Transform your sleep space into a relaxing retreat!

Transform your sleep space into a relaxing retreat to escape to amid the chaos of modern life! Your bedroom is likely to be the room least seen by guests so it is often left at the bottom of the to-do list. It is important to create a space you can enjoy spending time in not only to sleep, but to relax and restore.

Not only does getting a good night’s sleep do wonders for your mental and physical health but having a space of your own to escape the hustle bustle of everyday life is just as important! Here are 8 helpful tips to give you some ideas on how to create a sanctuary for you to sit back and unwind in the end of a busy day.

Think about the layout of your furniture in zones.

Depending on your goals each zone should be like a mini island with it’s own accessories and maybe even a rug or a separate standing lamp. Utilise underused wall space beneath windows to place a statement chair and foot stool to read a book  or place a long cushioned bench at the foot of your bed which not only makes your bed feel bigger but more luxurious too. If you are someone who feels calmer in organised and symmetrical areas, add some matching cushions or leave a space on either side of your bed for a bedside table to add matching lamps.

Transform your relaxing retreat with unique lighting to create a soothing space.

Lighting is key to creating the perfect atmosphere in each of your zones, for example, if you have a reading chair you will not want a light to be shining directly into your eyes. Before fixing any lighting position yourself where you will be when you are reading a book or watching TV to ensure the light is directed correctly. Avoid fixing lights behind you when you stand in front of a mirrored wardrobe as you will not be able to see the colour of your clothes. Choosing lighting also allows your personality to shine through as you can choose a statement piece to help your space really feel like your own. Declutter your bedside table by adding dropped pendant lights to the wall on each side of the

bed. Keep the lighting soft and nondirectional to create that comfy glow.

Good curtains and blinds will not only block any unwanted light but will also add another personal touch to your bedroom.

Curtains are versatile and can be used as a statement in the room or to blend in with the décor, either way they inject instant style and texture. If you would prefer to add blinds to your windows they can help to make a room feel airier and less crowded. Consider the space in your bedroom and where the windows are situated. Making the choice between curtains and blinds is personal preference, with blinds you can easily adjust the lighting without opening the blinds completely and with curtains you can add texture and warmth. Or you can have both if you want to add style but would still like to retain the privacy and light control!

Unplug before bed!

As tempting as it is to scroll through Instagram before you fall asleep studies suggest that all electronics being turned off at least 30 minutes before will have you getting a better and more beneficial night’s sleep.

Declutter your bedside table.

This can easily become a dumping ground but this will be the first thing you see when you wake up so a tidy space is crucial to kicking off your day in the right way! Ensure everything you do have has a purpose and a space, you may like to have a lamp and a coaster for a drink of water and maybe even a good book. A useful tip is to have an alarm clock rather than your mobile phone to reduce the risk of scrolling before sleep and if you wanted to save even more space you could have wall mounted lights instead of a lamp. Tidy home tidy mind!

Chose the perfect mattress for your sleep style.

Choosing the right mattress and the right bed is a crucial investment to make although there are so many options available it can be a daunting task! The most important aspect of choosing the right mattress for you should be ensuring the tension is right to achieve a neutral spine whilst you sleep. You should be able to sleep in the same position as when you are standing correctly. The three tensions you will need to chose from are soft, medium and firm and you can chose according to your body weight and sleep style – you can now even find mattresses to suit your sleep position! Whether you sleep on your front, side or back there really is something out there for everyone!

Bed linen – there is nothing quite like slipping into clean bed sheets after a busy day!

You may prefer cosy and warm over crisp and cool but either way investing in good bed linen is paramount. When choosing, the factors to consider are how soft you would like your sheets to be, the finer the fibre the softer they will feel. According to your personal preference you can also experiment in the different experiences varying weights will give you, you may prefer to keep it light for airiness or double up in comfort and go heavier. Not only does quality bed linen help in getting an even better night’s sleep but it really does just give that finishing personal touch to the room too.

Choosing the perfect colour scheme to create a tranquil atmosphere .

This can be tricky and it is important to consider not only how you would like the room to look but also how you would like the room to feel. Do you prefer light and airy or deep and cosy? To help you to make the best decision for you we would suggest creating a mood board and experimenting with sample colours against swatches and fabric samples.

Creating a bedroom of tranquillity will help you to feel calmer and happier. Creating a space you can enjoy spending time in with easy fixes like soft colours and adding plants and textiles for warmth are all things you can consider whilst you sit back and relax in the master suite of your new Drew Smith home!