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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 May 22, 2019

10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

There are lots of studies that show if you do some exercise in the morning, you will be in a better mood all day long. You will have more energy and you will certainly be a better colleague, friend or partner.

One psychologist at Duke University has researched the effects of exercise on depressed patients and he has come to the conclusion that exercise has a definite role in treating this condition and has an important role in preventing people from relapsing.[1] According to the New York Times, scientists have now established that exercise also boosts your brain power.[2]

In addition, there are studies from the Appalachian State University which show that blood pressure can be reduced by doing regular morning exercise.[3]

Here are 10 simple morning exercises that will help you feel great the whole day long. You can include some of them in your morning exercise routine or do them all at home without having to enrol in a gym. Consult your doctor before starting any form of exercise routine if you are new to this.

1. Cat Camel Stretch

Stretching exercises are useful for muscle toning and also preventing arthritis. They can either be dynamic or static.

Dynamic ones such as the cat camel stretch, are particularly useful for doing other exercises in the morning. They are also beneficial at other times of the day, especially after long periods of sedentary work. This one is great for spinal flexibility and is a good warm up exercise.

Kneel down on all fours. Start by rounding your back just like a camel so that your head will try to meet your pelvis. This is the camel position. Then lower and lift your head so that your lower back is arched. This is the cat position. Do these movements slowly and smoothly. About 4 or 5 times.

Here’s a video to guide you through:

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2. Go for a Walk or a Run

This is better done outside so that you can connect with nature but running inside on a treadmill is almost as good. You can time yourself and increase length and time according to your fitness program.

Always have new goals to reach. Start with brisk walking and work up to running. At my age, I am still walking!

The health benefits are considerable. You can build stronger bones and you can help to maintain your weight.

Also, you are helping your heart to stay healthy and keeping your blood pressure low.

Learn more about the benefits of running here: 8 Benefits of Running 5 Minutes Every Day You Didn’t Know

3. Jumping Jacks

Michelle Obama is a great fan of this exercise and has become “Jumper in Chief.”[4] They are great for cardiovascular health and also for toning muscles especially the calves and the deltoids.

Stand with feet together. Jump while spreading your arms and legs. Return to first position and keep going! You can start with doing these for 1 minute and then gradually build up to the number you are comfortable with. Here’s how:

4. Abductor Side Lifts

Watch the video below to see how to do this exercise. These muscles are important because you use them everyday to run, get into the car or onto and off a bicycle. They are very important also for your core stability and prevent the pelvis from tilting.[5]

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Do about 10 to 15 raises for each side like this:

5. Balancing Table Pose

This is a classic yoga pose. It benefits the spine, balance, memory and concentration.

Start with the table pose (hands and knees). Breathe in before starting each movement. As you exhale, raise your left leg parallel to the floor as you raise the right arm, also parallel to the floor. Breathe in as you lower arm and leg. Repeat for the other side. 10 repetitions on each side is a good starting point.

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    6. Leg Squats

    Not just legs are involved but also hips and knees.

    Stand with your feet a bit further out from your hips. Arms are out in front of you. Then lower yourself as if you wanted to sit down until you reach a 90 degree angle. You can go down further if you want to. Then return to the starting position. Repeat 15 times for 2 sets for beginners.

    The benefits are that these exercises help with knee stability and can benefit the leg muscles such as quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.[6]

    7. Push Ups

    You start lying down (face down) but with your body held up at arm’s length. Your hands should be in line with your shoulders. Breathe in as you lower your body. That is fairly easy. Now, as you exhale, you have to get back up to the starting position.

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    An easier version to start with is to bend your legs at the knees so you do not have to lift your whole body.

    Beginners may take up to a month to be able to do 100 push ups so you will have to start with a very small number and gradually increase it.

    This exercise is great for strengthening the chest, shoulders and the triceps. It is a great strengthening exercise for many muscle groups. In fact, most muscles from the toes to the shoulders are being used.

    8. Bicycle Crunches

    There are numerous crunch exercises targeting the abs. The bicycle crunch is a variation where you work more muscle groups. Aim for 15 to 20 reps to start off with.

    Watch the video to see how this is done correctly:

    9. Lunges

    Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Place your hand on your hips. Take one giant step forward with the right leg. Make sure the knee does not go too far forward, that is, past your toes. The left knee will go down to almost floor level. Alternate the legs as you go on.

    Try to do a set of between 8 and 12 reps for each leg. It is important to allow for a day of rest, so this exercise should be done on alternate days, especially if you are using weights.

    This exercise is great for strengthening and toning the quadriceps, glutes and hamstrings.

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    10. Bicep Curls

    You can do this sitting down so if you spend a lot of time on the phone, this is a great exercise to do.

    Choose suitable dumbbells or another household object that you can easily hold. Sit down with the dumbbell in your hand. You need to sit forward a bit so that your triceps can lean on your thigh to give you support.

    Then bring the weighted arm up to shoulder length and then down again. Exhale as you lift the weight and inhale as you lower it.

    Here’re some important notes before you start doing this exercise:

    Try to do one or two sets of about ten repetitions for each arm and then switch arms.

    These exercises are really useful for toning the arm muscles.[7] In addition, they can strengthen and tone the brachioradialis muscle located in the forearm. These are the muscles we use to pick up things when we flex the arm at the elbow so we use these muscles countless times a day.

    You may have to build in a rest day for the heavier exercises, numbers 6–10. On the rest days, you can do gentler stretching exercises and also some walking or running.

    Morning exercise is not only a great mood booster, but will help you keep your weight down and also sleep better![8] Start including one or some of these exercises in your morning routine!

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