In the rush of everyday life, we often neglect to care for ourselves. One part of self-care is setting up your personal space so that it easily meets your needs, a fact that many people often neglect to think about. Your home should be a place that makes you feel safe and cared for. As your most personal of spaces in your home, your bedroom should act as a personalized cozy sanctuary that nourishes your mind, body, and soul.
Going through steps to transform your bedroom into a cozy sanctuary is not a wasted effort. First of all, the room should look and feel like the bedroom of your dreams. This can be achieved through small details. Removing stress-inducing and tedious visual distractions, like dirty laundry, can instantly help reduce mental clutter. In the same way, making self-pampering a priority in the bedroom through the inclusion of small details–like texture, color, lighting–is a good way to help transform your bedroom into the cozy sanctuary you have always dreamed of.
Personalize Your Sanctuary
No two cozy sanctuaries should look exactly alike, just as no two people are exactly alike. Each bedroom should be a celebration of you and what brings you joy. Avoid keeping up with trends (save that for a guest room, maybe). Instead, prioritize your personal style and preference. While comparison is not the goal, inspiration photos of other rooms that spark an interest in you can help trigger ideas to personalize your unique space.
How would you like your bedroom to feel, ideally? Should it feel light, breezy, and tropical like the inspiration photo above? Think through the small details to help achieve that goal. Maybe move the bed across from the windows so that you are embraced by the light as you sit up by the day. Consider swapping out the existing light fixture for an artistic ceiling fan. Shop for pillows and throws, and save for the bed of your dreams, because why not?
Highlight the Bed
The primary purpose of the bedroom is for it to be a safe, comfortable place to get a good night of sleep so that you are fully rested and best prepared for the daytime hours. Therefore, a luxurious bed should be the center point of a cozy sanctuary bedroom, and all other details should point back to it.
Considering you spend approximately a third of your life asleep, your bed and mattress should be comfortable, beautiful, and welcoming. The bed should welcome you as you enter through your bedroom door, and it should be the first thing you notice about the room.
Surrounding the bed should be layers of rich details. Highlighting the bed with a chandelier ceiling light will leave you feeling like royalty. Frame the bed with side tables and custom-fit bedside lamps to surround and highlight your bed with light. All other furniture and details should point to and fit with the bed, as it is the most important piece of furniture in the room.
Organize Bedroom Spaces
Your cozy sanctuary should be organized and efficient so that every square foot of space has a purpose to serve you in a defined way. Know what space in the room is for sleeping (the bed), what space in the room is for passing through, what space in the room is for dressing and storing clothes. Define these spaces clearly and allow room for them. You do not want to be tripping over shoes or furniture legs in your cozy sanctuary.
Even in a small room, you want your space clearly defined, even if only a small space is allotted. It is much more relaxing to have all of your clothes on the same side of the bed than having to travel across the room multiple times from closet to dresser to find the clothes you are looking for. Part of self-care is anticipating these problems and coming up with small, functional solutions to them, such as under-bed storage on the same side of the bed as the closet.
Once you have your spaces clearly defined and spread apart, personalize the room to your exact taste. If you do not have much space flanking the bed, consider hanging pendant lighting from the ceiling so that lamps are not monopolizing small bedside tables. A bench by the foot of the bed is useful for putting on and removing shoes.
Simplify Visual Clutter
Simplify your cozy sanctuary by removing visual clutter from the room. Remove as much visual clutter as possible by putting things away in a closet or a freestanding armoire. Keep the floor clean and clear of small items. Place the majority of your bedside items inside the nightstand drawer. Use a decorative wooden box to store television remotes. Display only a minimal amount of useful and beautiful items and store the rest out of sight.
Another way to simplify visually is to change your color pallet in the room to a single color you find most relaxing and luxurious. Consider painting your room a favorite calming color, or paint an accent wall behind the bed. Remove clashing or competing patterns that scream too loudly for attention. Instead, quiet the room by simplifying what you see so that the details you notice, like the headboard, pillows and bedside lamps, are subtle and beautiful.
Have The Bedside Table Serve You
The bedside table too often gets cluttered under a pile of books to read and crumbs from midnight snacks. The bedside table is a station for self-pampering, especially in the middle of the night. Again, this is a place you want to remove visual distractions. Limit the bedside table to only a few purposeful items.
In your luxurious cozy sanctuary, you look to the bedside table or nightstand first for help when you are already lying down in bed. Keep the bedside table surface simple and organized. While small beautiful details, like a vase of flowers, are wonderful to wake up to in the morning, you need to make sure that there is room on the table to leave your glasses, phone and a glass of water within arm’s reach. Use a tray to catch the small items that you carry with you from day to day, like keys, spare change, or rings.
Use Rich Textures
Include rich texture on each surface, including floors, beds, walls, and furniture in your cozy sanctuary. Texture pampers you visually while also providing surfaces that are satisfying and soft to the touch.
The bed itself should be as comfortable as possible. Life is too short to settle for using pilled sheets. Every texture on the bed from the headboard to the pillows to the blankets should exist to serve you best.
Beyond the bed, add texture with textiles. The floor should be very soft underfoot, and a wool rug adds natural texture and is soft to step onto in the morning. Furniture pieces, like nightstands, made from rich wood grains are very warm and satisfying, both visually and to the touch. Curtains are practical for blocking unwanted light, but they also add warmth and texture to the room. Every surface in the room has the potential to make your room cozier through the use of texture.
Your cozy sanctuary needs to include a natural element to make it feel complete, like seashells, flowers, or plants. If you do not have a green thumb, there is no shame in choosing artificial. Natural elements will make your space more calming. A collection of plants in unique white planters look uniform without looking boring. Geometric pots or macramé plant hangers are also currently on trend and add visual interest when introducing a natural element without taking too much attention.
Centering the bed under a window and using simple bedside tables or indoor garden stools adds a minimalist look to a bedroom and simplifies the space so that adding a natural element will not make it feel too cluttered. Including a bench at the foot of the bed is very practical for temporarily storing daily items like blankets and slippers. It is also a practical place to put on and take off shoes and socks.