For some, redesigning space within the home is seen as a chore, something you may leave to the very last minute when it’s desperately required. However, if we told you that having a well-designed and tidy bedroom makes it a healthier space which could improve your sleep, would that motivate you to take a little time to cleanse your bedroom? Put the spring back in your step and follow our six top design tips below. You could see an improvement in your mood and energy levels almost instantly.
1. Calming Colours
You might not realise it, but colours can strongly affect your mood. Blue is often thought to be soothing, while red can be aggressive and may cause you to feel anxious. For obvious reasons, your bedroom should be coated in soft, gentle colours, putting you in the right frame of mind for sleep. We therefore prefer subtle shades of grey, light yellow tones or peachy creams. All contain a hint of an uplifting colour, which isn’t too vibrant, allowing a neutral base so you can change your bedroom design as much as you want. Most colours will match these lighter shades, meaning your bedroom can evolve effortlessly.
2. Dial Back
Did you know that in deep sleep your body's core temperature is naturally low? It starts to rise towards the end of your sleep cycle, acting as a signal to your body that it's time to wake up. If the temperature is too warm, this can interfere with your body’s natural dip and make you restless. A National Sleep Foundation study in the US found that the optimum temperature for a healthy sleep is 18 degrees. If you sleep in a well-insulated, warm house, ensure you have good ventilation by either opening a window slightly or keep a quiet fan on low at night.
3. Cleanse and Clutter-Free
The last thing you need in your bedroom when you’re trying to sleep is work and clutter. Very quickly, your bedroom can turn from a restful haven into a messy pit. Why not take a minimalist approach? Ensure that you have removed all your work materials or life admin from your room, storing them elsewhere in the house, leaving only your true bedroom essentials. If you’re struggling for space, put anything you don’t use regularly into attractive boxes which can be stacked to create a beautiful feature. You could even use storage kits around your house in awkward spaces, acting as extra shelving space and allowing you to free up space in your new tidy bedroom
4. Scent-ual Space
Lavender has been revered for years as the go-to relaxation scent. But if you’re not a fan, there are a few other softer aromas you can try to help you doze off. Chamomile, bergamot, honey, jasmine and rose have the same effect. You could even go one step further and try mixing your own blend! All you need to do is purchase an essential oil in your favourite scent and follow the instructions on the back. You can then spritz some on your pillow or roll it over your pulse points (the wrists and temples) to promote a more healthy sleep. Remember, do not use anything too strong as this will only stimulate your brain and keep you wide awake.
5. Breathe Easy
Indoor air quality has a major effect on the health and comfort of those within the home. People in Europe spend at least 90% of their time indoors and are therefore exposed to pollutants including volatile organic chemicals (VOCs), gases such as nitrogen dioxide and carbon monoxide, and biological particles including bacteria, fungi and pollen.
You may not realise it, but VOCs are released by many household items including washing detergents, paints, and cookers, to name a few. This is alarming news, especially for those with respiratory problems who may find themselves awake coughing during the night. The best thing you can do is make sure your home is well ventilated, using air purifiers and extractor fans if possible. Plants are another way of keep your indoor air fresh, plus they look beautiful too.
6. Art Injection
Last but not least, do not underestimate the power of positive imagery. Why not pick some of your favourite photos or stills - either of a picturesque scene, a meaningful quote or of friends and family - and hang them on your wall. This adds individuality and positivity to your surroundings.
Some of these points may seem incredibly simple, but tiny changes make a world of difference. Give each one a go and see which has a positive effect – you may be surprised with the results!