From this recurring dream of teeth falling out or that your partner is cheating on you, many people have had an anxiety dream at some point. Such dreams could be your stress manifesting while you are resting and luckily there are many ways to improve your sleep. A solution you probably haven’t tried yet? Rearranging your home. It turns out that your dreams — the good and the bad — can provide information about how you should decorate your space, according to HomeGoods style expert Beth Diana Smith.
To help you find decorating inspiration from this unexpected source, HomeGoods has put together a free digital experience called Dream Vibes. Users can enter their recurring dreams at HomeGoodsDreamVibes.com and a custom decor vision board will be curated. The tool offers three million possible suggestions including colors, textures and adjectives to inspire your decor. When you submit your dream, you will be asked questions about how it made you feel, who was there, and how familiar the dream was to you. So almost any dream – no matter how ordinary or chaotic – can be submitted.
After sharing your dream, you can use your results to make more informed design decisions in your bedrooms and living spaces. For example, if you tend to have happy or satisfying dreams, you can cater to that with your decor by using bright colors, or if you have scary dreams, you can make some changes to your space, down to details like the choice of candle create a sense of calm.
According to Smith, the most important thing to remember when decorating, no matter what your dreams are, is to think about how you want to style each room in your home feel. For example, you probably want your bedroom to be a place where you can turn off your mind as opposed to your office where you can focus on your work. Decorating to feel how you want to feel is step number one. Below, Smith has shared some tips on where to start decorating based on your dreams that will calm your mind — and hopefully improve your sleep in the process.
If you have anxious dreams…
I used HomeGoods’ Dream Vibes experience to find out how my recurring dreams of being late for special occasions or important meetings could help me decorate. The result was Affirmations on Repeat, a furnishing style with an emphasis on polished accents, soft textures and warm or calm colors. Smith advised me to figure out where I walk in my home to focus and make sure that area is optimized for productivity. One of the most impactful things I can place in this room is a scented candle to help me feel awake.
“You want to set the mood and use any scent that gets you energized,” Smith tells Bustle. “People often forget how important our sense of smell is. When you pick a specific scent for different areas of the house and you smell peppermint, you know you only need to focus for a few minutes.” She suggests peppermint and citrus fruits like grapefruit for productivity, and warm vanilla or earthy scents for relaxation.
When your dreams are organized…
If even your dreams make sense, you might want to reflect that in your space. Perhaps your home office is a place you want to give a little more love, and HomeGoods Dream Vibes suggests timeless fabrics and warm, neutral colors—think wooden accessories and plants throughout. A funky patterned wallpaper with a muted color palette is another way to stay laser-focused while bringing life to your workspace, says Smith.
If your dreams are artistic and abstract…
You can never go wrong with a gallery wall because, as Smith puts it, art is “so incredibly subjective.” Scroll your Pinterest board, Instagram feed, or even browse the art aisle at a store. You can explore the artworks and see what appeals to you to find out what should be added to your space. It can be anything from abstract canvases to unconventional, textured wall pieces or inspirational quotes – whatever makes you feel positive at first glance is a great start for a stacked gallery wall.