Tips to a better bedroom

PUBLISHED ON Apr 3, 2020

There are few routines at home that feel more like a ritual than bedtime. The parade of nightly tasks can take many forms, but they’re always meant to downshift the whir of daily life to something more muted. But if your bedroom isn’t set up to soothe, it’s hard to drift gently off to sleep—or to get the quality of rest you crave.

“An ideal bedroom will provide an environment for rest, positivity, and relaxation,” says interior designer Natalie Kraiem. “[It] should feel like your favorite hotel suite, but with personal items such as a few picture frames, a nice candle, and a book.”

Refreshing a space as intimate as where you sleep has the power to reframe your perspective on comfort. Changing even small things can have a major impact on your sleep.

Invest in a quality mattress—seriously

When was the last time you replaced your mattress? It’s customary to replace a mattress every 7 to 10 years, but it’s also important to listen to your body ahead of that. Do you have back aches, or a general uncomfortable feeling when you’re in bed? Are you waking up not feeling rested? Do you get a better night’s sleep when you travel, and not just because it’s vacation? These are all tell-tale signs that something is up with the place you sleep.

Incorporate lighting in layers

Finding ways to cut down on unwanted bedroom light at nighttime will make falling asleep that much easier. Seek out a window treatment that will obscure outside brightness at night but doesn’t block it during the day: Kraiem suggests lightweight curtains or Roman shades in a beautiful fabric with blackout lining behind either.

Bring in calming scents

Chamomile. Lavender. Cedar. Ylang ylang. Whether it’s from a candle in smokey glass, a beautiful ceramic incense holder, or a sleek stone diffuser, tranquil scents are great to bring into the bedroom for their stress- and anxiety-relieving properties. (It’s nice that home-fragrance packaging is so good-looking these days, too.)

Pay attention to linens

“Bedding is crucial to good sleep and the design of the room,” says Kraiem. The area around your bed is just as important as the bed itself. Adding a rug or quieting tatami mat underfoot offers a soft landing pad, and means cozy feet never meet cold floors straightaway.

Spring for soothing-to-you colors

A bedroom’s color scheme (in addition to lighting) will not only set the mood for the furniture and accents, it can also affect your emotions and routine. However, soothing doesn’t always mean light—depending on your preference, sometimes that means playful and bright, moodier, or contrasting.

Declutter to decompress

Clutter and organization go hand-in-hand with sleep quality, Kraiem notes. “A bedroom should be peaceful, to remove any type of anxiety.” Find homes for books and knickknacks, and strategically install baskets or bins so it’s harder to litter clothes on the ground. As for electronics, try to check them at the door. That also means no TVs in the bedroom, either—some distance may offer the disconnection you didn’t know you craved.

Keep in mind arrangement and size

Symmetry and harmony are important where you sleep, according to Kraiem. “I like to find a balance in bedrooms, where the bed is always the focal point,” she says. Bed height is particularly important. It should be proportionate to your height so that when laying down, you feel grounded—not too low or too high. And it should be appropriate for the size of the room; high ceilings can afford a taller frame and smaller spaces benefit from a lower profile.

Source: Home Beautiful