Prep Your Bedroom for Summer

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Although many of us are still enjoying the snugness of being under the covers during the early hours of the morning, the evenings are starting to feel different. While our thick blankets and comforters are still the best companions for chilly mornings, falling asleep with them during the evenings without an air conditioning unit on are now causing some to sweat and feel too warm. As summer draws near, preparing for the warmer weather is highly important, especially for your bedroom.

Why prep your bedroom for summer? For one, so you can still feel comfortable in your sleep despite the heat. This is especially true for those who do not have air conditioning at home, as temperatures can rise to sweltering degrees even during the night time in this country. Making your bedroom summer friendly will ensure that you get to sleep comfortable all through the hot summer nights, without getting interrupted by excessive sweating and the uncomfortable heat.

To help you get ready for the warm nights ahead, here are some tips that you can try at home:

1. Use lightweight and natural fiber bed clothes.

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Natural fibers are great in absorbing moisture from the body, making them perfect for sweaty summer nights. This way, you don’t have to stay soaked in your own perspiration all night long, which is not only uncomfortable, but can also cause some sickness. Cotton, silk, and bamboo are just some of the best options for this.

Light bed clothes are breathable, allowing air to circulate easily, keeping you comfortable all throughout the night. This is why, if you can’t sleep without being covered by a blanket, light weight ones are your best options for the summer months. Thinner materials will still let you stay under the covers without getting sticky and breaking out in sweat in the middle of the night.

For a further reading in choosing the right lightweight bed clothes, check out this article.

2. Use a brighter shade for your bedroom.

Bright colors can easily turn a space light and airy, perfect for the warmer season. Pastels and bright solid colors can quickly spruce up a space and make it feel breezy, so adding some hues can help make your bedroom feel fresh and ideal for the summer. If you don’t want to re-paint your bedroom, you can easily opt for bed clothes and curtains in bright shades to do the trick for you.

3. Decorate with airy pieces.

Slatted, meshed, grid, and open work furniture are some of the best decorations for the summer. Aside from allowing air circulation, these pieces also give the appearance of breeziness, which is what you should aim for this summer. While bulkier furnishings may seem cozier, they won’t exactly offer a nice spot when the temperatures are so high, so opting for something less stuffy should be your top choice.

4. Opt for spring coil mattresses.

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One of the drawbacks of foam mattresses is that they are made from tightly packed materials that air circulation becomes nearly impossible. Coil mattresses, on the other hand, offer some open space where air can move around and give you a more comfortable surface on warm nights, making them more ideal for tropical countries like the Philippines.

5. Use curtains made of lighter materials to let the breeze in.

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While air conditioning is still the best solution for warm summer nights, those who do not want to see a spike on their electric bills would prefer opening their windows to the summer breeze to keep their evenings cool. If you’re more of the latter than the former, you can further invite the cool wind in by using lighter curtains with your open windows. Heavy fabrics will only hinder the breeze from getting inside your bedroom, making it balmy, so replacing your curtains with one made in a more buoyant and delicate material can easily make your room more airy.

Here at Salem Beds, we are all for your comfort and good night’s sleep. So, hopefully, with these tips, we can help you drift off to sleep at night despite the summer heat.

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Design Highlight: Accent Walls Behind Your Bed

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Beds typically serve as anchors in designing a bedroom. They’re the most important part of the space, as the room is mostly created for this furniture, even named after the said furnishing. However, when it comes to interior  designing, you need not rely solely on your bed to create some visual interest for your bedroom. One of the other things that you can do is to create an accent wall right behind your bed, and you can easily create a great focal point for your room.

To give you a better idea how to pull off this interior decorating trick, we’ve rounded up a few good examples from all over the web for you:

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Patterned, wallpapered, drawn on, stenciled, painted in a contrasting color, or even the use of a different material can be some of the best ways to create an accent wall behind your bed. In some cases, they can be great alternatives to having a headboard, although they can also work well with headboards.

Accent walls are great additions to your bedrooms, not only because they create a nice break from the possible monotony of the space, but also because they can also be a wonderful method to inject some personality to your bedroom.

Ready for Romance: Prep Your Bedroom for Valentines’ Day

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With Valentines just a few days away, many of you may already have plans for your special someone. However, those who are not too keen on celebrating the day of hearts outside with other couples, staying at home can also be a great alternative. Whatever the case it might be for you, it is very likely for most mature couples to end their day in their very own bedrooms. Preparing for this part of the day is also ideal, especially if you want to cap the day with some intimacy.

So, how do you ready your bedroom for some Valentines’ day romance? Here are some of our tips:

1. Get some fresh sheets.

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Re-decorating for just one day isn’t exactly practical, especially if you’re busy handling the household or a day job. What you can do instead, though, is deck your bed with some new linens. For many, red is a great choice for such occasion, so you can easily get into the Valentines’ mood without a fuss. Fresh sheets can also help you quickly re-invent the bed, so it can be a great way to feel like you’re on a romantic getaway with the  comforts of your own home, which is a win-win for many.

