Is your bedroom littered with piles of dirty laundry and a mattress that you’ve had since college? Your bedroom should be your personal sanctuary — a place of tranquility, where you can unwind from the day and rejuvenate with a good night’s sleep.
Because of this, it’s one of the most important rooms in your home. A well-designed and well-organized bedroom allows you to start each and every morning mentally clear and relaxed, while a cluttered bedroom can leave you tired, irritated and stressed. According to Psychology Today, clutter affects our mental state in a variety of ways:
- It’s distracting, drawing your attention away from the things you should be focused on.
- It makes it more difficult to relax.
- It sends the signal to our brain that work is never done.
- It makes us anxious and causes feelings of guilt.
The New Year is the perfect time to update your bedroom. Use these five simple ideas to bring life into this important space and start the year off on the right side of the bed.
1. Repaint Your Walls
The colors of the rooms in your home directly affect your mood, according to experts at HGTV. So which colors are best for your bedroom? According to HGTV,
“Cool and soothing blues are a natural for the bedroom. In traditional bedrooms, deeper shades of blue create a stately backdrop for antiques and classic furnishings, as well as artwork. There are plenty of muted and pale tones of blue that create a soft look for those who don’t want a dark color on their walls.”
However, that doesn’t mean you can’t choose brighter colors, or something as dark as black. HGTV explains: “Even black can work in your master bedroom, but be sure to balance it with white furnishings, and add color with bright touches such as yellow or turquoise.”
2. Mount Your Television
Chances are, there’s a TV in your bedroom. It’s even more likely that it’s haphazardly sitting on top of your dresser, taking up half of the usable space, and wobbling every time you turn it on or off.
Some experts recommend removing it from your bedroom altogether, but if you like your bedtime television time, simply mount it on your wall instead. This helps you remove clutter, create more usable space on your bureau, and helps to avoid any startling (and costly) middle-of-the-night falls.
However, before you start hammering nails and drilling holes, take a few tips from Puls’ TV Mounting Guide:
- Find the right angle. Make sure you position your T.V. in a place that allows you to comfortably watch from your bed. Wall mounts that pivot and extend make it easy to find the perfect spot.
- Focus on sound. Don’t forget about the acoustics. “If you’ve got kids or a flatmate sleeping on the other side of a bedroom wall, a good way to prevent sound from seeping through to the adjoining room is to use a swivel mount that extends outwards, rather than keeping the television stuck on the drywall wall,” suggests Puls.
3. Invest a New Mattress
Getting a new mattress is a big investment, with the price of a mattress ranging from $250 to upwards of $5,000. While mattresses don’t come cheap, it’s an investment that pays off in more ways than one.
A high quality mattress not only helps you get a good night’s sleep, but it can also fight off stress, depression and health issues. In fact, research from The Better Sleep Council has linked greater sleep quality to a decrease in back pain, stiffness, and shoulder pain — much of which as affected by how well your mattress supports you during sleep.
As you consider your options, keep these things in mind when buying a new mattress, courtesy of The Sleep Advisor:
- Mattress lifespan
- Budget (hint: buying in-store is most expensive)
- Determine your ideal type and material
- Determine ideal firmness and natural sleeping position
- Consider your weight, which affects the support the mattress can provide
4. Introduce New Sleep-Friendly Gadgets
There are thousands of gadgets that can help you fall asleep and stay asleep, allowing you turn your bedroom into a supportive space for rest and rejuvenation. Below are some of sleep-friendly gadgets to consider testing in the New Year:
- White noise sound machine
- Dehumidifier/essential oil diffuser
- Weighted blankets
- Cooling temperature pillows
- Wake-up light alarm clock
5. Eliminate Distractions
This is probably one of the most cost-effective changes you can make to your bedroom. If you’re like most people, you likely have dozens of distractions in your bedroom, from your pet to your smartphone. These distractions prevent you from getting a good night’s sleep and can lead to the many health issues mentioned above.
Detox your bedroom by removing all unnecessary distractions. For example, leave your laptop and your smartphone in the living room—Instagram or Facebook can wait until the morning. If dirty clothes are a constant problem, move your laundry basket to another of the house.
Update Your Bedroom in the New Year
Use these simple tips to turn your bedroom into a haven for sleep and rejuvenation. Get rid of distractions, update your mattress, find a better place for your TV and get ready to sleep better than ever have.