If you’re like most Americans, your hopes for a blissful summer getaway may have been recently dashed. With many places closed or limiting capacity, you might be looking for new ways to relax and indulge. Well, don’t fret—you can bring those vacation vibes to your own home. And the best place to do it—your bedroom! Here’s how.
Buy Bedroom Furniture
Adults need between 7 and 9 hours of sleep each night. Many Americans—nearly 36%—regularly get fewer than 7. You’ve probably noticed that you sleep much better when you’re on vacation, though. Sure, you don’t have to worry about schedules or work on vacation, but you’re also probably sleeping on an amazing mattress, lounging on a beautiful chaise on a balcony, or swinging in a hammock by the sea during these snooze fests. You can bring those sleep-inducing scenarios into your home if you buy bedroom furniture online that fits the bill.
Replace your mattress for something that doesn’t make you ache in the morning—pay attention to the sleep positions that are most comfortable for you and buy accordingly. Have a more soothing and spa-like space when you buy bedroom furniture that reminds you of being by the sea or in a deep woods cabin. Buy bedroom furniture sets made from white-washed wood, drift wood, or blue-hues to get a coastal escape at home. Look for rustic furniture styles, such as knotty pine headboards, reclaimed wood dressers, or leather furniture to create your own lake retreat.
Invest in Luxurious Bedding
One of the easiest transformations you can make is to replace your bedding. Pay attention to thread count and color. The higher the count—the softer the bedding. Light tones of blue, grey, white, and cream are surefire ways to get a more tranquil atmosphere, while saturated or bright colors like red or yellow can sometimes do the opposite. Be sure to layer your bed with a topsheet, light blanket, comforter, and throw, which gives you options year-round. And don’t forget the pillows. Choose a few firm ones for propping yourself up, a few soft ones for comfort, and perhaps even a specialty pillow, such as one for around your neck or under your knees.
Create a Lounging Area
If you have enough space in your bedroom, create a lounging area. Most hotels have more than a bed and a few nightstands—your bedroom should too. Look for a cozy chaise lounge or an oversized chair. If you have a really large space, consider hanging a hammock or egg chair to remind you of time spent away from home.
Try New Lighting
Perhaps the most overlooked change you can make to your bedroom is new lighting. You should have more than one source in your bedroom. Install a chandelier for a touch of elegance, task lighting for reading, and a dimmer or low-light lamps for illumination.
Bring in New Scents
Nothing can transport you to your favorite destination quite like your sense of smell. Buy an aroma diffuser, candles, or room mist to enhance your space. If you’re looking for more serenity, try lavender or ylang-ylang. Missing your seaside escape? Try a sea salt infused aroma. You can even find candles that crackle like a campfire and emit smells of fir and suede or leather and embers.
Don’t Forget Pictures
If you’re missing a summer vacation, hang pictures in your bedroom that remind you of that place. You can use photos of trips you took in the past, abstract paintings with the same colors of your favorite spot, or make a shadow box from souvenirs, such as seashells, stones, leaves, or dried flowers.
Add Some Hotel-esque Amenities
To top it all off, add some amenities that you find in your favorite resort. Create a coffee bar to enjoy breakfast in bed. Install a flatscreen television and surround sound to have romantic movie nights. Or, if you really want to splurge, redo your master bathroom with an over-the-top showerhead or whirlpool bathtub.
This summer might be a little different for everyone. If you’ve had to cancel your summer plans, try bringing a bit of that beloved vacation home with some of these tips. Transforming your bedroom might not be the same as being there, but it can be a nice second.