The Home Trends: Hygge vs Lagom

The Home Trends: Hygge vs Lagom

Last year was all about the Hygge trend in our homes, a word borrowed from the Danish meaning to create a home that is all about comfort and cosiness. This word gained a cult following in the home decor world last year, as lets face it, who doesn’t want to be surrounded by fairy lights, cushions and blankets?

But for 2017, a new trend has landed. This time from Sweden. The Lagom trend can apply to everything from our homes to fashion to our overall lifestyle. Whilst Hygge was focused on maximum comfort, Lagom is about being ‘just enough’; not too much and not too little. So which trend will you choose? Or can both be combined together to create the perfect no-fuss yet cosy home?

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Everyone went crazy for Hygge last year, especially in the autumn and winter months where warmth and cosiness are our top priority. For those who don’t know, Hygge is a Danish word meaning a quality of cosiness and comfortable conviviality that creates a feeling of contentment. Basically in terms of your home, this means creating a warm and cosy atmosphere that promotes togetherness, relaxation and happiness. This trend is all about indulgence, something we are often told to avoid. However in terms of your home, indulging in a warm and cosy place can never be too much in this trend.

 

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Key home features:

  • Candles and fairy lights
  • Relaxed lighting
  • Plenty of blankets and cushions
  • Rugs and wall canvases
  • Natural and soft textures
  • Warm and neutral colour schemes
  • Soothing scents and sounds
  • Large seating areas to create togetherness
  • Indoor plants to promote wellbeing

 

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Lagom

Lagom is the new buzz word in home decor; a Swedish word roughly translating as ‘just enough, not too much and not too little’. Whilst taking the middle ground is often seen as a negative thing, Lagom celebrates this by encouraging us to be modest, sustainable and unfussy. In Sweden, Lagom is seen as not just a trend but a way of life; ‘enough is as good as a feast’. However, when thinking about this concept in terms of our homes, it means pared-back design, functional architecture and an uncluttered environment. Lagom is all about living a frugal yet fruitful life.

 

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Key home features:

  • Simple, no-fuss decorating
  • Neutral and cool colour schemes
  • Sustainable/recycled and raw materials
  • Inexpensive items and upcycling
  • Minimalism
  • Energy saving and self-sufficient
  • Functional and multipurpose pieces
  • Fresh greenery
  • Declutter and organisation

 

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Combination

Both trends have their pros and cons for decorating your home. Hygge is perfect for those who love to feel snug and cosy, and too much is never a bad thing. However, can the trend translate into the summer months when warmth and indulgence are far from our minds? Lagom promotes a simpler way of living, but could feel slightly cold and bare. So can the two trends be combined to create the ultimate hybrid home trend? We think so!

 

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You can still embrace Hygge in the summer; still decorate using cushions, rugs and blankets, but use lighter materials to create a fresher feel. Fairy lights and candles are still perfect in this season, whilst indoor plants can thrive all year round. Instead of focusing just on the warmth and cosiness of the trend, think what makes a content and peaceful atmosphere for you, as that is the core of the Hygge trend.

 

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Hygge and Lagom can definitely work together by taking the best parts of both concepts. Create a cosy environment with less clutter; try using just a few key cosy pieces, and make use of natural materials and neutral colours which transcend both trends. Togetherness and community are features of both, so create welcoming seating areas for family and friends to enjoy each others company. To incorporate the two ideas and make Hygge and Lagom work hand in hand, think uncluttered and pared-back cosiness with a laid back and peaceful feel.

 

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Freshen up your home for summer!

Freshen up your home for summer!

The warm weather has started and summer is upon us, so why not give your home a refresh for the upcoming summer months!

Brighten up

Adding bright colours to your home will instantly put you into a summery mood. Swap your current cushions and home accessories for something more colourful. Hanging up vibrant art work will help to brighten up your home, as will using floral and leafy patterns. Make your home even brighter by strategically placing mirrors around your home, which creates the illusion of a more open space.

