Bedroom Bliss… Our Guide to the Perfect Boudoir

Struggling to nod off at night? Here are some ways to help you create the room of your dreams. With these handy tips, you’ll have a calm, inviting and relaxing environment in no time.

We probably spend more time in our bedrooms than you think. Apparently, if we base it on eight hours per night, the average person will spend 229,961 hours asleep – that’s roughly about a third of your life in the land of nod.

There are a few simple tricks you can use that won’t cause a lot of upheaval or cost the earth either. From changing your layout to new bed linen or a quick coat of paint or even just new curtains or blinds, you can create the perfect bedroom that will help you drift off into a peaceful slumber.

Sleep is one of the best treatments we can give our minds and bodies. If you’ve had a good night’s kip, you’ll wake up refreshed and revived. Ideal for getting you motivated for the day ahead and a boost to your energy levels.

However, to create optimum conditions for that to happen, you need to think about the ambience of your bedroom. Cluttered, chaotic chambers won’t help your cause.

Calming, peaceful décor is the first step to creating that perfect space you can fall into at the end of a busy day.

Say goodbye to restless nights and make your bedroom a proper sanctuary with these hints and tips…

Between the Sheets

Worn and dated bed linen is a no-no. Consider upgrading your sheets and duvet covers to good quality, crisp white cottons to luxuriate in when night falls. It’s a good idea to avoid loud or overly fussy linens and stick to comforting, elegant whites and creams instead. Good bed linen doesn’t come cheap, but, can you really put a price on comfort or a good night’s sleep? It’s worth every penny to get the best you can afford. Besides, if you invest in decent stuff occasionally, you won’t be replacing it every other month.

The White Company has a beautiful selection of sublime bed linen that will have you racing to get an early night or a tempting lie in of a morning.

Image supplied courtesy of The White Company

Image supplied courtesy of The White Company

Colour Me Happy

Remember your bedroom should be a chill-out zone – a place to reset from the stresses of everyday life so, with that in mind, a busy, vivid colour scheme is less likely to help you drift off the sleep. Instead, choose neutral, calming shades that will look and feel tranquil and inviting.

An all-white palette is perfect but you’ll also get an ambient effect from using one soft colour throughout on all four walls. Consider using a pale sage or fresh, light greens – a good choice if you’re aiming for a natural feel. Or you could go for a mellow grey or cool, water colours. Soothing shades of blue will help promote harmony and peaceful vibes. Exactly what you need in your bedroom.

Wallpaper isn’t ruled out but it’s better to stick to muted designs or wide stripes on one wall, leaving the rest of the room simple and unfussy.

Blowing Hot and Cold

One thing that is sure to keep us awake at night is being too hot or too cold. The temperature of your room will impact on sleep quality. Experts say the ideal temperature for your bedroom is 16-18 C (60-65F). You could also consider investing in two duvets – a heavy one for the winter months and a lighter one for summer. You can always store the unused one in an air-tight box under the bed between seasons.

Scents of Serenity

Now that you’ve got your bedding and wall colours sorted, chances are you won’t need any more help entering the land of nod but if you’re still not zen enough to fall asleep, try adding some subtle aromas into the mix.

Pour a drop or two of essential oils into a diffuser or burner an hour or so before you go to bed – something like lavender, chamomile or ylang-ylang might work.

Or spritz your pillows with deep sleep pillow spray by ‘thisworks’.

These are all easy but effective remedies for aiding a good night’s rest but by making good décor choices, not only will your room be comfortable and relaxing but serene and stylish too. Perfect!

And so to bed, perchance to dream…

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