How to Organize Your Bedroom to Make It the Ultimate Place to Relax

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Our bedrooms may be our private retreat from all of life’s stresses, but let’s face it: Most of the time, this place is just a mess. We pray people won’t pop their heads in there to witness the piles of clothes, the cluttered nightstands, the unmade beds. But it doesn’t have to be that way—all you might need is a little advice on how to organize your bedroom right.

Here are seven steps to a shipshape space.

Step 1: Clean out your closet

Regardless of how messy the rest of your bedroom is, your closet is almost certainly a disaster zone. Sort through all of your clothing and donate everything you haven’t worn in the past year to your favorite charity. Consider investing in a closet system—Ikea offers a number of inexpensive options to keep your shoes, clothing, and foldable items in order.

Thinning out your wardrobe is a good first step.John Dowland/Getty Images

Step 2: Make use of hidden space

Unless you’re sleeping on a platform bed, there’s plenty of room for storage underneath it. Keep winter clothing out of sight when the weather warms up by tucking it away in an under-bed box. Wheeled varieties give you easy access when that first autumn chill comes rolling through. And as a bonus, those annoying dust bunnies have less room to hide when the space underneath your bed is filled with boxes.

Step 3: Tuck away electronics

Long cables mar an otherwise attractive bedroom. Keeping them out of sight (and mind) goes a long way toward making your space look clean and organized. For a bedroom TV, use a simple cord cover to keep the cables hidden. For your collection of nighttime-charging electronics, consider creating a charging station inside your nightstand drawer.

Step 4: Create footboard storage

There’s a reason designers love to push chests against the end of a bed: Not only do they look stylish and awesome, but they also provide serious storage space—especially in small rooms. Use them for bulky items like extra duvets, chunky sweaters, and Butkis the Belgian sheepdog’s entire collection of Halloween costumes.

Step 5: Add a desk or vanity

These pieces of furniture don’t take much space, so go ahead and carve out space for one if that’s your desire. Add a small table with drawers on which you can perch your laptop or (if you’re going for a vanity) a lighted mirror. Include a cute but comfy chair and—if your collection of lipsticks and eyeshadows is a cluttered mess—an acrylic makeup organizer.

Step 6: Find your weak points

Last but not least, take a look at your surroundings. Where does mess accumulate most—on top of your dresser? Beside your bed? Is your nightstand a disaster? Single out the worst offenders. Then, spend a few days observing your own behavior to understand why these particular locations are such clutter magnets. Do you leave water glasses on your nightstand every night? Do all your clothes somehow wind up in a pile on the floor?

Pinpointing the biggest issues will help you make an actionable plan to turn these bad habits into good ones. For instance, vow to remove those water glasses first thing in the morning. Hang your clothes or toss them into the laundry. And last but not least, make your bed in the morning—the 5 seconds it takes to pull up the bedcover really does make a huge difference.

Then give yourself a little breathing room—research shows it takes 66 days to form a new habit. Your space might be in shape now, but the ultimate goal should be keeping your bedroom looking like a relaxing oasis 100% of the time.

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The Color of Your Bedroom will Affect your Sleep

There are a lot of people talking about sleep recently. When people do not get enough sleep, they become stressed, overwhelmed, and tired ultimately making them less productive in the busy schedules of life. They can also become sick and frustrated without the proper amount of sleep. The question now is, can the color of your bedroom actually impact your sleep? Well, it sure can.

A study by Travelodge has been conducted to measure the effectiveness of color in a room on how people slept and for how long. Have you guessed the most soothing, peaceful and relaxing colors yet?

As you think of peace and relaxation, blue may come to mind. As this is the color of a bedroom that helps people sleep the most. People with blue bedrooms get almost a full 8 hours of sleep versus other colors. This study also revealed that blood pressure and heart rate were reduced, which also contributed to longer amounts of sleep. Along these similar concepts, yellow and green are the next colors to cause a good night’s sleep. A muted yellow or a green can calm the body and the mind, creating a safe and secure environment and ultimately, a sense of peace.

Surprisingly, silver is another calming color, resulting in 7.5 hours of sleep each night. A silver room creates a moonlight like color in a room. By adding moonlight, it offers a sense of calm and the appearance of night. Don’t be fooled though, silver is the color that gets the most sleepers motivated to work out in the morning.