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Bring the outside inside

A great way to bring summer into your home is to fill it with plants and flowers! Greenery in your home not only looks nice, it helps to improve your wellbeing. Read our previous blog for loads of indoor garden tips. If you don’t fancy having real plants indoors, opt for fake ones or decorate with floral patterned accessories.

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Garden makeover

Summer is the perfect time to get out in your garden or balcony. If you haven’t grown your garden already, you can buy potted plants and flowers to scatter around your garden or hang off your balcony. If you have grass areas, now is the time to make sure they are neat and mowed, as you’ll be wanting to sit outside more in the warm weather! Create a relaxing outdoor space with seating, and hang up fairy lights to create the perfect mood for evenings outside.

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Defrost and a clear-out your freezer ready for more delicious summer treats. Stock up on summer necessities including sunscreen and after-sun, insect repellent and bite cream. Be ready for spontaneous days out by keeping picnic blankets, beach towels and sports equipment/games in your storage cupboards. Summer means BBQ’s, so give your grill a really good clean so you’re ready for guests, and to make the food taste even better.

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Top summer 2017 decor trends

Bright green was named the colour of 2017, and its the perfect colour for summer! Butterfly prints are also a big thing this summer, so get in on the trend by purchasing some butterfly print accessories for your home. Along with butterflies, any kind of tropical prints are a must have this season. Don’t be afraid to mix clashing prints either, its one of the top looks of the year! Rose gold was the big thing of last year, but this year its all about bronze.

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And when you’ve done all this hard work, why not treat yourself, family and friends to a summer party in your newly refreshed home!

Where to get the best vegetarian food in Leeds

Where to get the best vegetarian food in Leeds

Eating out as a vegetarian can be a bit tricky sometimes. But in the city of Leeds, you’ll be pretty well covered with a variety of different cuisines! In celebration of National Vegetarian Week, we’ve put together of where you can get the best vegetarian food in Leeds.

Roots and Fruits (Grand Arcade) – one of the most long running and well known vegetarian and vegan cafes in Leeds, serving a delicious array of breakfasts, salads, sandwiches and burgers, as well as tempting desserts.

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Hyde Park Book Club (Headingley Lane) – an intimate setting, often playing host to unique events, with a fully vegetarian menu, famed for using the Vegetarian Butcher in many of their dishes.

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Bundobust (Mill Hill) – a local favourite known for their vegetarian Indian street food and craft beers, Bundobust have quickly risen to be one of the top vegetarian choices in Leeds.

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Global Tribe Cafe (Swan Street) – tucked away down Swan Street and above their crystal and gift shop, the cafe has an excellent vegetarian and vegan menu, with their homemade soups being a popular choice.

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Black Swan (Call Lane) – whilst they don’t serve a fully vegetarian menu, Black Swan have have introduced ‘Meat Free Mondays’ where they serve a different, 100% vegetarian 4-course tasting menu every week for just £18.95.

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The Grub & Grog (Sheaf Street) – a vegetarian and vegan friendly cafe serving breakfast and lunch using ethically sourced and organic ingredients to create a wonderful menu that caters for everyone.

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Hansa’s (North Street) – offering award-winning vegetarian Indian cuisine that is often cited as one of the best vegetarian restaurants in Leeds, with the owner Hansa having her own cookery school and cookbook.

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Nichols Vegetarian Delicatessen (Harrogate Road) – venture out of the city centre up to Chapel Allerton where this small cosy cafe serves a range of sandwiches, salads and light lunches, all vegetarian of course.

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Anand Sweets (Harehills Road) – another out of town restaurant but not one to be overlooked, they have a huge range of traditional Indian sweets, as well as curries, chaats and savoury snacks.

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Humpit (Corn Exchange) – a vegetarian classic, head to Humpit for authentic and great tasting vegan food, focusing (obviously) on hummus and pita, and serving delicious freshly made juices.

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Filmore & Union (Harrogate Road) situated up in Moortown, this intimate cafe and deli is vegetarian and vegan friendly, with a focus on healthy and nutritious food, without compromising on flavour. They’re dog friendly too!

