7 Calming Bedroom Ideas to Reduce Stress
When you step into your room, it should bring feelings of calm, comfort, and relaxation. It’s a sanctuary. A safe space. A retreat. Somewhere to take off the weary weekday blues and snuggle into a luxurious blanket that feels like a big, warm hug. Somewhere to simply chill out.
When creating your stress-free space, remember to focus on yourself.
Take a deep breath, exhale slowly, and let’s dive right in.
What should be your first priority?
Your first priority when it comes to designing your perfect end-of-day oasis? Yourself.
Ask yourself a few questions before you begin.
- What’s your favorite color scheme? Are you bold, or neat and neutral?
- What is the size of your bedroom? How much would you like to fill this space for optimum personal comfort?
- What is the purpose of your room? Is it just for snoozing after a long day? Is it your personal cave that you’d like to retreat to (maybe you have a stash of survival basics like games, snacks, or movies)?
- What can you live without? What are the things you need to toss in order to achieve the best calming experience?
- What are the things you should spend the most time on? Is it decorations? Is it bedding? What are the things that bring you joy?
Why does my bedroom need to be calming?
We all live with stress and anxiety from time to time - in fact, it is very normal. It’s our body’s way of responding to difficult situations or challenges . Sometimes, this stress can be worse for some people than it might be for others. Fear and worry can become disabling, interfering with normal daily activities, and overwhelming the natural flow of every day. Stress can even cause insomnia, which is the inability to sleep. Experts recommend making your bedroom comfortable, dark, and quiet to optimize relaxation and calm your nervous system .
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Cool, Calm, & Blue
Color affects more than you might realize. Bright and vibrant colors might be overstimulating for some, while for others neutral colors are best for the best snooze. There are three different types of color schemes to choose from:
- Analogous (Example: yellow, yellow-green, and green)
- Complementary (Example: orange and blue)
- Monochromatic (Example: all black and white)
We recommend opting for softer, more natural blue hues, which might help to promote more a relaxing calm. Check out our bedroom color palette guide for even more inspiration!
Did you know that variations in light can affect both your mental wellbeing and your sleep patterns [2, 3]? It’s science! Soaking in daily vitamin D is essential for stress reduction [2, 3].
That means it’s time to let the sunshine in, folks. Introduce natural light into your calming oasis with light, crisp white bedsheets or comforters, some mounted mirrors that bounce sunlight from outside your window around the room, or even neutral, pale colors that decorate your space in a lightweight and airy fashion. There are even options like light therapy lamps which you can try.
Nature is your friend, your pal, your buddy. In fact, some studies have shown that having a bit of a green thumb might be helpful in reducing stress . Add some succulents, hanging plants, little potted plants, or even just one green houseplant to your bedroom that will give you something grounding to focus your thoughts on, keep your hands busy, and take your mind off of the stressors of the day. Plus, plants can add a bit of an aesthetic “spice” to your room, too.
Remember our questions in the beginning - how about asking yourself, “What can I live without?” Minimalism deals with taking a step back and finding the things in your home that don’t add value to your daily life, then removing them. What are the things in your bedroom that are adding clutter rather than adding calm? It’s time to consider getting rid of those things.
Check out our ten must-haves for a minimalistic space for more information.
You’ve probably heard of weighted blankets, but did you know that these types of blankets are perfect for reducing stress? If you’re looking for an escape after a long day, the Cosy House Luxury Weighted Blanket is the perfect companion. Deep-touch pressure stimulation technology created by thousands of tiny glass beads, evenly distributed throughout the fabric, has been scientifically proven to reduce feelings of anxiety and depression while promoting tranquility. Our blanket is carefully crafted to simulate the feeling of a hug to help relax the nervous system!
Escaping into a world of relaxation can be as simple as some pleasant fragrances. For example, our Cosy House Lavender Linen Spray freshens up linens with gentle ingredients that leave a soothing scent behind, and it is also inspired by aromatherapy. Its lavender deodorizing mist is formulated without aerosols, dyes, propellants, and synthetic fragrances, making it perfectly safe for those with sensitive skin and noses. You can also try freshly scented candles, essential oil diffusers, or even relaxing reed diffusers. You should pick an aromatherapy device according to the following factors:
- Type of room
- Size of room
- Run time (diffusers)
- Type of power source (diffusers)
- Type of material
Creating cloud-like support for your body is as easy as finding ultra-soft bedding to layer on your bed. For starters, you’ll want a pillow that can provide support for your head and neck. We recommend our luxury bamboo pillow. If you’re one of those rare back sleepers, not to fret - we recommend a pillow that is a bit slimmer to limit tension in your neck - check out our alternative collection. Next, you’ll want to consider high-quality sheets that help cool your body and maintain healthy thermoregulation, so your bed is breathable and comfortable. We recommend our luxury sheets.
You can also layer even more with our plush luxury comforter, which is hypoallergenic and stuffed with a fluffy polyester fill that resembles the airy, cuddly-softness of traditional feather down. It is also made of soft, breathable bamboo viscose and microfiber, which can repel common non-living household allergens, wick away moisture and keep you comfortable all night long. Check out our super comfy everyday fleece blanket, too, which is made with 100% microfiber polyester, and designed with a fleece finish for superior softness and cleanliness.
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If you’re looking for more information on revamping your bedroom, take a look at The Cosy Bedding Style Guide, which tells you about everything from layering to pillow placement.
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- CC Medical Professional. (2020, October 12). Stress: Ways to ease stress. Cleveland Clinic. Retrieved from https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/articles/8133-stress-10-ways-to-ease-stress.
- Boubekri, M., Cheung, I. N., Reid, K. J., Wang, C. H., & Zee, P. C. (2014). Impact of windows and daylight exposure on overall health and sleep quality of office workers: a case-control pilot study. Journal of clinical sleep medicine: JCSM: official publication of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, 10(6), 603–611. https://doi.org/10.5664/jcsm.3780.
- Garone, S. (2020, August 11). 11 things to know about natural light and your health. Healthline. Retrieved from https://www.healthline.com/health/natural-light-benefits.