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10 Unique Bedroom Decoration Ideas You Might Not Have Heard Of

10 Unique Bedroom Decoration Ideas You Might Not Have Heard Of

The bedroom is not just another room of your house. It should be a peaceful retreat for you. Your bedroom is the place where you will forget the ups and downs of your entire day and refresh yourself for tomorrow with sleep, so it is only right that your bedroom should be visually stunning, elegant and as comfortable as possible.

When it comes to decorating the bedroom, you should be more careful than with other rooms of your house, because if the decor is too flashy or stimulating, you are setting yourself up for sleepless nights.

Here is a list of ten unique bedroom decoration ideas that you might not have heard of. These ideas will help you choose your bedroom decor and possibly prevent you from making any foolish mistakes.

1. Choose a theme

The idea of a bedroom with a theme may be common in Western society, but it is a unique idea in many third world countries and in Eastern culture. If you are thinking of redecorating your bedroom, choosing a theme is a great option.

If the bedroom is for a child, you can decorate the bedroom in a princess theme for a girl or a superhero theme for a boy. Why? A theme is a powerful unifying device that creates a soothing effect if you get your theme right. If the bedroom is for adults, don’t be pompous or you might look cheesy and ridiculous.

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2. Himalayan salt lamp

For those who haven’t seen these lamps, they are actually made of a block of pure Himalayan salt; a bulb is then placed inside. A well-decorated Himalayan salt lamp with a sophisticated shape can add a visual “wow” factor, and the lamps have many health benefits as well.

For instance, Himalayan pink salt lamps are said to be able to lift mood, increase blood flow, prevent allergy symptoms, and facilitate better and more comfortable sleep. If you are wondering how this is possible, some explain the effects by saying that the lamps release abundant negative ions. Negative ions attract harmful particles (primarily positively charged), balance them and mitigate their adverse effects. Some say that these negative ions also stimulate the flow of oxygen in the brain, keeping you mentally and physically refreshed. The Himalayan Salt Lamp should be placed close to electronic appliances.

3. Photographs

Photographs can really add to the beauty of your bedroom, but they can impede the beauty of your bedroom as well, depending upon the types of photos you use. While it is common sense that family portraits and pictures are to be given priority on the walls of most rooms, they are an absolute no-no for a bedroom.

It is generally believed that the photos you hang on the wall of your bedroom should have as little emotional load as possible. You can use other elegant and calming photos. However, if you insist on hanging a family picture, be sure to use one which doesn’t remind you of specific people. You don’t want to think of your beloved while you are going to sleep, do you?

4. Rug

How would you feel if you woke up in the cold morning and stepped out of bed onto the cold floor? Not so happy. Everybody loves taking their first step of the day on a comforting and cushy surface. The rug is a vital part of the decor of a bedroom because it sets the tone for the entire space.

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Since you want to keep your bedroom amiable to sleep, don’t go for a flashy or complex patterned rug. Instead, use a light-colored rug to maintain a peaceful environment. Good materials for bedroom rugs may vary from cotton to wool.

In terms of the rug size, the bigger the rug is, the better your bedroom will look. If you have a carpet on your bedroom floor and are feeling reluctant about buying a rug, I would advise you to go against your instinct and give it a try because a simple rug can make a big difference.

5. Tape around the bed

Many of you might cringe thinking of using tape in your bedroom, but it is not that bad. A simple line of artistic tape, when used in a bedroom, gives a perfect illusion that ceilings are higher. It would be prudent to use the tape just above the headboard.

Speaking of headboards, people normally use a classic bed frame for a headboard. In contrast, if you use a headboard that adds scenic beauty, it will contribute to the aesthetics of your bedroom.

6. Nightstand

A nightstand is not just visually attractive, it’s a necessity of every perfect bedroom. A nightstand ensures comfort before and after you have slept. You can put a glass of water, lamps and even plants on the nightstand, which gives you the feeling of home.

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The nightstand doesn’t necessarily have to be exorbitant and stunning. An ordinary nightstand can add to a great deal to the beauty of a bedroom. It is important because it is the testament of your personal style.

7. Mattress

A bedroom might be furnished with expensive furniture and contain all the amenities in the world, but this won’t mean a thing if you can’t get a good night’s sleep. A good mattress is a must for a good night’s sleep because it keeps you cool and gives support to your lumbar region.

Your mattress should have an appropriate foundation height, must fit into your bedroom and must be congruous with the night tables and window sills.

8. Number of pillows

Too many pillows and your bed will look crowded. Too few pillows and it will seem like your bed isn’t a bed and your bedroom isn’t a bedroom at all. This will negatively affect the visual beauty of your bedroom.

Therefore, you should select the right number of pillows, which depends upon the size of your bed. The right number of pillows makes the bed more inviting and sumptuous. If you like having lots of pillows, you can always keep them in layers.

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9. Add dramatic items

Items such as a theatrical chandelier, moody wall paint, or an oversized headboard add a sexy and dark glamour to your bedroom. Furthermore, you can hang dramatic artwork in your bedroom.

The best way to hang artwork is to have a midline at fifty-seven inches to sixty inches where the artwork is hung. Also, it is better to hang your paintings at the center rather than directly overhead. Adding visually dramatic items is a great way to decorate your bedroom.

10. Curtains

You have heard of using curtains on your windows or even on a door, but have you ever considered using curtains to hide empty space in an oversized bedroom? I didn’t think so. Yes, you can use curtains to conceal an unused space if your bedroom is too large. By doing so you will prevent your bedroom from looking empty.

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Last Updated on January 17, 2019

8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

Listen carefully:

We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

1. Pray Daily

You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

3. Smile Often

Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

4. Organize Your Working Desk

A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

How do you do that? This is my formula:

First, take this smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

8. Go Exercise

Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

The Bottom Line

It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

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