Upgrades To Your Bedroom for Better Sleep

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There are many things one can do to improve the quality of their sleep – avoiding caffeine and nicotine before going to bed, not working out late in the evening, avoiding heavy meals before bedtime, creating a regular bedtime routine and much more. But if you do everything by the book as far as getting a good sleep is concerned, and you avoid the comfort of your bedroom, it is possible that may not get the kind of sleep you had yearned for.

The bedroom comfort is key, and it is imperative that you make it as sleep-friendly as you possibly can. Suggested below are some powerful upgrades you can make to instantly transform your bedroom to the most welcoming room in the world and which you will look forward to going into every day-:

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A cluttered bedroom is a congested bedroom and as such, it won’t create the right environment to enjoy your sleep. It will have all manner of things that will make you distracted, thus robbing you of the peace and relaxation you need to sleep well. Things such as workout equipment, paperwork, dirty clothes, extra furniture etc. should not find their way into the bedroom. You should strive to have a neat and clean bedroom, with everything put in its rightful place, so that you create some space and give the bedroom some breathing space. This will help you relax a lot and make it easy for you to fall asleep and enjoy a deep sleep.

Paint with one color or warming colors 
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Painting your bedroom with one color is a sure way to make it cozy, but not just any color. You should go for colors that are powerful enough to enhance the mood and the energy of the room, and which will help to transform the room into the perfect retreat. Earthy colors such as hues of soft greens, watery blue and earthy browns are highly recommended for the bedrooms. You should, however, note that there is no one-size-fits-all for colors since different people have different color preferences and what will work for you may not work for another person. Just be sure to have colors that will elicit warmth in the bedroom, and don’t turn the bedroom walls into an artist’s color board by painting it with all the colors of the rainbow.

Ban electronics from the bedroom

Electronics are known sleep stealers and one may wonder why some people complain of lack of sleep when they have to watch TV late into the night or use their phones after getting into bed. The bedroom is not a place to catch up with your favorite television series or chat with friends on social media websites. The only activity in the bedroom body should be sleep, and probably a few extracurricular activities for the married couples. Therefore, banish electronics such as laptops, TV, phones and other mobile devices that can easily make you lose your sleep.

Keep the room dark

Your bedroom should be a perfectly dark room if you want to get the most experience out of it. This is important in helping you tune the circadian rhythm by asserting to it that it is night time and so it should help send the body to sleep. Any form of light from the outside is guaranteed to interfere with your sleep. This means that you should have very good curtains to completely black out the room and if that is not enough in creating the perfect dark conditions, then don’t be afraid to invest in a decent face mask.

Invest in high-quality bedding
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Any form of bedroom upgrade cannot be complete without a quality set of bedding. These are what will directly impact the comfort level you will need not just to sleep soundly, but also to fall asleep faster. Think about investing in a high-quality mattress, bed sheets, and pillows. The bed should also be sturdy enough since the last thing you want is to be constantly woken up by the squeaking of the bed with every turn. There are lots of quality mattress brands you can go for, including purple mattress which. But before you make up your mind on the bedding to go for, be sure to research and check out the purple mattress reviews so that you are well pleased with the bedding you end up with.

Introduce a desk

Add a desk to your bedroom for last minute thoughts before sleep
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Adding a desk to your bedroom should not be viewed as a way of creating a workspace where you can proceed with some office work at home. A desk will give you an additional surface which you can use for a myriad of other productive things. You can use the surface for your purse or wallets if you don’t want them to occupy the bedside table, you can also use it for updating your journal or diary or doing a little writing other than work before you go to bed. Additionally, if you have a special someone and you want to treat them to breakfast in bed, the desk will be the most ideal space to place your trays and other servings.

Keep it quiet

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Noise is an asleep distractor, especially if you live in a place with a lot of noisy neighbors or street traffic. Though sometimes it is inevitable, you should try as much as you can to block out noise from the bedroom. If there is a lot of noise coming from the outside, you can think about having a white noise machine or a fan to drown off the external noises. It also implies that you must do away with music systems in the bedroom unless you prefer using soothing sounds or cool music to fall asleep.

Reconsider your alarm

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Sometimes it is annoying to be jolted from a deep sleep with the disgusting sound of an alarm clock. There are very many less annoying options you may consider to replace such alarm clocks. For example, you can use wake up lights that will gradually increase in brightness within a set duration. For example, you can set the wake-up light thirty minutes before your actual wake up time to wake you up naturally at the preferred time. You can also use wearable fitness trackers that will wake you up more gently.

