Your bedroom is a sacred place. It’s a sanctuary in your house, a place where you need to be able to relax and refresh yourself. However, sometimes the atmosphere in your bedroom just does not fit the mood, and it can be difficult to chill-out and get a perfect night's sleep. But don’t let that get you down! With a few small decorative adjustments (and a memory foam mattress) you’ll be able transform your bedroom into the perfect place to to get some R & R after a busy day.

  • Organize and De-clutter: Pack-rats, beware! If your room is too cluttered with little odds-and-ends you might want to reconsider where you’re putting all of those keepsakes and trinkets. Is there anything you can take out of your room? De-cluttering your room makes it feel less cramped and more relaxing. Put papers in file drawers and books on bookshelves outside of your bedroom. If there is furniture in your room that you never use remove it so that your room will feel bigger. Keep the bedroom floor clear to maintain a sense of spaciousness.

  • Unplug to Unwind: The bright light that comes from the screens of various technological devices such as smart phones, laptop computers, and televisions affect the biological rhythms in your brain. The tasks associated with such devices, like playing video games or working, excites brain activity and makes it harder for your mind to "wind down" at the end of your day. Remove technological devices from your room completely so that there is a clear association in your mind that the bedroom is for rest. Keep work confined to the office so that you can get the amount of rest you need. Power down the devices in your bedroom so that your mind can "power down" as well! Instead of a television set and computer, plug in a couple of lamps to add a warm, cozy effect to your bedroom lighting

  • Choose Colors Wisely: Carefully consider the colors you use in your bedroom. Decorate in a way that makes you feel comfortable, but also note that if your room is small then dark colors will make it feel smaller. Painting with light colors on the walls and ceiling will make your bedroom feel bigger. If you want to paint your room lighter to increase a feel of spaciousness but also like dark colors, utilize the dark colors in your bedroom accessories like pillows, lamps, or a throw rug. Also keep in mind the busyness of the color you choose. Colors like yellow and red have shorter, "busier" wavelengths and have been shown to excite brain activity and make rest more difficult, while colors with longer wavelengths (like green and blue) are more relaxing, soothing colors and encourage relaxation in your mind. 

Reorganizing and repainting is an affordable way to transform your room into the ideal sleeping environment. Your bedroom can become the perfect place to unwind and de-stress! What are some things you do to relax and refresh yourself after a busy day?