Home is where the heart is, and more so - your bedroom, which is supposed to be your sanctuary - a cozy place to wind-down and relax at night, helping you wake up refreshed in the morning.
At this time, when millions of people are now working full- or part-time at home, most of us would probably choose a separate office over an office-bedroom combination. But when it’s not possible, creating a dedicated workspace from our bed can be the next best thing.
Balancing comfort, function and décor with serenity can sometimes be a challenge. Try these ideas when setting up your home office in the bedroom, still keeping your space peaceful and serene.
Balancing comfort, function and décor with serenity - FabHub
Create your sleep space
It is a real struggle to create a dual function room, that is both for work and sleep. Start by setting a clear intention and define your expectations from your bedroom. Take a moment to define to yourself - is it a room for winding down and sleep, or maybe to read or exercise?
Try to make your room so awesome that not getting out of bed could actually be really fun. Curtains can also maximise your bedroom’s natural light to brighten up the interior.
With uncertainty being part of our daily lives, creating a sense of serenity is exactly what your bedroom needs. Minimalism does wonders especially if your bedroom is small - and limiting the furniture into the essentials is a good starting point.
For a sleek and contemporary look strip your bed of unnecessary additions. All you need is ‘just the right amount’ taking inspiration from the Scandi ‘Lagom’ concept, meaning ‘Not too much, not too little’
‘Lagom’ is a follow-up to the Swedish popular concept of ‘hygge,’ which focused on coziness and comfort - and is the antidote to a hectic life of ‘too much’ by introducing a more fulfilled and simplistic approach to living, and to designing our space. This is now more relevant than ever, as we spend all our time at home.
Arranging throw pillows instantly adds character to your bedroom - FabHub
The power of pillows
Working from bed? even if you have a choice you still might prefer to work from the comfort of your bed occasionally. Although not always the replacement for an actual back support, the right pillows can improve the experience. If you don’t have sit up pillows, use firm throw pillows to support your back.
Pillows also can be used as a built-in lap desk, a place to put your lunch or even as an armrest.
Your bedroom can become one of the most cozy and beautiful focal points in your bedroom and regardless of your decorating style, arranging throw pillows in front of your bed pillow instantly adds character to the room.
Tone it down
To help the space not feel overwhelming with its multi-use, try keeping it as light as possible, surrounding yourself with calming colors. If you would like to add a dark color this is the place to add it - for some, dark colors in the bedroom can be actually calming because they are less energetic.
If you do feel like using beautiful, bold colors, you might still want to make sure you are using a muted version of these tones in the bedroom.
A bedside table can be anything, including a random object such as a piece of wood - FabHub
Turn your bedside table into a mini sanctuary
Play with it, a bedside table can be anything, including random objects like a piece of wood or a concrete cube. In some cases, if your bed is low you don’t need a bedside table to keep it simple and grounded.
A typical bedside table is often piled with items we don’t need - books we’ve been meaning to read, magazines, charges or alarm clocks.
Start by cleaning your nightstand and replace these items only with ones that can help you relax at the end of the day- like a luxurious scented candle, a carafe of water, essential oil or a lamp with warm soft glowing light.
We also tend to keep stuff we don’t need in our bedside table drawers. Try arranging private, inspirational items you treasure- but that no one else needs to see - into these drawers, using baskets or little trays to create a bedside table drawer sanctuary.
Lower those Lights
If you are using your bedroom as your workspace during the day, you will need your room's lighting to be both functional and relaxing.
You can use spotlights if you use the bedroom as a home office, but soft lighting is essential for it to become a room that also provides you a relaxing atmosphere by night.
To create soft lights, use dimmers, pendants, or wall lights. A bedside lamp will help fill your bedroom with a diffused light- perfect for winding down. Adding table lamps around the room can add another layer of light but if you don’t have the space, choose a space-saving sconce to hang on the wall above your bed.
Use baskets to arrange your private, inspirational items - FabHub
Bring the Outdoors In
Consider adding flowers or indoor plants to the bedroom/home office as it adds life and warmth as well as improves the air quality within this dual-purpose space.
Plants can not only help improve the indoor air quality but can also make a stuffy room feel fresh and add an aesthetic touch to spaces.
Try air purifying plants such as Ficus Lyrata or Strelitzia nicol, that are great indoors, will not need too much light and can even sustain with watering only once a week.
If your bedroom design is minimal, try using dried plants such as a stalk of pampas grass that will immediately add fluff and texture to your space, helping you transform your bedroom into a peaceful haven to relax and rejuvenate at the end of the day.