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Inkwell Cafe (Potternewton Lane) – a creative art space for positive mental health in Chapel Allerton, Inkwell also have a vegetarian cafe on Saturdays, offering a menu filled with fresh, ethical and homemade breakfast and lunches.

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Cantina @ The Old Red Bus Station (Vicar Lane) – whilst they opened up over a year ago, the unique bar/arts and event space have just opened a 100% vegan canteen with an impressively varied menu.

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P.S. If you want to be within easy reach of all these amazing cafes and restaurants, check out these properties we currently have to rent in Leeds!

The best mill conversions in Yorkshire

The best mill conversions in Yorkshire

In celebration of National Mills Weekend, we’ve put together a list of the most impressive mill conversions in Yorkshire. These historic mills have been given a new lease of life as vibrant new leisure and entertainment spaces, whilst still retaining and celebrating their past.

Armley Mills, Leeds

Housed in what was once the world’s largest woollen mill, Armley Mills Industrial Museum showcases a wealth of gems located on the River Aire.  Step back in time to learn about the industrial history of Leeds from manufacturing textiles and clothing, to printing, engineering and locomotives.

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Canal Mills, Leeds

Given a new lease of life, Canal Mills on Brandon Street has been converted into a vibrant space for art, music and food, hosting many events all year round. They describe themselves as “a constantly evolving space for all mediums of creative output, from exhibitions, pop-up restaurants, live and electronic music events to fashion shows and theatre projects.” This weekend they are hosting ‘Grill at the Mill’ as part of Leeds Indie Food, and have a host of summer parties coming up.

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Thwaite Mills, Leeds

One of the last remaining examples of a water-powered mill in Britain, Thwaite Mills is a full restored working mill situated on the River Aire. Nestled on an island, the area is a rich wildlife habitat with areas of water, woodland, scrub and gardens attracting many species. You can take a wander round the museum to find out all about the mills past and present.

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Dean Clough Mills, Halifax

Painstakingly converted, the impressive Dean Clough Mills in Halifax is now a space for art exhibitions, unique shops, a mix of delicious restaurants and bars, leisure facilities and flexible work areas. They also have a hotel on site, and are set to add apartments to their already fantastic conversion.

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Salts Mills, Saltaire

A brilliant addition to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Salts Mills provides a creative space for arts, dining and shopping, as well as independent businesses, in the beautiful town of Saltaire. They have numerous galleries, one currently showing a large David Hockney exhibition, unique independent stores, and a superb dining space.

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Caddies Wainright Mill, The Hepworth, Wakefield

Already a fantastic art gallery, The Hepworth in Wakefield converted Caddies Wainright Mill, a 19th century former textiles mill on the River Calder, into a contemporary art space adjacent to their main gallery. Named The Calder, the space opened in summer 2013 and has since been host to many inspiring exhibitions and events.

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Fountains Abbey Watermill, Ripon

Amongst the many wonders at the Fountains Abbey Estate, you’ll find the Fountains Mill, built in the 12th century and one of the oldest buildings on the estate. Today the mill is an interactive exhibition where you can see historic objects discovered in the restoration, have a go at grinding some corn, and see the water wheel in action.

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Moving home with pets

Moving home with pets

For anyone who has ever endured it, moving house definitely has its stresses and your pet is no exception. A new house with new smells in a new place is enough to send even the most laid back dog into a spin. But how can we make moving easier on our pets?

Cats

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On the move

Moving house can be a big deal for cats – much of their feeling of security and ability to relax comes from being surrounded by the familiar sights, sounds and scents of their own territory. It is also very stressful for humans too, so some thought and careful planning will ensure it’s a smooth move for everyone.

Planning ahead

There are two options for moving day: booking your cat into a cattery or taking them with you as you move. Which one you choose depends on your own personal preference and your cat’s character, as every cat is different.

