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A Bedroom Built for Sleeping

By Brian, September 3, 2014

Given one of the primary purposes of your bedroom is to provide a place to sleep, the bed should be a designer’s focal point. If it isn’t, it’s time to take a look at ways to put together a more restful space. Regardless of your budget, you should be able to implement a few of these steps to make your bedroom a place that’s conducive to sleep.

Create a Serene Environment: You’ll rest better if you design your bedroom around sleeping and other quiet activities, like reading. One of the best ways to do this is by removing distractions from your bedroom, like a TV or computer. Noise from these devices can energize you and the light from screens can interfere with the production of melatonin, which helps you get to sleep. Therefore, reserve the bedroom for relaxing and unwinding in quiet ways.

Choose Calming Colors: The psychology of color dictates that different shades have notably different effects on mood. Bright colors like red and yellow are energizing, while cooler colors are calming. Redesign your color scheme to create a more peaceful bedroom where it’s easier to relax. Dark hues can have this effect as can pastels, muted colors and earth tones. It’s really about your preferences and what colors make you feel the most calm.

Coordinate Bedroom Furniture: If you’re the type of person who likes to have things in order, mismatched pieces of furniture may make your room feel cluttered or untidy. Consider getting rid of mismatched pieces and choosing a coordinating set that matches the color scheme you’ve chosen. Keep in mind that dark colored woods tend to be very calming and inviting.

Pick Comfortable Bedding: The fabrics surrounding you can have a significant effect on your quality of sleep. Choose your bedding carefully. Rather than purchasing a set, which may not contain the pieces for your needs, shop for sheets and comforters that match your ideal feel. Look for a high thread count and breathable material in sheets and high-quality fills and fabrics in your comforter.

Install Window Treatments: It’s time to ditch the basic mini blinds and put up something a little more sophisticated. Choose room-darkening curtains or a pull-down shade to keep your room dark and restful when you’re sleeping. In addition, choose colors and fabrics that go with the rest of your decor and add a touch of elegance to your bedroom’s look.

Think Through Lighting: Dimming the lights plays a significant role in helping your body transition into sleep. Therefore, install lighting with plenty of options for minimizing light. Track lighting or recessed lighting on a dimmer switch is ideal for your main light option. Add bedside lamps with very low wattage bulbs for reading right before bed.

Redoing your bedroom can have a huge effect on your life because you’ll be much happier if you’re sleeping well. If you have a bit of time and money, now is the time to dig in on the project. If you share a room, don’t forget to involve your significant other so you can create a space you both love!

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