The bedroom serves two very specific purposes – sleep and sex. Everything about the room, including the decor, arrangement, and lighting should support those purposes. That means that there are certain trends you’re going to want to skip when it comes to your bedroom.
Bright Colors and Loud Wallpaper
Bright colors and wallpaper with bold prints have their place but it isn’t in the bedroom. Colors can be broken into two basic families – warm and cool. Warm colors like red, orange, and bright yellows can make you feel invigorated and energized. It’s no surprise that they’re also the colors of the sun. These colors don’t belong in the bedroom. You want your heart rate and blood pressure to come down when you enter the bedroom threshold. Warm colors aren’t known for doing that. The one exception is pale yellow, which makes some people feel happy but the watered-down hue prevents it from over stimulating your senses.
Cool colors like blue, green, and lavender, on the other hand, have a calming effect. A Travelodge sponsored survey found that 58 percent of people better in a blue room. Blues and greens are also colors associated with nature. Natural elements are known to decrease activity in the part of the brain associated with anxiety and depression.
And, of course, you can’t go wrong with cool neutrals like gray and white. They let you fully relax and create a backdrop lets you mix and match the color of your accessories.
This might not be a design trend, but you should avoid it anyway. Saggy, lumpy mattresses contribute to wakefulness and morning aches and pains, which get in the way of your sleep efficiency. Sleep efficiency is the amount of time you actually spend asleep versus the time you spend in bed. If you wake up several times during the night to get comfortable, you’re not getting the rest you need.
Look for a mattress with a firmness that’s appropriate for your weight and preferred sleep style – back, stomach, or side. Back and stomach sleepers need the support of a medium-firm to firm mattress for spinal alignment. Side sleepers, who need a mattress that fits the curve of their bodies, usually sleep better with a soft mattress. No matter which you choose, make sure to try it out before you buy.
High-Efficiency Light Bulbs and Electronics
High-efficiency (HE) light bulbs are great for saving money and energy, but they just don’t belong in the bedroom. HE bulbs give off a blue light that’s similar enough to sunlight that it can suppress sleep hormones. These bulbs work well in other rooms like the kitchen and living room, but in the bedroom, stick to incandescent.
Electronics like televisions, laptops, and smartphones can emit the same blue light, making them poor companions in the bedroom as well. If you absolutely cannot imagine your bedroom without a television, try to turn it off two to three hours before your bedtime to prevent sleep disruptions. And, your other devices – charge them somewhere else. You don’t need the distraction and an old-fashioned alarm clock won’t wake you with notifications throughout the night.
If there’s an aspect of your bedroom design that’s keeping you awake at night, it’s time for it to go. With a room designed for success, you’ll be getting a full seven to nine hours of sleep you need in no time.