Ginny Badcock here again!
Sleep is important to being healthy. And sane, to be honest. And everyone has their own sleep needs, which they can get a particular mattress for. But does everyone know how important your surroundings are when trying to sleep? It is very much so! That’s why I need to share with everyone how to get their surroundings in order.
Where do we start and end our days? In bed. We wake up in our bedrooms, start the new day in our bedrooms, rest our weary heads in our bedrooms once the day ends. And we sleep through the rest of the hours of the night until we’re ready to start anew.
Why shouldn’t we get a good nights sleep every night of the week?
No doubt about it; success starts at where you rest. But it’s not only about buying the right mattress or setting the room temperature just right. Even turning on the air if it’s too hot! Though those details are incredibly important. Little things such as the color of the walls, the amount of lighting, and the amount of clutter. They can all nag at you in the back of your mind, reminding you that something in your bedroom space is not right. I will be the first to admit the clutter I have in my room is mortifying. I need to work on that for sure.
The Washington Post goes into detail in “Stop tossing, turning in your sleep,” about how the condition and comfort of your bedroom directly impact your sleep, as well as lighting. “Think comfort for sleeping. The comfort of your bedroom (and you at bedtime) is not just a luxury, it is critically important to the quality of your sleep.” It even mentions clutter having an impact.
Therefore, pick up your discarded laundry!
I say that to myself as much as I am saying it to you all. A big wooden armoire has put me on the right track, but I need to stop using my bedroom accent chair as my go-to for everything when I get home. The beauty of that thing needs to be on the display! And I read there when I can see the seat.
As for the rest, a bedroom furniture refresh may be what you need to sleep to success. That’s why the latest home trends in 2018 involve making your bedroom space more tranquil, relaxing, and efficient. While keeping that style and elegance that makes your bedroom yours!
Now, the walls.
Loud, aggressive and bright colors are not conducive to a relaxing environment, as good as they may look. You want a beige tone, pastel, eggshell, or off-white. Good at brightening the room by day, but can let you relax and rest at during the night. Alternately, soft earth tones or rich wine, burgundy or natural green tones can put you in the relaxing mood.
For windows, consider blinds instead of shades, with an eye on what you’d prefer when you wake up in the morning. They truly look better. Plus, if you’re not a morning person like me, you may want thicker blinds on your west facing windows. Just saying!
To add detail and personality, you may want more embellishments that will make your room stand out from all the other out there with the same goal in mind. For example, nature and botanical-inspired wall decoration and art in natural colors. As long as it blends! Because the point is to relax, not keep you distracted with every single detail. Forbes goes into detail in the article, “Think You Don’t Need Houseplants? Science Says Different,” on how plants also help with your sleep, act as a natural air cleaner, reduce stress and so much more. Not to mention they up your decor!
Keep your storage simple.
For great storage solutions, being able to fit all your stuff while still keeping it simple and looking good can be a balancing act. With the relaxing and seamless aesthetic, we want closed closets with doors and drawers that blend seamlessly into the walls. Out of sight, out of mind is the goal! If you find you’re hard pressed for more storage, try to use unused spaces in your house. When you peer into your guest bedroom, does it shout, ‘walk-in wardrobe?’ Does your hall closet have room for your cardigans? Use that space while you free up even more space in your bedroom!
Makeup vanity tables can do more than look good, and help you get ready for the day. There are many styles, makes and models of vanity tables these days. It’s easy to find one that has multiple sizeable drawers to work as extra storage! While still matching your room’s decor, of course.
Though you still can’t avoid having particular things out and visible, like your tablet, your smartphone or your laptop, you should definitely try. They’re an extension of us now, and they come into the bedroom. I applaud you if you don’t bring them into your bedroom. Teach us your ways!
There have been studies and articles that do prove the “blue lights” of electronic gadgets reduce our sleep quality, as NBC News states. Brains need some time to relax. So even if they do need to come into the bedroom, try to “unplug” a decent amount of time before bedtime. Those screens are not great for your eyes to look at before attempting sleep.
Even try to have your electronics as far away from you as possible. Try reading a book or taking a bath instead! The Daily Mail goes into even more detail about how the “blue light” that comes from digital devices prove to be negative for sleep and sleep quality.
Also, consider integrated wall or ceiling speakers so you can play relaxing music from your phone if you need white noise while you sleep.
Rather than, or in addition to the traditional nightstand to have by your bedside, why not a wall shelf? Extra points if you can turn it into an unobtrusive docking station for your Best Buy electronic gadgets.
Comfort isn’t in just how it looks, but how it feels.
Carpeted floors aren’t as popular as they used to be, what with the vacuuming and wearing out, but wood or laminate floors can be cold and hard. Treat your toes to a trendy floor rug. It’s an excellent accent piece, and you’ll appreciate running your toes through those plush, soft fibers at the end of your day. Try to match the rug with your drapes and your walls. That way your bedroom design is seamless.
You spend eight hours a day in it, at least (if you don’t, you should!). Don’t compromise on quality for something you spend a third of your day using. Treat yourself to a good sleep. Get a quality mattress that will support your back and not leave you too hot or too cold. Comfort is key! The look of your bed is determined by the sheets, blankets, pillows, covers, and the headboard. It’s what’s underneath you have to live with!
So, in short, what’s in for 2018 that will give you the rest you deserve?
You hard worker you! Beige color schemes or a tad beyond that are rich, yet soothing. A lack of clutter and obstruction so everything looks smooth and serene. Added comfort so you get the best rest. Tranquil, natural surroundings that add a dash of individual expression.
2018 is a great year for bedrooms. Isn’t it time for you to mix it up a bit with a fresh new style that’ll leave you refreshed in the morning? You don’t have to wait either! Even if you went a little shop crazy during the holidays, you can buy now pay later no credit check no down payment on bedroom furniture, bedroom sets and more!