Peaceful. Serene. Soothing. Most people want their bedroom to feel like a true refuge from the world: a calming place to rest and restore their energies. If that’s the vibe you seek for your own bedroom, take some tips from the rooms featured here. Each is different, but all share some similar qualities:
A cluttered room is not a soothing room, although many decorating styles—such as eclectic, coastal, and cottage—can handle a fair amount of purely-for-looks décor without any loss of style. Still, if your primary goal is a peaceful sanctuary, it’s best to limit the number of tchotchkes and keep furniture to the necessities, not the extras. For proof, take a look at the serene attic bedroom shown here. The softest gray and creamy white color scheme looks dreamy, while the just-a-little-glamorous headboard and soft knit throw blanket ensure that the bed is as inviting and comfortable as possible.
This beautiful bedroom is a study in serene perfection. Mostly white, it’s kept far from sterility by the use of soft green accents on the throw pillows and the touches of gold in the drapes, lampshades, and upholstered headboard and footboard. There are several other soothing touches as well: botanical motifs in the artwork, skillful use of texture to add interest, and careful mixing of various patterns with subtle color schemes.
While the cool side of the spectrum is typically the most tranquil, that doesn’t mean you have to write off the other half of the color wheel. For proof, check out the demurely glamorous room shown here. The walls are the softest gold—the paint color is Kansas Grain from Benjamin Moore—highlighted with a gold throw blanket and pillow. The rest of the room is completely neutral.
Your bed is the star of your bedroom, so it should set the pace for the entire room’s style. That means that in a room intended to help you relax, the bed should be as comfortable and inviting as possible. Layered bedding is the key to a luxurious bed that welcomes you into its relaxing embrace. Start with soft sheets, then a light blanket or quilt for warmth. Top those with a down-filled comforter in a duvet cover, and then toss a throw blanket across the foot of the bed.
A soothing room can be very feminine yet leave no doubt that it is the master bedroom, not a girl’s bedroom. For proof, check out the elegant and serene room here. The walls are washed with the palest tint of lavender, barely more than a whisper of color. The upholstery on the bench matches the wall color—though kicked up a notch—while the blush pink throw blanket and barely-pink bedspread keep the pastels coming.
A chalky, deep shade of blue, green, or gray can be very restful. In fact, the right color can create a backdrop that tones down the entire room. The gorgeous bedroom shown here actually has quite a bit going on: the chevron-print comforter, the faux animal-hide area rug, the two poufs used as footboard alternatives. But the overall vibe is calm, and that’s mostly because of the dark slate-blue walls.
Green, with its connection to growing, living things, is a peaceful color, yet at the same time, it has a freshness and aliveness that feeds the soul. Decorating the bedroom with living plants or botanical designs, as in the bedroom shown here, both relaxes the senses and invigorates the mind. Potted plants; artwork depicting flowers, trees or fields; bedding or window treatments with botanical designs…make sure to incorporate at least one or two of these things into your bedroom if you really want to relax. Sticking with a palette of mostly-mid-tone greens, as well as plenty of white, also ups the serenity factor.
Want to use pattern throughout your bedroom, but afraid of losing the soothing vibe you’re aiming for? Then take a tip from the lovely French country bedroom featured here: Choose one pattern to scatter throughout the room. The pretty bird-and-botanical-silhouette fabric used here is used in the toss pillows, drapes, and blinds. Such a technique adds lots of interest without detracting from the peacefulness of the room.
When you’re working with a completely neutral palette, like the bedroom shown here, the way to avoid snooze syndrome (and not the kind of snooze you want in a bedroom) is to add lots of texture. This lovely room gets it right: the layers of knit and quilted bedding, the gorgeous carved frames on the mirrors, the area rug layered over tile, the silky fabric on the pouf. Despite all the pattern and texture, the room feels very peaceful.
In this restful bedroom, the flooring, bedding, and window treatments are all chosen in shades of cream and off-white. Some variety is offered by shades of pastel blue and green-yellow. Any monochromatic color scheme will have a restful effect, but a bedroom decorated in shades of creamy white will be especially relaxing. A bit of green plant life will increase the relaxation factor of any bedroom.