Bedroom basics for a better night’s sleep
For centuries the bedroom has been viewed as the heart of the home or pride of the property. It’s the ideal place to relax and unwind at the end of a long day, and we all know first-hand that an uncomfortable bedroom will directly affect your sleep patterns and your state of mind.
So, if you’re not getting a great night’s sleep every night, here are a few tips to help you redecorate your safe-haven and make it the ultimate comfort retreat at the end of a hard day at work.
1. Keep it neat
Your bedroom should be cosy and comfortable, so don’t try to over-do the décor with complex pattern schemes that will distract you. Choose neutral bedspreads, complement them with a collection of textured pillows in similar shades, and keep clothing neatly stacked away in your wardrobe or storage spaces. Out of sight, out of mind: a neat and tidy bedroom means that you are ready for a peaceful night’s sleep!
Clear out your closet and clear out your home. If you haven’t worn it in the last year, give it away and free up some storage space. Clear out old make-up and accessories and pack away the shoes that seem to live on your floor. The less clutter you have on display, the more likely you are to feel completely relaxed.
3. Coordinate your colours
Complement your neutral bedspread with textures and a comfortable colour scheme for pillows, fabrics and decorative accessories. Natural colours like cream, brown and tan are soothing and peaceful, while blues and shades of white will promote calm and restfulness. Reds, pinks and lavenders encourage sensuality and romance which is ideal for rekindling that newlywed feeling and encouraging a relaxing, inviting environment.
4. Integrate your artworks and accents
Choose artworks and accents like a headboard or tapestries that match in with your chosen colour scheme. You can make a fabric headboard with Velcro edges which will allow you to change your colour scheme periodically, or simply change your artwork to suit your mood with enlarged photo prints or framed fabrics.
5. Get ideas
Keep a look out for great ideas by browsing through home and property magazines as well as decorating websites and interior design blogs. If you are inspired by more tactile examples, pop over to your friend’s house for tea and peep into her room, or investigate the houses of your closest relatives when you visit. There are loads of other great sources too, including property portals and estate agent websites that let you view the rooms inside each property on the market. It’s an excellent way to ‘keep up with the Jones’ and see how other people decorate their bedrooms for a better night’s sleep.