I have always been a terrible sleeper; the slightest noise wakes me up and once I'm awake it can take me a lot longer to drift back off. Over the years I've developed a number of hacks which have helped such as not watching television in the last hour before I go to bed, having a notebook on my bedside cabinet for anything I think of in the night and making sure my phone is turned away from me so if any alerts flash up then I'm not disturbed.
One thing I'm really keen on this year, especially given that we are shortly to be moving into a new home, is to redo our bedroom so that it becomes less a place for dumping washing we haven't yet gotten around to putting away and more a place where we can both retreat to after our busy days. Words like 'soothing' 'relaxing' and 'cosy' are my keywords and my inspiration.
We want our bedroom to be a stress-free zone and I've been gathering a couple of ideas on Pinterest and Instagram which I am hoping to put into place over the next few months. But if getting the perfect bedroom is also on your to do list then read on for my tops tips on how to get the perfect, relaxing bedroom space:-
I am a bit of a bedding magnet and will often head straight to the bedding section when we go into any homeware store. I'm not sure what it is but I am drawn to gentle colours, pretty patterns and absolutely any kind of throw. It has become a bit of an obsession but it took a long time before I knew exactly what kind of bedding worked best.
When it comes to the ideal bedding you want something which is soft and comfortable, nothing beaded or scratchy, or anything which won't wash well. In my experience 100% cotton is best as this can survive being washed regularly (which we should all be doing!!) without losing shape or becoming bobbled and worn. We have tried various materials over the years and this is always a winner for us. Plus it is super soft when just washed.
The tog of a duvet is a huge and constant debate which takes place in our house, namely because James is always too warm at night and I am always too cold. At the moment we are living in a old house which is a nightmare to heat so we have a 15 tog but I'm sure when we move to our properly insulated new build house we will need something lighter. I've even seen duvets where you can half and half togs like this one. Something I think we definitely need to invest in!
The thing about bedrooms is that they are often the last place we think of to redecorate because we spend most of the time in there with our eyes closed. However, if your heart sinks every time you go in then you probably need to change the colour scheme and make sure you go for something you love and which will last the test of time.
If you struggle to fall asleep at night then opt for muted, gentle colours but if you struggle to get up in the morning then go for bright pops of colour which will energise you first thing in the morning.
Although it can be nice to fill your room with trinkets and pretty things, try to keep these to a minimum and ensure that everything has its own place. Buying good quality bedroom furniture is a worthy investment to make; especially if you opt for something neutral which can remain even if you decide to change your colour scheme in the long run. If your room is overrun then consider buying additional storage or moving things out of the bedroom and putting them somewhere else in the home. A clean and tidy room is a must if you struggle to fall asleep.
I have a fairly relaxed bedroom cleaning routine which is to change the bedding at least once a fortnight, to vacuum once a week (especially as our bedroom is also the place that I do my hair and make-up...yuck) and to put clothes away once a week or as needed. Both Meg and Eli and James are terrible at picking up their clothes, preferring to drop them all over the floor wherever they happen to be standing, so I generally whip around once a day and put clothing in the relevant place as well. We try to encourage the making of beds each day which can do wonders for the look of a room. If you've implemented the above storage option then you should find keeping your bedroom neat and clean isn't too much of an arduous task.
Finally, to the last element which can really make a room a relaxing and cosy place to be; lighting. Get the lighting right and generally everything else will fall into place. We very rarely put the 'big' overhead light on in our bedroom opting instead for either natural light during the day and low, subtle light from lamps when it gets dark. Soft lamplight can make a room ambient and inviting as well as not being too strong and overbearing when you are getting ready to go to bed.
I'm looking forward to sharing our new bedroom with you in the next couple of weeks so do keep an eye out on my Instagram feed!
This is a collaborative post.