All interior design should support the main purpose of any given space. Kitchens are well lit so so you can see during food prep; family rooms have comfortable seating centered around a focal point; home offices have the storage and utility for getting work done. When it comes to the quality and quantity of your sleep, bedroom design can change your mood, affect the release of hormones, and influence your ability to relax and wind down after a long day.
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Circadian rhythms control your sleep-wake cycle, and those rhythms are heavily influenced by light. These rhythms determine when sleep hormones are released. How your bedroom is lit could interfere with these sensitive bodily rhythms.
High-efficiency LED bulbs give off blue light that suppresses the release of melatonin, a sleep hormone. If your bedroom is lit with these bulbs, you may find yourself tossing and turning after the lights go out. Any task lighting, like reading lamps should use incandescent bulbs, which give off red rather than blue light.
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When you think about lighting a bedroom, you also have to consider how to block out light. Light pollution and moonlight exposure can also affect your ability to sleep. Light streaming through windows confuses the brain in the same way the wrong light bulbs can. Blackout curtains, heavy drapes, or blinds incorporated into the bedroom design can block out as much light as possible for the best sleep conditions.
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You might not think of a mattress as a design feature, but the bed is the focal point of the bedroom and directly affects your ability to sleep. An old lumpy mattress could be causing discomfort and wakefulness at night. A new mattress may be a solution–and you can find cheap options that will save more of your budget for decorations. It should support your preferred sleep position, leaving you with no aches and pains.
The height of the bed can also affect sleep and change the feel of the room. Minimalist designs often have the mattress on a low platform just above the ground. While modern mattresses are meant to rest on a solid surface, if getting in and out of bed is difficult for you, this type of design isn’t as relaxing as it could be. Box spring raise the height of the bed and offer extra support for the mattress.
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Other aspects of the bed besides the mattress can affect the feel of a room. The frame and textiles also change the character of the room. Textiles like the bedspread, throws, and pillows offer an inviting, comfortable coziness. When plush fabrics are used, they can also help absorb sound, making the room quieter while you sleep.
Colors have been shown to affect mood. When it comes to good sleep, some colors work better than others. Cool neutrals have long been the standard in the bedroom. They work well because they create a blank canvas on which to decorate the room. Cool colors also have a calming effect.
But, if you want something with more pop than a neutral, the color you choose could either help or hinder your sleep. Warm colors like red and orange energize and cause your heart rate to increase, not the right conditions for better sleep. On the other hand, blues and greens evoke calm and peace. While pastels are popular and look amazing, don’t be afraid of deeper shades as they’re actually easier on the eyes and can make the room feel cozy.