When designing or renovating the bedroom, it’s never enough to focus solely on the design or the look of the room. As many are aware, it’s a room that runs on feeling just as much. Without the ability to relax, de-stress, and indulge in a little comfort, you could be missing out on the rejuvenating feeling of a good night’s sleep in a room built just for you.
Appeal to all the senses
Beyond your sense of sight, there are ways to use your other senses to elicit that sense of peace and comfort that can help you chill out ahead of a night’s sleep. Winding down before bed is an effective way to improve your quality of sleep and the sense of smell has been shown to help greatly with that. Improving the scent of your bedroom, whether using essential oils like lavender, jasmine, or vanilla can help freshen the air and provides a faint aroma proven to help better get you to sleep.
It might not be as easily perceptible as your sense of smell, but air quality is important, too. All kinds of toxins and allergens can find their way in the bedroom, from the byproducts of chemical cleaning agents to dust and moisture from the outdoors or other parts of the home. Improve the health of your room using tools like a dehumidifier and keep the air fresh by using purifying agents like houseplants, hardwood floors instead of carpets, and keep clutter to a minimum. If you’re sensitive to them, allergens can easily ruin a night’s sleep and, even if you aren’t, they are more likely to make your room feel stuffy and uncomfortable.
The main attraction
You can’t ignore the bed when it comes to the feeling of the room. It’s where you’re going to spend most of the time in that room, after all. If your bed is starting to feel like it’s wearing thin or you can feel individual springs within the mattress, it’s time to contact your local bedroom furniture store. Make sure you’re updating the sheets to match the season, too. Light, breathable fabrics like cotton are best for when you want to beat the heat of summer, while silk is a great insulator for those colder autumn and winter nights.
Design for touch
Sensation is important, and the bed is only one aspect of it. The better you appeal to your sense of touch, the more comforting and relaxing the bedroom feels. Layer softness throughout the room with things like wool throws for any seating you have and a soft rug that provides your feet with a happy landing first thing in the morning. You want to layer them strategically in the places you spend the most time in the room.
The next time you’re thinking of updating or upgrading the bedroom, ensure you’re thinking a little deeper than just the aesthetic. Touch, smell, hearing, the bedroom should put all your senses at rest so you can really enjoy a night’s sleep.