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Tips For Styling Your Bedroom To Encourage Better Sleep

Sleep is one of those things many of us just can’t seem to get quite enough of.  It’s not easy to function on minimal sleep for long durations and sometimes, simple things can help improve our quantity and quality of sleep.  Aside from the obvious great mattress, there are other ways that you can help style your room to improve your sleep. These are some simple tips that all can incorporate to help get a little more much needed sleep.

Tips For Styling Your Bedroom To Encourage Better Sleep


A pretty diffuser or oil burner not only looks nice but can also make a room smell wonderful and create a soothing, calming atmosphere.  Classically oils such as lavender, vanilla and jasmine work well to relax and calm the mind and help promote a good night’s sleep.

Room Colour

Believe it or not the colour of your bedroom can make a difference when it comes to sleep.  Studies have shown that the most relaxing colour for a bedroom is blue.  Other colours that can help promote sleep are yellow and green.  Can’t repaint? Then add items of those colours to the room. There’s a way around everything!


It’s useful to know that plants can help not only improve the appearance of a room but also add therapeutic value.  Plants such as lavender, and jasmine can provide a wonderful scent when in flower as well as a relaxing effect as mentioned above. Aloe vera and snake plants are great plants for bedrooms as they give off oxygen at night unlike other plants.  This helps improve sleep and also helps remove some harmful chemicals from the air.

Bedding Fabric

My husband and I bought some silk sheets a long time ago.  The sheets were gorgeous but when it came to sleep in them they were not so great.  Having the right bedding fabric can be vital to ensure a good nights sleep.  Cotton is often the material of choice as it is a breathable fabric.  I love Egyptian cotton sheets, which are all we ever use now.

A Headboard and Bedframe

Until I got my current bed I didn’t realise the difference having a headboard and bedframe would make to my sleep.  According to Feng Shui principles they make you feel supported and safe. Wooden and upholstered both work well for those that are curious and as we all love getting a bargain hubby says it’s a good idea to head on over to The Sleep Station for their divan bed sale.  He’s looking to get some for his latest renovation project.  At the moment he’s pulling up carpets, how exciting!!!

Blocking Out Light Effectively

Light filtering into the room whether it’s from outside or a hallway is a big culprit for affecting our sleep.  As we are exposed to light that enters our bedroom room it triggers our body to wake up. Good thick curtains or blackout blinds are important as even a little light coming in to the bedroom at night can seriously affect how well we will sleep.


Dimmer lights are a great addition to any room.  If you can’t change the lighting in your room add a side light that is dimmable.  These lights not only give a nice gentle glow to a room they also allow you to relax better as opposed to strong harsh light.  That’s why many of us opt for candles when having a bath.  Relaxing in a dimly lit room before you go to bed can be far more soothing than bright light and helps encourage us to relax our minds and bodies.

Clear The Clutter

I get stressed when my room gets messy.  You can imagine how high my stress levels are with the kids toys everywhere and me having piles of Christmas presents ready to be wrapped.  Making sure you go for a minimalist style can give you a relaxing space where you can gently ease into a lovely deep sleep.

What tips would you suggest for restyling a bedroom to promote better sleep?

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  1. This was very interesting & useful as I work shifts so often have problems sleeping through the day in Central London!

    1. It can be hard to sleep when your hours are disrupted. I hope you can establish some sort of routine and that my tips help Lindsey x

  2. Lovely and calming tips! I love spraying a pillow spray before getting into bed, as the scent helps to reduce my anxiety 🙂

    1. That really does work wonders. I do love lavender 🙂

  3. Such lovely ideas. I love our bedroom. It is not blue, but a cream with white painted floorboards. The bedding is light and the only furniture is the bedside tables, and some draws as well as the bed. The cupboards as in the room already with cream doors too so just blend in. There is certainly no childrens clutter or ours!! It is calming and inviting 🙂

    1. Ha, I need to get the kiddies stuff out. They love to leave all sorts in our bedroom.

  4. We have quite a few plants in our bedroom and I really do love the feeling of serenity they bring but also they are great for the air too and look fab!

