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9 Nature-Inspired Ways to Make Your Bedroom More Peaceful

Seafoam curtains, floral bedding, and a scented candle.
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Between work, taking care of a family, and other responsibilities, most of us don’t get to spend as much time outdoors as we’d like. If you can relate, why not bring the outside in by adding some calming, nature-inspired décor to your bedroom?

There are lots of soothing patterns, colors, and textures in the natural world that are perfect for the bedroom. The items below offer easy ways to update just about any space—no new furniture or major redecorating required. Start with one, or mix and match a few, and transform your bedroom into a relaxing oasis!

Ocean-Colored Curtains

A sheer curtain draped over a bench with a coffee cup and saucer on it.

Blues and greens are among the most tranquil colors of all, evoking the feeling of staring into a placid ocean or quiet forest. If you don’t have the time or permission to paint, you can use long curtains to bring those shades to your walls instead.

A soft, sheer seafoam green gives just the right amount of color while letting natural light into the room. But if seafoam’s not your style, these curtains also come in other nature-inspired shades, like earthy taupe and neutral gray.

A Leaf-Print Rug

A leaf-print rug under a potted plant, chair, and wall mirror.
Unique Loom

A rug can instantly transform the way a room looks with minimal effort: All you have to do is roll it out on the floor. For a hint of nature that matches just about anything, try a leaf-print rug in a neutral combination of beige, gray, and white.

This rug is stain-resistant, so you won’t need to stress over spills even though it’s light-colored. You can choose from a variety of sizes to fit your space. And because it’s designed for both indoor and outdoor use, it’s durable enough to last a very long time.

Chic Floral Bedding

A dark-colored floral duvet and pillows on a bed.

Don’t think florals are your style? Think again—modern florals in updated colors work with more décor styles than you might think. For example, you don’t have to stick to pastels and brights: Dark-colored floral bedding is a chic take on the classic pattern.

This set in high-quality cotton includes a duvet cover and two pillowcases. With just these three items, your bed will take on a whole new look. For super-easy decorating, match the other items in your room to the colors in the print.

Wicker Storage Baskets

Two wicker storage baskets, one empty and one holding a blanket.

If there’s one thing that’s definitely not peaceful, it’s clutter in a bedroom. No need to drastically pare down your stuff to get rid of clutter, though. All you need is a pretty way to store your things.

Wicker baskets put natural materials to work: they’re a visually pleasing way to stash reading material, spare blankets, and anything else that’s taking up space. Even if you make no other changes in your room, using baskets to store clutter can give it a fresh, clean look.

Animal Print Accents

A folded gray leopard print blanket on a white background.
Sedona House

Don’t be intimidated about using animal prints in décor. They can easily function as a neutral, especially in small doses and softer shades. A fuzzy throw blanket adds just the right amount of animal print to a room.

In addition to being pretty, a throw blanket makes your room more relaxing by offering an invitation to curl up and get extra cozy. Toss it over a chair or at the foot of your bed for a cute, comfortable look.

Real or Faux Potted Plants

Three artificial potted plants on a white background.

Houseplants were the unexpected breakout stars of 2020, and they definitely make any room feel more natural and peaceful. However, if the idea of having to water and care for new plants stresses you out, you can always go faux instead.

Fake plants are also a great solution for any bedroom that lacks enough natural light for the real thing. This set of three small artificial plants can dress up a shelf, windowsill, or nightstand with ease.

Botanical Art

Framed art of translucent leaves on a white background.

Framed art is a great way to express yourself in your personal space. Nature is full of beautiful shapes and patterns that make for wonderful bedroom art, like this minimalist leaf print. You can choose a black, white, or natural frame.

A hanging accessory kit is also included. It’s a fast and fun way to change the vibe of your room, and in addition to translucent leaves, you can choose from a number of different natural and abstract prints as well.

Natural Stone Bookends

Two rose quartz bookends.

Actual natural materials are a great way to make your room feel more earthy and peaceful. These natural rose quartz bookends are a pretty, tidy way to keep books on a bedroom shelf or nightstand.

Their color is just soft enough to almost function as a neutral, so it’ll go well with lots of different bedroom styles. The organic color and shape of stones make for a pretty contrast to a row of books.

A Park-Scented Candle

A candle in cardboard tube packaging with a scene of mountains in the distance.
Ethics Supply Co.

There’s nothing like lighting a candle and finally relaxing after a long day. You can make that experience even better with a nature-inspired scent, like this Yosemite National Park candle.

The scent combines cedarwood, granite, and sage to capture the fragrant experience of being at the park. It’s the next best thing to actually taking a road trip and seeing the natural wonders of Yosemite.

Plus, with a burn time of over 55 hours, you’ll be able to use it for many quiet evenings at home.

While there’s no real substitute for time spent outdoors, some nature-inspired décor can make your home feel much more relaxed. The soft colors and natural elements in these pieces will be like a breath of fresh air for your bedroom.

Elyse Hauser Elyse Hauser
Elyse Hauser is a freelance and creative writer from the Pacific Northwest, and an MFA student at the University of New Orleans Creative Writing Workshop. She specializes in lifestyle writing and creative nonfiction. Read Full Bio »
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