Five ways to decorate your bedroom to get a better night’s sleep while on a budget
The bedroom is a place to relax and unwind, but it can sometimes be hard to switch off at night, therefore affecting your ability to sleep. However, there are opportunities to improve sleep through decoration that don’t break the bank.
Experts from Bed Kingdom have highlighted five ways to decorate your bedroom with simple additions in order to promote sleep.
Bring The Outside In
Plants are a great way to bring life into your bedroom, and the greenery adds a calming effect. They also lower blood pressure which decreases levels of cortisol, known as the stress hormone, to help you catch some Zs.
Air quality is just one of the factors that can be getting in the way of your sleep. English ivy has been discovered to be the most effective plant for cleansing the air of benzene, a harmful chemical that contributes to air pollution. These plants can live up to 100 years, so with proper maintenance, it’s a long-term investment.
Find The Right Lighting
Nailing the ambience for your bedroom is key to creating a cosy feel – and with the right lighting, you can rest easy at night.
Bulbs that emit an amber light are the best option to tick both sleep and ambience of the list as they promote melatonin – the hormone that controls the sleep cycle. In addition, they protect your eyes from blue light which is emitted from electronic devices and disrupts your sleeping cycle. LED bulbs are the best option when you’re on a budget as they use a lot less energy than incandescent bulbs, thus making them cost-effective.
Consider The Colour Scheme
The colour of your bedroom will not only determine just how aesthetically pleasing it is, but you can also use it to your advantage to help you sleep better.
Soft blue in particular calms your mind and helps concentration, therefore helping you to be more relaxed and switch off at night.
Pale shades of yellow can contribute to a positive mood due to its cheerfulness, thus working to reduce stress that may sometimes keep you up during the night.
Shade of green, as long as they are blue-toned as opposed to warm-toned, can be sleep inducing. By being non-stimulating, they help us to feel more peaceful and calmer, allowing us to relax.
Invest In Your Bed
Given that your bed is essentially the most vital piece of furniture in your room, it can make or break the aesthetic – and more importantly, it’s a huge factor when it comes to sleep.
Opting for white cotton for your bedding is a timeless look – it’s a neutral shade that will match any other colours in the room, so you can keep it around if you ever switch up the colour scheme. As well as this, the fabric is one of the most affordable when it comes to bedding, and it absorbs lots of moisture to keep you cool at night if you tend to overheat. Your mattress is another element of your bed that shouldn’t be neglected – look for one that keeps your back aligned while you sleep to ensure that its comfortable and therefore long-lasting.
Combine Scents With Decoration
While reed diffusers add a delightful scent to your bedroom, they also add a decorative touch without having to splurge, from placing them on a bare dressing table or adding them to an empty window ledge. As well as this, they can improve your sleep due to aiding relaxation.
It’s important to pick the right scents to ensure that you reap the benefits. Lavender is a relaxing scent and is used for many people who suffer from insomnia, and chamomile is also helpful to promote sleep as it reduces your body’s temperature and lowers your heart rate.
A spokesperson from Bed Kingdom has commented: “There are many causes for not getting enough shut eye at night, from stress to lifestyle changes. Fortunately, there are simple and affordable additions that not only spruce it up, but also improve your ability to sleep. It’s interesting that there are such a variety of ways to do so, whether that be investing in your bed or simply incorporating nature.”