As our daily lives become more demanding, our bodies demand better sleep. Easier said than done? Actually, it’s not that hard to do. By following three simple steps, you can enhance the quality of your sleep… and get the bedroom of your dreams!
1. Buy the right bed. Think about the last time you stayed in a nice hotel. You remember the bed, don’t you? If so, it was likely firmer than your bed at home. Your personal bed doesn’t have to feel like a concrete slab, but firmness is desirable. If you prefer something slightly less firm, try a mattress with memory foam, which will seem to have lots of “give”, but still provide plenty of support.
2. Dream in color. It’s likely that comfy hotel room you remember wasn’t painted bright red. There’s a reason for that: Bedroom color should be calming. With that in mind, here are a few color choices that are perfect for the space:
- Blue is a proven stress reducer, so it’s ideal for the bedroom. Choose a tint or shade that leans toward gray for a quiet fashion statement.
- Pale sage green can impart a sense of peace and serenity to your sleepy space, signaling your brain that it’s time to wind down for the day.
- Very light lavender can be an appealing option. For the best rest, choose a tint so soft that it defies precise color description.
- Beige — with a buttery undertone – is a peaceful hue for the bedroom. But in this part of your home, you’d do well to sour on anything approximating bright, lemony yellow.
- Very light gray is a fantastic choice – providing a great backdrop for fabrics and furniture, plus the color simplicity the mind craves at the end of the day.
3. Don’t be afraid of the dark. Darkness is key to a good night’s sleep, which is why hotel rooms have blackout curtains. You can mimic the effect at home by layering blackout shades and a set (or two) of drapery.
Your choice of lighting is also crucial. Favor softer incandescent bulbs for the ambient and overhead lighting, but employ halogen lamps for the nightstand in the event that you want to read while your partner sleeps.
Remember, too, that phones, tablets, laptops, and TVs all emit exactly the kind of light that prevents sound sleep. If you’re unwilling to banish all of your devices from the bedroom, wean yourself away by eliminating one or two at a time.
You spend up to a third of your life in your bedroom. By choosing the right furnishings, color scheme, and lighting, you’ll be able to sleep restfully through all of it!
Kerrie Kelly is an award-winning interior designer based in Sacramento, California, who writes of lighting and bedroom décor for Home Depot. The author of Home Decor: A Sunset Design Guide, Kerrie provides tips on overhead lighting, sconce and lamps. Home Depot’s collection of overhead lighting can be found on their website.