Your bedroom is your sanctuary, place of rest, and the private domain. With one-third of your life spent in bed, designing a restful bedroom is an excellent investment in time and money. The best design trends for 2018 suggest thoughtful elements to encourage serenity and calm and help you relax and unwind to enjoy your best night’s sleep. Here are seven trends for a restful bedroom.
1. Start with Color
Dramatic wall colors are no longer the order of the day. Neutral walls are the colors to consider-grays, misty blues, pale greens, and shades of subtle white. Muted colors exude calm and don’t stress your eyes. When you’re ready for bed, you want less visual stimulation. Trends recommend a neutral palette across all design elements of the bedroom for continuity and calm.
2. Dress the Windows
When choosing design elements for your bedroom windows, light-blocking blinds are a nice touch if you nap during the day. The same neutral elements in your bedding and wall colors can echo across your window treatments. Smooth and subtle draping is trending over formal, stiff, or boxy elements like valances. Subtle stripes and rich textures are soothing.
3. Simplify and Streamline
Beyond the walls and décor, consider your furnishings and how they impact the use of space. Restful design elements include a simplified design and streamlined space. Leave open floor space, don’t add any pieces that don’t bring functionality, and eliminate unused pieces that are strictly decorative. Bed, nightstands, dresser, and perhaps a chair are all you need in the space.
4. Symmetry for a Low-Stress Space
The shape of your room dictates how you’ll lay out the room and arrange your design elements but where possible, design trends now recommend symmetry for a more restful bedroom. Your bed centered on the largest wall facing the door is the starting point with bedside tables equally spaced on each side. The dresser across from the bed keeps it aligned, simple, and visually balanced.
5. Clear the Clutter
When updating your bedroom to achieve optimal rest, consider the non-furniture elements of the room. Do you have 20 throw pillows? Narrow down to a few. Is every furniture surface littered with accouterments? Are your walls busy with artwork? Consider narrowing to a few key pieces. All these design elements work together to streamline, simplify, and lower sleep stress.
6. Introduce Scents
While you eliminate unnecessary elements, also consider adding design touches that specifically promote rest, sleep, and serenity. The scent is a welcome accessory to a restful bedroom. Lavender scented pieces help you relax and nod off. Why not introduce a snooze-friendly plant like a eucalyptus that encourages sleep? Plus, plants improve air quality and encourage calm.
7. Bigger Better Beds
One last trend for restful bedroom design is the move to bigger beds. The more sleep area you have, the more relaxed and better you’ll sleep. Consider a King or California King for your next mattress, and if you have specific needs like low back pain or are a heavier person, you can look for a bed designed to meet those needs and optimize your sleep experience.
Try some (or all) of these design trends for a more blissful bedroom and a better night’s sleep.