Hugo Fleming, director of award-winning local interior design company Cranberryhome, explains how you can improve wellbeing through better sleep.
We all know sleep is vital, however, designing the perfect bedroom for a good night’s sleep needs a little smart thinking.
Ideally, your room should be used for sleep and romance only, everything else done in your room serves no other purpose than to distract you from sleep.
Using a few key Feng Shui suggestions can go a long way to boosting your wellbeing at home.
Start with natural fabric curtains for maximum daytime sunlight and night time privacy. If possible, position your bed on a wall diagonally across from the door.
A solid wood headboard not only creates a focal point but adds stability to the space.
Declutter your room and try to have a clear space under your bed for good energy flow. Always go for a bedside table on each side and place a rug underneath the bed to surround the area with warmth.
Do include inspirational images of the natural world in your bedroom to project serenity.
If you have books in your bedroom, organise these by colour to create order and purpose.
TV’s and electronics in the bedroom are particularly bad, screens emit blue light, which can trick the body’s production of melatonin into slowing down.
Avoid lots of rich, deep colours, such as purple, gold or red, in the bedroom. These colours stimulate your energy, resulting in poor sleep.
Pastels, in particular blue, green and yellow, are calming shades that promote a more relaxing environment. However, avoid blues in your bedroom if you face north.
In a survey of over 2,000 British homes, it was found that the colours blue, yellow, and green helped sleepers get the most hours of sleep, with blue averaging the best at 7 hours 52 minutes, whilst yellow and green follow closely behind.
Most importantly your bed needs to be a good size with a mattress that fully supports you.
Turn your mattress regularly and ensure you have good quality natural bed linen to surround yourself – cotton is often a preferred choice for both bedding and nightwear as it’s breathable, wicks moisture and stays comfortably cool against the skin.
Hugo is often found at Ask an Expert at Grand Designs Live, and is in demand as an interior designer all over the UK. You can email him on firstname.lastname@example.org or visit cranberryhome.co.uk for more information.