Our Bedrooms are one of the most unique spaces in the home. They are a place of serenity, peace, rest and intimacy says Medy Navani.
Here, we are our most natural selves. The design of a bedroom needs to be done gently and emotionally. We should not underestimate the positive effect of a well designed bedroom on our mood. We have a deep connection with our bedrooms, from the great story times when we were kids, to the sleepovers with friends when we were teens and the thousands of hours of precious sleep and quiet recharge time.
Most of our daily dialogue begins and ends in here. In fact, the first 20 minutes of the day, from the moment we wake up, our brain is operating at 10.5 wave cycles per second, a strictly unconscious mind zone. What this means is that the first 15-20 minutes of ‘brain food’ (what we put into our brains) can affect our entire day, so the trick is to start your day positive and with focus, motivation and desire.
Therefore, what are we in contact with when we first wake up is important to consider. This highlights the importance of the selection of the right materials and finishings in the bedroom. What we see, what we touch, what we smell when we wake up.
The positioning of the bed is crucial for a peaceful sleep, and here are some tips:
- Avoid placing the bed against the same wall as the door
- Place the head of the bed against the wall opposite from the door
- Avoid placing the head of the bed directly below a window
- The bed should not share a wall with the bathroom or kitchen
- And always, always make sure once you step down off your bed, your feet touch the smooth warm surface of a silky rug.
The next step is to keep furniture in bedrooms simple and light. Bulky furniture in bed rooms are no no’s, and no home office desk should be set up in the bedroom under any circumstances.If there is a TV in the bedroom, make it part of the wall, almost disappearing and insignificant. I enjoy some late movie nights in bed, however there are many studies showing the impact of electronics on the quality of sleep. I also rather enjoy beautiful artwork on the wall which invites you to dream just before falling asleep.
This brings us to the next element of the bedroom, the lighting. Dimmers are a must, it doesn’t matter how many light sources we have in bedroom, they should all be dimmable. Adjusting the right light intensity is so crucial for our wellbeing. I suggestselecting light sources which are positioned as low as possible. That means night stand lights and floor stand lights rather than hanging chandeliers. Also make sure to use warm colour temperature bulbs (3000 kelvin).
Another key element of lighting is the curtains in a bedroom. This vertical design feature creates an important effect in the room and breaks the monotony of a plain wall, making the room more soft. I highly recommend making sure your blinds also completely block out the day light. Even a little bit of lighting can disrupt our sleep, simply because light can penetrate our eyelids and influence our biological clock.
My colour selection for bedrooms is always to keep it cozy, warm, timeless and peaceful. Beiges, champagnes, silky greys, and a lot of white. I love my bed in crisp white (by the way the minimum is six pillows) however it is always complimented with a touch of light colour on the day cover and the decorative pillows. My last tip is to make sure you select a sweet and unique room perfume for your bedroom. It can be something as simple as some self made lavender, cinnamon, vanilla or amber pads next to the bed.
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