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5 Ideas For Tiered Cosmetic Stand

Create-Pretty-Tiered-Trays-with-glass-plates-and-glueCreate pretty tiered trays using wine glasses, cups and plates for displaying trinkets in your home. A rewritten post from 2013. I was looking on Pinterest and found cute stacked cosmetic trays, I had craft moment making an Up-cycled Makeup Stand , as a craft project and a need to organize my makeup.
Completed-Makeup-Tier-TrayAs I visit Pinterest, (a habit I have) and I’m sure others do too, I found some pretty makeup organizing ideas and remember finding a book at the library that was full of ideas using dishes you already have at home to make serving trays and the like with just hot glue. Or if you want it to be permanent you could use UV6800.  I wish I could find that book again, that was about 10 years ago.

You can actually make temporary tiered trays, then put them in the sink with hot water and remove the hot glue, put them away for another day and creative moment when you need something fun or pretty.

A lot of my inspiration came from photos on Pinterest

Three Tier Tray made of Glass
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3 glass plates, 2 tall shot glasses from PierOne and blue marbles (Christmas Tree Store) to make a pretty makeup display.  Just use a hot glue gun to secure them all together and you have a stylish way to display and organize the makeup you use every day.

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Artsy Chick Rules // A pretty 3 tier tray made for jewelry. Using old plastic plates, glasses and chalk paint and E-6000 adhesive.(Use outdoors as there are heavy fumes). I sealed the entire tray with a Pearl Coat Spray Paint.

How to Make a DIY Candlestick Jewelry Stand
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Crafivity Designs // So simply but elegant. This one as you an see if for jewelry.
A fun idea that comes from Craftivity Designs for a simple and inexpensive jewelry tray inspired by none other than…Kate Spade with all the cute plates they create.

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Confessions of A Do It Yourselfer

 Confession of Serial Do-it-Yourselfer  // Making the jewelry tower with thrift store cups, saucers and plates including some candlesticks for the pedestals.  Oh-My-Heartsie-Makeup-Tray
I went to the thrift store and found 3 plates and 2 wine glasses, but when I got home and started working with the space I had to use on my desk, I decided on just using 2 plates with the one wine glass.  To have more surface area on the bottom plate, I set the wine glass to the back.
This way I have access on the bottom for larger items.

 Oh-My-Heartsie-Makeup-Tray-2 The project took me all of 5 minutes, once my hot glue gun was heated. If you would want your pieces to be permanent you could use an art glue like E6000 Craft Adhesive, 3.7 Fluid Ounces ( available in craft stores).
 Completed-Makeup-Tier-Tray I have seen so many great ideas but I wanted something simple and elegant at the same time. There are so many possibilities with glass plates, wine glasses, candlesticks, bottles, cups, dishes and plates. They can be white, clear, patterned, faux silver platters or any combination including wood of course or all the new tinware you can find.

I have seen the cutest serving trays made stacking plates and cups for parties that are disposable.  I would love to see polka dot dishes made into a tiered stand. The possibilities are endless!! It would be great for creating one for cupcakes or Petit fours or small desserts for parties. Any kind of dishes that you can stack and that would be stable could work!!

What dishes do you have you could use right now to create something fun.
All you need are a few dishes, odd wine glass and a hot glue gun and or the the E6000 230010 Craft Adhesive for a permanent cement

There are so many possibilities you can see in the Pinterest Board. Use melamine dishes, summer prints, or even at the holidays very inexpensive plastic-ware could be used.  Leave it to your imagination, what would you create? 

Follow Vanessa Vander Pol's board 3 Tier Trays on Pinterest.

Have you seen these kinds of serving/stands created?
What kind of ideas do you have?

I entered the Craft Challenge and added this project to the Craft Challenge over at Redoit Yourself Inspirations

7 Tips on Affordable Decorating Hints To Make Your Home Cozy

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Affordable decorating hints which can make your home cozy and warm

I hope you will enjoy these home decorating ideas, you can find many more by visiting Houzz.com where I found many of these ideas, it is a fun place to browse.

Whether you are just moving into a new house or simply want to make your home more personal, there are always some easy and budget-friendly ways to start something new and change the whole feel of the house or a flat with clever decorating tactics. Use your own sensibility as an ultimate guide and you will be surprised by how much little things can transform your home into a place you can connect with.

But How cozy is too cozy

Even though your goal is to make your home cozy and warm, some details can serve this purpose a little too well. For example, it is true that sofa and chair covers will make any room warmer but if placed in a living room, they can make you and your guests feel drowsy and overly comfortable which can hinder nice conversation and other activities.

