Bedroom | How to Make Yours a Calm Zone

The bedroom is usually the least public space in a house so it’s easy to overlook, but just because your guests don’t see it doesn’t mean it’s not important, especially since you log so much time in there… It’s one of the most personal spaces in a home and where you get your rest and relaxation, so at the very least, your room should make you feel calm and comfortable. Here are some helpful tricks for making your bedroom design as soothing as possible:

1. Incorporate soothing colors
It sounds simple, but your color scheme can have a huge effect on your mood and relaxation level. Incorporating calming colors can make all the difference – personally, I think blue is the most comforting color, but shades of green and cream can also have a calming effect. Whether it’s the walls or your bedding, incorporating your calming color will go a long way.


2. Set the Mood with Lighting
Lighting is an important part of your design scheme in any room, but it might have the most profound effect in the bedroom. Obviously at night, you’d like the room to be dark when you’re sleeping (more on that in a minute), but you should also have the ability to dim the lights while you’re winding down and pump them up when you’re getting dressed. I’m a big believer in dimmers in general, but if you’re only going to use them in one room, the bedroom is the place to do it. Plus, they’re relatively inexpensive and easy to swap with your everyday switch.

3. Invest in blinds
As I mentioned above, when it’s time for lights out, that should include any light from the outside world. Just because the sun is up doesn’t mean you need to be – and if you do, invest in an alarm clock. Your sleep should be deep and restful, and nothing keeps out the sun’s rays better than some good blinds.


4. Go for comforting textures
This seems like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised how often comfort is sacrificed for price or style when it comes to rugs, carpets, and bedding. Pick out a soft rug or carpet that keeps your feet warm when you get in and out of bed; sheets and blankets that are soft and soothing; pillows that feel good on your face and support your neck and back. You want to be as comfortable as possible to get the best sleep you can.

5. Cut down on clutter
It can be easy to throw clothes on the floor, leave shoes out, or bring work into the bedroom to review before bed, but try not to make it a habit. Your bedroom should be a place that brings to mind feelings of comfort and peace, so you should stay away from bringing any stressors inside. That includes any mess you might feel compelled to clean up or work you have to do, bills you have to pay, etc.

Follow these simple guidelines and I guarantee you’ll feel calm, cool, and collected when you go to catch some Zzzs.

How do you unwind at the end of the day? Let me know your relaxation tips in the comments section below.


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Ty Pennington

Ty Pennington is best known as the Emmy-award winning host of "Extreme Makeover Home Edition" and as the co-host of ABC Daytime's "The Revolution." He has been recognized as a home design expert, carpenter and leader in the field of volunteerism. is a space to share his inspiration, design tips, daily musings and more. Ty can currently be seen on TLC's Trading Spaces.

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