Hey guys! Thanks for taking the time and stopping by the blog again! Today I wanted to share with you all how I’ve created a master bedroom retreat where hubby and I can truly unwind and rest after a long day of work! Yes, I work too! (I bet there are some of you rolling your eyes after watching my IG stories at the Farmer’s Market enjoying freshly squeeze orange juice! Lol. That’s just part of my babysitting gig!) Continue reading…
Before I jump in to the tips, I want to give you a quick backstory! We’ve lived in our house for almost 6 years and it’s taken a LONG time for our bedroom to get to where it is now. There is no rush! Sometimes in the process of wanting everything done, we rush and buy things that are way too expensive, or even decor items or furniture that we quickly outgrow/outlove because we rushed the process. I am so glad I have waited because my style is not the same as it was 6 years ago and while that is OK, I’m also happy I don’t have to get rid of everything in my room to adapt to my style now. The tips I will share are things you can do to work with what you already have! No need to run to the stores like a maniac and shop. Work with what you have until you feel it’s the right time to invest on what you really want or need. Without further ado, here are 5 tips to create a master bedroom retreat!
1. DECLUTTER AND THEN DECLUTTER SOME MORE!
Have you ever spent an entire day cleaning and throwing away (or even better, gathering items to donate) and felt amazing once you were done? No? probably because your house was a hot mess after haha. Yes, that tends to happen, but fast forward to that moment (whenever that is) when it is all finally done. Isn’t that the BEST feeling ever? Maybe not ever, I think the best feeling ever would have to be eating whatever I want and not gaining weight but that’s another story. Decluttering is simply getting rid of unwanted and unneeded items in your home. If you want to declutter, I suggest starting in your bedroom! Why not start in the place where you spend at least 1/3 of life resting and recharging batteries for the following day. A decluttered bedroom promotes better sleep, less stress and anxiety, better decision-making and overall better mood. While everyone has different opinions as to what area of the house should take priority, I truly believe your bedroom should be at the top of your list. There is ton of information about the importance of decluttering and all the benefits that come along with it, including health benefits. I’ll leave that homework up to you! But as for now, go get a bag and start decluttering! I assure you, you’ll feel so much better tomorrow!
2. SLEEP LIKE A BABY ON THOSE CLEAN SHEETS!
Your bed is probably the most important item in your bedroom! Considering the average person sleeps 8 hours a day (Please note I am not the average person booooo) I’d assume you’d want spend those 8 hours getting a “good” nights rest. One way you can ensure that is by creating a sleeping space that feels good, smells good, looks good, and….I guess since I’ve incorporated most of our senses, might as well add “sound good?” That sounds good right? Haha! Definitely can’t say taste good because that will just be weird but hey, to each his own! Regardless of how you choose to dress your bed, make sure it’s always fresh, clean and made! As some of you may know, I prefer white bedding. There is something about sleeping in all white, crisp sheets that hubby and I love! However, that’s a personal choice. One thing I know for sure is there is nothing that beats sleeping on clean sheets. If you can’t wash your sheets weekly (duvet included!) I suggest getting more than 1 set of sheets, that way you can alternate and ensure always sleeping on a clean bed. A survey conducted by the National Sleep Foundation concluded that people sleep much better when their bedrooms are comfortable (your bed) and clean. If you’re like me who believes facts stated in surveys are unequivocally true, then there you go!
3. CHOOSE COLORS THAT INSPIRE PEACE AND SERENITY
I am sure we’ve all heard colors can affect our mood. While the colors we choose for our home is a reflection of our own personal style, it is also known that certain colors can also affect our mood. I am not going to get into color psychology here, however, there is a ton of information on it- just google it. For this reason, the colors in my room are very light, airy and fresh. Most of my walls, with the exception of our “accidental” accent wall are a light dust blue/silver called Silver Leaf by Valspar. (A few years back I thought I wanted a deep steel blue for the entire room! Thank God hubby suggested an accent wall to “try it out” Gosh, he’s sooo smart! I love him!) Before choosing Silver Leaf, I thought I wanted a light gray tone, but I am so happy we stuck with this color! It’s so pretty and definitely inspires tranquility. It’s like a breath of fresh air every single morning. Blue is always associated with calmness, peace and serenity ( I guess it makes sense why the sky and oceans makes us feel good) Apparently, it can also lower your heart rate and reduce blood pressure. You don’t necessarily need to choose blue, stay true to your personal style. Nevertheless, if you are trying to achieve a space where you can rest and relax, I suggest doing a little research on colors that will promote that. If your walls are already painted and you don’t want to start a painting project, you can also achieve a serene feel with light bedding, pillows, throws and curtains!
4. ADD PERSONAL TOUCHES!
The whole point of this blog post is to describe to you how I created a bedroom retreat! Now when we think of a retreat, we think of going away to a place where we can relax, right? Retreating away from the busyness of life to unwind and recharge! The difference between that retreat and this bedroom retreat is that this one will actually belong to you! Make it your own. Add personal touches like framed pictures! Create a gallery wall where you can incorporate pictures, art and quotes that speak to your soul! I personally only have pictures of hubby and I, I’ll tell you why in tip 5! Add pillows and throws, fresh or faux flowers, baskets and trays! Anything that will personalize your room and make you feel happy. After all, if there is any room that should scream out my room, my space, is the master bedroom.
5. NO KIDS ALLOWED!
I probably sound like a kid myself quietly yelling (oxymoron?) “NO KIDS ALLOWED!”. But seriously, children, go thatttttt way! Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE my girls, sometimes it’s borderline annoying how obsessed I am with them. After all, I am a stay-at-home mom. They’re my joy, happiness, purpose, stress, work, entertainment….you get it, right? I Love them. But please, go anywhere else but our room! This is coming from a co-sleeping, baby-wearing, breastfed-both-kids-past-a-year type of mommy. I did all of that and I embraced it while it was happening. But now that they’re both in their “big girl” rooms (for a couple years already) I am also ready for my “big girl” room, too. But ok, on a serious note, please little cute humans, continue taking over the rest of the house and leave my pretty space alone. If your kids are anything like mine, that probably means they’ve taken over your entire house. Kitchen, bathrooms, basement, laundry room, garage, backyard! Everything. You will always find something that belongs to your kids somewhere around the house. So it’s like, c’mon, it’s only fair, right? I think especially as a married couple, we need a space that is completely kid-free and our bedroom has become just that. So for my final tip on how to create a master bedroom retreat, I encourage you make your space yours and kick those little cuties out. And by that I mean, no toys, clothes, even pictures (is that too drastic?) in your room. All the pictures in our room are of my husband and I. All the clothes in the dressers, closet and floors are ours. All books are ours. Everything is ours. Not only will it allow you have an adult space to relax and unwind but also a “mature” space for you and your spouse to have some much needed privacy. Now, just to clarify, this doesn’t mean the girls cannot come in to our room whatsoever. Often times our 5 year old comes in to our bed for morning cuddles. However, there are boundaries and mutual respect of each other’s spaces and that way everyone is happy!
Hope you guys enjoyed this blog post and my wish is that these tips inspire you to create your own beautiful and relaxing retreat. Feel free to comment below with any tips that have worked for you. Remember, it’s all a process, no need to rush, but, there’s always a starting point. Make your bedroom the first step. 🙂