Orange creates a sense of warmth, which gives sleepers close to 7.5 hours of sleep, while red and gold colored rooms offered just shy of 7 hours of sleep. Grey and Brown are the colors where you start seeing significant dips in sleep. People that sleep in these colored rooms often get around 6 hours of sleep.

The unfortunate part for those Baltimore Ravens, Sacramento Kings, and LSU fans is that purple rooms are the worst to get the best amount sleep. Anyone sleeping in a purple room will have trouble relaxing, and their brain will continue to function, resulting in under 6 hours of sleep. This ultimately can affect your mood, your ability to function and your stress levels.

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Unique Headboards to Spruce up Your Bedroom

Our bedrooms can be our sanctuary giving us the much needed rest to rejuvenate our bodies. With these unique spins on how to craft a headboard to spruce up your bedroom, you can also have a unique space for which to call your haven.  Headboards created with items around your home can add whimsy, as much as, style. Pool noodles and sporting equipment can make a child’s room come alive with activity. Old shutters, reclaimed wood or rough two by fours can be cleaned, painted and mounted on the wall above your bed to showcase the old turned new for a simple change. Using an old cork board and layering satin ribbon across the board is another inexpensive way to create a unique style for your bedroom. Using baseboard pieces to create frames of mirrors, chalkboard paint and fabric can give the illusion of an expensive frame, but in reality a couple of pieces of wood painted and mounted together to create an elegant look. Draping a set of string or Christmas lights across any of these potential head boards can create ambiance at night.

Using reclaimed wood or two by fours to create a custom back drop for your room will add a down to earth feel.

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Choosing to add an old window frame to create wall art or fill the window areas with mirrors, artwork or photos that creates a designers feel to your room.

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Try using old doors or mantels to create an inspired and old style room.

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Incorporate your favorite sport as a reflection of your favorite team.

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Try using a drapery rod to hang either simple drapers or your favorite quote to awaken you to inspired thoughts.

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Wake Up Inspired Every Single Day

Does that sound like a tall order? Maybe not, if you take your cues from HGTV Dream Home 2016, which was designed to keep its occupants in a vacation state of mind.

The first thing you want to do—if you can swing it—is wake up to a view like this one:

Okay, so everyone can’t have a spectacular waterfront vista outside the master bedroom window, but you can take a page from interior designer Brian Patrick Flynn’s playbook if you want to create the idea of a sweeping view in a room where there is none. In the living room, Brian had a historic photo of the home’s Merritt Island location blown up and printed on vinyl bus wrap—voila, instant wallpaper. You can do the same thing yourself at home using a custom mural or wall decal company—a soothing nature scene would be ideal for the bedroom.

Speaking of bedroom décor, a little glamor makes it easier to peel those sleepy eyes open in the morning. You’ll wake up feeling like the queen (or king) of England if you invest in some sumptuous pillows and replace your boring bedroom light fixture with a striking art-piece chandelier:

And don’t forget to usher in your day softly with a Spotify® playlist of gentle tunes or lively jams if you can handle that sort of thing before coffee. HGTV Dream Home 2016 was outfitted in every room with sleek wireless Bose® speakers that are as much about form as function:

The speakers can communicate over Wi-Fi® or with any Bluetooth®-enabled device in the house to play music from the Internet or your own music library instantly and fill each room with crystal-clear sound.

Add a vase of fresh-cut flowers and the day is worth waking up to:

A note of caution: starting your day this way may cause you to stop leaving your house.

This post is brought to you by Bose, a proud sponsor of the HGTV Dream Home 2016. You’ll find innovative Bose products featured throughout this year’s HGTV Dream Home, bringing each room to life with quality sound. Dreaming about better sound for your home? Visit Bose.com.

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10 Ways To Detox Your Sleep Space


Detoxify one of the most important rooms in your home and transform it into the calming retreat it’s meant to be.

We spend a third of our lives in our bedrooms, sleeping (or at least attempting to!). But while you may consider your bedroom a respite from the rest of the world, in actuality harmful chemicals, pollutants, and even radiation from electronic devices can be lurking.

But no need to go sleepless in your Seattle, WA home or apartment. Thankfully, clearing out potential toxins and transforming your bedroom into a healthy haven is fairly simple, whether you’re a renter or a homeowner. Find out how to sleep better by detoxing your bedroom, and you could improve your health, well-being, and quality of sleep.

