The first time you got to try your hand at decorating was most probably in your bedroom during your teenage years, when your budget more than likely didn’t allow for more than a couple of flea-market rock band posters and, if you had accommodating parents, your own choice of bed linen. But it would have been around then that you might have realised the importance of making your bedroom – your personal sanctuary – entirely your own. After all, your bedroom is where you ultimately spend roughly a third of your life; it makes sense that you’d want it to be a place that’s aesthetics are conducive to states of peace and restfulness.
It’s no accident that scientists have spent many decades researching the role of adequate sleep – or lack thereof – in the mental and physical health of the human body. So, let’s delve a little into the topic from a decorative perspective, and explore a few factors that could contribute to the attainment of a good night’s rest.
Firstly – and as is usually the case – the type and quality of light in the room is an essential part of the picture. Soft, warm light goes a long way toward creating an inviting space in which to relax and unwind.
There’s nothing worse than being woken with a start in the middle of the night by the neighbour’s barking dog or an electric fence alarm, triggered by a falling twig from that tree next to the wall. Consider installing some sound-absorbing panelling. Not only will it add an interesting visual dimension to your boudoir, but it will also help to muffle those annoying noises that interrupt your much-needed shut-eye.
Behind the curtain
Buy black-out curtains or have black-out linings sewn into your existing drapes. This way, no matter what hours you keep, you can be assured of a completely darkened room when you need to catch up on those zzz's.
Finally, when you decorate your bedroom, give yourself the freedom to let loose and fly in the face of convention. Whether it’s a grand old four-poster bed with fairy lights all around the canopy, a sultry boudoir or simply just a place with a sitting nook for quiet, solitary reflection, make sure it’s the one place you know you’ll always find some breathing room.
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