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The average American gets roughly 6.8 hours of sleep each night. Getting quality sleep each night will make you a more productive and positive person. The key to getting a good night’s rest is having a bedroom that is optimized for relaxation. If you are having problems getting to sleep each night, now is the time to assess the cause of this issue.

The main thing you need to do is assess the condition of your bedroom. Luckily, there are a number of changes you can make to a bedroom to make it more appealing and comfortable. Below are some ideas you may want to consider when trying to make your bedroom look and feel better.

A New Mattress is a Good Idea

When trying to figure out what changes need to be made to your bedroom, be sure to take a good hard look at your mattress. Is your mattress old or unsupportive? If so, you need to find a new mattress quickly to avoid prolonging your problems with a lack of rest each night. With all of the different mattresses on the market, choosing the right one will not be easy. The type of mattress you choose will depend a lot on the way you sleep.

For instance, the mattresses best for side sleepers tend to be sleep surfaces that are firmer. Great mattress options for side sleepers like the Leesa Original are classified as a medium-firm sleep surface. This mattress features many layers of memory foam designed to make the distribution of body weight more efficient and successful. If your existing mattress is causing shoulder or back pains, you need to swap it out for one of these medium-firm sleep surfaces.

Remove Mobile Devices From Your Bedside Table

The average consumer owns a number of mobile devices. Whether you have a phone or tablet, keeping these devices charged is essential. However, you need to be selective about where you have your phone or tablet charger. Most people make the mistake of putting their phone or mobile device on their bedside table each night to charge.

In most cases, you will spend a lot of time laying in bed playing on your phone or tablet. This can result in you losing a lot of sleep. Rather than letting your sleep suffer as a result of technological distractions, you need to move your devices away from where you sleep. Charging these devices in another room can help you avoid getting distracted when you are trying to wind down for the night.

Pay Attention to Your Window Coverings

The main goal you should have when designing your bedroom is making it a place you can rest and relax with ease. While having a comfortable mattress is important, you also need to focus on other items in this room. If you are tired of having your sleep interrupted by sunlight or headlights from outside, it is time to rethink your existing window covering options. Windows that are covered with sheer material will allow a lot of light in.

If you are attempting to sleep longer each day, then you probably need to invest in curtains that can block out this light. For years, people have used blackout curtains in their homes due to the benefits they provide. Not only can blackout curtains keep sunlight out, but it can also help you to keep the interior temperature of your home down. The lower the temperature is, the less energy your HVAC unit will have to consume.

New Sheets Are a Great Investment

Over time, the sheets on your bed will start to wear out. Old and worn sheets are usually rough and uncomfortable, which is why getting new ones is a great idea. When shopping for new sheets, be sure to pay attention to the thread count. Sheets with a higher thread count are usually softer and far more durable. With some research, finding quality sheets for a reasonable price will be a breeze.

Bedroom Upgrades Come in All Shapes and Sizes

As you can see, there are a number of things you can do to make your bedroom more comfortable and appealing. By investing money in bedroom upgrades, you can improve both the quantity and quality of your sleep.

Embellishing your windows can be the perfect opportunity for elevating your home décor. While an intricate design can create a whimsical effect, lush materials can add a subtle touch of opulence to your space. However, there’s more to curtains and draperies than meets the eye. From just the right length and the perfect position to a carefully chosen design and style, even the slightest detail can make a difference when it comes to their appeal.

Know your curtains from your drapes 

Although most people consider curtains and drapes to be synonymous, there’s actually a slight difference between the two. Curtains are typically made of a light material and they come in different lengths, widths and designs. They are quite popular, affordable and versatile, so they can be implemented in any room. Drapes, on the other hand, have a more formal look, which is why they are typically used in living rooms and dining rooms. They are floor-length, made of heavier materials and typically lined, unlike curtains. Since they are made of heavy fabrics, they can also be used in bedrooms to block out the light. Although this might seem like an irrelevant difference, it actually affects the general look you want to create.

Position them perfectly 

The position of your curtains or drapes will also create a specific effect. For instance, drapes should be placed as high as possible because they make your windows seem larger and the ceiling higher. In addition, when you go with a lengthy design, drapes can puddle on the floor and give your room opulent appeal. As for curtains, you can place them a bit wider than the frame, leaving the centre exposed. This is a great solution for narrow windows because this will make them seem wider. You should take some time to try out different positions and find out what works for your space.

