You may assume that most bedroom decor ideas are geared towards aesthetic changes, but in reality, the way that your bedroom is decorated can make all the difference between a poor night’s sleep or a good one. In fact, there is so much to be said about how sleep environment affects slumber that there is even a term coined that sums it up perfectly… sleep-makeover.
Yup, sleep-makeovers are a real thing, y’all. According to sleep specialists, doctors, feng shui masters and interior designers, anyway. Speaking from experience, it makes a lot of sense that a good sleep environment will help achieve good sleep. Even something as simple as the room temperature, lighting and wall colours can affect your slumber – just imagine how much your choice of bedroom decor is influencing your sleep.
How can you set the right tone for happy sleep, and what bedroom decor ideas will help you nod off to dreamland faster than that dodgy sleeping pill you’re trying not to take?
Create a Soothing Sleep Environment With These Bedroom Decor Ideas
The bedroom is the most personal room in your home. This room should be dedicated to just two things: sleeping and romance. That means no watching TV in bed, no working from your room and certainly no arguments or bad vibes in the bedroom. Choosing the right colours for your room is every bit as important as considering how the room is arranged. Then there are other things you will also need to keep in mind to create a restful environment.
Top tips for a sleep-makeover include the following:
#1 Keep colours soft, cool and neutral
Cool, calm shades in neutrals, blues, whites and other soft tones can help you get to sleep more easily. Nicolette Vajtay, certified Black-Sect Tantric Buddhist Feng Shui practitioner and owner of Inspired Living Feng Shui says that too much bright red and orange should be avoided, stating that, “Too much fire color in a bedroom can create anxiety and restless sleep.” Adding colour through bedding, curtains or even cushions is often easier than repainting – if you do decide to repaint however, it’s best to settle on a light shade that is versatile and not overpowering.
#2 Clear out the clutter – for good this time
Yes, yes. I know how it goes. You were going to clear up that overflowing dresser eventually! Trust me, I feel your pain. But do you know how much more relaxed I felt in my bedroom when I finally de-cluttered? It was nothing short of a small miracle and best of all, I have kept it sans clutter for nearly a full month. Clutter such as fitness equipment in the corner, overloaded washing hampers, piles of clothes or shoes everywhere, loose odds and ends scattered all over your bedside table and too many ornaments, accessories, cushions and other stuff squashed in to the room makes for a room that is far too busy. The less things in the room, the less your eyes have to take in, and the less mentally tired you feel. Clear it all out, and be brutal if you have to.
#3 Light during day, dark at night
You would think this would be quite logical, giving how we use the sun and moon to determine when we rise and when we go to sleep. But when it comes to bedroom design, having too much light at night can be bad for sleep. On the other hand, not having enough natural light during the day can be depressing. If you live in a city, consider light blocking curtains that reduce outside lights. Dr. Catherine Darley, sleep specialist at The Institute of Naturopathic Sleep Medicine in Seattle, says, “Make your bedroom as dark as possible–think cave-like. This includes light blocking shades, no LEDs on electronics, and no lit clock.”
#4 Opt for good quality, natural materials wherever possible
Natural materials are lighter, warmer, more comfortable and easier to ‘breathe’. As room temperature is vital to a good sleep, you want to get warm without being stifled. Synthetic fibres are often heavier, with closer knit weaves that may keep air in, but don’t help to let air out. Raw silk, cotton, linen, bamboo, wool and other natural fibres ramp up the luxury factor, to help you feel soothed and comforted whatever the weather. Maybe it’s just me, but the feel of cool cotton beneath my toes is often enough to make me drift off with a happy little sigh and a smile on my face.
#5 Keep it simple and practical
Bedroom decor ideas that are over the top, too busy or not geared at creating a restful environment are all counter-productive to sleep-makeovers. Instead, keep your decor as simple as possible. Mirrors can be distracting, so try and position yours so that it is not directly in front of the bed. Plants are always good – especially as they add clean air into the room. Rugs are good too – opt for something soft and comfortable rather than eye-catching and overly busy. Wall art works best over the bed so that it does not distract you while you are trying to fall asleep. The idea is to have a room that is easy on the eyes and on the mind.
Of course, the best way to ensure that you have a sleeping haven that is sure to help you snooze away is to choose bedroom decor that you love, colours you love and styles that make you feel calm, happy and ready to dream away from the moment you head hits the pillow.
What is your favourite bedroom style, and how do you ensure a peaceful night’s sleep? Share your ideas below – I’d love to hear ’em.