You’ve worked hard to make your bedroom a welcoming sanctuary, but beneath its pretty facade, there could be serious health hazards lurking. Read on to uncover the bedroom dangers that could be harming you while you sleep and learn what you can do about them.
Air Quality
• Open Windows
Let your bedroom air out by opening the windows as weather permits each day. It will refresh the space and void it of noxious gasses that can build up indoors over time.
• House Plants
Not only will a potted plant or two beautify your bedroom, but they will also release oxygen and help filter out harmful compounds emitted by everyday cleaners, detergents, and fragrances. Studies show that houseplants can even improve your health.
• Purify
A quiet air filterer is an efficient way to purify your bedroom of dangerous pollutants and agitating allergens like dust mites, pollen, and pet dander.
Cleanliness
• Clean and Dust
Even with an air filter, it’s important to keep dirt and dust mites at bay by cleaning regularly. Pay special attention to areas that tend to accumulate them the most, including the floor, baseboards, windowsills, and upholstery. Even “clean” people often forget to wash these things.
• Wash Bedding
The amount of dead skin, grime, and dust mites that collect on your bedding is rather horrifying and can cause problems from asthma to acne. The good news is it’s easy to get rid of by cleaning your sheets, duvet, and pillowcases every 1-2 weeks.
• Air Out Bed
Keep moisture from getting stuck in your bedding and mattress and causing problems by airing it out briefly before you make the bed in the morning. Pull back the sheets, fluff out the pillows, and give everything a few minutes to dry before they’re closed back up for the day.
Hidden Toxins
• Chemical-Free Pillow
Bad news for memory foam pillow-lovers. These ergonomic head rests often outgas dangerous Volotile Organic Compounds or VOC’s that can cause headaches, nausea, and eye irritation. You don’t want your face, mouth, or nose anywhere near them. Swap them for pillows filled with organic materials, like wool or feathers, or at least a safer foam like a natural latex foam.
• Flame Retardant-Free Mattress
Considering how much time you spend in close proximity with your mattress each day, it’s a no-brainer to make it a safe one. While many products, including mattresses, were once doused in flame-retardant chemicals, it’s come to light that these chemicals are doing much more harm than good. They’ve been linked to types of cancer, birth defects, and fertility issues. Scary stuff, and reason to seek out an organic, chemical-free mattress.
• Move Office Equipment
In small apartment or studio, space is at a premium and spaces may have to do double duty – but do your best to keep office equipment away from your bed, especially if it’s running all the time. Research has shown that laser printers emit tiny particles into the air that may be dangerous.

 


Not everyone is in the position of tossing out the old to make way for the new (or DIYed). If you’re stuck with a couch that doesn’t exactly excite you (whether because it came with your partner or you don’t have the funds to replace), consider a quick fix, instead: Disguise it with one of these ideas.

Now, in all fairness, the couches featured in the photos of this post are hardly unattractive. But they still illustrate principles you could use on your not-as-attractive couch to try and make it seem a bit better (if at the very least a bit different).

Make it blend into its surroundings more

If you don’t love your couch yet its shape or color makes it contrast and stand out, fight against that. Spread the color in the couch somewhere else. DIY a piece of art that features that color predominantly or even use a wall color that will be similar to it or complement with it. Paint a furniture piece in a similar color. Or find a piece of furniture that mimics the shape and place it in the same room. It might seem counter-intuitive to put more of whatever couch element is annoying you the most into your space, but it’ll actually take away that element’s power, or at least make it seem less potent.

Upgrade the texture

Drowning your couch in a new texture — like a sheepskin or two — will distract from the couch’s own material and give your seat a softer sensation to enjoy. It doesn’t have to be sheepskin, though; you could use a really textured knit blanket or throw pillow to work the same effect, or perhaps even a cowhide.

So many pillows!

If you’re not into the bohemian look, you might want to stay away from this idea. However, one of the easiest ways to disguise a couch you don’t adore is to cover it up with some of your favorite throw pillows. Bright colors and patterns are great, but if you want to disguise your sofa without overwhelming your room, just consider a set of uniform or monochromatic pillows arranged neatly.

Use throw blankets to alter

The thing about throw blankets is they tend to be, well, casually thrown on couches and chairs a lot. And while that can definitely make a difference to the look of a couch, something that can be even more powerful is using blankets with your couches with intention. Unlike a slip cover that goes over the whole couch, using a blanket to create a tight stripe like the above photograph, or to only lay across the bottom cushions, or to only fold on the armrests, approaches the aesthetics of your couch in an intentional way, altering the shape and pattern of it, and maybe even altering the look. You can stick to solid colors, or play with pattern to create an even larger visual impact.

-ADRIENNE


Here are our favorite ways to work this dramatic but undemanding neutral into your home decor.

1. Pair brown with lighter, brighter colors.
Pair brown with lighter, brighter colors. Create a palette that is perfect for a living room, dining room or bedding ensemble using fabrics featuring browns, creams and pops of warm reds. Switch the red for navy and you have the same stately look.
Brown also looks great mixed with brighter, bolder accent colors. In a mix of fabrics, add in a liberal amount of cream, then threaded in a bit of sage and celadon. I also love turquoise, apple green, fuchsia (any pink, actually), orange and yellow with brown.

2. Bring brown alive through pattern.
The secret to keeping a focused palette interesting and alive is to swirl the colors together with lots of different patterns. The mix of patterns in the furnishings is the key to success.

3. Use brown to spotlight lighter accents and artwork.
Great artwork can get lost on a light wall if you are not careful. But when you hang lighter pieces against a moody, dark canvass of brown, it pops!

4. Add brown to make spaces soothing.
Warm and wonderful, brown pillows on a comfy cream sofa look ready for your Sunday nap.

5. Pair brown with earthy accents.
The color of bark and soil and fall leaves, brown is a natural when paired with earthy accents.
A rustic wood table is a perfect celebration of brown in all its many shades and finishes.