Use length for a unique effect 

Experimenting with the length of your window treatments is another stylish way to create a certain ambience in your home. For instance, if you want to create a casual, relaxed look, you should go with curtains to the bottom of the window trim or the sill. This is a practical solution for kitchens that can create a homey vibe. If you want to give your home a formal, high-style look, lush drapes that touch the floor are the way to go. Drapes that pool on the floor are a perfect way for creating an ambience of elegance and romance in your space. However, make sure to avoid drapes with the length to the top of the floor moulding because they will seem simply awkward.

Mind the material and texture 

Curtains and drapes provide you with an opportunity to introduce layers of beautiful materials to your home, bringing their texture into focus. Sumptuous fabrics such as silk and velvet can add a touch of glamour to your home while light gauzy curtains can create a bright, open look, allowing light to permeate your home. In addition, such lush materials can create a striking contrast when set against leather, for example, softening its masculine look. A heavy, blackout material can also help you improve your window insulation and block out the light in the bedroom.  

Create visual interest with design 

If your home features a subtle, neutral backdrop and a minimalist design, curtains and drapes are the perfect way to create a stunning visual interest. When set against an understated backdrop, they can truly work as mesmerising accent details and break up the monotony of monochromaticity. You can simply use them to add a pop of colour to your neutral space. You can also pick a design with intricate patterns that can give your home an authentic character. Nonetheless, you should go with a design that complements the overall colour scheme and fits into the general style to create a cohesive, stylish look.

Curtains and drapes can help you introduce a sense of luxury to your home or create an atmosphere of playfulness. However, for a wow effect, you need to consider everything from their position and length to their design and texture.

Everyone wants to feel comfortable in their home, especially after a long day. Nothing beats the satisfaction of looking around your home and getting that sense of relaxation and calmness. A cozy home provides that. You might think you’ll need to spend a lot of money to achieve a cozy look when in fact, all you need is a little creativity and detail in the interior to transform your home.

Here are 10 easy ways to achieve a cozier home:

1. Curtain Wall

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Curtains make a big difference because they add enormous personality to it. Walls that are covered by hanging curtains add visual appeal and heighten the cozy effect created through the material’s totality. Choose fabrics that give you privacy, but also allow dappled light in.

2. Family Photos

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You can have family photos framed, enlarged or hung by a wire framework. Whichever way you want them, setting them as decor will give a sense comfort and ease. Plus it adds a sentimental element to the room.

3. Bedroom Seats

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Adding a chair or even a sofa in the bedroom creates a cozy, multifunctional space you’ll be glad to retreat to at the end of a long day. Its lounge-like appeal will have you curling up to a good book or catnapping in no time. Better have a blanket on the side.

4. Include a Throw

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The right throw pillow can transform an entire room’s decor and deliver the right statement. Since we’re opting for a snug feel, go with solids or opposites with a geometric flare and have them laying over a couch or chaise to add a more homey punctuation.

5. Darker Walls

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Painting a room with dark colors provides a great backdrop. Details pop up against dark walls and create a sophisticated yet warm ambiance. Anything from charcoal grey to chocolate brown is good and don’t forget to add bursts of metallic and white to keep its light feel.

6. A Nook

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A nook can also be the perfect way to transform an awkward corner into a warm, comfortable area for a little R&R. All you need is lots and lots of pillows and an old twin bed or sofa up against a wall to create your own little corner of the world.

7. Blankets on Display

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Aside from being an item to snuggle, blankets also serve as a beautiful wall display. You can have them draped over the furniture or a ladder to showcase their relaxed charm.

8. Furry Stuff

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People associate fur and anything faux fur with a sense of gentleness or calmness. It can be a carpet, throw, or wall hanging, any of these will suffice in setting a warm ambiance.

9. String Lights

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You won’t have to wait until Christmas to illuminate. Break them out of the boxes early and decorate your home for that shimmery effect. Let them fall from the ceiling in a corner for an effortlessly cool look or hang lights around your windows for an eye-catching effect or better yet just hang a few strands behind your canopy for a cozy glow.

10. Layered Rugs

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Rugs are soft, comfy pieces that definitely set a warm and inviting tone. You can even pile them up for added comfort on your feet. Your toes will thank you for it.

Your home serves as a sanctuary from all the frenzy of the outside world. It’s the place where you gather with loved ones, prepare your meals, relax after a long day and sleep soundly. By making its entirety cozier, you’ll be rewarded with total solace and solitude.

This article was contributed by Joel Samonte 

Joel Samonte works as a Content Writer for Hoppler – the most advanced online tool that helps you search, buy, sell and rent properties in the Philippines. A true Bosconian to the core, health buff, devoted husband and a loving father. You can reach him at [email protected] or through LinkedIn.