Bedroom Sanctuary Home Improvement

by Jane VanOsdol on July 4, 2011

Everyone needs a place to relax at the end of the day. Making over your bedroom into your sanctuary may seem like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be if you remember a few simple rules.

  • Choose a soothing neutral color palette.
  • Incorporate touches of nature and natural materials into the room.
  • Eliminate clutter.
  • Coordinate the furniture.

Neutral Colors

It’s true that different colors help evoke different moods and feelings. Just think of the difference between walking into a room that is painted red and one that is painted beige. The red is energizing, while the beige is calming. When it comes to creating a sanctuary in your bedroom, you want to stick with the calming colors when painting your room. Beiges, taupes, whites, pales yellows, light grays and sage greens are some good choices to start with. Pick one of your favorites and get some paint samples to see what looks good in your room. Monochromatic color schemes just naturally soothe the spirit because they’re calm and restful to the eye.


Bringing touches of nature and natural materials into a room also help to create a soothing sanctuary. Adding a potted plant, a flower arrangement, some stones in a ceramic dish, seashells in a clear glass jar or a table-top trickling fountain will add some serenity into the room. Use some color that will complement the colors you chose when painting. You could also use rattan shades for the windows or seagrass wallpaper on the walls. How about pressing some flowers and arranging them in frames to hang on the wall? Nature-inspired photos are another idea. Be creative and see what you can come up with.

Take advantage of any natural light you have in the room. A bright, airy space feels more calming than a dark, stuffy one. Use window treatments that let in lots of light during the day, but still give the amount of privacy you need at night.

Eliminate Clutter

Even if your budget allows you to do nothing else, eliminating clutter from your bedroom will help it to feel more serene right away. Purchase under the bed organizers for overflowing shoes. Clear off your dresser and nightstand of the extra bottles and boxes of things that aren’t necessary. Try to keep your work out of your bedroom. If you must have a desk in the bedroom, try to create some separation with perhaps a room divider or screen. Put away your clothes.

Coordinating Furniture

If you can afford it, having matching bedroom furniture will also help create a soothing atmosphere. Mismatched pieces are a bit more jarring to the eyes an may not match each other in size and scale.

Creating some peace and serenity into the space you sleep in each night will help that feeling spill over into your days as well.

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