I have always loved a good night’s sleep, but since having our daughter 9 months ago I have come to appreciate the importance of it more than ever! For the first seven months of her life, Emilia slept next to me in her BabyBay bedside cot, and if she so much as snuffled I was wide awake to check on her. What sleep there was wasn’t all that restful.
Fast-forward to now, and Emilia has been in her nursery (nursery tour coming soon!) for a couple of months, and we have finally taken down the BabyBay – which without the mattress made for a great bedside table – so our bedroom is our own again. And sleep has been MUCH better, but I still wake at the slightest sound from the monitor and at the moment we seem to be having one night feed too, so I have been thinking about how best to make sure that I sleep well in the time I do have.
So when online bed retailer and sleep specialists Bed Guru asked me to take part in their #FabricGuru campaign I was really keen to join in, because they understand the importance of sleep, and that what helps with a good night’s sleep is not the same for everyone. They have asked for my tips on how to create the perfect bedroom environment to encourage sleep, so here they are.
1) Create a calming bedroom colour scheme
You want your bedroom to be a sanctuary, somewhere to relax and that relaxes you. Bright primary colours won’t cut the mustard here, you need calming neutrals, or at the very least muted colours. I went for a dusty pink in our bedroom, because it felt warm and inviting and looked especially pretty by low light at night. We complimented this with shades of grey (ooo er!) because an overdose of pink would have had the opposite effect – I didn’t want it looking like the Sugar Plum Fairy threw up!
Another important element of a colour scheme is a highlight – something that ties it all in together and can run from your accessories to your bedding and even the artwork. Rather than choosing a complimentary colour, I went for a metallic gold which has the added bonus of making our bedroom seem luxe and feel a little bit like a boutique hotel.
2) Find a comfortable bed
For years I used a pine bedframe that worked perfectly well and looked nice enough, but it was never comfy to lounge around in on a weekend morning with a coffee and the papers. I was absolutely desperate when we decorated our bedroom for an upholstered bed, but with the house renovation ongoing, we couldn’t afford one. Then unexpectedly I got a bonus from work which just happened to be the exact amount the bed I wanted cost, and well, the rest is history! And it was an excellent decision – I have now spent so many hours in this bed feeding Emilia or snuggled up together as a family against the super comfortable headboard, it was absolutely worth it.
Not only are upholstered beds comfortable, they are easy to match with your colour scheme and they give a real look of luxury too. Bed Guru have a great range of upholstered beds in all sorts of colours to match your scheme, and at really reasonable prices you don’t actually need a big bonus to afford!
3) Get the Lighting Right
It’s no good having a beautiful relaxing colour scheme in your room, if you switch the light on and its bathed in hideous fluorescent light from a naked bulb. Not relaxing at all! The single best decision I think we made in our entire house renovation was dimmer switches – now the chandelier above our bed can be dimmed down to a calming level while I get ready for bed, or be super bright when I’m going out and need to do my makeup. We also have bedside lamps for another layer of light, and if I really need help winding down, I’ll hop in bed with just a candle burning and some music on. The key is plenty of different light sources depending on the type of light you need at different times, and that way you avoid ever having too harsh a light.
So there you have it – my top tips on creating a calming bedroom. I am so grateful we renovated our bedroom not long before Emilia was born, because I just cannot imagine ever having felt so relaxed in the old room. Carefully thought out décor and a good colour scheme really make all the difference to you actually wanting to spend time in there – in fact, I’m actually writing this from my comfy bed!
This post was written in collaboration with Bed Guru.