Booking your cat into a boarding cattery

If you book your cat into a boarding cattery for a few days, you won’t have to worry about them while you move. This may be the easiest solution for both of you, but you will need to organise it well in advance and make sure your cat’s vaccinations are up to date prior to moving.

Keeping your cat with you

This option requires a bit more planning. What follows is just a guide and, as everyone’s circumstances are different, you may need to alter parts of it to fit your own situation and your cat’s character. First, allocate a room in your home that can be cleared of furniture a week or two before the move. At the same time, decide on a room in the new home where you can put your cat when you get there. Ideally, both rooms should be out of the way so your cat can be left undisturbed for as much of the move as possible. About a week before the big day, start getting your cat used to ‘their’ room. Pop an additional sleeping place, litter tray, cat carrier and blanket in there. You could begin feeding them here too so they become really familiar with their ‘safe place’.

On the evening before the move, move their scratching post, toys and water bowl into the room and shut them in to make sure they don’t go missing. If you have more than one cat, make sure they have separate resources if possible, to help prevent further stress or any toilet accidents. If you know your cats don’t enjoy each other’s company, it may be better to give them separate ‘safe rooms’.

Moving day

If you are taking your cat to a cattery, do this the day before if possible, so they are away from all the commotion. If they are staying at home, keep them in their room, feed them a small meal, make sure they have fresh water, clean the litter tray and shut the door. Once you are ready to leave, you can put them into their carrier and load them into the car along with all of their belongings. Your cat may be less anxious if the carrier is sprayed with the synthetic facial pheromones a few minutes before placing your cat in the carrier. If they are prone to travel sickness it is worth withholding food for three to four hours before the journey.

Once you have arrived at your new home, take them to their secure room with all their familiar bits and pieces. You might also like to give them something that smells of you, like an unwashed item of clothing, to help them settle. Provide them with something to eat, a box or something to hide in, and make sure they have a litter tray. Then close the door and leave your cat alone for a while – tell the removal staff and the rest of the family which room your cat is in so they don’t disturb them or accidentally let them out. You may also want to tack a sign on the door.

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Settling in

It is a good idea to keep your cat in their new room for a few days; it can be overwhelming to have access to the whole of the house straight away. Most cats will let you know when they are ready to venture further and it very much depends on your cat’s individual character. However, when you let them see the rest of the house, make sure that all doors, windows and cat flaps are closed – they’re not ready for the outside world yet! Make sure they always have access to their ‘safe room’ in case they feel the need to retreat.

Going outside

It’s important that your cat feels relaxed and secure in their new house before exploring the great outdoors, if they are an outdoor cat. Some cats go missing shortly after moving house because owners have let their cats go outside too soon. These cats sometimes find their way back to their old houses. Cats should be kept indoors for at least three weeks to allow them time to regard the new house as a secure place and to build up a scent profile to help them find their way back.

If you do let them out:

• Do it just before a mealtime when they are hungry so you can call them back with their favourite food

• Open the door and step outside encouraging your cat to go with you

• Don’t pick them up – let them make the decision to go outside themselves

• Leave the door open so they can run back into the house if they feel insecure

• Only let them out for short periods at first – you can gradually build up the time they are out until you are confident they can come and go as they please

Before letting your cat out, make sure they are microchipped so if they wander off they can be traced easily. If they are already microchipped, don’t forget to change your address details on the central database when you move. Also, don’t forget to register with a new vet, who is likely to request your cat’s veterinary history from your previous practice. If your cat has existing health issues, you may wish to organise this before you move.

Dogs

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One thing that will ease the stress of moving for your dog is if you stay calm. Dogs are so in tune with their owner’s feelings they often pick up on our moods. So even if the removal truck hasn’t arrived yet if you’re antsy, there is a high chance they are too. In these situations, as hard is it may be, you need to keep calm not only for your own sanity, but your pet too. If you stay calm they will also feel calm. If your dog is comfortable at a friend or family members and has been there before, letting your dog spend time away from the stress of moving can help. If you don’t have a suitable babysitter for your dog, taking them for a long walk can relieve the stress of both you and them.

