7 Simple Bedroom Ideas That Will Make You Happier

Wake up with a smile on your face instead of a scowl.

Luca Trovato

Maybe because we spend much of our time in this room with our eyes closed, but the bedroom tends to be last room we consider decorating. Though our personal styles may differ, there are a few key features that could have a universal positive effect.

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James Merrell
Soothing Walls

Opinions about color may run as strong as those about politics, but most can agree that softer hues reminiscent of nature can be the most pleasing. Research from  found that most adults connected the color green to feelings of happiness. Another great mood-boosting pick? Blue, according to a study by the .

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Luke White
Clutter-Free Surroundings

You don't have to be a minimalist, but studies have shown a strong connection between . We can't think of a more compelling reason to finally get around to decluttering.

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Beloved Photos

Instead of decorating your nightstand with a lone tissue box, fill it with a few photos that inspire fond memories. Researchers at the University of California Berkeley found that  can have a lasting positive effect.

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Luca Trovato
Inviting Bed Linens

Taking the few minutes every morning to make the bed can be a surprising mood-booster. In a survey by Hunch.com, 71% of respondents considered themselves happy. At the very least, coming home to a made bed after a long day is something to smile about.

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A Favorite Scent

Whether from fresh-cut blooms, a candle, or diffuser, the right scent can put you in a better state of mind. Research from the found that floral scents, in particular, boosted feelings of happiness.

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Thomas Loof

A found that sunshine can be a powerful mood-lifter that also helps set our circadian rhythms. While the study focused on office workers, opening up the shades in the morning could have a long-lasting positive effect.

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A Curvy Headboard

Though we haven't met a headboard we didn't love, there is some scientific support that says curvier shapes might be a better choice.  found that curvy objects were found to be more pleasing than angled or straight-sided shapes. 

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