At the end of a busy day, you want nothing more than to get a good night’s sleep — but that’s sometimes easier said than done. As an interior decorator, I have decorated many spaces, and a good night’s sleep is something that I take into account when selecting items for a bedroom. You really want to make your bedroom conducive for an amazing night’s rest. Here are my tips to help you stop counting sheep and get your eight hours of rest.
An amazing mattress is always key, but personal preference plays into this quite a bit. Some like it firm, others soft, and many like something in between. I always recommend trying them out first. If you could splurge more, memory foam would be the best choice for comfort and long lasting bed.
Once your mattress is in place, the next important item is bedding. I know there are many bed-in-a-bag options out there, but I recommend spending a little bit more and picking out something you love and paying attention to fabric options. Linen is a great option for bedding, because it’s cold when you need it to be and warm when you need to be.
I’m all about a cozy bed and I recommend to get 1000 to 1200 thread-count for bed sheet and quilt sets from your favourite linen brand. I have been using the same brand for almost 5 years now, Sheridan and PERI Homeworks Collection. I bought the same pattern just a different colour every single time. My most favourite pillow to have a good night sleep is definitely Ploh pillow. It's pricey but worth every penny!
Sometimes you need a little help to get into a relaxing and cozy state, and one method of getting relaxed quickly is through scent. I recommend soy scented candles or diffuser placed on your night stand. If I have more spare money, I would spend it on fresh flowers every Sunday! Not only you can sleep better, but the smells of your favourite scents every morning will create a mood boost to start your day! My favourite brand for candles will always be Glasshouse, but when I'm in Indonesia, I couldn't get any Glasshouse brand, so I switched to local brands such as Euódia Home, their Burnt Fig soy scented candle is the bomb!
Don’t forget about your windows when designing your bedroom. You don’t know how many times I have seen paper or sheets covering a window instead of an actual window treatment. I prefer to have a simple double curtain with neutral colour. Some people like their bedroom to be dark and black out liner is amazing for them. It will literally make your bedroom a cocoon, and you won’t know if it’s day time or night time when they are drawn.
Paint can also be considered a layer in a room. I always go with a light and moody colour that really helps bring a cozy and warm feel to the space.
4. GET RID OF CLUTTER
Sure you have been told by your parents to clean up your room many times. I always believe that a clutter bedroom brings a dark moody feeling and you will feel restless at night. Organise is one of the most important key to create a cozy bedroom. Place everything on their places and try not to have too much electronics around. I, my self do not have a TV in my bedroom and I make the best use of my bedroom's view. It's relaxing to just stare at the sky while sipping chamomile tea before bed time. Clutter free, electronic free, just you and bed.
5. MOOD LIGHTING
When you are trying to fall asleep, overhead lighting is a big no-no. The best lighting for a cozy environment is low lighting. Avoid bright white lights and choose warm white or yellow light instead. Choose a simple nightstand lamp, do not choose the one that chunky and heavy on the eyes. If you don't have enough space on your nightstand or can't be bothered to drill holes on your wall for wall lamps, then a candle is perfect for this too!