Before you apply a trend to your own bedroom, think about how it might affect your rest. If you’re not sure it will help you sleep, or you think it might hinder your resting, think again before you redesign according to new principles. Here are some trends that could make it harder for you to rest well.
Design magazines and realtors often use small furniture in a room to make the space look larger, or use regular furniture in oversized spaces for the same effect. When you see these pictures, you begin to expect your own room to look similar. To achieve this look in a real room, though, you often have to use undersized furniture to create the illusion of space.
For some things, this isn’t a problem. If you can fit all of your clothes into a dresser, it doesn’t matter how small it is! When it comes to beds, though, you may want to reconsider. In order to sleep well, you’ll want a bed that is large enough for you to sleep and move in comfortably. In fact, most people try to buy the largest bed that they can while still being able to use the rest of the space. Consider your options and choose the bed where you’ll sleep best.
Another common design trend in bedrooms is to use that space for more than sleeping. When you flip through magazines, you’ll see pictures of bedrooms with desks, reading nooks, and even dining room tables in them.
While this definitely makes the room more useful and interesting, it can also make it hard to sleep. Your bedroom should be used for sleep and sex and very little else. This is especially true if you struggle with insomnia. You need to train your body that, when you enter your bedroom, the next thing you do is sleep. You can’t do that if your bedroom is also a place where you work or play.
Bedroom chandeliers are trendy right now, but they could keep you from sleeping well. Dim, soft light is the coziest and best suited for creating an environment where you will get sleepy, and these fixtures often offer light that is the exact opposite. Before you install any chandelier, try it out. Make sure that you can control how bright the light is, and that it uses bulbs that offer soft, rather than harsh, light.
By all means, make your bedroom trendy! Enjoy your space and let it reflect who you are. Before you make any final decisions about design, though, make sure that your choices won’t disrupt your rest.
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