These practical design tips will help you pick the right palette, accessories, lighting, and cabinetry to decorate your bedroom like a pro.
The level of quality we put into decorating our bedroom has a strong correlation with the quality of our sleep. From a design standpoint, it is one of the most important aspects of home decor, because the way you choose to put together your bedroom as a DIY project or a more sophisticated endeavour with professional help, strongly impacts your health and wellbeing. And, sometimes we often miss this in pursuit of beautiful design aesthetics.
If we are able to focus a bit more on designing bedrooms where comfort meets practicalities, we will hopefully improve the quality and longevity of our lives. Sleep has an immense impact on your memory retention and what you learn during the day. Your mind is able to store that better if you have had a proper night’s sleep.
So, if you fancy decorating your bedroom in a way that helps create a restful home environment, here are a few bedroom design tips worth considering to get it done the right way.
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Work on Adequate Bedroom Temperature
Getting the right temperature for your bedroom is massively important, considering the change of seasons you will be experiencing throughout the year, whether you live in the tropics or in the Western hemisphere.
Consider integrating air conditioning units in your bedroom to help regulate your room temperature, especially on days when temperatures are drastically changing from freezing cold to ridiculously hot temperatures and vice-versa.
A well ventilated bedroom with big windows that ease fresh air and natural light flow in and out of your room are fantastic ways to regulate room temperature when you are about to take a nap or go into bed. If you live in parts of the world where it is cold most of the year, consider double or triple glazed window treatments to trap the heat inside your bedroom and cut down your energy bills.
Adjust your bedroom temperature to a level that makes you feel comfortable when you want to stay in bed and relax all day, steeped in gratitude for life. This very much depends on individual preferences and how your immune system helps you regulate your body temperature. Find what works for you and your significant other, if the two of you share a bedroom.
Sort Out your Window Treatments
Choose the window treatments that will keep you cosy at night time. Aside from being super elegant and sophisticated, layered curtains help trap the heat in your bedroom and regulate light flow. For sleep time, having blackout curtains are excellent options if you want to sleep in a dark room free from outside noise and disturbances.
But to tame it as you rise in the hourly hours of the day, consider adding sheer curtains or at least roman blinds to filter the natural light coming through your windows once you have woken up.
The combination I particularly like is having sheer curtains closer to the window glasses layered up with larger blackout curtains at the front.
Invest in a High Quality Mattress
Picking the right mattress to improve the quality of your sleep is an essential component of creating your dream bedroom. Make sure you choose a mattress that does not overheat.
When it comes to heat and overheating there are certain mattress types that frankly will overheat around your body; a memory foam mattress is one of them.
If you want to stay on budget, consider a sprung mattress for its breathability. Alternatively, opt for a hybrid mattress that combines the softness of an all-foam structure with the breathability and bounce of innerspring mattresses.
Latex mattresses are also worth keeping on your radar, if you fancy going for an all natural mattress. At the end of the day, choose a mattress that is right for your health and wellbeing.
Layer your Bedroom Lighting
When planning your lighting, start with your ceiling lighting and side table lamps to set the scene in your bedroom and anchor your space. Additionally, ambient lighting in dimmable shades and intensity plays a crucial role in creating a soothing atmosphere in your bedroom, helping to release the melatonin in your body which allows for better sleep.
Consider adding a dimmable chandelier or semi-flush ceiling lights whose light intensity can be toned down at night time. Proceed in a similar fashion for bedroom wall sconces or table lamps to ensure you get just the right level of luminosity in your sleeping area at night time.
Bring Nature Inside
Decorating your bedroom with nature inspired colour schemes and accessories deeply contribute to creating a relaxing atmosphere for sleep time.
There are different ways that you can inspire that feeling of nature into your bedroom. Consider a beautiful wallpaper or a mural with a trailing branch full of leaves and/or flowers as an inspirational nod to nature, inviting tranquillity and inner peace into your space.
If you are not keen on florals and patterns, you can use nature inspired colours to luxuriate your bedroom and overlap them so that they feel really natural and rustic like outdoor spaces. If you look outdoors, there is not just one colour; there are layers of different greens, browns, blues, and taupes that form a kaleidoscopic and rather enchanting tapestry for the eyes and senses. This is a great source of inspiration for people who cannot keep plants or flowers in the bedroom for allergy reasons.
Calming scents are also important elements that help soothe our minds and spirits and prepare us for sleep time. Think about the myriad of inviting scents that welcome you when you walk into a spa. You immediately smell flowers and different smells of nature such as lavender oils, geranium, rose, or jasmine, depending on the spa that you visit. Consider replicating some of these rather inviting scents in your own bedroom by investing in a few candles from Jo Malone or Neom Organics and a diffuser for calming essential oils to make you feel more relaxed and comfortable.
Choose Soft Closings and Lighting for Wardrobes and Drawers
Make sure you seek out soft closings for wardrobes and drawers when designing your bedroom to minimise the noise in your space when you wake up in the morning or are getting ready for bed. This is especially useful when you share a bedroom with your spouse or a partner.
For example, if you and your partner start the day at different times, the early riser between the two of you will need to wake up to get ready for the day by opening the wardrobe doors and shutting them and banging drawers. So, if the wardrobes and drawers you have chosen are quite noisy, they are surely going to disrupt your partner’s sleep. Invest in soft wardrobes’ and drawers’ closings for your own sanity and that of your loved one when you wake up.
Another useful tip when decorating your bedroom is to add motion sensor lighting inside your drawers and wardrobes to make it easier for you to find items when you get dressed before bedtime and in the morning. This will add soft lighting in the bedroom. You will have just enough lighting to get dressed without brightening the whole space that could potentially wreak havoc on another person’s sleep time.
When you are designing your bedroom, make sure sleep is your focus from the outset. Remember that choosing the right colour palette, bedding, accessories, and lighting has a tremendous impact on creating an inviting ambiance in your sleeping area, helping you to release stress, unwind, and recharge your body, spirit, and mind with great ease.