Open your eyes onto a calm and peaceful scene to give your day the best possible start
If your mind is whirring with what needs to be done from the very moment you wake up, give yourself a bit of breathing space with a tranquil bedroom scheme that will help to ease you more gently into the day. Be inspired by this selection to create your own version of a relaxing haven.
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Many people find the natural world soothing, so it makes sense to use colours and materials that echo those found in the great outdoors. Here, soft green lamps and a pale green wall sit alongside a wicker headboard for a contemporary take on the rustic look.
Keep it tidy
Waking up to an untidy view won’t engender a Zen-like start to the day, so if your bedroom has become a bit of a dumping ground with nowhere to put everything, consider investing in some smart fitted wardrobes.
There are so many styles to choose from and, while it may mean sacrificing some floor space, if it puts an end to tripping over piles of stuff every time you get out of bed in the morning, that can only be a good thing.
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Cheat with a chest
Of course, in an ideal world, we’d all hang up our trousers and neatly fold away our jumpers every night. If the reality is a little different, why not cheat a tidy look by simply slipping the day’s clothes into a chest at the end of the bed?
This way, they’re out of sight when you wake up in the morning and you can admire your calm space without having last night’s cast-offs directly in your line of vision.
Of course, you do need to put them away properly at some point, but that can always wait till later…
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Control the light
To wake up feeling relaxed, you really need to have had a good night’s sleep. Some people like a bedroom that lets the daylight filter in naturally, whereas others can only get their shut-eye in total darkness.
Whatever your preference, choose the right window treatment, from a blackout blind, where no chinks of light can creep in, to stylish shutters, or floaty voiles that offer just a hint of cover.
Build up layers of interest using neutral tones for a calm, cohesive look. Steer away from bold colours and opt for greys, taupes, whites and creams.
The aim here is to create a space where nothing jumps out demanding attention. Rather, the whole look is laid-back and low-key, allowing your mind to gently get into the flow of the day.
Add a rug
Plain walls and bed linen are certainly calming, but if you’re keen to introduce an element of colour, how about laying down a floral or patterned rug?
This is a simple and effective way to pep up a serene space without having something too stimulating in your sightline while you’re in bed.
Paint the ceiling
For a harmonious look, choose a soft wall colour and extend it onto the ceiling, too. Here, the wraparound gentle pink creates a cocooning feel in this loft bedroom.
Using linen bedding is another good way to help create a calm mood. The fibres get softer with every wash, and the slightly rumpled finish creates a naturally relaxed, casual look.
Have a headboard
Comfort is king in a relaxing bedroom, so consider adding a headboard if your bed doesn’t already have one. As an alternative to the more traditional padded style, how about something like this – two plump cushions with loops attached to them hung on a simple curtain pole?
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Create a view
The actual view from your window might well be next door’s washing line or a big brick wall, so forget that and fake it with a picture instead. Choose a scenic view that you find relaxing, whether on a painting or a photograph, as seen here, and go large to really feel the benefit.
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