6 Essentials for a Calming Bedroom
The most important word to describe a bedroom is calming. When our design experts help their clients create a calming bedroom, they consider the space holistically. That means looking at the most essential pieces in the room and figuring out how they can best work together to help you sleep more soundly and feel at peace.
Learn about the six essential areas to consider when upgrading your bedroom, and discover the pieces that will transform it into the space you’ve always wanted.
Major furniture choices such as your bed frame and dresser, are the foundation for your bedroom’s entire style. Natural materials are best for establishing a calm and peaceful atmosphere, so stick with wooden furniture.
The bedroom collection from Maple Corner Woodworks has a timeless look that makes it easy to find new pieces to outfit your space. Their bed frames, nightstands, and dressers come in three different wood finishes—maple, cherry, and walnut—so you can put together a matching set or mix them for variation. The chest gives you plenty of storage for cozy blankets, pillows, and bedding.
For a more modern look, check out the spindle collection from Ethnicraft. The minimalist design puts a modern twist on traditional spindle construction, and each piece comes in your choice of light oak or black oak, which are both soothing in their own ways. The bed frame and nightstand pair nicely together, while the bench doubles as a convenient place to accumulate clothes and other belongings.
The Eastvold Mora is an heirloom-quality dresser handcrafted in Minnesota. It makes for stunning and functional storage, and the rounded corners bring a sense of liveliness. Add the Cleo side table to help balance the materials in your bedroom. Made by skilled craftspeople in California from upcycled materials.
Upholstered bed frames combine slipcovered linen with natural wood to create a timeless, modern farmhouse look. With the April bed by Cisco Home, you’ll have a plush headboard to lean into while you read at night. Choose between an array of colors and fabrics to meet your exact taste.
The right mattress helps you create a healthy environment for sleep. The 100% certified organic EOS mattress from Naturepedic eliminates materials like flame retardants and polyurethane foam in favor of natural materials that are environmentally friendly.
The EOS mattress is also customizable to every type of sleeper, from extra firm to super plush. Its zippered construction lets you fine-tune the firmness by adding or removing layers whenever you like. Plus, the certified organic and non-toxic materials give you peace of mind when you sleep; what could be more calming than that?
Five-star hotels figured out years ago that simple, clean bedding will make any bedroom feel luxurious, and that secret applies to your home, too. Start with organic cotton or linen sheets to create a neutral base, then layer on a duvet with a cover in similarly light shades—or some simple stripes if you prefer contrast.
With these as your starting point, you can think of adding extra blankets and pillows as if you’re decorating your bed: so trust your instincts and make thoughtful decisions.
Ethnicraft’s Alpone throw and Nomad pillows are perfect for adding small touches of color, which make the space more well-rounded. Both rely on solid hues to show off the beautiful details in the fabric.
Alternatively, the Blythe pillow from Amber Lewis x Loloi uses a subtle ivory and black plaid to make your bedspread more distinct. And if you want to bring in more personality, browse our one-of-a-kind collection of colorful throw pillows. Any one can be the finishing touch on your slumber masterpiece.
Lighting plays a big role in how calming your bedroom is. Having the right amount of soft, diffused light as you’re getting ready for bed can help you fall asleep, so it’s important to have a light with a well-made shade. The Trumpet lamp by Lostine is a simple and sophisticated bedside lamp that gives you just the right amount of light to not disturb your body’s wind down process at the end of the day.
For the rest of your room’s lighting, consider wall or hanging lights, rather than ceiling lights, because they do a better job of reducing glare.
The Spero sconce by Cerno is a timeless piece of mid-century modern hardware that adds a natural touch of leather. Another great choice is the Beaker lamp by Cisco Home, which comes in eight different colors. Its hand-blown shape brings both a sense of artistry and hominess to any space.
Mirrors help make rooms feel more spacious, and bedrooms are no exception. Floor mirrors are practical for when you’re getting dressed. They add extra depth to the room and can make even small bedrooms seem bigger and more relaxing.
The Light Frame floor mirror by Ethnicraft can be leaned against a wall or mounted and comes in either a neutral oak or black oak finish to align with any wooden furniture in the room. The Octavia floor mirror from Cisco Home offers a sleeker, more modern look with the same great functionality. Its vintage-inspired black rust metal frame and distressed border make it seem like a treasured family heirloom.
The final component is one you will always appreciate having around: a nice, comfy armchair. While these often become the place for draping clothes and piling other belongings, having a cozy seat in your bedroom can also give you a quiet place to relax.
The Lanister chair by Cisco Home is soft enough to doze off in, and its lumbar pillow provides additional support to keep your back comfortable. The Kobe chair by American Leather is another one you can snuggle up into, with its luxurious fabric and high-resiliency foam seat. Choose the swivel option to create the reading nook of your dreams.
Alternatively, the Emily chair from Cisco Home is a low-profile option that provides reliable comfort and support as you sink into it for a relaxing moment.
Want more options? Browse our complete bedroom collection to find furniture, mattresses, and storage options that are right for your space. Then discover the bedding, lighting, and decor that brings your style to life.