Dress up your bedroom in flattering colours and lights for a good night’s sleep
Interior design for bedrooms have to be planned with care so that sleep and rest become easy
Antony Burgess once made the wry observation, “Laugh and the world laughs with you, snore and you sleep alone.” Jokes apart, the fact that we sleep for one-third of our lives is an eye-opening one. So by the time you are 75 years old, you would have spent 25 years sleeping! This little statistic should bring into sharp clarity the importance of one’s bedroom.
After a long tiring day, there’s no other feeling that can suffuse you with a sense of gratitude as that of sinking one’s head on to the pillow and drifting off into a good night’s sleep. The bedroom, therefore, has to be an oasis of calm, without being drab and boring and the décor of the room has to be tackled accordingly.
Unfortunately, many do not realise that there is no one-size-fits-all interior design for bedrooms. The right design for bedrooms has to be based on the sleep patterns of the occupant, their lifestyle and day-to-day routine.
Let’s check out how the best bedrooms can be designed based on the specific requirements of the home owners.
The common man
A large section of folks who approach us for home interior design holds regular 9-to-6 jobs. Bedrooms for them are spaces to slip into blissful sleep at night. However, when we design their sleep quarters, we look at other requirements as well. For instance, do they watch television in the bedroom? Do they need a work table or a reading nook in the room?
Draperies that are light enough to let in natural light during the day, but can shut out light and ambient sound at night are preferable for these rooms. Colour schemes that are bright and vibrant and look cheerful in the daylight while being pleasantly cosy at night are what we recommend to clients. Reading lights in a perfect corner, as well as ceiling or wall lights, ensure a well-lit bedroom that’s conducive to reading or turns the room into a temporary home office.
The night owl
People who tend to work in night shifts, by circumstance or choice, have very different requirements. Light controls the body’s circadian clock and sleep-wake cycle. We are naturally built to sleep at night and bright lights during the day, when these night owls drift off into the land of dreams, can lead to insomnia and other health issues.
So these are the folks who require dark walls and thick black-out draperies that can darken their bedrooms in the daytime and shut out sounds as well. Dark shades don’t mean black and 50 shades of grey (yes, we are proud of working that reference in!). Colours like a deep blue or a moss green or even a rich chocolate brown will look great too. Colours like orange and red are said to encourage creative activity and discourage sleep. The lighting has to have bright and dim options as well for the nocturnally active owner.
Most of us fall into this category, considering how we are binging on entire series on our phones or laptops at night or even getting work done in the silent watches of the night. Drapes for people whose work routines vary between day and night needs to be flexible to fit the diverse requirements. The windows could incorporate a layered style with both thick and lacy curtains. Blinds are also a good option and offer a lot of flexibility in terms of how much light is to be let in.
For the walls, a mixed palette with soft pastels offset by darker accents and highlights will help the room to switch between a space to dress up in and face the day ahead, to a space of relaxation and rest.
End of the day, whatever be the needs of the home owners, their design team can work with all the inputs and create a beautiful room that’s restful and functional without compromising on aesthetics.
Every person who buys a house has a dream home that has to be carved out of the shell that has been bought. Once the needs and design preferences have been understood, the bedroom will take shape and come to life so that the home owners can spend a happy one-third of their lives there.