Home and Garden: Beautify Your Bedroom
By Lisa De Silva
There is nothing as refreshing and nourishing as a good’s night sleep. We spend a third of our lives in bed, so it’s vital that we create the best sleeping environment possible.
With our fast-paced and technology-driven lifestyles, we need a sanctuary and increasingly that room is our bedroom, a place where we can feel instantly soothed, comforted and relaxed. What’s more, the bedroom is one of the few places where it doesn’t matter what other people think of your style or taste. So, prepare to indulge all your design desires with our guide to boudoir heaven.
Beds do not last forever. If you’ve recently enjoyed a better night’s sleep away from home, then it might be time to change your bed. Just changing the mattress can be a false economy, as the bed itself will enhance the comfort and support of the mattress, helping you to get the best from any new purchase.
Firstly, work out the right size for your needs. Two adults sharing a double bed gives you each the personal sleeping space of a baby in a cot. Given this, you might want to consider a king or super king size, although room dimensions may prohibit this.The height of the bed can also be important, but whether you choose it low or high, there are no shortage of different styles available. From wooden sleigh beds, to cast iron bedsteads and modern divans, the only constraint will be your budget.
You might also want to consider an adjustable bed. These allow you to incline your position independently of your sleeping partner and can help with medical complaints, or make watching TV, or browsing on a laptop more comfortable. Some even include massage units to help you drift off .
The best way to choose a mattress is to try out a variety with your sleeping partner. So, go together and spend at least 10 minutes laying in your normal sleeping position.
As a guideline, if you can slide your hand under the hollow of your back too easily, the mattress maybe too hard, whereas if you struggle to slide your hand underneath you, it could be too soft.
Comfort is a subjective thing when it comes to beds, so try before you buy.
When it comes to mattress fillings the choice can seem bewildering, but there are basically two main options: sprung or non-sprung mattresses. Sprung interiors use open coil, continuous springs, or pocket springs, which are smaller and softer and work independently of each other, helping to eliminate ‘roll together.’ The non-sprung varieties are most commonly made of memory foam which moulds itself to your individual shape, or latex, which has anti-bacterial properties and is recommended for allergy sufferers.
More recently, there has been a trend to add mattress toppers, which provide extra cushioning and come in a variety of fillings, from down feathers to memory foam. Whatever you plump for, it’s a good idea to change your mattress every seven years to maintain support and comfort.
Anyone suffering from persistent neck and shoulder pain, should check their pillow. A good one will fully support your head and hold it in correct alignment with your body, minimising any stress or pressure points.
Fillings, which include synthetic foam or feathers, together with thickness, remains a personal choice and again, it’s important to try a few types before finding your best option.
It’s also a good idea to keep your pillow clean as it is estimated that 10% of the weight of an old pillow comes from skin scale, mould, along with dead and living dust mites. Yuk!
Lighting is one of the easiest ways to create a mood, so think about soft bedside lighting to create a calm and relaxing vibe.
Light and darkness are nature’s way of telling our body that it’s time to sleep or wake. However, light pollution from street lamps can interfere with this natural process. Black out blinds, particularly during the summer, can help to create a darkened environment and improve the quality of your sleep.
Bed Linen & Statement Headboards
There’s nothing like sliding into freshly laundered silky sheets. When buying bed linen do not assume that the higher the thread count, the better the fabric.
What’s important is the fineness of the yarn and the type of weave used to make the material. The best guide is to run your hand over the fabric until you find one to your taste.
Silk bedlinen is also becoming increasingly popular. It is naturally hypo-allergenic and comfortable to sleep in. Warm in the winter and cool in the summer, it helps to retain moisture in your hair and skin, so is great for minimising wrinkles and hair frizz.
For an instant and simple bedroom style injection, try a statement headboard. While many beds already come with a headboard, creating your own with some material or cushions, or having a custom one made, can bring a touch of luxury to your room.
While a bedroom retreat means different things to different people, there are several trends worth considering.
In terms of palette, cool soothing greens, blues, Scandinavian greys and neutrals remain a popular way to bring a sense of calm and serenity to bedrooms. For more invigorating colours turn to brighter greens and yellows, and for those wanting passion and warmth, don’t be scared of red.
Natural materials such as wood, stone, cotton and metal also help to create pared-down simplicity in a room, and evoke a sense of natural calm.
Whatever style you opt for, be it Danish cool or modern Moroccan, it’s well worth creating a little sanctuary just for you to lay back in, relax and wake up feeling on top of the world.