5 Simple Ways To Make Your Bed Feel More Luxurious

Beautiful bedrooms are pleasant to look at, but there are even more benefits to creating a luxurious space. The Great American Home Store claims your bedroom should be your perfect place in the world in which to escape the stresses of everyday life, where you can relax and unwind. At the heart of this space is your bed. It's likely one of the largest financial investments you'll make as you furnish your home, and one of the most important, since we spend approximately a third of our lives sleeping (or trying to!).

As you begin to work on your creative bedroom design, start by deciding on a color palette. Since this is a room that should exude tranquility, think of calming colors like neutrals or soft, gentle colors like blue or green. Steer clear of bright, bold colors that energize rather than relax, like bright red or purple. With your overall bedroom atmosphere established, you can focus on making the bed something to look forward to crawling into at the end of each day.

Create a focal point

As the most important, and likely the largest, piece of furniture in the bedroom, your bed should be the focal point, according to MHM Professional Staging, LLC. A focal point is the spot in a room that first draws the eyes to attention, so it makes sense that the largest furniture element is the natural centerpiece. It just needs some accessorizing to make it really pop.

Start with an interesting headboard to set the foundation for your design. If you have enough room, a bed with side rails and a footboard will make a solid statement, but if you have limited space, the right headboard is more than enough to create a focal point. If your style is transitional, a tall, tufted headboard offers a refined look. Mid-Century Modern fans can find new or replica styles with gentle curves in a walnut finish. For those who love boho, a rattan headboard adds texture and lightness to your space.

Invest in a quality mattress

What good is an aesthetically pleasing bed if it's uncomfortable? Invest in the unseen, yet absolutely vital, element of a luxurious bed by selecting the right mattress. Choosing the best mattress may feel a little overwhelming; there are so many options, each of which claims to be top of the line. The Sleep Foundation offers some suggestions to help find the rightt mattress for your physical needs. Side, back, and stomach sleepers each require a different level of firmness. Also, pay attention to any areas of pain when you wake up. Other considerations are whether you get hot at night and/or sleep with a partner. Even a pet or two can make a difference. As you shop, keep these needs in mind to help you find the perfect mattress.

After you've chosen your mattress, it takes around 30 days to break it in and adjust your body to it, according to Bedding Mart. To make sure your investment is protected, purchase a mattress with a warranty of 90 days or longer.

Add luxurious linens

Once you have the right mattress, it's time to select linens. This is another area where investing in the best quality you can afford will pay off in comfort and durability. Start by buying new pillows, which are similar to mattresses in that there are so many from which to choose it can be overwhelming. Your primary sleep position is the most important factor to consider. Sleepopolis states that your pillow should be the right level of firmness to keep your spine and head aligned in order to prevent neck pain. If you tend to get hot at night, look for pillows with cooling gel and other features to help regulate temperature.

When it comes to sheets, Luxdeco recommends natural fibers because they are breathable, claiming Egyptian cotton as the best. If this premium quality option is beyond your budget, that's not a problem. You can still get comfy linens by purchasing the best thread count you can afford. If you like a big, fluffy comforter, consider a down or down alternative insert with a high thread count duvet, which you can easily remove and wash. Light cotton quilts and linen blankets are good options if your home stays warm at night.

Fluff it up

To take your bed to the next level of luxury, add even more softness with throw pillows, rugs, and other accessories. No one likes the shock of going from a cozy bed to stepping onto a cold, hard floor, so if you have solid flooring like wood, laminate, or tile, bring in an area rug. Low pile rugs made of polypropylene are pet and child-friendly because they are both soft and easy to clean, according to Sisal Rugs Direct. If you do not have special durability requirements, there's nothing better than setting foot on an ultra-plush faux fur rug to start your day.

Extra pillows are another way to increase the luxury of your bed. Square-shaped euro pillows look great and offer support while you lay in bed reading. You can use throw pillows to support your arms, legs, or neck to position yourself for ultimate relaxation. If you're laying in bed to rest during the day, add a cozy throw blanket in a chunky knit or soft fleece so you don't have to mess up your bed just for a short nap.

Select the right lighting

Although lighting is not part of the bed itself, it certainly contributes to the luxuriousness of being in bed and helps you wind down at the end of a long day. Lighting is the final touch to creating a space that, as you enter the room, makes you take a deep breath and go "ahhhh." Ideal Home notes that bedside light bulbs with white or blue hues can inhibit sleep, so select low-wattage bulbs in warm tones to set a relaxing tone. When shopping for lamps, avoid options with exposed bulbs. Diffused light is softer, so select a lamp or wall sconce with a shade to protect your eyes from direct light.

As you think about the atmosphere you want to set in your bedroom, consider adding mood lighting. This kind of light is for relaxation, not for tasks or reading. Add curtain lights or electric candles to create the perfect luxurious environment to help calm your mind and body as you prepare for a good night's sleep.