A bedroom isn’t just the place where you sleep- it’s your own personal retreat, somewhere you can come to relax after a long day of traveling. The right bedroom can also make a world of difference when it comes to your sleeping pattern- by optimizing your bedroom to provide the most tranquil night’s sleep possible, you’ll find yourself healthier and happier overall. This is especially important if you are traveling long term. Digital nomads like me often spend a few months here and a few months there, hence it’s even more important that they pick the right bedroom. These are my personal tips for renting (or creating) the perfect bedroom.
The first thing you should do is choose a neutral palette for your color scheme. While funky patterns and colors might look great in the pages of a design magazine, in practice, all they’ll do is interfere with your sleep. Instead, choose cool, calming colors designed to help soothe your mind and get you off to sleep without any worries. You can always brighten things up with some colorful accessories like cushions and throws, which won’t spoil the overall effect.
Next, the bed itself- you don’t want to cut corners here. We spend an incredible third of our lives in bed, so it’s vital that you buy one that’s of high enough quality. Although it might be a lot of money in the short term, a good bed will last you much longer than a cheaper one. The same thing goes for your mattress- the more you spend, the better sleeping experience you will have, so it really does pay for itself. High-end hotels don’t scrimp on beds, so why should you?
As well as the actual contents of your bedroom, you also need to pay attention to how it is lit. You don’t want big, bright lighting here- instead opt for something more intimate, perhaps forgoing a main light entirely and instead keeping the lighting on the small side. If you want to put a little more money and effort into your bedroom remodeling, then installing sconces either side of the bed will help to give the room that real luxury hotel suite feel. If not, then just mixing and matching your favorite lamps will do the job just as well.
Following on from this, curtains are another vital choice when it comes to the perfect bedroom. As well as fitting in with your chosen look, you’ll want them to be thick enough to block out those early-morning rays- there’s nothing worse than being woken up early in the summer months and not being able to get back to sleep for an hour or two. Therefore, you should think about thickness as well as style before you buy. You can choose your perfect curtain from hundreds of models at Curtain World.
Your bed doesn’t have to be the only place for comfort in your bedroom- a cozy seating area is a must-have, too. That way, you have somewhere to sit up comfortably if you don’t want to stay in bed all day, but still want to enjoy the tranquil atmosphere that you have created in the room. There’s plenty of choice here- you could create a dedicated reading corner complete with a few bookshelves or include a coffee table to make the place feel a little more homely.
The above tips have all been for what you should have in your bedroom, but this last tip is about what I would definitely leave out- the T.V. Yes, it’s great to be able to lie in bed and watch your favorite late-night shows, but that “five more minutes” can quickly lead to an hour or two of lost sleep. Research has shown that late night talk shows are one of the main reasons why many Americans don’t get their full eight hours, so turn off the temptation.
What is your #1 tip for the perfect bedroom?
This post was written in collaboration with Curtain World.