Of that recurring dream of your teeth falling out or your partner cheating on you, many people have had an anxious dream at some point. Such dreams could be your stress manifesting while you are resting and fortunately there are many ways to improve your sleep. A solution you probably haven’t tried? Rearrange your home. It turns out your dreams — good and bad — can provide insight into 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 set up a free digital experience called “Dream Vibes”. Users can enter their recurring dreams on HomeGoodsDreamVibes.com and it will curate a personalized decor vision board. The tool offers three million possible suggestions, including colors, textures and adjectives to help inspire your decor. When submitting your dream, you will be asked questions about how it made you feel, who was included, and how familiar the dream was. So just about any dream – no matter how common or chaotic – can be sent.
After you share your dream, you can use your results to make smarter design choices in your bedroom and living spaces. For example, if you tend to have happy or satisfying dreams, you can lean into it with your decor using bright colors, or if you have scary dreams, you can make some changes to your space, down to details like the choice of candles, create a sense of calm.
Smith says the most important thing to consider when decorating whatever your dreams are is to think about how you want every space in your home to look. To feel. For example, you probably want your bedroom to be a place where your mind can shut down compared to your office, where you want to be able to focus on your work, decorating to lean into how you want to feel is the first step. Below, Smith has offered some tips on where to start decorating based on your dreams that will ease your mind and hopefully improve your sleep in the process.
If you have anxious dreams…
I used the HomeGoods Dream Vibes experiment to understand how my recurring dreams of being late for special occasions or important meetings can help me decorate. The result was “Affirmations on Repeat,” a decorating style emphasizing polished accents, soft textures, and warm or calm colors. Smith advised me to figure out where I go in my house to focus and make sure that area is optimized for productivity. One of the most impactful things to put in this space? A scented candle that helps me feel alert.
“You want to set the mood and use any scent that energizes you,” Smith told Bustle. “People often forget how important our sense of smell is. If you choose a specific scent for different areas of the house, when you smell peppermint, you know you need to focus for a few minutes. She suggests peppermints and citrus fruits like grapefruit for productivity and warm vanillas or earthy scents for relaxation.
If your dreams are organized…
If even your dreams tend to have meaning, you might want to reflect that in your space. Maybe your home office is a place you’d like to give a little more love, and HomeGoods Dream Vibes suggests timeless fabrics and warm neutral tones – think wooden accessories and plants everywhere. Funky patterned wallpaper with a muted color palette is another way to stay laser-focused while adding life to your workspace, Smith says.
If your dreams are artistic and abstract…
You can never go wrong with a gallery wall because, as Smith says, art is “so incredibly subjective.” By scrolling through your Pinterest board, Instagram feed, or even browsing the art aisle of a store, you can explore artwork and see what speaks to you to find what should be added to your space. It can be abstract canvases, non-traditional textured wall art, or inspirational quotes – anything that makes you feel positive at first glance is the right start for a stacked gallery wall.