Lighting

The amount of light in rooms and its distribution can significantly influence the atmosphere and the ambient of the whole place. Therefore, it is best to use lamps and LED lights in all corners of the rooms for a rounded and

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Framed photos

Hanging random pictures and art on your walls is perfectly fine but nothing can really replace the personal touch that photos of your loved ones can provide. Therefore, putting the photographs of your friends, family, and even pets in nice frames and placing them on the wall in a certain pattern can vastly contribute to the hominess and rich life of the home. 

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Adding personal photos of loved ones contributes a homeiness

Curtains and Rugs

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Adding rugs can make everything interesting if placed strategically considering the furniture layout.

 

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Using Tall curtains adds elegance to a room

Curtains and Rugs
Nothing can make the rooms in the house or flat look more uniform and adding a warm rug. The best thing about rugs is that they can show off your personal style and individuality. Moreover, matching the rug with furniture and curtains can end up being that one thing that you felt has been missing for a complete image of a relaxing and familiar environment. Even small rugs can make everything interesting if placed strategically considering the furniture layout.

When it comes to curtains, you can choose between various colors, patterns lengths of curtains, and sizes. The options are more than great so you really do not have any excuse to leave your windows “bare” and thus miss out on the important link that makes a home warm and cozy. What’s more, long curtains can keep the desired room temperature for longer so these can help you cut your electricity bill a bit as well.

Wallpapers

In order to add some much necessary warmth to your home, find a perfect wallpaper print, especially say in a kitchen but adds structure to your rooms and compensate they lack other details but will also be easier to clean and provide the “new and fresh” look longer than regular painted walls. 

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Using a bit of wallpaper adds warmth and dimension

Careful with trinkets

It is great to have a lot of little treasures that remind you of some unforgettable moments in your life, but think carefully whether you really need to include everything that holds some kind of memory as a display in your home. Sometimes, too many decorations can create the feeling of overstuffed room and chaos which will reflect negatively on the whole ambient of the home. Therefore, it is best to use only the most important things that match well with the general theme in your décor. 

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If you want to avoid getting the feeling of a cold and distant place when you enter your home, do not treat it like a place for sleeping only. Your own attitude towards your home is the first thing that will influence the general feeling and atmosphere the home has and, of course, your will to put some effort into changing the appearance of your home to suit your tastes and personality more.

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Using A Touch of Glimmer in Your Home With Metallics

Matte finishes have been a huge trend for some time now, and if there is one thing that we have learned from that period, that is that too much matte can swallow up the space and send it to everything-is-boring dimension. However, matte can be great, but only when you up the glam with some metallic finishes. Introducing metallic accessories or even a full-blown metallic-finished accent wall can instantly make your home more luxurious. So, if we have your attention now, here is everything you need to know about adding a touch of glimmering metal to your home.
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Cool vs. warm

It makes a difference if you use silver or gold – these metals bring a whole different sensation to the space. Why is that so? Because one of them is cold and the other is warm. These variations in tones make all the difference in the ambiance. Cool tones work better with modern spaces, while warm tones go perfectly with a vintage style. Alongside gold, you have copper, brass, rose gold and bronze in the warm-toned family, while silver has the same tone as nickel, steel and chrome.

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Choose your metal

Although there are many metallic finishes you can introduce into your home, here are some of the most popular ones and their shiniest moments:

  • Gold is the epitome of elegance and luxury. It looks majestic on centerpieces like striking chandeliers or cocktail cabinets. It matches perfectly with both dark tones and all-white rooms. Brass is very similar to it.
  • Rose gold is a subdued variety of the previously mentioned metal, and it introduces a breath of inconspicuous warmth into every home. It pairs up nicely with light neutral tones.
  • Bronze is the other name for sophistication. It has the power of enhancing other design elements such as upholstery, leather and lighting. It makes a perfect marriage with wood and stone.
  • Copper is less bold than gold, and it adds more rustic charm than elegance. It goes great with natural raw materials.
  • Silver introduces a contemporary sparkle, creating a clean, modern-looking space.Using-Metallic-Accessories-In-Your-Home

Keep the color scheme subdued

When incorporating a certain number of metallic pieces into your home, you should keep the color palette neutral to avoid overwhelming the space. Take your cues from Scandinavian décor, which uses this practice proficiently by adding glamour to minimalist, neutrally-painted apartments. Although you can make various combinations, you certainly can’t go wrong with brass and darker neutrals. Also, chrome and stainless steel go great with gray, blue and white.  Accenting-With-Metallic-to-give-a-Glimmer

Now that you know all the secrets to make your home shine, are you ready to bring in the bling and create a glamorous living space?
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