My bedroom has always been my sacred space. It’s the spot I go to unwind and relax from the day, and prepare to reset everything for the next. However, lately my bedroom is not just my bedroom, but also my temporary home office.
Because of the multiple energies possessed by my room, I have decided that it’s time to give my bedroom a major transformation: to make it both functional for work, but also maintain a cozy, relaxing aesthetic.
This will be a two-part series: with this post focusing in on HOW TO create a cozy space and next week’s post being my big before/after BEDROOM REVEAL. To start, let’s discussion some key elements and design/decor tips for making your bedroom as cozy as possible.
#1 Lighting is important
Lighting sets the mood, the ambience and the energy of a room. Harsh, bright lights can truly affect the comforting vibes of a room, while not enough lighting can deplete energy levels and reduce productivity.
It’s important to know the best hues and wattage of light bulbs for your space. For example, bedrooms with decent natural light should use a Soft White, 60w light bulb with a brightness of 2700-3000K, while other rooms like bathrooms or the kitchen would benefit from a Warm White with a brightness of 3000-4000K. It’s also good to survey your space to learn the spots in your room that get the most natural light during the day and the spots that become the darkest corners at night. If you have a dark corner, put a lamp there!
Lighting really affects an entire room and sets a mood. So be in control of that to create your cozy aesthetic!
#2 Decide on a color and decor scheme
Some would say start here when decorating your space, and I will say they are not wrong! It’s important to pick out your artistic direction before starting any big project. Envision how you want your space to look and create a Pinterest board to organize all your thoughts!
The majority of people will tell you to choose a neutral color palette to obtain maximum coziness, but if a neutral palette doesn’t make you comfortable, it will not be cozy for you. You need to browse through multiple decor and design styles to discover your own! For myself, I like accent colors and playing with complimentary colors, while also using textures to embody the majority of the cozy aesthetic.
The biggest takeaway with color schemes and design choices is you need to figure out what color or decor style will ultimately make you feel relax and content in your space.
#3 Use textures and natural elements for warmth
Even with a colorful palette, you can really add a cozy vibe to your space by introducing multiple textures (e.g., wool blankets, fur rugs, soft cotton bedsheets, etc.) to create that feeling of “warmth”. Soft blankets, furry pillows, fluffy rugs, fuzzy throws, flowy curtains… (and the list can go on). You want things around you that make you feel comfortable and relaxed.
Natural elements, such as woods, stones, or metals, really tie together everything in a space and pair well with many textures. Picture a faux brick wall with a big cuddle chair and a fuzzy blanket next to a window. You want to capture that feeling of being hugged when you are within your space!
“Warmth” can also be created by smells, sights and sounds. Lighting, candles, incense, or even an electric fireplace can bring warmth to a room and instantly give off that relax and retreat vibe upon entering. I love wood wick candles for the fact they also make a crackling sound when they burn, so it feels like you are around a campfire. To me, that’s cozy.
#4 Make a RECHARGE spot
Right now, I have a task to divide my room into two separate areas: my bed/relax area and my work/energize area. It’s important that if you have to share your space with different activities (e.g., workout area, reading chair, study desk, etc.), that you also create a spot that you can be to recharge and typically for me, that’s my bed.
Now, it doesn’t have to be that. Maybe it’s an area of your room you use to meditate, journal, or practice yoga. Either way, this spot will be exactly for that purpose: to unwind and recharge. Creating this sacred area will give you a place to go when you need some quality ME time. I personally love bringing my coffee to my bed in the mornings, while either reading or listening to a soothing playlist.
If psychology taught me anything, it’s that humans are creatures of habit and we form associations to things (and places) with enough repetition. So by introducing and dedicating a spot to unwind and recharge, your body and mind will learn this association and do that every time you retreat to this place! (How cool.)
#5 Always keep your space functional for you
For me, functionality means clean surfaces, with well-organized and kept areas. For others, it might mean something different. Mainly you want to make sure that the functionality of areas within your space aren’t causing you any stress or discomfort.
If you get uncomfortable with clutter or too much stuff, you might want to approach a minimalist decor style to reduce that tension. Or if you feel your space is too simplistic and needs life brought into it, play around with adding layered decor pieces, books, lamps, or a comfy chair. For me, whether you’re a minimalist or not, I believe that every piece in a room should have a purpose or function, and if it doesn’t, it should NOT be there. Purpose can be design intent or sentimental value, and function can be storage or seating (etc for both.) But if you overwhelm a space with too many things (cough my CURRENT situation), it doesn’t feel inviting, nor do you want to exist within it.
So there you have it, five (of many) tips that I personally can think of that would help you create and make your own cozy sacred room!
For more resources on home decor and design ideas, I recommend sites like Pinterest, Apartment Therapy, or a few YouTubers (XO, MaCenna or Kristen McGowan) for inspiration! If you’re unsure of what your decor style is or where to start, MaCenna recently put out a video that would definitely help you narrow in on what it is you’re looking for when decorating your space.
If you took the time to read this blog post, my heart is full. I’ve been big into home decor and interior design styles since I was a teenager, so talking about interior decorating or transforming a room to make it truly for you is a passion topic of mine. Let’s continue the discussion below (perhaps with a nice cup of coffee, heh.)
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