At first this posed some issues, living in a shared house with a small budget for decoration doesn’t exactly lend itself to the dream of creating a spacious separate room dedicated to mindfulness. Instead I needed to work with what I had, my teeny bedroom crammed to the brim with all my worldly possessions.
I found lots of inspiration through other bloggers and looked to Pinterest to establish a theme and pick up some tips. (You can see my Pinterest board here). Below are some of the rules I applied to create my space:
TIP 1. USE COLOURS THAT MAKE YOU HAPPY
I have a huge colour crush on the pairing of blush pink, copper and grey and used these as the foundations when choosing my paint and accessories.
Copper/ rose gold: Luckily rose gold is all the rage at the moment so I had no problem picking up a fashion-forward Myra copper lampshade and photo frame from Dunelm to accent the space. Feeling crafty I bought some copper paint for the three plant pots to jazz up the life of my succulent friends.
Blush pink: I have the most gorgeous washed sateen blush duvet cover from Habitat (just my luck it was in the wash when I took photos). Also the flamingo print and a doppled pink pillow vase did the trick nicely!
TIP 2: BRING IN NATURAL TOUCHES
I love fresh flowers and often pop them on my windowsill. For some permanent greenery I headed to Columbia Road Flower Market for three lovely succulents, also n the trip I picked up a teeny terrarium from the nearby Netil Market. Beside my bed sits the most serene looking meditating buddha which is so beautiful I can’t help but feel uplifted every time I look at it. My natural wood bedside table from Ikea was an awesome find, cheap but a really cool scandi nod.
TIP 3: DE-CLUTTER
This was a big life changer for me. With a small room I needed to create as much space as possible. This was a mindfulness practice in itself. Essentially Ikea was my saving grace, their DIY storage solution is immense and has sorted my once- basic, hanging wardrobe right out. The flexibility of the system allowed me to use a combo of shelves, rails, baskets, shoe racks and boxes to organise more effectively.
Clothes-wise I had a huge clear out, opting for creating a capsule wardrobe of only essential winter clothes for the coming chilly months. A handy under-bed canvas box is currently storing my hibernating summer clothes . I absolutely love my new wardrobe and it makes finding things an absolute doddle.
TIP 4: INTRODUCE SCENTS THROUGH CANDLES AND OILS
I’m a real sucker for a candle and use them throughout the day to match my mood. In the morning I use the Jo Malone Sea Salt and Sage and will go on to use P.F Candle Co’s Pachouli and Sweetgrass or Meraki’s Fig and Apricot. In the evenings the Espa Restorative Candle with Palmarosa, Sweet Orange and Lavender is a dream or my Joe Malone Oud and Bergamot if I’m fancy snuggling down. I’ve heard with candles you can light a couple to mix the smells to create something dreamy- something I’m keen to try.
I’ve placed some ceramic baubles (?!) from M&S filled with cotton buds I soaked in Roses de Chloé Eau de Parfum in my underwear boxes for an uplifting whaft when getting ready.
TIP 5: SURROUND YOURSELF WITH INSPIRING THINGS
I purchased a beautiful quote print during my travels in South Africa and have framed this on my over-bed frame shelf (again an ingenious Ikea purchase). I have also bought an Instagram feed style photo frame with which to fill with photos of friends and my travels . I’ve carefully filled my shelves with a few of my favourite books on Mindfulness, Vinyl L.Ps, art books and a couple of holiday trinkets.
TIP 6: USE BASKETS AND BOWLS FOR LOOSE ITEMS
I have become a bit of an organisation fanatic with a bowl or box for everything. On my travels I came home with so many bowls and boxes I didn’t know what to do with them at first. Now I have a perfect place to plonk jewellery at the end of the day, a cute marble plate for my rings and pots for stray pens and brushes.
Also my now favourite present for friend’s birthdays; the Muji Acrylic stacking boxes– these are so handy for stashing odd makeup, buttons and jewellery in and look super organised.
TIP 7: MAKE YOUR BED!
There’s something about making my bed that makes me feel relaxed and organised. It sets a real tone of mindfulness to carry throughout the day. I love using brushed cotton linen for a luxurious feel along with my decorative pillow for that magazine-ready finish.
And there we have it, the rules I lived by to create my mindful bedroom. An inviting, calm space for meditation, reflection and a restful nights sleep.
Have you created a mindful space recently? I’d love to hear what you have incorporated to make your space mindful.