Bedroom Design Tips for a Better Night's Sleep

Modern master bedroom with light blue and brown color scheme.

Are you struggling to get a restful night’s sleep? Getting a good night’s sleep is very important when it comes to improving your physical well-being, boosting your mental health and stress reduction. Sleeping well plays an important role in keeping you healthy and happy and will improve your mood, and your ability to focus.

You spend approximately one-third of your life sleeping or attempting to sleep. This makes your bedroom one of the most important rooms in your home. The interior design and décor of your bedroom plays a big role in how well you sleep at night. An ideal bedroom will promote an environment for rest and relaxation. You want to have a sense of calmness and tranquility before you lay down and close your eyes. Bedroom design also plays an important role in sleep satisfaction. Many people design and decorate their bedroom as a space for living, instead of a space for resting and sleeping. If you are having trouble falling asleep or find yourself waking up numerous times during night, you should think about redesigning your bedroom to encourage better sleeping. 

Here are some tips for improving your bedroom design to not only reflect your personal style but also to encourage a sense of calm and promote better sleeping:

Bedroom Color Scheme for Better Night Sleep

Color psychology shows us that the color schemes, which surround us, have different effects on our emotions, behavior, mood, as well as our sleep. The color scheme in your bedroom should be reflected on the walls, curtains, flooring, furniture, and accessories. Whatever color you choose, use the lighter, pastel, or muted shades of the color. Light pastel shades are best, as they work well with both natural and artificial light. Use the elements of Feng Shui to choose a color palette such as pale blue, mossy green, sage green or matte silver, to create a calm and restful feeling in your bedroom. Try to stick with neutral or pastel shades for a soft, and inviting atmosphere that is conducive for sleeping. The lighter the color, the better quality of sleep you’ll enjoy. These colors reduce stress and soothe the nervous system. Bright colors will keep you awake at night. A bedroom designed with the right color tone or hue can look serene and provide a sense of peace, harmony, balance, and tranquility. Use a paint with a flat instead of an eggshell or glossy finish. Glossy finishes reflect light, while flatter finishes absorb more color and feel softer. 

Contemporary master bedroom with a light green color scheme.

If you are a shift worker such as a nurse or doctor, you may want to consider a deep, dark paint color to help reduce the brightness of your room since you must sleep during the daytime. Dark walls make it easier to sleep during the day. Bedroom accent colors (pillows, artwork, accessories) should complement each other and be parallel to each other. Complementary colors stimulate your eyes and mind. Whether you’re repainting your bedroom or buying new bedding, make sure to surround yourself with colors that will help you fall asleep fast and wake up fresh and relaxed in the morning. The colors in your bedroom can make the difference between a good night’s sleep or a night spent tossing and turning. Applying the principles of color psychology and Feng Shui to your bedroom design will allow you to create the ideal, restful retreat space.

Choose a Proper Mattress and Bedding

High quality bedding isn't just for looks. Mattresses, pillows, sheets, and weighted blankets play an important role in making your bed comfortable and inviting especially if they are made from chemical-free hypoallergenic, and organic materials. Your choice of bedding can play a major role in your overall health and the quality of your sleep. Look for a mattress that offers good support with pocket or high-grade latex coils. There are many factors to consider when choosing a mattress, such as size, sleeping style, and support level; so your body can rest properly and wake up refreshed. Weighted blankets can help you fall and stay asleep. Choose an eco-friendly sustainable weighted blanket made from organic materials, that is durable, silky-soft and gentle on the skin. Weighted blankets can range between 5 and 20 pounds. A 15-pound blanket is a perfect weight for most adults.

Select a weighted blanket that has temperature regulation, breathability and superior moisture absorption to improve sleep. Your
 favorite sleep position will influence your choice of pillow. Soft fill for stomach sleepers, medium fill for back sleepers, and a firmer fill for side sleepers. When selecting a pillow, the most important thing is to choose one that keeps your neck and spine in alignment. Select natural high quality bedding that is soft and breathable such as organic cotton, wool, silk, bamboo, and linen. Breathable sheets will help you sleep more comfortably with less tossing and turning. The right materials are key to getting quality rest and to create the ideal sleeping environment. Use cooling sheets, like percale, silk or linen in the summer and something warmer like flannel, cotton and fleece during the winter. 

Bedroom Lighting for a Better Night Sleep

Proper bedroom lighting will help you relax and assist you in getting a restful sleep. Consider a combination of ambient and task lighting to create a restful atmosphere. Incorporate layers of lighting in your bedroom that allow for different moods and relaxation. Consider installing dimmer switches so you can gradually decrease the brightness in your bedroom. You should try switching from bright overhead lights to dim ambient lighting in your bedroom during the hours leading up to bedtime. Installing dimmers can help you accomplish the right mood when it’s time to sleep at the end of the day. Lampshades can help soften the light in your bedroom and make it feel more relaxed. Select bulbs with a lower wattage and pair them with shades that are able to diffuse some of the brightness. Soft lighting can help calm your body down and prepare you for sleeping. Blocking light from entering a bedroom is essential for most people to sleep deeply. Always make sure your bedroom has window treatments with blackout curtains to keep the room as dark as possible at night and to block out sunlight early in the morning. 

Blue Light from Electronic Devices

Blue light exposure at night from electronic devices can potentially interfere with your body’s natural sleep cycle. Studies have shown that exposure to sources of blue light during the night can interfere with your circadian rhythm and decrease the level of melatonin in your body. 

Tablet showing blue light.

Reduce the amount of time you spend on electronic devices such as laptops, tablets and smartphones before your bedtime. The light from these devices can make it harder to fall asleep. Give yourself at least 1 hour of screen-free time before you go to sleep.

Sleep is vital for your mental and physical health. Color scheme, lighting, bedding quality, and the décor in your bedroom can have a big impact on how well you sleep. Follow the tips in this article to create a beautiful and inviting bedroom that also encourages a great night’s sleep.



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