2. Get the lighting right.

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Lighting is essential to get into a romantic mood. Dim lights can really turn a space into something cozier and more relaxed, allowing couples to feel their privacy better, making it important to turn the lights down a little bit on V-day. To add some of that romantic lighting in your bedroom, you can skip your regular lights and just rely on your lamps, strings of fairy lights, or even candles. Just make sure to be careful in where to place them, though.

3. Declutter.

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Nothing can be a bigger buzzkill than having the urge to get rid of that stack of old receipts sitting on top of the dresser. So, make sure to include cleaning up, even just a little bit, when prepping your bedroom for that post-Valentines’ Day date.

4. Prepare a romantic play list – may it be a compilation of your favorite love songs or a few romantic movies both of you can enjoy.

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The right music or movie can really set or extend the romantic mood, so you might want to prepare for how you should cap the day with a romantic film or a sweet playlist.

5. Indulge your sense of smell as well.

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Treating your sense of smell right can also do wonders for the success of your Valentines’ Day. There are several recommended scents for romantic moments that you can try, though experts suggest floral and woody scents for best results.

6. If you want to do it more traditionally, make sure you don’t forget the flowers and a bottle of champagne/wine.

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These two are staples when it comes to V-Day, so if you want to do it the traditional way, do not forget to bring in some flowers and a bottle of wine/champagne to your bedroom.

7. Add a personal touch.

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A  little surprise like a sweet note or a special gift can really help make your Valentines’ Day a little bit more special, so why not look for a way to show your significant other how much you care? It may be extra cheesy, but no one will judge you – it’s V-Day after all!In the end, it’s not really about what your plans are or how your bedroom looks like that is important in celebrating Valentines’ Day. It’s actually the quality time you’ll be spending with your special someone, strengthening your bond and helping you create more memories and building your relationship stronger. As long as you’re comfortable with the one you love, you can say that you’ve had a great hearts’ day. These tips may add to the effect, though, helping you achieve a richer and grander celebration of this lovely holiday.

Design Highlight: Cottage Style Bedrooms

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Subdued, soft, and a little bit nostalgic, these are just some of the things usually come to mind when it comes to the cottage style interiors. Laid back and fuss-free, they are perfect for those who like to relax. They’re also largely reminiscent of the old days, or at least what many of us imagine the old days to be – slow and quiet.

Cottage style bedrooms offer an excellent alternative to those who are not swayed by the current trends. They are perfect if you want to veer away from the severe edges modern styles tend to have. Typically employed in resorts, bed and breakfasts, and other quaint getaway accommodations, the cottage style for your own bedroom can really get you in the unwinding mood pretty easily.

The cottage style is also a nice variation for the shabby chic and rustic styles that are also quite trendy these past few years. It is also perfect for antique collectors or even those who just want to let loose and look a bit disheveled but not in a dilapidated way.

Here are some of the most inspiring cottage style bedrooms we’ve found around the web:

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The great thing with these cottage style bedrooms is that they are perfect wherever you are located. Whether you live in a beach house or a high rise, this style can instantly turn your space into a cozy area where you can just relax and unwind. Furnish it with a high quality Salem bed, and you’ll surely get a winner space without a fuss.

5 Easy Space-Saving Techniques for the Bedroom

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When you live in a city where space comes at such a high cost, looking for ways how to be more wise about your livable floor area is a necessity. Unfortunately, many of us tend to have a lot of stuff, amassed over the years, and just generally hard to part with. Some of these may find their way to your bedroom, which can create something like a congestion. And as a crowded bedroom can easily hamper your relaxation and even lead to stress, making sure that you have a room where you can sit back and actually unwind is essential.

To help you get started in maximizing your space and even cutting down your bedroom’s clutter, here are five easy tips you can try today.

1. Use a bolster pillow case as a comforter/duvet/thick blanket storage.

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While the Philippines enjoys a very warm climate most of the year, it doesn’t mean that we don’t get to have cold nights that require thicker blankets. If your home doesn’t have AC to sustain chilly evenings all year round, you may want to store your thick blankets as soon as the balmy days arrive. To prevent your thick blankets and comforters from taking up so much closet space, though, you may want to store them in a bolster pillow case instead. This will let you still use the blanket, albeit not for its original purpose, and save some space at the same time.

2. Store your bed clothes set in a pillow case.

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This is more of an organization tip than space-saving advice, really, but storing all your matching linens in a similar pillow case is a very handy idea you should try. Not only will it let you keep the set in a single place, but will also make the set easier to locate.

3. Learn how to fold your linens properly.

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In this tutorial by Martha Stewart, you can learn how you can fold your fitted sheets (the ones with the corner garters that can be difficult to put away and takes quite a lot of space in the closet), so they will lie flat and consume less room.

4. Maximize the space under your bed.

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There’s always some usable space under the bed, especially in the case of bed frames and lifted bed boxes. You can use the floor area for storing seldom used items like seasonal clothing, or if it’s more accessible, items you use frequently. There is also a wide storage solution options available for tight spaces such as under your bed, so you don’t have to worry about how to fit your stuff there.

5. Get rid of clutter.

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The best way to save space in your bedroom? Get rid of all the clutter. If you haven’t used it in a while and it’s just accumulating dust and taking space inside your room, you should either throw it out or put it elsewhere.