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Snoozing Sanctuary

We often put a lot of money and energy into ensuring that common areas such as living rooms and kitchens are just so. But bedrooms often get short shrift, which is a shame because creating a cozy and comforting place to rest your head after a long day can be the ultimate act of self-care. Here are 13 ideas for creating your own snoozing sanctuary.

By Laura Bickle | 2 minute read

Jan 25

Francisco Alvarez

“Throws and decorative pillows are an easy way to change up a bedroom and add a welcoming vibe. Mix up textures and tones to add depth and playfulness.”

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1. Make it personal:

Frame favourite photos and quotes for a gallery wall or display them on a wall-mounted shelf.

2. Be practical about pampering: 

Fill a basket near your bed with soothing necessities like an eye mask, hand cream, face moisturizer, lavender room spray and lip balm. Also consider a water carafe so you can get a cup of water in before you even get out of bed.

3. Go all in:

Colour drenching — painting walls, doors, trim and ceilings a single colour — is a European trend that creates a comforting, soothing vibe.

4. Focus on the floor:

Even if you have a carpet, a plush area rug adds both visual interest and a soft landing spot for your tootsies in the morning.

5. Happy hues:

Blue and green tones are known for their relaxing vibe, but also consider warm neutral shades.

6. Highlight low lights:

That harsh overhead light is fine for getting dressed in the morning, but the atmosphere should be warm and muted at night; think wall sconces, reading lights and low-wattage nightstand lights. You might also experiment with swapping out your bulbs for lower wattage ones.

7. Breathe in comfort:

Consider a diffuser or humidifier that can take essential oils. Scents such as lavender, cedarwood and neroli can be soothing, and eucalyptus and peppermint are great choices if you’re fighting a cold.

8. Don’t forget the windows:

Black-out shades or curtains are a given for a restful slumber, but adding flowy ceiling-to-floor draperies creates a little drama.

9. Add luminescence:

Open flames are probably not a great idea if you’re going to fall asleep, but there are now quite realistic looking faux candles. Also consider string lights and, if you have the space, an electric fireplace unit.

10. Shake up the layout:

Who says the head of the bed has to be in the middle of a wall and bookended by nightstands? Pushing the bed into the corner offers more space and feels more cozy.

11. Ramp up your pillow game:

Your head spends about a third of your day resting on a pillow, so why not find one that suits your sleeping style. Consider visiting a store that allows you to test out different types.

12. Max out textiles:

Throws and decorative pillows are an easy way to change up a bedroom and add a welcoming vibe. Mix up textures and tones to add depth and playfulness.

13. Consider a headboard:

While you don’t need a headboard, they do elevate the look of the room and boost the comfort level, particularly if you read in bed. Alternatively, you can play up the wall at the head of bed with wallpaper, a painted mural, or a paint color that complements the main hue.

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