How to style a calm and cosy bedroom

With the pace and intensity of our lives these days, it’s no wonder more and more people are looking to create a calm and cosy atmosphere in their bedrooms.

There are so many elements that can affect the overall feeling of a space, from the basics of lighting and colour to more granular details, like incorporating natural elements, keeping technology out or choosing the right linens. Paying attention to all the details can help create a relaxing atmosphere, where you can unwind and find a little bit of peace when you most need it.

Here are our top tips to easily create a calm and cosy bedroom.

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Ambient lighting

When it comes to creating a vibe, lighting can truly make or break a space. Pay attention to your current lighting and think about any changes that might be necessary. Start by swapping out any harsh or sterile light bulbs for warmer ones, then look at varying the sources of lighting in your room.

Including one or two lamps in different positions around the room is a great way to soften the lighting in the evening, creating a more calming atmosphere – and don’t forget the relaxing power of candles.

A calming colour palette

The colour palette of a room is another element that can have a great impact on the overall mood. If you’re looking to create a calm and cosy energy, avoid any overly bright colours and opt for simple neutrals (like white, beige or cream) or warm, earthy tones (like brown, burnt orange or forest green). Similarly, steer away from any big, bold patterns – although some considered use of subtle patterns can add to the cosy feeling.

Incorporate natural elements

Adding in elements from the natural world is a great way to create a warm, earthy atmosphere in your bedroom. Consider splashes of wood in the form of wooden panelling or furniture. Marble is another great natural material that works well in bedroom decor, especially when used in smaller items, like bookends or a tabletop. Plants are not only a great aesthetic addition to a bedroom, but they also create a calming, cleansing atmosphere. If you’re not a plant person, or your room doesn’t receive a lot of natural light, a vase of freshly-cut flowers is a great alternative.

Rugs

Rugs are a great way to foster a sense of cosiness in a room. Not only are they soft under foot, but they can also help insulate and literally keep the warmth in. Plus, rugs look great and will help tie the room together.

Window coverings

As a general rule, natural light is excellent for creating a calm and positive atmosphere, so be sure to keep your window coverings open during the day. Night time is a different story, and once the sun goes down, opting for some nice curtains or blinds is another great way to make your room feel snug and keep the warmth in.

Try to keep technology out

Technology has become so omnipresent in our lives that it can be difficult to escape – but this is even more reason to avoid including it in your bedroom. Try separating your workspace from your relaxation zone (if you’re unable to work in another room, you might try using a room divider). If possible, make your room a technology-free zone and aim to fill it with nurturing things, like books and plants.

Invest in a decent mattress

There’s nothing cosier than jumping into bed at the end of the day, but this simple pleasure can be completely ruined by an uncomfortable mattress. It’s worth splashing out on a comfortable, good-quality mattress, as it will literally pay itself off in no time at all. You’ll find your sleep quality will go up – and your body will thank you for it.

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Buy good-quality linens

On a similar note, there is literally nothing like the feeling of nice, quality bed sheets – and there are so many out there to choose from! Whether you go for linen, bamboo, eucalyptus, or good old cotton, treating yourself to some good bedding will ensure your sleep is as snug as possible. Add in extra blankets and pillows for maximum comfort.

Keep it minimal and clutter-free

It’s so easy for our bedrooms to accumulate clutter, but making a concerted effort to keep your room tidy is a great way to maintain a sense of tranquillity and order. This could mean opting for a minimalist vibe when it comes to decor, and getting in the habit of tidying regularly, including getting rid of any items you no longer need. Cleaning as you go (rather than waiting to do a big clean every few months) is an effective way to stay on top of any mess.

With a calm and cosy atmosphere, your bedroom will transform into the sanctuary you deserve. You can better relax at the end of the day and meet tomorrow with a more peaceful and energised version of yourself.

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