7 Calming Decor Tips for Your Bedroom to Help Reduce Anxiety
Create a peaceful respite by updating your bedroom with a few soothing touches that can make a major calming impact
Anxiety doesn't come with an off switch. On top of that, the recent fluctuating regulation changes to curb the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic are an additional stress factor that leads to a further decline in positivity.
That being said, there are several ways to help relieve stress and channel calm in your personal space—starting from your bedroom. A safe haven where you can rest and recuperate, bedrooms are intimate spaces that are centered around individual tastes. There’s nothing quite like the importance that we place on our bedrooms, which is why crafting a rejuvenating space where you can express your personality is essential. With the proper decor and luxe accents, you can create a serene personal sanctuary for you to relax and unwind.
A monochromatic colour scheme
Stockholm-based interior design firm Studio Lawahl used varying hues of blue to create a sophisticated soothing haven (Image: Kristofer Johnsson, via Joanna Lavén/@joannalaven)
French interior architect and designer Dorothée Simon used a calming green hue to create a feature wall inspired by former hidden vaults in the master bedroom of a Paris apartment (Photo: Gilles Trillard)
A Minotti bed takes centre stage in this calming bedroom decorated with shades of grey, designed by Dwell Interior Design (Photo: Jasper Yu/Jyu Studio)
Colour plays a huge significance in design, particularly when it comes to evoking certain emotions. Bold tones like red hues deliver energy and vibrance, but the aggressive shade can also increases our heart rates and ramp up stress levels. Opt for a natural and uniform palette with a neutral shade such as white; the serene colour can create an ethereal setting within your bedroom.
If you’re looking for a different neutral, try a cool grey hue. The versatile colour lends a sense of peace that makes it especially appealing for bedrooms. Calming hues such as shades of blue and green have also been proven to reduce blood pressure and significantly reduce distress.
Down to earth
Often, even the most minimalist spaces tend to include an element or two from nature. Outdoor spaces teeming with lush greenery have always been named as one of the world’s best stress-reliever. Bring the outside in with houseplants and succulents that can improve indoor air quality whilst making the space feel more relaxing.
If you haven’t got a green thumb or prefer to steer clear of the plant parent commitment, try incorporating elements of nature through your furnishings. Wood furniture with natural finishes can add a rustic charm, while decor accents made from natural rattan layer the space with warmth and texture.
Add tactile touches
Due to their large structures, beds tend to be the visual focal point in bedrooms. A headboard is ideal for people who like to sit up in bed; the soft surface allows one to lean back comfortably whilst reading or lounging.
Soft furnishings and fabrics can create a cosy retreat. Crisp linens, bamboo sateen sheets, and luxurious silk bedding will allow you to truly feel like you’re sleeping in the lap of luxury, whilst keeping you cool from the heat. Pile on the plushness with a bevy of pillows for extra comfort. Create an added layer of texture with a rug for softer footfalls.
Unplug and unwind
Make your bedroom a truly peaceful oasis by disconnecting the space from the lure of your screens. The blue light that your electronics emit interferes with your sleep cycle, and frankly, your phone and other electronics can also be a constant source of distraction.
Create a visual focus
Instead of hanging a television, choose to show off your style with a statement piece on the wall. Whether it’s a framed photo or an artwork by your favourite artist, the visual touch will help to ease your mind into a restful state and reinforce the overall mood. Pick a spot in your bedroom where your eye naturally falls.
Clear the clutter
Decluttering is a significant step toward making your bedroom a calmer space. Tackle the clutter with clever storage ideas; consider bespoke joinery that fits individual requirements to maximise storage spaces, especially in awkward nooks or alcoves. Recessed shelves and concealed cupboards are also innovative ways to maximise the prime real estate in your bedroom.
Lighting plays a strong role when it comes to setting the ambience of your room. Colour-changing LED bulbs can help provide functional versatility in terms of your lighting needs. Cool white light can increase alertness, while soft lighting in warmer tones creates a relaxing atmosphere.
Natural lighting is also key to improving moods and reducing levels of agitation. Cast aside heavy and dark draperies in favour of sheer and breezy curtains that would not trap heat. Light-filtering shades and blinds can also provide a modicum of privacy without sacrificing the natural view and allowing the place to be flooded in light.