1. Dismiss those devices

Nothing distracts you from getting to bed at a reasonable hour like a TV, cellphone, or laptop in the bedroom. And according to the National Sleep Foundation, these devices also emit enough light (not to mention low-level radiation) to trick your brain into thinking it’s time to wake up, rather than go to sleep. So the first step when learning how to detox your sleep space is to purge your room of all electronics. Not willing to give up that bedside TV? Unplug it and throw a towel over it before bed. Charge your phone in a different room if possible, or DIY a nightstand designed to hide power cords.

2. Upgrade your mattress

To make sure you’re not breathing in potentially toxic materials every night, take a closer look at your mattress. Many are made with polyurethane foam, a petroleum-based material that emits volatile organic compounds (VOCs), one of the biggest sources of indoor air pollution, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. VOCs can cause respiratory problems and skin irritation, and have even been linked to cancer and other diseases.

Likewise, formaldehyde, commonly used in mattress adhesives, has been linked to asthma, allergies, and lung, nose, and throat cancers. Consider switching to an organic cotton or low-chemical, low-VOC mattress. If your mattress is more than 10 years old, you might really need to upgrade. Before 2004 — when the material was phased out — many mattresses were treated with flame retardants known as PBDEs. Research has linked PBDE exposure to thyroid hormone disruption, memory impairment, and other adverse health effects.

3. Go low- or no-VOC

VOCs are also hiding in some types of wall paint. In addition to harming your health, paint made with VOCs often has such a strong odor that it lingers for weeks, even after it’s completely dried. Next time you do a fresh coat, choose a low- or no-VOC product.

4. Trade up the bed frame

In the market for a new bed frame? Look for one made from sustainable materials like recycled steel, FSC-certified or locally grown wood, and water-based adhesives. Like some conventional mattresses, particleboard and fiberboard frames — and those made with chemical adhesives — can emit potentially toxic formaldehyde fumes.

5. Mind your feng shui

Feng shui experts believe bed placement has a lot to do with your quality of shut-eye. Position your bed so that your head isn’t resting toward the door, and avoid putting your bed against a wall adjacent to the bathroom or the kitchen (the latter is thought to negatively impact health).

6. Make over your nightstand

Excessive clutter can make it difficult to get adequate sleep: A room just feels more calm and serene when it’s tidy. Start your clean sweep with the area closest to your line of sight when you lie down: your nightstand. Dust, corral loose papers and magazines, and lastly, flip the alarm clock around so it faces out and away from the bed. Watching the clock never helps when insomnia strikes.

7. Switch to natural detergent

Slipping into a bed made with freshly washed linens is one of life’s greatest little luxuries. But because we spend so many hours between the sheets, harsh, overly scented detergents can inflame allergies. Switch to laundry products made from natural essential oils and free of phosphates and synthetic dyes and fragrances (or make your own!). Another tip to keep dust mites and allergens at bay? Change your pillowcases every few days and wash pillows regularly.

8. Add plants

Plants are a no-brainer: They instantly brighten any room, absorb pollutants, and improve air quality, which means you can catch better zzz’s. Even if you don’t have a green thumb, there are plenty of low-maintenance options. Pro tip: Japanese royal ferns, spider plants, and aloe vera are among the most useful plants for eliminating VOCs and other toxins.

9. Throw open the shades

As soon as you wake up, open your curtains and let the light flood in. Heat from the sun naturally eliminates extra moisture from the room, decreasing the risk of mold and fungus growth. During warmer months, open windows to let fresh air circulate too.

10. Impose a “no-shoes” rule

Walking on filthy streets and pesticide-treated lawns makes shoes the perfect vehicle for tracking toxins into your home. Even if you don’t have a barefoot policy for the rest of the house, it’s a good idea to start one for the bedroom. Make it a rule to leave all shoes and slippers outside the bedroom door or at least slip them off and carry them to the closet.

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7 Ways to Make a Bold Palette Work in a Small Space

Add some color to your home — and your life — with these tips from Sherwin-Williams.

Nothing energizes a personal space like a pop of color — and small rooms are no exception. Best of all? Painting is an easy DIY project that can make a big impact.

We consulted the Sherwin-Williams Director of Color Marketing Jackie Jordan for a closer look at the trends (and expert tips) for heading in a bold new direction.

1. Get to know bold

Bold colors range from dark to bright, adding drama — and depth — to a space. Think jewel tones or bright, summery shades. Contrary to popular belief, when it comes to making a room feel “bigger,” color is not the enemy … yet picking the right one is key.

