Whether or not you suffer from sleep deprivation or insomnia, creating the perfect sleeping environment is a hi hi way to ensure you get the best sleep you can, night after night. Even subtle changes to the design of your bedroom can inspire more restful sleep.
From colour palette, textiles and textures, to light, noise, and temperature, you can create your own personal sleep oasis with just the right ambience. We spend a third of our lives sleeping — why not ensure your bedroom is your ultimate sleep paradise?!
Perhaps the most important factor is the bed itself. Invest in a good, sturdy bed, a comfy mattress, and high-quality bedding.
We’re absolutely spoiled for choice when it comes to the extensive range of mattress types available. Innovative new latex, foam and gel materials with intelligent and adaptive spring technologies and blends of all of these together ensure you’re always able to choose the perfect mattress for you, your lifestyle, and your budget.
Choosing the right pillow and duvet is equally important, and there are endless options available to suit your preferences. Side sleeper? There’s a pillow for you! You tend to run hot? Opt for a cooling duvet. Even the fussiest sleeper can find the goldilocks of bedding solutions, no matter their individual needs and nuances. If you want to go all out, you can even choose different bedding for the seasons, or bedding that can change with the weather, such as reversible or adjustable duvets.
Quality bed sheets can also do wonders for your comfort. You don’t need to have the highest thread count available, but it’s worth taking the time to consider which textiles and fabrics you prefer so that you can sleep as comfortably as possible. Particularly if you have sensitive skin or allergies, it’s important to find bed sheets that work for you.
In order to create a calm and serene ambience in the boudoir, it’s best to opt for soft, soothing tones, rather than bright, garish colour palettes. Muted, neutral, and pastel colours are typically safe options that will promote relaxation as you enter your sleep sanctuary to wind down.
Sage green, blush, beige, and whites are all great options, however you should be able to find a suitable tone in any favourite colour, as long as it’s not too abrasive or stimulating. If you like red, try some earthy tones rather than full, bright red. If you like blues, try a cool blue or navy, rather than electric blue.
It’s wise to choose a colour palette that spans a few complementary colours, and let that inform the rest of your choices. Resist the temptation to opt for a multi-coloured rainbow palette, as fun and exciting as it might be, too many stimulating colours will work against you as you try to unwind and relax each evening.
Lighting has a huge impact on your sleep, and is one of the most important design aspects when it comes to creating a space that inspires quality sleep. If you can, allow for plenty of bright natural light to fill your bedroom in the morning, but make sure that you can control the light in the evening, blocking it out completely with thick blackout curtains (in a calming and soothing colour of course!).
For bedtime preparation, and for those in the habit of reading a chapter or two in the evening before sleep, a well-placed lamp or sconce with a warm bulb will create sufficient lighting. Warm, soft, dim lighting signifies to your brain that it’s time to rest and relax. A few candles placed in a safe spot can make for a particularly peaceful evening ritual.
Blackout curtains should double as extra damping to reduce any unwanted street noise that could keep you awake or restless during the night. If you find that you’re still kept awake by noises, you could use earplugs or even bluetooth headphones. Some people find that white noise or light, ambient music helps to distract from other sounds and ease into sleep.
Everyone has a different ideal temperature for sleep, but a temperature of 15-20°C will suit most people. Depending on the climate or the season, you may like to use heating or cooling systems to manage the temperature. For those in a climate where windows can be left open overnight, keep a cosy blanket within reach to use if the temperature gets too cool.
Reducing clutter is an important part of making your bedroom the sleep oasis it should be, but to keep it consistently clutter-free, you need to have sufficient storage space either within your bedroom or in other parts of your home. A well-chosen storage chest, cupboard, or bedside table can make all the difference between a relaxing oasis and a stressful mess. Spend some time deciding where things belong, and make an effort to tidy things up before you go to bed.
Think intentionally about what kind of space you’d like to create, and fill it with pieces of furniture or cosy, decorative elements that fit this image. A high pile rug underfoot, throw pillows across the bed, or even a weighted blanket folded over the foot of the bed can all evoke the kind of delightful, restful comfort you’re looking for.
In the right spot, a well chosen plant can bring your bedroom to life in the most peaceful, calming way, while also providing some health benefits. Plants can absorb toxins and help to purify the air in your home. Aloe vera and mother-in-law’s tongue are both low-maintenance plants that convert carbon dioxide into oxygen during the night (most plants only do this during the day). Golden pothos and monstera are also popular choices for bedroom plants.
You don’t need to create your sleep oasis overnight, but you can start making small, gradual changes that can have a big impact on your ability to get good quality sleep. Start by adding a plant, swapping out your bright duvet over for something more calming, finding a place to store your phone out of reach, or investing in a supportive pillow—in time, with small improvements, you’ll build the bedroom of your dreams!