How Bedroom Design and Decoration Affect Sleep

Posted by West + Main Homes on Thursday, December 6th, 2018 at 11:38am.

If you’re planning to build a new house, or redesign an old one, you’ve probably thought about almost everything when it comes to your bedroom.

One thing you might not have thought about during the design process is how that process will affect your sleep. You want a room that’s got plenty of light during the day, but comfortable and dark enough at night to actually sleep.

Here’s some ways you can design and decorate a bedroom to be great for sleeping.

Add Storage, Subtract Clutter

Whenever you can, make it possible to keep clutter out of the bedroom, or at least out of sight. Clutter is a huge factor when it comes to stressing people out, which is the last thing you want when you are trying to sleep.

If you need all the space in the room for storage, try making it possible for that storage to be covered in some way to avoid the stress that comes with seeing it. You can do this by hanging a curtain in front of shelving units or putting doors on the cupboards to close the spaces off to the eye.

Add Plants

If you can, add live plants to the bedroom, whether that’s through a living wall, a terrarium or a potted plant. It’s well known that plants help to create a more oxygen-rich environment for you to sleep in, making it easier for you to sleep better.

Plants have also been found to help people heal faster and reduce feelings of anger and anxiety just by being looked at for 3 to 5 minutes. You can even choose plants with a relaxing sent like jasmine or lavender to create the perfect sleep environment.

Pale, Matte Colors

You may think that the color of paint on your walls has no effect on how you sleep, but you would be wrong.

Light, matte blue is considered the best color for a bedroom, followed by a matte, warm yellow.

A British study by Travelodge found that 58 percent of people who slept in rooms with blue walls woke up happier and more refreshed than people in rooms with different colored walls.

The matte paint is helpful because it does not attract light and reflections like satin or eggshell-sheened paint. You want to avoid as many distractions as possible when you are headed to bed.

If you want bright colors in your room, try putting it in your bed linens or in accent colors to keep it from overwhelming the room.

However, you should avoid gold because it brings money to mind, and nobody wants to think about money when they’re trying to sleep unless they’re actually Scrooge. 

Air Flow

When you design your bedroom, you should do so in a way that will allow air to flow easily throughout the room.

Using a fan of some sort also creates white noise, which can help you sleep more evenly by drowning out other small sounds that might otherwise have woken you. You can also get this effect by using a white noise machine.

Thank you to Tuck Sleep for this guest blog post. Tuck is a community devoted to improving sleep hygiene, health and wellness through the creation and dissemination of comprehensive, unbiased, free web-based resources. 

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