I’m sharing the next article in the #FabLiving interior design series in partnership with Living Spaces today. Since last year I’ve been working with some of their interior designers to bring you tips and trends for home design and decorating your space. Today’s article is brought to you once again from Living Spaces Interior Designer Brynna Evans. Brynna is sharing pro tips for how to create a relaxing bedroom sanctuary. I think we could all use more peace and relaxation, now more than ever! These wellness home décor tips will help you create a bedroom self care space for a peaceful home. I hope you find this article helpful for your own wellness at home. Stay tuned for more interior design ideas and insights from the pros at Living Spaces here on Fab Everyday, and follow @livingspaces on Instagram for ongoing home style inspiration.
Wellness at home: How to create a relaxing bedroom sanctuary
By Brynna Evans, Interior Designer, Living Spaces
With everything going on in today’s world, I think we all deserve a little relaxation! Creating a peaceful room in your indoor spaces is an essential feature in any home; we all need a place to unwind. Everyone’s way of relaxing is different. For me, relaxation means climbing into bed after a long day and unwinding while watching my favorite TV shows, surrounded by a fluffy white comforter, lots of pillows, and my two dogs. Here are some helpful tips for creating a bedroom that promotes self-care.
To keep with our wellness theme, we will be adding light peaceful colors with a simple frame. Low profile bed frames such as panel beds provide simplicity to the room, allowing for a minimalistic Zen feeling. That way, we can add décor to help with the overall style we are trying to achieve through bedding and accessories. The Dean Sand Panel Bed is a great modern style with comfortable upholstery, which gives us a blank slate to work with. The Sinclair Pebble Panel Bed is another great option. It is a rustic coastal style with a mix of white-washed wood and upholstery, giving our space more of a theme. Make sure that the bed frame is not too large for the designated area, as we don’t want your room to feel cluttered. Rather, we want it to feel open and spacious for it to be a proper self care space. A good rule of thumb is if your room is less than 12 feet by 10 feet, stick with a queen. Anything above those dimensions can easily fit a king bed without feeling crowded.
Once you have selected a bed frame, it is time to pick a mattress. Fun fact: Did you know you spend one third of your life on a mattress? That is why paying a little more for a mattress is the most important when budgeting for a new bedroom. Mattresses benefit your overall wellness, and are an important part of creating a relaxing bedroom sanctuary! They not only provide a place to sleep but help your body recharge and recover throughout the night. Upon entering our Revive Sleep Centers at Living Spaces, you will be greeted by a specialist who will ask you some questions about your current mattress and why you are replacing it. This helps us narrow down the style of mattress we will show you and the type of pillow that will work best for your sleeping position. We offer name brands along with our own brand Revive ranging in all price points. This process is one of the most relaxing parts of shopping!
Another addition to the rest test that is definitely worth the investment is an adjustable base. Instead of the traditional box spring, you would remove your slats and slip this inside your bed frame. The adjustable base is beneficial for people suffering from poor blood circulation, back pain, heartburn/acid reflux, and breathing problems. Do you have a partner who snores a ton? Well, this will make all the difference! Even if you don’t have any of the issues above, it is the epitome of relaxation. This option is perfect after a long day, lifting your head and feet into the wellness position to help take pressure off your back and legs. Or if you love watching TV or reading in bed, there is an entertainment position, or as I call it, “taco position” (that is what I feel like). Bonus feature some of them even have a massage and Bluetooth speakers! Who wouldn’t want to spend all day in this bed?
Now that we have all the larger items in the bedroom, it is time to focus on décor for your self care space!
Lighting is one of the most important elements when designing a space. Light and airy spaces are proven to help reduce stress, boost mood, and increase productivity, improving your overall wellness at home. If you have a room that doesn’t have a lot of lighting, try adding table lamps and floor lamps to the darker areas. Instead of using soft white or bright white light bulbs, try daylight bulbs. This will give your room the appearance of natural lighting without having to tear down walls or add windows.
One of the most popular color schemes for relaxation is green and blue tones. However, don’t be afraid to paint with your favorite colors; just because that color is not considered spa-like doesn’t mean it won’t help you relax. Growing up, my dad had an orange bedroom. Even though the color orange is considered enthusiastic, it is also encouraging, creative, and uplifting. Everyone has their taste when it comes to relaxation, so don’t be afraid to be different as you design your peaceful home. If you are unsure of what color to choose for your space, go into your local paint store and get a few samples. Paint them on your walls and see which brings you the most joy.
Self-care and bedding go hand in hand. Pick textures that make you feel comfortable for your self care space. If you are a hot sleeper, try cooling sheets and pillows to help regulate your body temperature. If you are always cold when sleeping, try thicker comforters and loads of blankets. The more comfortable the bedding, the longer you will want to stay in bed! When choosing a color for the bedding, always stick to neutral colors and subtle patterns. That way, nothing will overstimulate your senses when you are trying to sleep, making for a more peaceful home. My favorite is classic white bedding with touches of color in accent pillows and throw blankets. This color palette reminds me of clouds and nature, which is where I draw my inspiration.
Invite the natural landscape inside through textures, wood tones, and colors for wellness home décor. Natural elements allow for a relaxing vibe and help create flow throughout the indoor and outdoor spaces. By filling the room with your favorite colors and textures, you will create a self care space just for you and your relaxation needs. Another way to add natural elements is through plants, which can help contribute to the oxygen flow. You can accomplish this by adding tiny plants to a window sill or nightstand, adding a tree to an otherwise unused corner, or fresh flowers placed throughout the room. This could also be shown in artwork, neutral colors, nature scenes, abstracts. Whatever helps you relax!
The most important thing you can do for yourself is to relax and de-stress, so no matter the style of the room you are trying to accomplish, make sure you incorporate elements that help you take care of your overall wellness at home. Incorporate your hobbies; maybe you practice yoga, or like reading books. Make a self care space for yourself to do those things you love. I hope these tips inspire you to redecorate your room; after all, we are at home more often now. It’s time to take your mental health into your own hands. I know that can be a struggle at times, but it is one of the most rewarding practices.
About the Author
My name is Brynna Evans, I am originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, where I completed her Interior Design degree. Since then I have moved to Southern California with my boyfriend Joshua and our two dogs, Milo and Mazie. I started working in flooring, but quickly moved on to work for Living Spaces Furniture as an Interior Designer. Where I have been there for the last five years helping guests complete their home design projects. Recently I have been working on a design coalition creating courses for team members to become designers throughout the company. My personal designs are inspired by my love for nature, which I use to create unique and colorful spaces.