. Within just ten minutes or so you will be able to look at your own board and see a style developing!
As an example, here is Jess’ bedroom inspo – you can see the theme very clearly!
2. Where to splash cash….
If you are going to splurge on ONE thing (other than a bed) when it comes to creating a relaxing bedroom, it HAS to be bedding.
Good sheets are a MUST – look around for sales you will often find good deals.
Quick Tip – The higher the thread count the denser and heavier the sheet is. This is all to do with preference when it comes to thread count not quality. Try searching for Percale sheets, low thread count but will not pill. Preference is bamboo cotton mix.
3. How to put all the bedding together
It may seem like a lot when all you are used to is a quilt and two pillows, but you will LOVE feeling like you have stepped into your own personal retreat each night. Plus you will actually WANT to make the bed each morning when you see how beautiful and inviting your room will look. Add a variety of texture to create depth and comfort.
What you need:
1- 2 x European Pillows (3 for king beds) this creates a plush hotel look.
2- 2 x Standard Pillows
3- 1 – 3 Decorative Cushions
4- Fitted Sheet
5- Top Sheet
6- Quilt & Quilt Cover
7- Throw Blanket/s
8- Bed Skirt if you own an ensemble (not pictured)
4. Add some textured luxury with a rug
Give your eyes AND feet some pampering with a floor rug that can pull your entire look together.
We advise a rug big enough to sit under your furniture, rather than a ‘bath mat’ floating in the centre of the floor.
5. Creating a ‘Vignette’
This is optional – A vignette is a group of styled objects that draw your attention as you walk into a space. Knickknacks scattered around a room look more like clutter and tend to lose their importance. When grouped together they make a statement and become more relevant to you.
Create vignettes that reflect your personality. There’s nothing wrong with trying out a look you love from a magazine or pinterest, but be sure you add personal touches that give clues about who you are eg. use new items alongside treasured sentimental pieces.
Remember to have different levels of height – think pyramid. Step back and view what you have done, then edit, keep doing this till you love it. Even leave the room and come back later to view from a fresh perspective.
These could be placed on a shelf, tallboy or side table!
6. Create a Sensory Experience
Create a sensory experience with smell. It can be a process to find a candle that you absolutely LOVE but once you do you’ll never look back.
Opt for a Soy candle, even having it sit in your room throughout the day unlit can create a beautiful soft aroma that’s a pleasure to walk into.
PLUS it doubles as mood lighting at night!
A linen spray is great way to add in some calming scents as well (Adairs has a perfect one for $9.95)
I (Jess) also use a clearing spray, to keep the energies clear in the room and they have a nice scent too!
This one is SUPER important!
Have you ever had a room at home that only has one lighting option – stark / harsh! It’s not very pleasant or relaxing. It’s important to have at least two lighting sources in your room to create the mood you’re after.
Add lamps to your side tables, and even look into investing into a dimmer on your main ceiling light. Use candles to create mood lighting.
Throughout the day natural light is best. If you have the luxury of a large window, try adding some sheers to create a nice soft lighting effect in the room. Opt for Blackout Drapes to keep the light out at night for an uninterrupted sleep.
Add a bit of life to your room along with some natural purification!
Here is a list of the Top 10 Air Purifying House Plants according to getawair.com
Plants take in benzene, trichloroethylene and formaldehyde, these are the 3 most harmful indoor toxins produced from cleaning products etc. In turn they produce clean air for us to breath.
1. Bamboo – removes benzene, trichloroethylene and formaldehyde and adds moisture
2. Aloe Vera – formaldehyde filter plus use for sunburn!
3. Spider Plant – rated by NASA’s Clean Air Study as one of the top 3 plants for removing formaldehyde and other toxins
4. Peace Lily = removes airborne chemicals from cleaning products
5. Dracaena plant – best at removing trichloroethylene found in heavy duty cleaning products
6. Boston Fern – removes formaldehyde better than any other plant
7. Golden Pothos – EASY TO KEEP ALIVE! process general air toxins well
8. English Ivy – excels at removing benzene from the air (perfect for astham sufferers)
9. Gerbera Daisy – removes benzene and absorbs tons of carbon dioxide
10. Mother In Laws Tongue – one of the best for filtering out formaldehyde, which is common in cleaning products – will thrive in low light and steamy conditions (great for the bathroom!)
Quick tip – if you aren’t keen for some live plants in your space, the faux plants are a great alternative, while you won’t get the natural
purification you will get the benefits of creating that calming atmosphere you are after!
TIPS TO STAY ORGANISED & FEELING GREAT
ORGANISE YOUR WARDROBE
Get rid of anything you havent worn in the last 6 months – be harsh!
Colour code your wardrobe so it’s a pleasure to open.
Use one style of wooden hanger throughout, this isn’t just better for your clothes, it creates a beautiful consistent look – Do yourself a favour and ditch the mismatched plastic and wire hangers today!
STAY ON TOP OF YOUR LAUNDRY
Take some stress and anxiety away by keeping laundry minimal. There’s nothing worse than feeling like you have 1 million things to do and walking into overwhelming piles of dirty clothes.
They will often take last priority and continue to build till you have nothing left to wear. Keep a small laundry basket in your room that fits in with your room’s aesthetic – you don’t want it standing out like a sore thumb. Do a load as soon as it is almost full (not overflowing). Make yourself stick to this for 21 days and form a habit that will set you up for life.
Did You Know?
People with messy, cluttered bedrooms are twice as likely to choose unhealthy options rather than healthy options.
There is a higher chance of having more conflict and tension in your relationships due to a cluttered, messy environment.
A messy home prevents you from inviting people over.
A cluttered space can overload your visual cortex creating a decrease in your productivity.
All studies were done by Dr. Eva Sulhub
19% of people found they had a better sleep when entering a made bed (According to the National Sleep Foundation)
75% of people found they had a better sleep with fresh and clean sheets (According to the National Sleep Foundation)