Sleep WellPublished on March 8, 2020

  • Wall colour: Benjamin Moore 

  • Frida two-drawer nightstand in natural walnut with marble top; $1,435, Cadieux Interiors

  • Brookestone® sleep sound mixer, 
$159, Bed Bath & Beyond

  • Slipsilk sleep mask, $70, Nordstrom

The bedroom has become one of the most respected rooms in the house. As the need to recharge takes on new meaning in a world fueled by charged devices, having a room designated for rest and refuge is increasingly important.

The Mayo Clinic states that adults need seven to nine hours sleep per night, and that doesn’t mean light napping; it’s all about high-quality sleep of extended hours without interruption. And it’s likely that you’re not getting that.

There are number of ways you can help with this, starting with loving the room you’re in. Make sure the décor and overall aesthetic appeal to your personal style. The bedroom isn’t a place to implement décor changes to keep up with trends. It’s the most personal space in the home. Make sure this room feels welcoming each time you walk through the door.

Personalizing the space with mementos from vacations and fond memories of good times will create an uplifting environment, so go ahead, top a table with a trinket or two and display framed family photos. These things will lift spirits and transport you to happy times. But, be cautious about cluttering the space. Over accessorizing will create a chaotic feeling which can be disruptive to sleep.

Maintaining a clutter-free bedroom might be challenging when space is limited, but ending the day or even escaping mid-day for quiet time in a well-organized space can go a long way to encouraging a restful sleep. Look for creative storage solutions, like under bed containers and woven baskets to stash excess belongings. A functional bedside table is a necessity; keep it well stocked with a selection of reading materials that include short stories and magazines for a quick read before bedtime.

Take careful consideration of the paint colours you pick for your bedroom. Choosing a colour that soothes, rather than excites you, is essential. Blue and green are two of the best choices. Blue is a cool, yet calming colour, and green has fresh-air qualities that breathe life into a space while also creating a peaceful essence within the room. For a more sophisticated look, consider painting a grey shade with hints of blue.

Bedding is the icing on the cake. Don’t skimp on inexpensive sheets and comforters. High-quality, natural fibres will feel better and offer up an improved sleep. Spending money on quality bedding is well worth the expense when you emerge each day feeling refreshed and ready to tackle what’s in front of you.

Mary Taggart

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