It can be very difficult to enjoy a good night’s sleep on a regular basis, especially these days when there’s so much going on in the world around us.
Insomnia can be particularly problematic and once you find yourself in a pattern of poor sleeping habits, it can be very difficult to break them… which is why it’s so important to make sure that your bedroom environment is one that’s conducive to sleep.
Your first step towards ensuring that your sleeping quarters are restful and relaxing is decluttering and tidying up. Keeping your bedroom tidy means it’s easier to keep clean and it can be quite stressful to constantly see mess everywhere. Tidy room, tidy mind, after all!
Start to build good habits from the outset, making sure that you put clothes away at the end of each day, that you make the bed each morning and that all your toiletries are kept in some kind of order, each in their own specific place. This also means that they’re easier to find in a rush, making getting ready for your day much simpler and less stressful.
Once your room is clean and tidy, you’ll be able to enjoy being in it a lot more and you’ll feel less overwhelmed before sleep. You’ll also be able to see the potential of the space if you’re planning on redecorating and giving it a bit of a makeover in the future.
In terms of interior design, the darker the better where bedrooms are concerned, so if you do have plans to redo the space, make sure you focus on your lighting system before anything else. Blocking out the light from the window is a must, so you don’t have disturbed sleep and so that you’re not woken up before you’ve had your eight hours by street lights or the sun coming up.
You can also use lighting to create a beautifully cosy feel and this can be achieved by bringing in table lamps and task lighting, as well as overhead lights. Install a dimmer switch so you can control the light levels based on what you’re doing.
As for your colour palette, go for something calm and soothing, instead of big bright pops of colour. You don’t have to avoid pattern, of course, but perhaps consider going for something on a smaller scale to help create a more restful environment. Bolder graphics may be a bit too energising for when you want to go to sleep.
For a touch of drama, don’t be afraid of going for darker colours. It can be daunting at first to consider deeper colour palettes, but these can work wonders in bedrooms, making you feel as though you’re cocooned from the rest of the world, helping to put your mind at ease before bedtime.
Your choice of materials can also have an impact on the overall look and feel of your bedroom, and a bit of research will reveal just how many options you have.
Natural materials can help create a calm and cosy atmosphere, and it could be worth looking into the concept of hygge, a Danish word used to describe comfort, warmth and cosiness. Think wood, knitted fabrics, quilting, bamboo, faux fur and anything rich and sensual.
Another key trend to think about that can help create a tranquil feel in your bedroom is biophilia. This is a very easy look to replicate at home and you don’t need to have any experience of interior design in order to get it right immediately… all you need to do is bring in a few houseplants for your bedroom and away you go!
There are even plants out there that could potentially help you sleep better, such as valerian. This is a beautiful plant with small pink and white flowers, and a lovely sweet scent - and it’s been used for centuries to help with all sorts of sleep issues, including insomnia.
And then, of course, there’s lavender, which is renowned for being an amazing relaxation aid, as well as being famed for reducing stress levels, blood pressure and your heart rate… a great option for your bedroom, that’s for certain.
Why not try a few of these ideas out and see whether your sleep quality improves? We’d love to hear if any of them work for you, so get in touch to let us know. And if you’re looking for UK designer bedding to bring your bedrooms to life, check out our online shop today.