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Posted by Pamela Bailey on 5/26/2021

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A troubling trend in todayís home is difficulty finding restful sleep. Most of us have heard of a few ways to create a more relaxing atmosphere before bed. Here are a couple others to add to that list.

Add Plants

Many people avoid putting plants in their bedroom because theyíre afraid theyíll get forgotten and die. But many plants filter toxins and improve oxygen levels. Try adding a Pothos, Philodendron or an easy-care Sansevieria (also called a snake plant or mother-in-lawís tongue) to your room. Others add scents that encourage relaxation such as lavender and mint.

Reduce the Textiles

Modern design tends to add pillows, throws, curtains and fabric wall hangings to bedrooms. However, textiles tend to collect piles of dust. Take a moment to look at your curtain tops or canopy, and youíll see more than you bargained for. Dust triggers allergies, and even in folks with no allergies, the extra dust in the air makes breathing more difficult and sleep less restful. Instead, decorate your room with a floral or geometric wall covering. Cover windows with easy-care plantation shutters that dust right off. Purchase coverlets or duvet covers that easily pop in the washer to keep the dust at bay.

Incorporating these simple changes into your bedroom helps promote a restful atmosphere and improve sleep. Simpler bedroom dťcor makes keeping your home up for an impromptu showing easier too. If your home is on the market, ask your agent about the best way to stage your bedroom so that you can combine restfulness with the peace of knowing your home shows at its best.  




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Posted by Pamela Bailey on 6/20/2018

Maybe you have been searching for a home for awhile now. If you have seen homes with small bedrooms, you may have had second thoughts about purchasing the home. Even if you already own a home and have an issue with small bedrooms, you donít have to start packing up to move just yet! Thereís plenty of things that you can do to help organize a bedroom and maximize space, no matter what size the room is. You may think that a small bedroom presents a lack of flexibility in your design capabilities, but by making smart moves in the room, you can maximize your space.  


Place Beds Strategically


Depending upon the layout of the room, you need to make sure the placement of your beds is correct. If you have kids, you may want to consider bunk beds, or a bed that is mounted over a desk. This will give you the maximum amount of space that the room provides. If you have a room with a slanted wall, you can tuck a bed into the corner, even pushing it against a wall. You can even place your beds from end-to-end within a room in order to maximize space.    


Get Creative With Storage


First, youíll want to make the most use of your wall space and put up plenty of shelving. You can even use shelving near the bed in place of night stands or other tables. This provides an extra place to store things that is out of the way.


The space under the bed is a great place to tuck things away as well. You can get a bed with drawers installed in it, or raise your bed using risers and fit the bed with your own drawers or plastic containers.


Baskets are another great tool to help you stay organized. You can find behind-the-door basket organizers that allow you to keep things in without taking up any space in the bedroom. You can even consider placing baskets throughout the room on shelving units and dressers.    


Use Your Closet


No matter how large or small the closet in your bedroom is, you need to make use of the space. Use a shoe rack to keep footwear organized in the closet, Install additional shelving towards the back of the closet space in order to maximize the area that you do have. 


Whether you are considering buying a home with a small bedroom or already have small space issues in your current home, thereís many creative ways that you can make use of your space and make a small room feel bigger.




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Posted by Pamela Bailey on 6/21/2017

Especially if youíre starting in a room from scratch, it can be hard to figure out where you should place everything in a room. Your bedroom can be one of the most challenging rooms of the house to decorate. If you break down the room into small pieces, you can create a bedroom thatís right for you. Bedrooms need to hold more than just a bed. In todayís world, a bedroom can become a very multipurpose room.  


Think Of The Components Of The Room


Bedrooms tend to be more of a multi-functional in a home due to the shifting nature of families. You do everything in there from sleep to watch television to get dressed in the mornings and evenings. This means that youíll need some or all of the following in your bedroom:


  • Storage for clothing
  • A comfy bed
  • A media Center  
  • A chair
  • Home office supplies
  • Bookshelf
  • Television stand

Whatever purpose that your bedroom has to serve is what youíll need in the room. This all depends upon the size of your home. Youíll have to arrange the room accordingly after these parameters are set. Your bedroom should feel personal; a place of self expression and comfort. Your bedroom is the place where you can display little pieces of your life. These should include personal photos, antiques, and all of your favorite things. This helps to make your bedroom your own. It will become a peaceful sanctuary that you love.  

  

Focus On Function


If your bedroom is well-lit and well arranged, the room undoubtedly will be more comfortable. The easier it is for you to find things and use the room the way it needs to be, the more comfortable youíll be. While your bedroom should look nice, itís yours to use. Your bedroom is the room of the house that should provide the most comfort for you. 


Get Creative


When it comes to the way that you arrange your bedroom, you can get as creative as you want. If youíre short on space, donít hesitate to push the bed against a window. If youíre tired of the same old same in the bedroom, shuffle the furniture around. If you ensure that you have adequate lighting and seating in the room, you can do anything with it!


