When you first moved into your home, you probably invested a lot of time and energy into making it a comfortable oasis you could retreat to at the end of a long day. Over the years, though, it might be feeling a lot more cluttered than comfy. Your old mattress may be due for replacement, and you could probably stand to invest in some nice, new bedding. Or maybe you’ve just outgrown your previous design sense and need to give your room a fresh new look to make it feel more inviting. Whatever the case may be, there are plenty of options when it comes to upping the comfort factor in your bedroom.
Some comfort-improving options are obvious, such as deciding to replace your broken-down innerspring mattress with a Tempur-Pedic mattress. However, there are also plenty of other options that are a bit more creative. Keep reading to discover a few ways to make your bedroom cozy again.
#1 Buy a New Mattress and Bedding
Upgrading your bed and bedding is the fastest and easiest way to enhance comfort in your bedroom. Mattresses are made to last, on average, 7 to 10 years. Some last longer with excellent care. Others break down in under seven years regardless of how well you take care of them. If you are in the market for a new mattress, invest in a Nectar mattress or one from another trusted brand. Nectar mattresses are great for back pain and have been named the Best Memory Foam Mattress in a Box by Health and the Best Mattress in a Box by Architectural Digest.
If your current mattress is still in good shape, replace your bedding. Luxury sheets, a fluffy comforter and some soft blankets go a long way toward making any bedroom cozier. Add some brand-new pillows, and you’ll be all set to get a great night’s sleep.
#2 Shop for Sleep Accessories
Whether you’re having trouble sleeping or you want to transform your master bed and bath into your own personal spa, the right sleep accessories make a world of difference. If you have trouble falling or staying asleep, there are sleep therapy products that could help. Sound machines are excellent for anyone who can’t sleep because of outside noise and distractions. Some even have built-in nightlights that provide a gentle glow without being overly bright or impacting your sleep cycle.
Candles and essential oils in soothing scents like lavender help too. Surrounding yourself with certain fragrances makes it easier to fall asleep and could result in more restful sleep. There are even some scents that can influence your dreams, which is helpful for anyone who has nightmares. The best part? Using candles or essential oils is an affordable way to make your bedroom feel cozier. These products are great to use in your personal spa too.
#3 Incorporate Warm Woods
Adding warm wood paneling to your bedroom instantly makes it feel cozier. And if you install a hardwood floor and ceiling, too, you can give any room a comfy, cabin-like feel. To keep things from feeling too dark, use light-colored paint on trim, closet doors, etc. An upholstered headboard and light bedding paired with a plush rug complete the look and result in a bedroom with warm, welcoming vibes.
If you’re not on board with covering the walls, floor and ceiling in wood, consider a dark wood bedroom set, or even just a couple of wooden accessories. There is just something about wood that ups the coziness.
#4 Choose Natural Materials and Calming Colors
Bold patterns and bright colors, like red and orange, are seldom right for bedrooms. To give your room a more intimate and welcoming feel, stick with calming colors like light blue or lavender. Soft neutral tones work well too.
Also, look for natural materials. Think wood furnishings, cotton bedding, a lovely wool blanket, etc. Natural materials tend to exude cozy feelings and, of course, they’re also better for the planet than synthetic, mass-produced products.
#5 Install Window Coverings
Are your bedroom windows bare? Or do you just have a mini blind for privacy? Either way, installing rich window coverings will instantly make your room feel a lot more snug and comfy. Don’t skimp on quality when you’re looking to ramp up the coziness. Instead, layer luxurious curtains or drapes in colors that coordinate with the rest of your room. Your window coverings shouldn’t be the main focal point in the room when drawn, but they should add touches of softness and warmth. As a bonus, quality window coverings will help your bedroom stay warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.
#6 Make Your Bedroom a Tech-Free Zone
Just about everyone loves climbing into bed with their smartphone, tablet or laptop and doing some scrolling before going to sleep. Or, at the very least, they like watching TV. Either way, all of that tech isn’t conducive to restful sleep. Staring at a screen in the hours leading up to bedtime can throw off your circadian rhythm, making it harder to fall asleep. Besides, your bedroom should be a place to relax, not catch up on the news or mindlessly surf the Internet.
Take the TV out of your bedroom. If you can, charge your phone in another room overnight. If you need to keep it in the bedroom, plug it in on your dresser or anywhere else that’s not right next to your bed within easy reach. If you enjoy reading before bed, an actual book is much better than your phone or an e-reader. Making your room as tech-free as possible will make it feel more cozy and likely improve your sleep.
If your bedroom isn’t feeling quite as cozy as it used to, there are plenty of ways to change things up and turn it into a comfortable and relaxing retreat. Whatever you do, just be sure to choose colors, patterns and styles you find comforting. Don’t worry about doing everything “right.” Instead, focus on making changes that make you (and your partner, if applicable) feel cozier. After all, it’s your bedroom!