5 Steps to Making your Bedroom the Oasis You Deserve

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The impact of your bedroom on every aspect of your life cannot be overvalued. This is the space we come home to, the space that we feel safest, the space whose job it is to be restful and restorative. In this article, we explore the 5 steps you can take to make your bedroom the Parisian oasis you have always dreamt of. 

  1.  The Perfect Parisian Bed 

For the perfect bed, you will need soft sheets, the right duvet, plump pillows, and a beautiful bed frame. Investing in pieces that make your bed somewhere you can’t wait to lie down will have a transformative effect on your life. A good night’s sleep is one of the most important things we can do for our mental and physical health and this starts with a bed that feels luxurious and inviting. For a classic Parisian look, choose crisp white for your bedding. Linen is an excellent option as it is more breathable than most fabrics; it will keep you cool in Summer, and warm in winter. 

  1. Plants

You cannot imagine the impact it has on the soul to watch your plants grow and to come home and see life in your apartment or home. If you’re scared of killing your house plants start with succulents which only need to be watered every 2-3 weeks. For something a step up, go for a spider plant or a Pothos. Ask your local plant store for recommendations based on the light available in your apartment and your commitment level to your indoor garden. Studies have shown that talking to your plants or playing them music can help them grow, so read your favorite poetry out loud for yourself and your favorite green, pollution-fighting friends. Studies have also shown that having indoor plants can increase work performance, improve overall well-being, and help you to feel calm. 

  1.  Lighting

Changing the lighting of your space can change the atmosphere entirely. Paris is famous for the soft yellow/orange lights which illuminate its streets. This lighting is nostalgic and beautiful and makes us all feel as though we are in a classic film. Why not take those lighting practices to bed? The first step is to accentuate any natural light you’ve got. This is accomplished beautifully with large, strategically placed mirrors. For artificial lighting, the warm effect is best created by layers of light; a combination of overhead lighting, lamps, chandeliers, etc. will create a nicer glow than a single light source. When looking for lightbulbs, refer to the Kelvin temperature and go for bulbs at 2700 or less to get that warm glow effect. Twinkly lights can also create an incredible ambiance at a very low price. Take a string of copper wire lights and wrap them around your headboard or use them to fill up a vase. Oftentimes these types of lights come with remotes that allow you not only to turn off and on but to change the level of light and the pattern of projection. 

  1.  Hygge 

Pronounced “hoo-ga”, this Danish concept is not directly translatable to English but is defined by “a quality of coziness that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being.” Denmark is consistently ranked one of the happiest countries in the world and hygge is considered a definitive characteristic of the Danish lifestyle. The key to creating this cozy atmosphere in your home is candles (the Danes burn more candles than any other country). Especially for those long winter nights, lighting candles can create a cozy atmosphere that makes you look forward to sunset. Other ways to embrace “Hygge” are to cuddle up under a throw blanket with some hot chocolate or to light the fireplace and put on a record. Declutter your nightstand and other commonly used spaces to help with mental clarity. Make foods that feel familiar, warm, and nostalgic to you. Decorate with soft blankets, fluffy pillows and comfortable seating. Nostalgia and vintage items are also big in “Hygge”. Anything that holds emotional value or is part of your story is perfect. 

If you want to learn more about “Hygge” check out “The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living.”

  1.  Make it Yours

You can be living in the perfect designer apartment and still not feel your best, most productive self. The key to a happy space is making it feel like it’s yours; take inspiration from others but don’t lose yourself in the process. Make sure everywhere you are in your space you can see something that makes you smile. Pictures, books, souvenirs, records, even furniture passed down from friends or family, it doesn’t matter what it is as long as it brings you joy. If you find yourself collecting bits and bobs from art galleries and adventures, make one of your walls into an ever-growing scrapbook so you will always have your memories at your fingertips. 

with love,

Danielle Barich

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