Sticking to Your Usual Routine

As you go about your day to day events, you will have an established routine that you will go about without even realising. Even though you’re moving and keeping a routine is the last thing on your mind, doing this will really help your dog feel more at ease. If possible, try to still find the time to feed your pet and walk them at the same times.

Dogs are really routine animals that feel most comfortable when the same events happen at the same sort of time each day. Keeping your pets in this habit before moving and then continuing it once you have moved will make the transition a lot more bearable for your pet. If you suddenly change the routine your pet could start to fret that something is wrong which can cause anxiety.

When Moving Day Finally Arrives

So now that the packing is complete and you are ready to start the task of unpacking in your new home, it’s time to take the journey with your pet. In advance, you need to have organised transport for your pet if you are unable to transport them with you. Then you need to decide if a travel crate or other equipment are needed. If the journey is long, make sure the route is planned out and you stop to offer your dog water and to stretch his legs and relieve himself if needed. Once you arrive at your new home, allow your dog time to settle and become accustomed to the surroundings before moving them straight in. Put their bed and toys in a quiet corner so they can have the familiar scent of their old home. Settle back in the routine as much as you can so your dog starts to feel at ease. Reassure them as much as possible.

Try not to leave your dog for too long on their own until they are fully settled as this can cause anxiety. Be aware that when some dogs become stressed from moving they can urinate to mark their territory and some will chew furniture or carpets. Keep an eye on your dog and their behaviour if you are worried about your dog chewing allow them to have a quiet corner and limit the furniture in that room. Provide your dog with lots of things that it can chew such as bones and toys. Keeping items of familiar scent close to your dog can also deter marking their territory.

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Getting External Help if You Need It

If you have moved your dog before and you are really concerned, speak to your vet who may be able to discuss medical options to help ease the stress for your dog over this time. The pet market is full of items that claim to help reduce stress in your dog. Like anything, the results vary from pet to pet, but look at reviews and speak to other people who have had experience with these products, as some work for some dogs where as they don’t for others. There are certain anxiety drops, sprays and even diffusers that you can start to use a few weeks before you move with your pet.

No Matter What Any Type of Change Takes Time

Remember that for you, settling in can take a huge amount of time. Even you will find you keep switching the wrong switch for the lights or opening the wrong cupboards; adjusting to new surroundings doesn’t happen overnight. For your pet, the change is so much bigger and so much scarier. Allow your pet time to settle and understand that they may become quiet or not act quite like themselves. Just follow your routine, give them space and offer reassurance to help them settle in. Allow everything to happen slowly and allow your pet time to adjust and take everything at his pace.

If your pet becomes excessively subdued and doesn’t perk up after a few days speak to your vet or other professional to check your them if needed. Moving is ranked one of the most stressful events in our lives, so it’s no wonder that after that rollercoaster you and your pet might feel slightly out of sorts. The most important this is to stay relaxed and in your routine. Some pets need space, where as some like extra attention; following their lead is best and once you have all settled in, you will be happy families again!

Easter activities in Yorkshire!

Easter activities in Yorkshire!

Cadbury Egg Hunt at Nostell Priory, Wakefield

April 1 – 20 

Head down to Nostell Priory and take part in Cadburys Easter Egg Hunt! Cadburys have partnered with the National Trust to create a series of action-packed family days out.

To claim your Cadbury chocolate prize, you will need to wind your way through the wild woodlands and alongside lakes to find the clues and puzzles left behind!

Nostell Priory and Park is an 18th century architectural masterpiece with landscaped park and gardens. Take a walk around the kitchen garden and follow the winding paths through the pleasure grounds.

The Easter Egg hunt is open 10:00am – 4:00pm and admission only costs £2!

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Eggstrodinary Science Show at Thwaite Mills Watermill

April 6

Every Thursday afternoon in the school holidays, Thwaite Mills will be running fun science and experiment sessions suitable for all the family. This week they are exploring eggs in the Eggstrordinary Science Show.