    1. They can make a room look so much more inviting!

  5. I think pale colours and no clutter is key to a good nights sleep. I feel so much better and less stressed when I room is uncluttered – hard going I know with kids!

    1. Ha, yes kids don’t seem to like uncluttering rooms 🙂

  6. Lighting definitely make a big difference when it comes to good sleep! I always love lamps that let me slowly turn down the brightness as it gets later.

  7. I’m searching for a black curtain set now to block our light as of now I have purple and it has been ok but not been best. I love the ideas and tips you have provided and I am excited to see I am already doing some of these things (ie having a diffuser of lavendar scent).

  8. These are all fabulous tips! I agree that bedding is so important to a good nights sleep! It really makes a huge difference.

    1. It sure does make a difference. I did’t realise until I had my own home.

  9. These are all Amazing Ideas and I definitely want to implement them! Also, I want to live inside most of the photos on this post.

    1. Lol, they do look great don’t they 🙂

  10. I do need Lavender and Jasmine flours or scents for my room. I love your ideas, simple but makes a world of difference

  11. For some reason, I seem to find sleep easier with a certain amount of light and noise so I don’t like the light blocked out at all, unlike, unfortunately, my partner who likes the room pitch black and quiet!

  12. Plants are always a good idea. I have some in the living room, but I guess I should move some small ones into the bedroom. Maybe that would help my husband with his sleep issues.

  13. I had no idea having plants in a room was conducive to good sleep. My bedroom has yellow curtains and a blue and beige wallpaper so I definitely picked the best colours 🙂 I don’t actually like blocking light in my room: I love seeing the light as soon as the sun rises.

    1. Wow you did choose great colours for your room. I know what you mean about blocking light although the second the light comes in I get woken which really is frustrating as I need all the sleep I can get.

  14. i love lavender was one of my craving when pregnant too. i have head aloe vera is good for the bedroom but im not sure a yellow and green bedroom would make me relax though lol Might repaint with blue paint although i find blue can be a cold colour.

  15. Completely agree re blocking out the lights. We have black out blinds and curtains:)

    1. Those can make such a big difference!

  16. Yes, I also had a bad experience with silk sheets. It’s not the best choice. Thank you for tips about the right bedding fabric. Will definitely consider this during next purchases.

    Also, I badly need to remove the clutter. It’s going to be huge work but it’s one of my goals before the New Year.

    1. Ha, decluttering is now my mission – not easy with 3 children 🙂

  17. These are great tips. I’m a headboard fan but not a footboard as my other half is too tall! I didn’t know yellow was a good colour to have in your bedroom to help promote sleep.

    1. Aaahhhh yes footboards are a totally different story. We don’t have those it doesn’t allow for a restful sleep.

  18. Very lovely ideas ! im also a big fan of neutral cosy spacious and electronics free bedrooms

    1. Electronic free bedrooms can be good although it is nice to watch a bit of tv in bed on occasion.

  19. I make sure my bedroom is always clean and smells of lavender for me to get a good night sleep.

    1. That’s great and must really help improve your sleep 🙂

  20. These tips are amazing. Aromatherapy is really the best! I love using my air diffuser from Muji to diffuse essential oils around the room. I also recently got a new bed with a headboard and I feel like it elevates the look of the room so much.

    1. It does add to the room appearance too I totally agree. The diffuser sounds great I do love essential oils.

  21. I will have to implement all of these! Having been diagnosed with insomnia over 20 years ago, I’m always looking for ways to get more sleep. I’ve never thought about a head and footboard but it makes absolute sense.

    1. I’d go with a headboard only Cynthia. It’s amazing what simple things you can do to improve sleep.

  22. I think you are marvellous finding and showing all the stuff you do

  23. I have Fibromyalgia and CFS (Chronic Fatigue) so it is so important for me to have a nice bedroom that is comfortable and welcoming. We will be looking to get a new bed and mattress this year as we have had ours alot of years. I know how important the mattress is. I hadn’t thought much about the base before, until I read this. We need to replace both. Not just the mattress

    1. It can make a big difference to sleep and being able to unwind and relax. A well styled bedroom will work wonders for you 🙂

  24. great information here

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