10 ways to style your bedroom for a better sleep

How would you describe your bedroom’ s aesthetic? Messy? Minimalist? However it looks, it’s easy to underestimate the impact our bedroom can have on our sleep. Earlier this year, we hosted a series of talks, where a group of experts shared their most helpful advice and tips on sleep, and how to improve it. When it comes to smart bedroom design, this is what they told us…

think ‘calm’ for colour

Struggling to nod off at night? It might be worth reassessing your bedroom’s colour scheme, says designer Harriet Paterson. “The bedroom is personal, so that perfect palette will be different for whoever you are designing the room for,” she explains. “Generally, I’d suggest sticking to three main colours. Certain colours that aid sleep and prove calming are hues like blues, yellows and oranges – they’re very relaxing and warming. For others who prefer to sleep in rooms that are dark, a really deep indigo blue might work better.”

plant some relaxation

Is the only plant in your room that wilted bunch of flowers your boss gave you last month? Time to rethink. “Plants actually purify your bedroom,” explains Urban Jungles author and blogger Judith de Graaff. “It’s also a very good ritual before going to bed to take care of your plants – it de-connects you from your phone. Give them some water and take a little moment at the end of the day to relax. Don’t listen to claims that say having plants in the bedroom make dangerous levels of carbon dioxide – you’d need hundreds of plants to make you feel uncomfortable. Something simple like Aloe Vera is a great place to start.”

don’t be stuffy

Many of us keep windows closed because of noise, but according to sleep expert Christine Hansen, it’s worth opening them for at least some of the day. “Having fresh air really helps,” she enthuses. “Even just opening the window for ten minutes then closing it to get circulation is really useful, depending on the season obviously. Plants purify the air during the day when the window isn’t open, too.”

think about noise

“Reducing the amount of external noise you have coming into the bedrooms is very helpful for sleep,” says Harriet. “Think about your bedroom – is it in a very noisy part of the house, with noisy floors for example? Soften noises with floor-length curtains or rugs that absorb the sound. Of course, if you’re in the middle of the house and far away from any sound, feel free to keep things bare.”

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pick your linen wisely

Think back to a luxurious hotel stay – chances are, those luxurious sheets had something to do with it. “If you look at the science behind sleep, your body cools at night,” explains Christine. “Anything that can support that is really useful – I recommend linen or silk for good ventilation. They’re also useful for when women go through the menopause and become very hot, too.”

sniff and snooze

If the most familiar aroma in your room is that overflowing washing basket, it’s time for a change in strategy, ASAP. “I often recommend aromatherapy and pure essential oils in the bedroom,” says Christine. “They can help trigger certain feelings like calmness, but always use pure essential oils, not synthetic. Use them as oils dabbed onto a pillow, or in a diffuser before going to bed – you can keep them on throughout the night. It makes a huge difference to sleep and feeling calm, I’m a big fan.”

aim for a blackout

As Christine explains, the way we respond to light can vary between individuals. “I’m from Luxembourg and we have thick, roll-down blinds, but in many other countries it’s just curtains or blinds – it can make a massive difference for people who are sensitive to light,” she says. “Our eyes register light even when closed, because it goes through the skin. Some of us are very sensitive to that – and it’s a signal for our body to wake up – so try an eye mask, or rethink your curtain or blind situation.”

light bedroom in summer

or try a dimmer switch

“I’m a big fan of a dimmer switch, which gives you that flexibility to dim the lights really low,” says Harriet. “Always aim for a very warm light, so you have an orange glow around the room – it’s very relaxing. Or think about reading lights – it gives you that flexibility if you’re sharing a bed, for a low light to be targeted closer to you, if your partner is asleep.”

go back to basics

When it comes to sleep quality, one of the most important places to start is where the magic happens – the bed itself. Ask yourself, how long have you been sleeping on that mattress, says eve’s co-founder Kuba Wieczorek. “It’s amazing how many people sleep on incredibly old and uncomfortable mattresses,” he explains. “There are lots of brilliant mattresses out there, and sorting your bed out is one of the most essential things you can do for your sleep. Start with that, and build everything else around it.”

ditch the phones

You’ve heard it before, but we’ll say it again – say goodbye to your phone at bedtime! “In general, I advise people to keep the bedroom filled with natural light and no harsh LED’s,” says Christine. “Stick to something soft – or candlelight – which signals to your brain it’s the end of the day. The light from your phone can disrupt melatonin production which will make sleeping harder.” Struggling with the thought of being separated from your beloved mobile? Start with baby steps – put your phone on ‘night mode’ to start with, and go from there…

Happy (stylish) snoozing.

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