Donít Multipurpose The Room If You Donít Have To


Although itís nice to have access to everything in one room, bedrooms work best when they are singularly purposed. Youíll sleep better and get more rest if you keep things like computers and televisions out of the bedroom. You can easily arrange a bedroom when you keep your own desires at the heart of the design.




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Posted by Pamela Bailey on 11/16/2016

Thereís things that youíre doing right in your home to keep everything flowing. Thereís probably also things that youíre doing wrong that could deter from how much you actually love your home. The bedroom is a tricky space. Thereís a delicate balance that exists. You really shouldnít be doing much in the bedroom except for sleeping, according to experts. This helps to keep our sleep/wake cycles in balance. If you regularly walk into your bedroom and seem to find that something is missing or off slightly, you may want to heed some of the tips below. Also if youíre having trouble sleeping, you should double check the design of your bedroom. Your bedroom can be the place of peace that you deserve! Keep Away From Bright Colors Loud prints and loud colors donít help to make your sleeping apparatus an oasis. Stick with basic colors that can work well with anything. Adding decorative throw pillows is a great way to add color to your bed without the noise. Fill the Walls With Character Donít leave the walls of your bedroom bare. Be sure to choose cool artwork. Your bedroom is a reflection of who you are. Find art and decorative pieces for the walls that you love. Not only will this help you to express yourself, it will bring you happiness every time you enter your bedroom. Clean the Clutter Itís easy to let clutter pile up, especially in the bedroom. Make sure youíre cleaning everything up regularly. This will save you from long hours of cleaning at a later date. It will also save you from stress. Clutter can cause us to feel anxious. You definitely donít want those feelings of chaos when youíre in the room youíll be sleeping in. Keep Lots Of Lighting Options Available Lighting in your bedroom should be multi-faceted. There should be lights accessible from wherever you are. Whether it be a bedside table lamp, a reading light, or a bright overhead light, you need more than one option for lighting when youíre in the bedroom. Window Treatments Donít skimp on the windows of your bedroom. Hang some curtains for a more complete feeling in the room. Also, make sure the blinds or shades that have been installed block out the light well. Not taking care of windows in the proper way could cause you to sacrifice both sleep and privacy in your bedroom. More Tips When it comes to sleeping, you want to get the best rest possible. Thatís why you should keep electronics out of the bedroom. While we live in a technology obsessed world, youíll sleep much better if your phone is away from you during the night. If your phone is your alarm, consider keeping it far away from the bed in another part of the bedroom.




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Posted by Pamela Bailey on 7/6/2016

Humans today live a lifestyle more fast-paced than ever before. We're constantly keeping track of work, bills, emails, friends on social media... the list goes on. With all of these social and work responsibilities it's sometimes hard to unwind at the end of the day and fall asleep on time at night. Americans have some of the poorest sleeping habits on earth. One in three have what could be considered "mild insomnia." While sleeping patterns vary between cultures, one thing is certain: getting enough quality sleep is vital to living a long and healthy life. Here are some changes you can make in the bedroom that will help you get more quality shut-eye.

Beds are for sleeping

Are you the type who stays in bed watching TV, eating, reading on your phone or laptop. If so, you might be losing sleep because of it. It's important to train your body to know that when you're in bed†with the lights off it's time to sleep. Read in your kitchen or on the sofa at night rather than in the bedroom if you're the type who has to be busy up until bedtime.

Clean your room

If your bedroom is messy, cluttered, or uncomfortable in any way it might be affecting your sleep. Clean things up to make it a more spacious, cozy environment. Once you've cleaned, don't stop there. Try adjusting the lighting and colors in your room as well. Studies have shown that the colors in our environment affect our mood. You don't want bold, stimulating colors in a place devoted to sleep. To make lighting adjustments, keep your shades or curtains open at night so natural light wakes you up in the morning. This is a good practice for your circadian rhythm (our 24-hour sleep cycle that helps us wake up and fall asleep naturally). If you do use lights in your room at night, use a soft, yellow light. Blue light, liek that emitted from most LEDs, is higher on the UV spectrum and tricks your body into thinking it's daytime.

No phones in bed

Just like the LED lights mentioned above, your phone, laptop, and tablets all emit light that can keep you up. When darkness falls your brain begins producing melatonin (a chemical than makes you fall asleep). Staring into these screens inhibits that production, keeping you up later. You may feel that you're "just not tired," which is perfectly true. But it's because you're stopping your body from telling you it's time for bed. Some alternatives to looking at your phone would be to read or knit in bed while you wait to feel sleepy. Then you can just put them down and drift off to sleep. Helpful bedtime tips:
  • At night, set your phone's brightness to very low and if you have an iPhone use the "night shift" mode that turns your phone's light from blue to yellow
  • Listen to calming, ambient music on your iPod that will take your mind off distracting thoughts
  • Listen to an app or podcast designed to help you sleep
  • If you can't sleep after an hour or so, try getting up for a bit or having a protein-filled snack. Then try going back to bed
     




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