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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 September 28, 2020

The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

At the start of the year, if you had asked anyone if they could do their work from home, many would have said no. They would have cited the need for team meetings, a place to be able to sit down and get on with their work, the camaraderie of the office, and being able to meet customers and clients face to face.

Almost ten months later, most of us have learned that we can do our work from home and in many ways, we have discovered working from home is a lot better than doing our work in a busy, bustling office environment where we are inundated with distractions and noise.

One of the things the 2020 pandemic has reminded us is we humans are incredibly adaptable. It is one of the strengths of our kind. Yet we have been unknowingly practicing this for years. When we move house we go through enormous upheaval.

When we change jobs, we not only change our work environment but we also change the surrounding people. Humans are adaptable and this adaptability gives us strength.

So, what are the pros and cons of working from home? Below I will share some things I have discovered since I made the change to being predominantly a person who works from home.

Pro #1: A More Relaxed Start to the Day

This one I love. When I had to be at a place of work in the past, I would always set my alarm to give me just enough time to make coffee, take a shower, and change. Mornings always felt like a rush.

Now, I can wake up a little later, make coffee and instead of rushing to get out of the door at a specific time, I can spend ten minutes writing in my journal, reviewing my plan for the day, and start the day in a more relaxed frame of mind.

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When you start the day in a relaxed state, you begin more positively. You find you have more clarity and more focus and you are not wasting energy worrying about whether you will be late.

Pro #2: More Quiet, Focused Time = Increased Productivity

One of the biggest difficulties of working in an office is the noise and distractions. If a colleague or boss can see you sat at your desk, you are more approachable. It is easier for them to ask you questions or engage you in meaningless conversations.

Working from home allows you to shut the door and get on with an hour or two of quiet focused work. If you close down your Slack and Email, you avoid the risk of being disturbed and it is amazing how much work you can get done.

An experiment conducted in 2012 found that working from home increased a person’s productivity by 13%, and more recent studies also find significant increases in productivity.[1]

When our productivity increases, the amount of time we need to perform our work decreases, and this means we can spend more time on activities that can bring us closer to our family and friends as well as improve our mental health.

Pro #3: More Control Over Your Day

Without bosses and colleagues watching over us all day, we have a lot more control over what we do. While some work will inevitably be more urgent than others, we still get a lot more choice about what we work on.

We also get more control over where we work. I remember when working in an office, we were given a fixed workstation. Some of these workstations were pleasant with a lot of natural sunlight, but other areas were less pleasant. It was often the luck of the draw whether we find ourselves in a good place to work or not.

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By working from home we can choose what work to work on and whether we want to face a window or not. We can get up and move to another place, and we can move from room to room. And if you have a garden, on nice days you could spend a few hours working outside.

Pro #4: You Get to Choose Your Office Environment

While many companies will provide you with a laptop or other equipment to do your work, others will give you an allowance to purchase your equipment. But with furniture such as your chair and desk, you have a lot of freedom.

I have seen a lot of amazing home working spaces with wonderful sets up—better chairs, laptop stands that make working from a laptop much more ergonomic and therefore, better for your neck.

You can also choose your wall art and the little nick-nacks on your desk or table. With all this freedom, you can create a very personal and excellent working environment that is a pleasure to work in. When you are happy doing your work, you will inevitably do better work.

Con #1: We Move a Lot Less

When we commute to a place of work, there is movement involved. Many people commute using public transport, which means walking to the bus stop or train station. Then, there is the movement at lunchtime when we go out to buy our lunch. Working in a place of work requires us to move more.

Unfortunately, working from home naturally causes us to move less and this means we are not burning as many calories as we need to.

Moving is essential to our health and if you are working from home you need to become much more aware of your movement. To ensure you are moving enough, make sure you take your lunch breaks. Get up from your desk and move. Go outside, if you can, and take a walk. And, of course, refrain from regular trips to the refrigerator.

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Con #2: Less Human Interaction

One of the nicest things about bringing a group of people together to work is the camaraderie and relationships that are built over time. Working from home takes us away from that human interaction and for many, this can cause a feeling of loss.

Humans are a social species—we need to be with other people. Without that connection, we start to feel lonely and that can lead to mental health issues.

Zoom and Microsoft Teams meeting cannot replace that interaction. Often, the interactions we get at our workplaces are spontaneous. But with video calls, there is nothing spontaneous—most of these calls are prearranged and that’s not spontaneous.

This lack of spontaneous interaction can also reduce a team’s ability to develop creative solutions—there’s just something about a group of incredibly creative people coming together in a room to thrash out ideas together that lends itself to creativity.

While video calls can be useful, they don’t match the connection between a group of people working on a solution together.

Con #3: The Cost of Buying Home Office Equipment

Not all companies are going to provide you with a nice allowance to buy expensive home office equipment. 100% remote companies such as Doist (the creators of Todoist and Twist) provide a $2,000 allowance to all their staff every two years to buy office equipment. Others are not so generous.

This can prove to be expensive for many people to create their ideal work-from-home workspace. Many people must make do with what they already have, and that could mean unsuitable chairs that damage backs and necks.

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For a future that will likely involve more flexible working arrangements, companies will need to support their staff in ways that will add additional costs to an already reduced bottom line.

Con #4: Unique Distractions

Not all people have the benefit of being able to afford childcare for young children, and this means they need to balance working and taking care of their kids.

For many parents, being able to go to a workplace gives them time away from the noise and demands of a young family, so they could get on with their work. Working from home removes this and can make doing video calls almost impossible.

To overcome this, where possible, you need to set some boundaries. I know this is not always possible, but it is something you need to try. You should do whatever you can to make sure you have some boundaries between your work life and home life.

Final Thoughts

Working from home can be hugely beneficial for many people, but it can also bring serious challenges to others.

We are moving towards a new way of working. Therefore, companies need to look at both the pros and cons of working from home and be prepared to support their staff in making this transition. It will not be impossible, but a lot of thought will need to go into it.

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