5 Tricks Designers Use to Make Any Bedroom a Restful Space

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Tyler Karu Design

We spend a good amount of time in of our lives sleeping, so of course we want our slumber space to be cozy and calming. This is when our bodies recharge, repair, and rest. The aesthetic of a bedroom can help or hinder restfulness, so creating the most perfect oasis is crucial.

We asked interior decorators for their best tips on creating a haven for rest, so read on and learn how you can make your sleeping space a special spot for getting the best sleep.

Pick the Bed for You

First and foremost, what you are lying on is key to getting the rest you need. Take care when choosing a bed, taking into account your preferences such as firmness and composition. Some people prefer a box spring and mattress combo while others like the feel of a platform foundation with just a mattress on top.

“There are foam types of mattresses that have memory foam toppers on top, adjustable air mattresses that allow you to adjust the firmness, and even bed systems that have an adjustable bed frame,” says Fred David, an interior designer. 

With so many options available, take the time to find a bed that will be the most comfortable for you. You can’t get the sleep you need without a comfortable foundation. 

Invest in Bedroom Accessories

Second to the mattress is what you wrap it in. No one can sleep well with scratchy linens or uncomfortable blankets. No matter what kind of theme you choose for your bedroom, be sure that your matching linens are comfortable and low maintenance.

Think about all the time you spend sleeping or just lounging on your bed when you are putting together the perfect bedding package. Make sure that your set includes pieces that will suit everything you do.

“The bedding should be the best quality possible and super comfortable,” says Molly McGinness, owner and interior designer of Molly McGinness Interior Design. “It should be soft and inviting to climb into but also offer layers and variations for comfort. Firm pillows are comfortable to lean against for reading in bed, but a softer flatter pillow is for sleeping," she says. "Provide a variety of bedding layers to regulate temperature comfort." Aim to get a comforter that will be warm but lightweight.

Also consider what type of bulb you should be using at night, especially the lamp nearest to your bed. You might be surprised, but that does matter for better sleep. “Soft lighting is key for a restful space. Consider skipping LED bulbs at your nightstand and use good old incandescent instead for a more soothing light as you prepare to sleep,” says Caroline Kopp, founder and designer of Caroline Kopp Interior Design.

Make It Personal

A bedroom is a very personal space, so it only seems to follow that you would want to make it personal for you. Decorate not just for what color or pattern you like but also with items that mean something to you.

“Incorporate personal touches into your bedroom decor to make the space feel more personalized and welcoming,” says Leigh Spicher, National Director of Design Studios for Ashton Woods Home. “Display your favorite artwork, photographs, or souvenirs on your bedside table or dresser. You can also add a personal touch by incorporating a unique piece of furniture or decor item that reflects your style and personality, making your bedroom truly one of a kind.”

Keep Everything Tidy

It's a good idea to find a handy space for charging a phone or any other device you might use regularly, so it's easily accessible right when you're about to sleep or when you wake up. You also will want a place to keep a lamp, a glass of water, a clock, and anything else you might need in the middle of the night. Keeping things tidy will do wonders for your routine. 

“Too many things in your bedroom may cause sleep deprivation. Keep your sleep space organized by assigning certain areas for items in your room. A storage solution is always handy for keeping things neat and tidy and giving you peace of mind so you can sleep more soundly,“ says Sara Abate Rezvanifar, a designer at Ambience Interiors.

Don't Forget the Windows

As much as the interior of your bedroom matters, the items blocking out the rest of the world are just as important. No one wants to hear a mower or car or bird while they are trying to sleep. So how you cover your windows matters a lot when planning how to decorate the room.

“If you live in a noisy area or have noisy neighbors, consider using sound-absorbing curtains or blinds to block out unwanted sounds. Heavy curtains or blinds made from sound-absorbing materials can help reduce noise levels in your bedroom. Use sound-absorbing panels or acoustic foam on the walls if necessary,” says Lisa Jane, an interior designer at Ruling Homes