I find that if I have a good night’s sleep then I can achieve anything – well almost anything – the next day. Sleep however can sometimes be elusive, for lots of reasons, but I believe it is a good idea to at least start with a calm environment. I have 5 top tips to help you to set up your bedroom space well so that you have a chance of getting a good rest and being your best self.
NO. 1 – Fresh Air Even in cooler climates, just a touch of fresh air is one of the most important elements for a comfortable bedroom environment. We all know the stale feeling of air conditioned hotel rooms and however luxurious, well appointed and comfortable they are, many are lacking that all important element – fresh air. So unless you live in a smog filled city with dangerously high pollution levels then crack open the windows – just a touch – to let in some fresh air. It is free and believe me one of the best ingredients for a good night’s sleep.
No 2 – Soft Colour Palette Take note when I tell you that colour will have both a psychological and physiological impact on you. It has been proven that red will make your heart rate quicken – great news for you romantics out there but a bold red bedroom is probably not a great idea if you need to sleep! Blue has the opposite effect which is why it is the favourite colour choice for bedrooms, by a long way. The key really though is to keep the colour palette simple and muted to create a calm environment. Select colours that have large proportions of white or grey so that you knock out the harsh brightness and make them easier to live with.
Neutral colour palettes are sometimes given a bad name by colour enthusiasts as they are perceived to be a little pedestrian but this beautiful bedroom environment sums it up – a lovely calming and soft colour palette.
No 3 – Breathable Fabrics That you have a good quality mattress, goes without saying, but don’t skimp on the bedding and other fabrics used in your bedroom if you would like a calm environment. Natural linen is my favourite as it has a beautiful relaxed look and its appeal lies in the fact that it is breathable so will keep you warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Natural cotton too is a great choice, particularly with a high thread count.
This gorgeous bedroom has all the elements I love, beautiful windows, quirky bedside tables and lamps and a pretty soft colour palette – you can even have that touch of red if you use it sparingly!
No 4 – Light As bedrooms are used predominately for sleeping, it is important to ensure you have bedside lamps in addition to overhead lighting that is controlled separately. I love natural light too as there is nothing worse than a dingy bedroom in a dark corner of the house – you just need to ensure that you have the right window dressings to block out daylight when you need to sleep but let in the light throughout the day to ensure the room is fresh and clean. I love the room above with its lovely natural light, unobtrusive roller blind, bedside lamps and feature pendant – great ways to control the light during the day and evening.
No 5 – A clutter free zone Finally avoid the clutter in your bedroom if you want a lovely calm environment. The image above shows how you can have a lovely interesting environment without clutter. It is important to surround yourself with things that are important to you and add to your comfort but make sure that you don’t have piles of magazines, books, clothes etc around – use built in wardrobes, bedside tables and chests of drawers to store everything and to ensure that your mind, like your environment is calm and uncluttered.
If you are planning a bedroom makeover or simply want to update and have a space that is a haven of calm then I have lots of inspiration on my Pinterest bedroom board and I would love to hear from you if you have any comments of suggestions in the section below.
You might also be interested to read my posts about how to choose an upholstered bedhead and the complete guide to the perfect feminine style bedroom.