After a long and strenuous day at work, we all need a peaceful and relaxing place to regain our strength. Even if you’ve been working from home for the better part of a year, you’ll still need a change of scenery to help break up the day and create that separation of work and home. If you’re balancing work and home simultaneously, it can be increasingly difficult to find time to watch your favorite TV show or cozy up in bed with a good book.
If you can’t seem to find the right space to enjoy a little peace and quiet in your daily routine, or you’re feeling the effects of spending hours on end in your home office, consider creating your own personal retreat at home. The bedroom is already one of the most calming and comforting rooms in the house, so creating a zen zone in your bedroom is the perfect way to clear your mind at the end of the day. Take a look at our list of suggestions on how to create the ultimate zen space in your bedroom.
Reduce the Noise
The first step in creating a tranquil bedroom environment is to block yourself off from distracting noises. You can never mute your surroundings completely, but there are ways you can counteract distractions. If your bedroom faces a busy street, be sure to close those windows—if your bedroom is adjacent to your children’s room and you can constantly hear imaginary robot wars taking place in the background, try to find a meditating podcast to drown out the noise.
We get so used to the routine alerts of phone calls, emails, and messages, that we’re constantly hearing the reminders of work and preventing ourselves from getting any rest. Sometimes, the best way to turn the volume down is to turn off our minds. Turn off notifications, shut off electronic devices, free yourself from the hustle and bustle of your daily routine, and take time to unwind without interruption.
Choose Soothing Colors
Bedroom colors can greatly influence our mood, thoughts, and energy. If you’re hoping to get the most out of your zen zone, choose your colors carefully. If you want your zen space to be your creative haven for drawing, painting, writing, or simply working on a 1,000-piece puzzle, shades of orange and yellow are known to encourage productivity and creativity. If you want an escape to read, play music, practice yoga, or catch up on sleep, blue and green shades provoke peace, serenity, and remind us of nature which is known to have its own healing effects.
If you plan on using your zen zone for any of these activities, we suggest opting for these calming tones into your bedroom so you don’t irritate or over-stimulate your senses. You can incorporate color in several ways—wall paint, bedding, furniture, accent pieces, decoration, and artwork are just some of the few. Don't limit yourself to one color, either—play with a combination of multiple shades to reflect your personality and add a hint of playfulness to your bedroom.
Let There Be Light
There is nothing more frustrating and difficult on the eyes than spending too much time in poorly-lit spaces. A dark and drab environment can increase feelings of depression and drowsiness, as well as cause severe headaches and eye strain. Keeping this in mind, you can’t have a zen space without a little natural light. Open up those curtains and let the sunshine pour into your bedroom.
But don’t stop there—you won’t be able to rely on a bright and glaring ray of sunshine year-round, so don’t forget to install a few light fixtures and maybe a dimmer switch or two. This way, you’ll be able to manually adjust the intensity of the light source to match your mood. If you’re working on a screenplay, turn on the light so you can see clearly in front of you, if you’re watching a movie, turn the lights all the day down to create the right ambiance.
Lighting also plays into the color palette you introduce. Light can bounce and reflect off colors in a certain way to enhance their calming or energizing effects.
Make it Comfy
Comfort is the number one priority in creating the ultimate bedroom zen zone. If it isn’t comfortable, then it isn’t serving much purpose. The best way to introduce comfort is with the right mattress. Your bedroom should be one of your favorite rooms in the house already, and your bed is a large part of that. A comfy mattress sets the stage for your bedroom and the environment you hope to create. If you need a nap, if your kids want to make a pillow fort, or if you enjoy Sunday morning brunch in bed, your mattress can play a tremendous role in the value of your zen space.
If you have the available room, you can also introduce other bedroom furniture pieces to add to the cozy setting. Furniture should ideally be rich in neutral tones like white, gray, or beige, as these shades will play off any other color palette you have without making your bedroom look too busy. Pillows, bedding, and even an area rug can help lighten your bedroom space to bring everything together and contribute to the warm and homey atmosphere.
Too much clutter can be one of the leading causes of an accumulation of unwanted household stress and anxiety. Seeing clothing, accessories, and decorations pile up makes it nearly impossible to feel comfortable and secure in your bedroom space. Before you start decorating your zen zone, be sure to eliminate all the items you no longer use. Clothing pouring out of the closet or overflowing from the dresser is usually the first item to tackle, but it’s also necessary to limit home accessories to avoid feeling trapped and suffocated by your own belongings.
Your surroundings influence your attitude significantly, so you can’t expect to think clearly or feel an ounce of peace if you're surrounded by a constant mess.
As you can see, creating the ultimate zen zone in your bedroom doesn't need to be a challenge. Discover what suits your taste and sense the best and make it your own. And if you need additional comfort tips, don’t hesitate to give us a call or stop by our store. You can stop our entire catalog of mattresses and sleep accessories to make your zen space as comfortable as can be.