When the warmer months arrive, I need to have my bedroom ready to chill me out! Being a fairly new homeowner, it’s all about using what I have around – especially until I learn my new space and how I’ll interact with it. Then it’s time for the fun part! I get my sleeping space summer-ready with a few easy swap outs:
- Bedding. I really need to have the right texture around me to get a good nights sleep. When it gets warmer, I swap out my bedding fabrics to lighten up a little. I trade dark sheets and pillowcases for brighter colors and more breathable fabrics. (Check out Parachute’s Bedding Collections for a selection of bedding basics, offered in an array of colors and textures. You can even order a swatch in any of their fabrics and palettes before you purchase!) I don’t stop at the basics, as you can see in the pictures, I have a ‘thing’ for plush pillows. In summer, I lose the shams and use a few less pillows. I also store those extra blankets that at the foot of the bed until colder months come back around. These first steps make the room seem larger and cooler to me right away.
- Lighting. I like soft light in my sleeping zone and I don’t often turn on the overhead lighting unless I am folding laundry. I change my candle sticks out with white candles and try to use daylight as much as I can. In fact, in the daytime, I keep my shades open all day to soak up every little bit of sunlight. Even during those rare daytime naps! The sunshine puts me at ease and never keeps me awake.
- Scent. This is a big one for me. I take a few minutes once I climb into bed to run through the day’s happenings and the next day’s to-do list. I like to use essential oils in my diffuser to cascade a soothing scent over the room. It helps to keep my thoughts peaceful while I mentally decompress. Right now, I am using a mix of lavender and peppermint. I find that blend soothing and crisp, at once. Next month, I plan try out to a peppermint and lemon mixture. To make your own diffuser scents at home: Mix equal parts water and alcohol then add essential oils and gently mix. Start with 25 drops of oils per 1/2 cup of liquid. You can even use vodka in lieu of rubbing alcohol! Read up on some other oils and herbs that can help you fall asleep at Parachute Blog.
- Atmosphere. My bedroom is on the smaller side and I NEED moving air while I sleep. Even if I am chilly as I drift off to sleep – I inevitably wake up warm. I had a ceiling fan installed directly above my bed. I can’t express how soothing I find it to have that gentle breeze as I drift off to sleep. My property is on a corner and the soft hum of the fan cuts down on the noise of any passersby, too.
- Personality. Every few months I need to play around and change something – I am crafter, I just can’t help it! I suppose that is what gives my space its special personality and character. This season, I played around with replacing my bed post finials with large artificial flowers. I didn’t like it for an adult space and I ended up using them in my crystal bowl, instead. That is working out super for me because now I can’t fill the bowl with
clutterodds and ends!
That’s the gist of my summer bedroom preparedness. I think next time I will get rid of that bedspread to allow me to play with a new summery pallet that packs a better punch. Been pondering that, but I get put off the project as other things need fixing around here first!
While getting ready to write this post I came across a pillow that I bought for the living room. I LOVE the colors and would like to use it as inspiration for a bedding revamp in the future. I couldn’t help but want to think the project through a little right now as this post was so fun to put together! I started over at Parachute looking at products there and clicking through the awesome inspiration posted on their blog. All that summery brainstorming has me ready to go back to a duvet so I’ll have more options changing my overall color-scheme easily – without the bulk of storing extra comforters.
Using that pillow as a springboard along, I have come up with a bedroom redecorating plan. I am imagining linens and duvet cover in a light blue to match the center of the flower on the pillow above. Click over to Parachute’s Percale Duvet Cover in Powder to see an example of a perfect warm-weather blue. Adding some accent color via my euro pillows with covers in that bright green (or a pattern using that lively green!). Matching powder blue or white sheets and pillowcases would compliment nicely while letting the bold euros shine. A matching green crochet runner on the dresser and some new lamps to pull the look together. What do you think? Can the creatives among you visualize that working? (In my mind’s eye it looks fabulous! I promise to follow up when I get this project off the ground and you can judge for yourself.)
I would all love to hear how you prep your sleep space for the warmer months, let me know below! If you haven’t tried doing so before, take a look at what you have around. Play with it and make the old new again! I hope you will give it a shot using one or two of the tips above.