6 simple decoration tips for better sleep
You can improve your sleep hygiene by simple decoration tips. I've always been of the opinion that bedrooms are for rest and relaxation. And that is it. Nothing more, nothing less. Rest and relaxation. When we bought our new house, it was a perfect opportunity to renovate, furnish, and decorate with turning our quite an ordinary bedroom into a restful sanctuary. I thought it would be nice to share with you six tips and tricks we have used in in our quest for a good nights sleep, and share a few pictures from our new, freshly decorated bedroom.
Please note, this post is in collaboration with Sealy.
1. We used calming colours for paint. Pale and muted blues and greens are said to be the best for helping you off to the land of nod, but any neutral colour would work. Very 'awake' colours, like bright and vibrant, and reds, purples and bright yellows are said to encourage wakefulness and attention.
2. We cleared the clutter. We have an in-built wardrobe which houses all of our clothes (ok, all of his, nearly all of mine). There is nothing unnecessary underneath the bed, on the bed, or next to the bed. Feng Shui by the way says you should have nothing underneath your bed, as it blocks energy flows. Whatever you think of the validity of that, it is still nice not to have anything gathering dust under there!
3. We dedicated the room for sleep and rest. We have no TVs, no computers, and no technology in the bedroom (other than our smart phones which act as our alarm clocks). This might not be possible if you live in a very small place and have nowhere else to work or to watch TV, but you could always try to hide them inside a wardrobe, a desk or tidy the computer and papers away each day.
4. We created a beautiful and functional lighting system. This was as simple as getting a dimmer switch, and sockets on both sides of the bed for table lamps! Additionally, when we were choosing the main ceiling lamp, we went for something that doesn't glare if you look at it from underneath - there are no bulbs in sight shining in your eyes. And as important is to keep the light out at night - invest in a good black-out blind or in a sleep mask. My absolute favourite is the silk mask by Silksleep - a bit pricey but far superior than flimsy cheap ones.
5. We bought good bedding. In terms of bed clothes we have banished the sweaty polyester in favour of natural materials, like cotton and linen. In terms of pillows we have gone for good quality thermo pillows that support you head well and mould to your body positions. They are so comfortable, we will never go back to normal pillows! For our next pillows I might get something that keeps cool in the nigh time even if you are a hot sleeper (like my husband is) - perhaps a Cooltech Gel Pillow from Sealy. Eventually we also want to buy a really good duvet that helps regulate our temperatures.
6. We will invest in a top quality mattress! Granted, this is something we have not been able to afford yet but it is on the list. You spend about a third of your life sleeping, so it makes sense to invest in a good quality mattress. There are so many different styles to choose from, and your own sleeping style will determine the perfect match. Personally I am very keen on mattresses with memory foam, like you can find from Sealy but if you like something more traditional Sealy do plenty of other styles too, like pocket springs and hybrid versions.
If you can't afford a mattress straight away, or your mattress is OK but not great, I've heard mattress toppers are a huge help. There are quite a few different styles available, ranging from super-firm to zonal to just classic ones.
So those are the tips and tricks we used to turn our bedroom into a dream room (quite literally!). There are still a few things to do and to buy, but we are nearly there. We are planning on getting bed side tables, and some table lamps, as the room decoration is still more utilitarian than completely cosy, and potentially having a chair next to the bay window.
Do you have any other tips for how to decorate and furnish your bedrooms?
great tips. Clearing the clutter is a big must for me - I have major OCD with things like that haha #HomeEtcReplyDelete
Ha ha I wish I was OCD enough - I can get quite messy :) This is exceptionally tidy :) I even made the bed for the pics! :DDelete
I love the idea of creating a tranquil haven, that's definitely what I'd love to do in the long run with our bedroom. That colour you've picked for the walls is just beautuful X #HomeEtcReplyDelete
It is lovely isn't it, a chalky muted grayish blue (it's China Blue from Little Greene btw). We still need a bit more work on making it cosy and functional in terms of storage, but at least it is nice and peaceful now :)Delete
Sounds very peaceful and calming. I love your ideas for keeping things conducive to rest. We have a TV in our bedroom but we literally never switch it on so I'd like to get rid of it but the husband has other ideas! We recently invested in a new bed - it was an iGel bed which is a new kind of memory foam that has temperature regulating technology - it is sooooo comfortable! I heartily recommend! Love the cool, calm colour scheme you have used, it's all so soothing. #HomeEtcReplyDelete
It looks like a very tidy oasis of calm. And I love the lamp!ReplyDelete
Having a built-in wardrobe, is great for keeping things looking tidy.
Thanks for the tips xx
A built-in wardrobe is a life saver! We still need a bit more work on the shelves inside it, but once it is done I will be very pleased:)Delete
I think the shade on your ceiling light looks very cool! Love the idea of learning clutter from under the bed - I store clothes in boxes under mind and it does gather dust. Just don't have anywhere else to keep them. It doesn't look like you have anything over your windows yet - I'm obsessed with curtains at the moment - so hard to find nice ones within budget!! #TheListReplyDelete
Yeah, I used to have the same problem. Now of course, we do have a rather large built.in wardrobe, so it is a lot easier for us to store clothes there. Regarding the windows - we are getting some film in to make them look frosted. We aren't sure what else - we don't have any curtains (not really our style), but we might consider blinds. We want shutters, but sadly far too expensive on our budget! :DDelete
It looks lovely and calm and love that light. I'm with you on those sliding wardrobes keeping the clutter out of sight, but wouldn't it be nice if there could be wardrobes with an extendable back that just gave us all the room we needed for our clothes! #homeetcReplyDelete
Ha ha, tell me about it :) I have far too much, and to be honest, I should really declutter my clothes a bit. But don't we all :) I really love that light fixture, it is called Snowflower btw and it is just gorgeous live. :) Everytime I see it I smile :)Delete
Oh how lovely. I love clutter out of sight. It makes me feel so much calmer! Our wardrobes for our new build aren't finished yet, the doors aren't on and it looks so messy! Love your light. Wow! Thanks for linking up - much appreciated :) Jess xxReplyDelete
Ours aren't finished either! We are still missing all the shelves, stuff is just in boxes behind the doors at the moment. But hopefully soon :) thanks for hosting!Delete
I agree about not having any technology in the bedroom, other than the phones used as alarm clocks. I did consider having a desk in my bedroom, but it will go in the living room instead. That light fixture is stunning!ReplyDelete
Thanks :) I still love it and every time I see it it makes me go wow :) yeah we've got our phones as alarm clocks as well, but I have been thinking of getting proper alarm clocks and just leaving mobile phones downstairs in the future. Feels a bit more peaceful that way, no distractions and no quick peeks at social media!Delete
Aaah that light is SO gorgeous — I absolutely love it!! And I agree — a bedroom is for sleeping. We've got the biggest bed we could find!! There is no TV in the room either; I LOVE it! :) My fave time of day is bedtime :) Thanks so much for linking with us on #HomeEtcReplyDelete
Having a TV on the bedroom... I just really don't get it. I mean if you live in a studio then you don't really have a choice, but it just makes it feel a bit cramped. I like having a living area separate from sleeping area. And yes, the light, I absolutely love it! Got some other funky ones in keeping my eye on too... Thanks for hosting!Delete