It seems like everybody has a guide to how best optimise your bedroom design. But do those guides take into account the fact that you actually have to sleep in those rooms? Not usually.
Most of the time, the end result will turn out to be a beautifully designed room that is actually terrible for getting a good night’s sleep. Here are some design tips specifically geared towards sleeping well from the sleep experts, Tuck.
Live plants may seem like they’re more clutter and work than they’re worth, but they’re actually great for helping you sleep better. Plants take in carbon dioxide and create oxygen out of it, making your bedroom a more oxygen-rich environment.
If you’re looking for some ideas on how to do this, check out our botanical bedroom.
Room Darkening Circles
If the room that you sleep and has a lot of light, plan for some room darkening curtains to help block out that light when you need to. This will help to make it easier for you to get to sleep and to stay asleep without distractions from whatever’s happening outside your windows.
They won’t solve every problem that you have, but they come pretty close. Not to mention, this is a great way to work fun patterns or colours into the design of your bedroom.
Ensure Air Flow
Since you’ve increased the oxygen in the room with your live plants, you should also make sure that that air can flow throughout your room. Try opening your doors and windows, if you can, or get yourself a strategically placed rotating fan. It helps you to get higher quality sleep the more ventilation you have while you sleep.
Also, make sure that your carbon monoxide detectors work well in your home.
Pick Your Wall Colour Carefully
A study of British people by Travelodge found that 58 percent of people who slept in a room with blue walls woke up refreshed and happy, compared to those who slept in rooms with different coloured walls. Blue walls have also been associated with better blood pressure and a healthier heart rate. See how you can style you bedroom in this hue here.
While blue is the best colour for a bedroom, a light but warm yellow is the next best colour because it promotes comfort and relaxation. However, stay away from golds, because the human psyche links that to financial well-being which leads to more stress.
If you want to use a dark colour in your colour palette, try putting it on the ceiling. If you want to work in a really bright colour, try using it in your bed linens.
Now that you have chosen the colour for your bedroom, you’ll also want to use a non-shiny paint. Satin and eggshell-sheen paint will look lovely during the day, but they attract light like nobody’s business.
Shiny paints are more likely to be distracting when you are trying to go to sleep at night.
And last but not least, make your bed and bedroom as comfortable for you and your partner as possible – whatever that means for you.
Looking for more inspiration on how you can update your bedroom? Get inspired here.