The bedroom is where we all start and end our day, and whether we are aware of it or not, the spaces in which we live and spend the majority of our time can play an important role in how we feel and act on a daily basis.
With this mind, I’ve teamed up with student living specialists, Scape Student Living, to offer tips to students that can help to turn a bedroom space into a sanctuary of calm, relaxation and most importantly, a stress-free place to work.
Tidy room, tidy mind
A student bedroom functions as both a study space and an area for rest and relaxation. Maintaining tranquil surroundings is just as important for effective study as it is for creating a positive space to unwind in at the end of a busy day of lectures.
When you are working within a compact space, it’s important to keep the room minimal. Include simple, useful objects you use day in day out in order to avoid clutter and minimise distractions and mess when you need to concentrate and be your most productive.
As student living specialists, Scape believes that simple and affordable touches to a space can make all the difference. Sensible storage options can be a great way to clear out and organise your things so that you can save time and keep tidy during a busy study week at university.
Let the light in
In the winter months, when the nights are drawing in and the weather is less than desirable, a lack of exposure to natural daylight can take its toll on our mental health.
It is important to make sure that enough light can get into the bedroom by keeping the blinds open in the morning or investing in a SAD lamp, that wakes you up with bright light. Research has proven that exposing ourselves to light in the morning can improve our ability to relax and sleep in the evening by setting light-related circadian rhythms.
Ensuring we are allowing natural light into a space is even more important during the winter as symptoms of seasonal effective disorder, a type of depression that can reoccur on a seasonal basis, can become prevalent.
A pop of colour can make a difference
One of the most important changes one can make to a room is choosing the colour scheme. Although the idea of big bold colours may appeal to many, and often seems to be one of the most accessible and easy to implement changes you can make to uplift the mood of a room, it needs to be planned and executed properly to offer a desired effect.
A pop of colour such as yellow, green or red can be used to accent and highlight the room, with white or cream walls used to create a light and open space. Softer paint colours for the walls such as blue or green can be used to create a calming environment and brighter accents can lift mood. Blue hues can help to create a calming atmosphere, interacting well with the light to bring a relaxing aura to a bedroom. For students that can’t paint their space or find accommodation that has been decorated or furnished with bold or calming colour, then colourful artwork, posters and prints are a great way to add both colour and character to a space. Surrounding your space with colour and things that reflect your personality is going to help you to feel more inspired and at home in your space, which in turn will result in a happier you.
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