After an exhausting and stressful day at work or school, you come home and get excited to rest in your bedroom, right? You’ve been waiting for this very moment the whole day. But what if you can’t fully relax in your own bedroom because it looks like a mess. It does not give you the peace that you’ve been longing for all day. It may boil down to a few mistakes like maybe the colors and furniture are mismatched. Or from ignoring the mess to failing to address mood lighting, these small mistakes can have a huge impact on the overall look and feel of a room. Hence, you may feel like something is wrong but you can’t point out what it is. I’m pretty sure we’ve been all there, we’re all prone to making bedroom styling mistakes. Luckily, some tips and solutions to avoid the mistake of falling into these traps can be found below. So now, examine your room. You need to know what bedroom decorating mistakes you did in order to avoid them this time in your bedroom.
While it is true that the bedroom should reflect your personality, nonetheless, it also needs to be a space that invokes comfort and promotes feelings of restfulness. After all, it is a room where you spend most of your time. A huge part of that time is spent sleeping or maybe just a little bit of active awake time in there, streaming Netflix or playing mobile games. Ultimately, no matter the activity, your surroundings are important, not only for your physical health but as well as for your mental and emotional health.
So this year is the time that you actually get your act together—at least in terms of bedroom design. Stop making these bedroom design mistakes, and you’ll be that much happier about your sleep space. Wait, before you become stressed out, check out first the list below of what bedroom styling mistakes to avoid. Another good news is that you don’t need to be an interior designer to build your bedroom in an aesthetic way.
Mistake #1: Using Intense Colors On Your Walls
Most often than not, we choose our favorite color as our bedroom tone without thinking about what they make us feel, we just instantaneously decide because “hey, of course, it’s my favorite color what else could go wrong!” Unfortunately, while red symbolizes the color of beautiful roses, it’s not a good idea to consider for your bedroom walls.
According to a neuropsychologist, Sanam Hafeez, Psy.D., a bright color like red can raise your heart rate and could cause you to become more wide awake and alert. It’s also unsettling and not peaceful to look at. As well as the bold color purple, it has red undertones that trigger the same issues as they are both energizing colors. Meanwhile, if you’re thinking that choosing an all-black room, could give you nighttime feels, then you’re getting it wrong. It can foster negative feelings such as feeling empty and sad which later on could lead to depression. Lastly, the shade of dark brown has been shown to promote a feeling of restlessness.
On the contrary, according to interior designers, you should paint your bedroom with cooler-toned shades and lighter colors because they tend to work better if you’re looking to optimize your sleep cycles. Such as the lighter shades, white and beige, or even pastel colors which could give your eyes a rest.
Moreover, another bedroom decor mistake to avoid is that you’re probably not balancing your color scheme. Sometimes following personal preference and having loads of different clashing colors in a room is very hard to pull off the stunt, especially if you’re not an expert. Try keeping the big spaces, such as the walls, ceiling, and floor a neutral color like white, cream, or pale grey – then use your favorite color to add some fun in some pieces.
Hence, from now on, keep in mind that when picking a color for your room, you should choose a color that will make you feel calm and at ease. Just decorate your room with simple accessories and try to keep bright electronics away. Your bedroom is a sacred place where you should feel safe and comfortable.
Now that you gained some insights regarding color therapy, keep in mind the following list for a more revitalizing night of sleep.
a. Turn out the bedroom lights.
More importantly, keep technology out of your bed and aim to block all external light. Study shows that whenever there is light in the environment, our brain thinks that it’s still daytime which will make it harder to fall asleep. But when the surroundings are dark, it cues our body that it’s time to ‘shut down.’
b. Go for muted tone.
Choose lighter, more muted earth tone, soft textures or pastel versions of paint color as well as for any of your movables or accessories like comforters, and pillows. It lightens your atmosphere, hence, more relaxing. Try also playing some serene music!
c. Bypass statement walls.
Keep all four walls of your room the same shade. And just go for statement color scheme for your furniture like bed frame, bedside table, and area rug.
d. Maintain cool temperature.
It’s easier to relax if you’re in a cool environment, in the same way, that it’s harder to fall asleep and stay asleep in a warm bedroom
Mistake #2: Allowing Clutter to Consume You
It is very common to all of us that our bedroom often becomes a dumping ground for laundry, unpacked bags, and other stuff that we don’t know what to do with. And because normally it is not the place that visitors get to see, it becomes the last place you tidy and declutter. But when in reality, it is the last place you should let clutter pile up. In bedroom styling mistake #2, your room should be a relaxing space for a peaceful retreat, for sleep and relaxation. Therefore, the number of personal effects stored there should be low in volume. I you have a cluttered room, sort your clutters through a box and work out what you can donate, sell or throw away to the junk collectors.
Another thing, if you’re the type of person who keeps sentimental items, then decluttering them might be too hard for you. Try first to put them in a medium-sized keepsake box. Focus on the things you want to put therein and then get rid of everything that doesn’t fit in your designated box so that your emotional reactions and reminiscing cannot distract you from your main goal of decluttering them.
In addition, go through your wardrobe and be ruthless about what you don’t wear. Did you know that most people wear only about 20% of their clothes 80% of the time? And too much clothes clutter can result in decision fatigue every time you open the wardrobe. It could take you forever deciding what outfit you will wear for the day. So make a decision now to organize your closet. Take away all the clothes that no longer fit or haven’t been worn in the past year or so, it will create a lot of space in your closet and bedroom.
Moreover, if your bedroom is getting a little too crowded, it may be worth getting rid of a few older pieces of bedroom furniture that are just taking up space. It’s best to keep your bedroom simple and avoid purchasing too many furniture pieces. You may set up a garage sale for your old stuff. To minimize clutter, find pieces that double as storage solutions. Maximize every space for your storage. You may also add a nightstand or task lighting in your bedroom with additional shelves.
We know that it’s not always easy to create a bedroom that’s calming, practical, and aesthetic. So for BRIA residents, if you are on the lookout for more interior design to spice up your bedroom, here are some guides that could help you: 7 Must-have Furniture Pieces in Your Affordable Condominium.
Written by Katherine Kaye Villafuerte