Bedroom Design Trends that Help You Sleep
You spend nearly a third of your life asleep, which makes your bedroom one of the most used spaces in your home. To get the high-quality sleep you want and need, your bedroom has to be your sleep sanctuary. That place where you can escape the pressure and stress of the outside world so your mind and body can relax. There are many ways you can prepare yourself for sleep but here are a few we love.
Guest post by Samantha Kent of SleepHelp.org.
Start with the Mattress
You may not have considered your mattress part of your bedroom design, but the bed is usually the focal point of the room. Of course, most people are going to be looking at the bed frame, headboard, and bedding, but when it comes to your sleep, the mattress will make or break you.
First, make sure you’re getting the right size. If you share the bed with a partner, you’re looking at a full, queen, or king. However, if you usually sleep solo, you might be perfectly happy with a twin and keep an air mattress in your closet for guests. Take into account both you and your partner’s weight and size. You both could suffer from wakefulness in a mattress that’s not quite big enough for the two of you.
Color It Right
There’s a reason light, pastel colors are often used in the bedroom. Color impacts feelings, mood, and heart rate and lighter colors work best for most people.
Travelodge did a survey to discover what colors help people sleep better. Fifty-eight percent of those surveyed reported that they slept better in blue rooms than any other. Of course, neutrals also do well in the bedroom, plus they complement any bedroom decor.
If you absolutely love a deep, rich color, an accent wall is a perfect way to use a bold choice without overpowering the room and compromising your ability to sleep.
Bring Nature Inside
Natural elements have been making their way in the bedroom for a while but the trend keeps hanging around, literally when you’re talking about houseplants. Nature has a relaxing effect and can even alleviate some of the symptoms of stress and anxiety.
For example, houseplants can help your sleep in a couple of ways. Plants like the spider plant and mother-in-law’s tongue have even made NASA’s list of top plants that clean indoor air. Removing biotoxins from the air has been shown to deepen sleep and improve next day performance. Houseplants also bring the look, texture, and colors of nature indoors, helping you relax when you enter your bedroom.
The best part about bringing nature inside is that it doesn’t have to be live plants, which can be tricky to keep alive in certain climates. Photos and paintings of nature can have a similar can affect your emotions in a way that’s similar to live plants. Strategically placed artwork of leaves, trees, and landscapes can trick your mind for the betterment of your sleep.
Natural elements can also create your sanctuary. Lamps, tables, and dressers with nature themes often have organic elements also work well in a bedroom retreat.
Use Trends You Love
While you want your bedroom to be sleep-friendly, it also needs to be a place you love. Decorate in a way that makes the bedroom feel like your special space. Whatever you choose to add, make sure it makes the room feel more inviting so that when it’s time for your head to hit the pillow, there’s nowhere else you’d rather be.
Samantha Kent is a researcher for SleepHelp.org. Her favorite writing topic is how getting enough sleep can improve your life. Currently residing in Boise, Idaho, she sleeps in a California King bed, often with a cat on her face.