The ideal bedroom is a safe haven- a peaceful retreat, a calm place to rest from the daily storms of life.
Here are some of my must-have items for the bedroom. This list is nowhere near exhaustive, but I feel like I’ve covered my bases pretty well.
- Full-size bed. These are just enough space for two bodies, but not too big to fit in a small bedroom.
- Comfy chair. Reading in bed is not my strong suit. For reading or watching a movie, I prefer a lazy boy, chaise, or if there’s enough room, a loveseat.
- Quality bedding. Pick items made of durable, easy to wash fabric is a smart investment. Picking a color that will go with the color scheme of the room is important. White bedding is not the best choice for long-term, as it is way too easy to permanently stain it, especially if you are a bed-eater.
- High-quality Linens. Sheets, pillow cases, and dust ruffles don’t have to all match to work well together, but stick to your color scheme with these. The higher the thread count- the softer. Be sure to check what the washing instructions are for your selections. Though they might be pretty, they might be a pain to launder.
- Pillows that match your sleep habits. A learned a gross fun fact a few weeks ago: You really should replace your pillow once every year or two. Those things become filled with gross things like dust, dust mites, makeup, and spit. On one hand, because they’ll be replaced rather frequently, consider that the right pillow can make or break your night of sleep. Select the right pillow for yourself and you won’t have neck pain in the morning when you wake.
- Night stand. The perfect night stand has enough room to hide the things you need hidden but not enough room to allow you to fill it with clutter. Drawers with compartments and just enough table space are some things to consider when shopping for this item.
- Curtain Rods and Black-out Curtains. I love the curtains that have swirling ends, or orbs made of crystal. They come in all different colors and styles. Black out curtains are a must if you aren’t a fan of pull-shades.
- Pull shades and Valances. If you are a fan of pull shades, add these to your list. They’re an easy item to overlook when compiling a shopping list for your new bedroom. You’ll need to measure twice before you buy them, however, so this can be a hard item to purchase before you move into your new home.
- Lamps and Other Lighting. The amount of lighting you want in your bedroom is a very personal choice. My parent’s bedroom is rather dark, with only one window and one lamp in the room with no overhead lights. They used deep maroons, browns, and blacks. They intended it that way. For me, I’d rather have too much light so that I can double check the shades of my outfit, which leads me to the next item on my list.
- Christmas Lights or Projectors. I have always had Christmas lights in my bedrooms. Sometimes strung across one wall, sometimes strung across the ceilings in abstract patterns. This seems slightly high-school, but I really love having the lights on when I sleep! A newer fad is projectors, they come in all different colors and light shows. Some make waves on your ceiling while others display dazzling fireworks and aurora borealis-inspired designs. These projectors range anywhere from $50-$200 and considering how cheap I am, I’ll stick with my Christmas lights!
- Beautiful Audio System or Television. I am not a fan of TVs in the bedroom, and I’m sure that’s because of the movie The Ring (super creepy, it still bothers me). I am a huge fan of music and radio playing all the time in my room. I love falling asleep to soft music, I have a Copeland Radio Station on Pandora. A nice speaker system is an investment I’d be willing to make.
- Mirror. Personally, I think a full-length mirror is a must-have, but a large wall mirror would work too. Full length mirrors fit perfectly on the back of a bedroom door, but large wall mirrors create the illusion of a larger room.
- Heated Throw or a Heating Pad. I think all gals will agree, this is absolutely necessary. When it’s chilly outside and all you want to do is cuddle up, these are perfect.
- Humidifiers. These can be life savers- they help you breathe better at night and are especially good for people with asthma, like my poor boyfriend. There are heated mist humidifiers, which are even better, though a bit pricier. They do require some maintenance, my Mom suggests a few drops of bleach every time you refill it and to replace the filters as soon as they look less than perfect. You don’t want to be spreading germs around when you’re trying to breathe easier!
- Fans. Some people love them, some people hate them. I happen to be a hater, but my boyfriend can’t fall asleep without the sound of it droning on, which ties in nicely with my next item.
- Sound Machine. I cannot sleep without one of these. I used to dread sleep-overs at my friends’ houses because I couldn’t fall asleep without the comforting sounds. They come with all different soundtracks. My favorites are rain, thunderstorm, and white-noise. It blocks out other noises that might make it hard to fall asleep, like car alarms and what not.
- Photos and Artwork. Personalizing your space is important. There are a few tips here, keep photos relevant and make sure none of the ones in you hang evoke bad memories. They might be beautiful pictures, but if they bring you back to a terrible time, just get rid of them. Trust me.
- Wall Hooks and Shelves. Hanging or arranging knick-nacks is easier with a space specifically made for them. Make sure if you use a wall shelf, you don’t place too much weight on it, and make sure that it doesn’t collect junk.
- Closet Organization. This could include one of those fancy walk-in closet drawer sets with specific places for everything. Perhaps you don’t have that much room, in the very least, a shoe rack will help you keep the floor clear and make it easier to find that pair of pumps that you know would match your dress!
- Dresser Drawer. Not only do you need a dresser, you need to get those amazing scent packets that will make your clothes smell fresh. Drawer liner are also a nice touch. These come scented too.
- Wax Melts, Oil Diffuser, Candles, and Incense Sticks. No matter which you choose, make sure it is away from high-traffic areas and not easy to bump into. I have a habit of knocking into wax melters and splattering wax everywhere. They are not fun to clean up after, so keep this in mind when you’re decorating. I burn my incense sticks in a cute little silver bucket filled with sand. Once they’re all burnt, I throw the sticks away and mix the ashes into the sand. It retains the smokey smell even after the fire is out. Keep in mind these create a lot of dust which means more cleaning, and they’re not great for people with asthma (sorry Brandon!)
When selecting some of the items listed above, having a color scheme in mind is important, especially for the bedding and curtains. Selecting this in advance and sticking to it is important!
Here are some important color tips to keep in mind:
- Blue is the best color for a bedroom. It stimulates sleep and relaxation.
- Caramel walls will lead to the most romance for couples.
- Green, like blue, is calm and soothing.
- Red symbolizes aggression and passion. Because of this, it should be used in moderation. I suggest using it as an accent color and using it for only one wall (or none at all).
- Contrary to popular belief, purple is said to be the worst color for a bedroom. It can be overly-stimulating and lead to overthinking and stress at bedtime.
My ideal room will contain elements of sandy brown, gold, and blue. As I’ve begun selecting bedroom items, I’m keeping myself in this color scheme.
First photo from cottagehomefurniture.org
My color information came from here: http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/11536209/list/bedroom-color-the-secret-to-more-sex-and-more-sleep
That lovely pallet came from colorotate.org, which is an awesome service for decorating inspiration.