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Creating a Bedroom Sanctuary

Mother and young daughter cuddling in bed together. Image credit: Ketut Subiyanto.

October 2023


Sure, a bedroom is meant to be a resting place for you, but often it can become a resting place for a lot of clutter. If you’ve ever been to a spa – or anyplace that makes you feel calm and relaxed – we doubt it was cluttered. Thankfully, it’s not that hard to make your bedroom a personal sanctuary where you can escape the chaos of the world and recharge. At Elmwood Manor, we love it when our residents take pride in their apartments or townhomes and decorate in a way that brings them tranquility, helps them relax, and makes them feel at home. Here are 10 ideas for turning your bedroom into a sanctuary.


  1. Declutter Your Space. The first step to creating a serene bedroom is to declutter. Start by going through your belongings and getting rid of items you no longer need or use. A clutter-free space instantly feels more peaceful and calming. Donate, recycle, or toss items that are taking up unnecessary space.


  1. Choose a Soothing Color Palette. The colors you choose for your bedroom can significantly impact the way it feels. Opt for soft, soothing colors like pastels, muted blues, gentle greens, or earthy tones. These shades promote relaxation and create a tranquil atmosphere. Avoid bright and bold colors, which can be too stimulating and hinder sleep.


  1. Invest in Quality Bedding. Your bed is the centerpiece of your bedroom, and investing in high-quality bedding can make a world of difference. Choose comfortable, breathable sheets and a supportive mattress that suits your preference. Adding a few plush pillows and a cozy throw blanket can instantly elevate the comfort and appeal of your bed. While high-quality bedding costs more, it will last longer and make the time you spend in your bedroom more enjoyable.


  1. Create a Relaxing Ambiance. Lighting plays a crucial role in setting the mood in your bedroom. Use soft, warm lighting and consider adding a few candles or string lights to enhance the cozy vibe. Natural light is also essential, so ensure your curtains or blinds allow for proper control of sunlight.


  1. Maximize Storage Solutions. Utilize smart storage solutions to keep your bedroom clutter-free. Consider installing shelves, under-bed storage bins, using baskets, or a spacious wardrobe to hide away items that don’t need to be on display. The less clutter you have, the more serene your space will feel.


  1. Incorporate Nature. Bringing a touch of nature into your bedroom can enhance its serenity. Consider adding some indoor plants, fresh flowers, or a small water feature. Houseplants are expecially great to have because they also improve air quality.


  1. Personalize with Meaningful Decor. Decorate your bedroom with items that hold personal significance or evoke positive emotions. Whether it’s framed photos of loved ones, artwork that inspires you, or sentimental objects, these personal touches can make your sanctuary feel truly yours.


  1. Keep Electronics to a Minimum. Electronic devices can be disruptive to your sleep and overall relaxation. While it’s not uncommon to have a television in a bedroom, have you ever seen one in a spa? If possible, keep your bedroom a screen-free zone.


  1. Maintain Regular Cleaning Habits. To keep your bedroom feeling like a sanctuary, maintain a regular cleaning routine. Dust, vacuum, and change your bedding regularly. A clean and tidy space not only looks appealing but also promotes a sense of calm and well-being.