2. Pick your palette

First and foremost, skip the trends and start with hues that resonate with you, first and foremost. Not sure where to start? According to Jordan, Sherwin-Williams’ Indigo Batik SW 7062, Naval SW 6244, and Coral Reef SW 6606 are popular options, according to Jordan.

Inspiration can come from anywhere — including the fashion world. If you see a look you love on the red carpet, Jordan adds, take a few Color to Go® paint samples for a test-drive at home. You might love it there too.

3. Go natural

Draw inspiration from Mother Nature for amazing, bold colors that work well with neutral walls and natural materials like wood, linen, wool, and leather.

“Think of how a flower looks on a tree or bright blue sky pops against a sandy beach,” advises Jordan, who suggests pairing bold hues with neutral bases. “Try a bright yellow green [see Sherwin-Williams’ Sassy Green SW 6416] or a brilliant blue [consider Aleutian SW 6241].”

4. Look past the living room

According to Jordan, powder rooms and dining rooms are perfect for bolder palettes, from red and green tones leading into the kitchen — which have been scientifically proven to rev up or calm snack habits — to sunny yellows and bright blues that can elevate your bathrooms from a purely functional space to a spa-like escape.

Curious about what your room might look like in a fresh new hue? Snap a photo on your smartphone and then use this brilliant app to virtually paint your walls, or upload an existing photo here to preview the job on your desktop or iPad before you even start.

5. Keep the accent on the accent wall

“An accent wall should be the feature wall or the wall with the most interest in the room,” says Jordan.

Have a hearth or a gallery wall situation going on? Don’t split the difference — or the focus — by applying paint on yet another wall in the room. Double your efforts and execute attention-grabbing projects in the same spot as your bold hue.

6. Finish strong

Contrast is key to playing up a bold palette. For example, pairing orange ceramics against deep-blue walls, or trimming shelves or picture frames in white or metallic are great-looking ways to make bold backdrop colors pop.

7. Remember, it’s not all about paint

Renters and noncommittal types can — and should — still get in on this bold trend. A few simple mini-makeover swaps will keep you in love with your space from season to season (or design whim to design whim).

“Stick with a neutral wall color [try Accessible Beige SW 7036, Nomadic Desert SW 6107, or Amazing Gray SW 7044], then change out your pillows and a few key accessories to shift in warm, cozy fall colors, summer brights, or seasonal finds,” says Jordan.

Posted by Tiffany J. Davis on Trulia

This post was sponsored by Sherwin-Williams.

 

Top 3 Master Bedroom Trends for Fall

As summer cools down and the kids head back to school, many homeowners are starting to focus on sprucing up their indoor spaces, particularly their master bedrooms. According to the latest Zillow Digs Home Design Trend Report, the top bedroom design style for fall 2014 is industrial chic.

Say goodbye to matching bedroom sets, bold colors and patterns, wall-to-wall carpeting and polished wood furniture. Today’s homeowners are drawn toward eclectic and unique design elements that bring both character and warmth to their bedrooms. Known for its mixed textures and soft colors, industrial chic is the perfect style for those wanting a relaxing, yet tasteful bedroom oasis.

Dreaming of a master bedroom remodel? Check out the top three biggest industrial chic design trends this season below:

Trend 1: Raw or reclaimed wood

From headboards to nightstands, raw wood elements are all the rage this season. “Pine and natural wood tones are especially popular in master bedrooms,” says Zillow Digs Board of Designers member Vanessa Deleon of Vanessa Deleon Associates in New York City. “They bring a rustic charm that makes the space feel both relaxing and approachable.”

Trend 2: Modern statement lighting

According to Zillow Digs design expert Melissa Klebanoff of Melissa Klebanoff Interior Design in Seattle, “fabulous overhead lighting fixtures are playing an important role in master bedrooms this season.” Expect to see dramatic lighting fixtures with nickel or brass finishes for an industrial, modern flair.

Trend 3: Neutrals

Warm neutrals, particularly in shades of gray are “a fan favorite,” says Kerrie Kelly of Kerrie Kelly Design Lab in Sacramento. Neutral colors are not “distracting to the eye, and they provide a great backdrop for fabrics and accents, while offering a clean simplicity that the mind craves at the end of a long day,” Kelly says.

This article was originally published by Alexa Fainder on Zillow Blog. See the original article here.

Want to learn more about industrial chic bedroom trends? Check out the full Zillow Digs Trend Report here, or find and save your own bedroom inspiration by visiting Zillow Digs.