Admission is free to the museum and no booking is required. The show starts at 1:00pm – 3:00pm.

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Easter Adventure at Stockeld Park

April 8 – 24

There are all sort of fun events happening at Stockeld Park this Easter, from giant egg hunts through the Enchanted Forest, to meet and greets with the Easter Bunny and Little Bo Beep. Visitors can also design their own chocolate bar, get lost in a giant maze, have a go on some Bumper Boats, visit the Stockeld Park Ponies, and catch the Doris the Dragon Easter Show.

Day pass from £12.50

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Easter Extravaganza at Stirley Farm

April 12

Hunt for eggs (of the chocolate variety) at Stirley Community Farm in Huddersfield, and enjoy lots of Easter themed fun. The farm, leased from Kirklees Council since 2011, is an exciting rural adventure into the world of food and farming covering 240 acres. Expect to get up close and personal with shorthorn cattle and find out more about food-growing, apples and beehives.

Admission fee £3 to £4.

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York Chocolate Festival

April 14 – 17

The city of York has had a long and distinguished history with the confectionery and chocolate industry. Even back in 1781 the city boasted 8 confectioners for its 17,000 inhabitants. The annual York Chocolate Festival celebrates the industry, chocolate lovers, artisan chocolatiers, museums and attraction and shares a piece of York’s chocolate history. To complete the chocolate experience, local chefs and chocolatiers will be demonstrating how to make chocolate and how to use chocolate in sweet and savoury dishes. Admission is free!

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Creating the perfect bedroom

Creating the perfect bedroom

When it comes to your bedroom, creating a space that is cosy and calming helps to promote relaxation and a better nights sleep. With March being National Bed Month, its the perfect time to re-think your bedroom and create your own personal sanctuary!

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Getting the right mattress is one of the most important things in your bedroom. Make sure you get one that’s comfortable, supportive and right for you. Mattresses should be changed every 8-10 years. Adding a mattress cover will make your bed even more soft and comfy.

Choosing thicker curtains will help to keep your room darker at night for a better sleep, and dimmer switches, lamps or fairy lights will help to you create the right brightness. Getting the balance between warm and cool temperature of your bedroom is also really important.

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Having a place to sit other than on your bed makes sure you have separate spaces for sleeping and for relaxing. Placing a night stand by your bed means you’ll have all your essentials to hand. But a cluttered night stand results in a cluttered mind; just have essentials such as a drink and a book etc to keep your bed a relaxing space.

The main things to avoid in your bedroom are technology, clutter and pets. Keeping pets and technology out of the bedroom will help you sleep better, and ensuring there’s no mess or clutter helps you feel more relaxed.

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– Comfort –

Comfort is key, especially in your bedroom. Cushions and throws are a simple yet effective way to make your bed really cosy and inviting. Be careful not to overload though, you don’t want 10 minutes of tidying every time you get into bed! Carpets are great for bedrooms to create a cosy feel, but if you have wooden flooring try putting down a soft rug to take the hard edge off.

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When it comes to bedding, have sheets that are nice and soft. Opt for lighter coloured bedding and more subtle prints for a more relaxing feel. There’s also nothing better then clean sheets; make sure to wash them every couple of weeks. And don’t forget that duvets and pillows need washing regularly too!

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 – Decor –

Choosing a theme will create a consistent look throughout your bedroom, which helps to create a calming space. So whatever your style and preferences, have a focus when decorating.

Lighter colours are ideal for the bedroom, with pale blue being noted as the best bedroom colour due to its calming effects. But any light, soft colours will help to make your bedroom feel more spacious and relaxing.

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 Adding personal touches to your room such as special ornaments and mementos will make it feel like your own space. However, its best to steer clear from family photos in your bedroom, and choose art work instead that creates a calming effect for you.

Nature is a proven way to make us feel calmer and is actually great for our health and wellbeing; add in some natural textures and house plants. As well as the visual and touch aspects, create a calming scent with reed diffusers in natural fragrances such as lavender and sandalwood.

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