Your bedroom is one of the most important rooms in the house, even if you don’t spend that much time in there. It’s a place to relax and be alone for a while and, of course, get some well needed rest. We lead very busy lives these days so having a harmonious bedroom is paramount to our wellbeing.
Creating the perfect bedroom is no easy feat because you need to cultivate the perfect environment for sleeping which is often easier said than done. If you haven’t given the bedroom an update for a while, you might find that it’s no longer an inviting place that you’re happy to settle down in at the end of the day.
If that’s the case, you should consider updating it. The only problem is, making any kind of home improvements can be expensive and time consuming. It’s even worse in the bedroom because you won’t be able to sleep in there while you’re doing the work. That’s why it’s sometimes better to leave it as it is until you absolutely need to decorate it again, but how do you know when that is?
Let’s take a closer look at the five signs to look out for that may mean an upgrade is more essential than you think…
Struggling to Sleep
Of course the main reason for a bedroom is somewhere peaceful to sleep in. However if you are having trouble sleeping it is often a sign that the room isn’t right for you anymore and could do with some attention.
There are all sorts of reasons that you might struggle to sleep so you should consider those first. Are you stressed about something that’s keeping you up at night? Or maybe you’re looking at your phone or computer right before bed which can make it difficult for your brain to switch off.
You might even have bed bugs hiding in your mattress which is never a nice thought. If you’re itching at night and it’s making it difficult to sleep, you should get in touch with a bed bug removal company and just have them double check that there isn’t anything nasty hiding in your mattress. Once you’ve exhausted all of the other options like pests, noise, an old mattress, and sleeping habits, the only thing left is the bedroom decor.
The way that you decorate and accessorise your bedroom has a big impact on your sleep patterns. A lot of bold bright colours or complex patterns will stimulate your brain too much in the evenings and can make it a lot harder for you to sleep. Instead, you should be using soft, warm colours and dim lighting that will help you to relax and drop off to sleep easily.
When you’re not sleeping comfortably, you need to make some changes. If you’re waking up every morning with a stiff neck and a painful back, your bed is probably far too old. That doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to do the whole room but if your bed is that old that it’s causing back pain, it’s probably been a long time since you last decorated. At the very least, upgrade to a new mattress and pillows to support your neck, and consider decorating the room at the same time.
Avoid Spending Time Here
The bedroom is a functional room but it should also be a place that you enjoy spending time. Relaxing in your room is a good way to get away from it all and get a bit of downtime and if you can’t do that anymore, you should think about giving it a little makeover. If you’re putting off going to bed and only heading up to your room when you’re about to fall asleep, then getting up and going downstairs as soon as you wake up, you probably don’t like the room that much.
When you’ve fallen out of love with your bedroom and you never want to spend time in there anymore, it’s usually because you don’t like the decor and it doesn’t feel comfortable or relaxing in there like it used to. You should consider decorating it again so you can start getting more use out of it.
If you’re an untidy person and your room has always been a mess, that doesn’t necessarily mean you need to redecorate. However, if you’re usually a fairly clean and tidy person but no matter how hard you try, you just can’t keep your bedroom organised, it might have something to do with the way that it’s decorated.
The furniture and storage choices that you made in your last update to the room are obviously not practical anymore. Maybe you’ve got more stuff or you don’t have as much time to keep tidying everything away anymore. Either way, you should consider some new furniture pieces that will help you become tidier again. Large drawers and wardrobes are my go-to for bedrooms but if you’re working with limited space, you’ll need to be careful about overcrowding the room and making it feel cramped. Often, you’re better off using clever storage like an ottoman bed or chairs with a small storage space inside. By doing that, you increase your overall storage but you aren’t taking up any more floor space in the bedroom.
Stepping Back in Time
You’ve made some dinner in your stylish, modern kitchen then watched TV in your comfortable living room for a while. When it’s time to go to bed, you go upstairs and walk into the bedroom and it feels like stepping back in time. Compared to the rest of the house, the bedroom just feels a little dated and it doesn’t really fit.
If that sounds familiar, giving your bedroom a new lease of life should be up there on the priority list. If you’ve decorated the rest of the house more recently, it will stand out even more. Modern trends are often more minimalist and the rustic look is big at the moment. If you decorate the bedroom using a more fashionable style, it won’t feel anywhere near as dated.
I hope this post has helped you to identify some key areas for improvement in your bedroom! Have you suffered with any of the above signs? Let us know in the comments below and how you intend to address them!