Don’t close your eyes to the bedroom

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MOST OF us, when it comes to decorating our homes, go for the obvious rooms first, normally the living room, dining room, hall, kitchen and bathrooms.

The reason we do this is pretty obvious as these are the areas we spend the most time in once we close our front doors. They are also the rooms guests are most likely to see when they pay us a visit, so we want to give out the right impression.

The one room we overlook more often than not is the one we probably spend more time in than any in our home …. the bedroom. The reason for this is fairly obvious too, because, unless we’re a raging insomniac or a relative of Casanova, when we’re in there, we have our eyes closed fast asleep.

However, times are changing, as many of us, for whatever reason, end up living in shared accommodation with either extended family, friends or even strangers. So, the humble bedroom becomes our place of sanctuary, the only place we can be alone.

Here are some top tips on how to make your bedroom a calm, relaxing oasis to spend quality time in rather than somewhere Guns n Roses have just left after the last night of their World Tour.

SOOTHING WALLS
Colour is key. Go for neutral, pale tones. Softer hues reminiscent of nature can be the most pleasing. Research from Vrije University in Amsterdam found that most adults connected the colour green to feelings of happiness. Another great mood-boosting pick? Blue. But not too dark a shade.

CUT OUT THE CLUTTER
You don’t have to be a minimalist, but studies have shown a strong connection between cluttered surroundings and depression. Can you think of a more compelling reason to finally get around to decluttering?

FEATURE YOUR PHOTOS
Instead of decorating your bedside table with empty tissue boxes and discarded takeaway cartons, fill it with a few photos that inspire fond memories. Researchers at the University of California Berkeley found that just reflecting on happy life experiences can have a lasting positive effect.

MAKE YOUR BED
At the risk of sounding like your mother, a few minutes spent rearranging the covers in the morning can be a surprising mood-booster when you arrive home at night. At the very least, coming home to a made bed after a long day is something to smile about.

COMING UP ROSES
Whether from fresh-cut blooms, a candle or diffuser, the right scent can put you in a better state of mind. Research from the Association for Psychological Science found that floral scents, in particular, boosted feelings of happiness. Dirty socks don’t count. Keep them in the washing basket.

GO FOR THE CURVES
Scientific research suggests that curvier shapes might be a better choice, when choosing a headboard. Researchers from Harvard Medical School found that curvy objects were found to be more pleasing than angled or straight-sided shapes. But, step away from the Dralon, unless you want your bedroom to look like it belongs to Hyacinth Bouquet.

Though our personal styles may differ, it’s worth trying these few key features. They could have a universal positive effect on your state of mind and wellbeing.

Try to make your bedroom a place to relax in rather than just a place to sleep.

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