A Bedroom Designed for Better Sleep

By Oliver Burns

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January 5, 2015|Luxury Design

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  • leep itself is often a luxury these days. We work longer hours, travel a lot and generally pack more into our lives than ever before. So when it comes to turning down for the night, we want to ensure that we get the best possible rest, in preparation for the day ahead. Good design in the bedroom is key to ensuring a sound night’s sleep. From the bed and other furniture items through to lighting and colour, a number of elements play a role in creating a mood that will influence how well you sleep in your bedroom.
Image sourced via JK Place

There is a lot written about colour psychology and its influence in the bedroom and there is no doubt it has a fundamental role in play in affecting our mood and atmosphere. We all have our own personal tastes but there are certain colours that have a positive influence in the bedroom. Blue is deemed to be the best colour to ensure a good night’s sleep because of its sober and calming qualities. At JK Place hotel, the bedrooms have been designed to emulate the colours of the coast. Mid blues have been combined with soft whites to make the room wonderfully calming, which is conducive to ensuring a good nights sleep.

Image sourced via The Connaught Hotel

It is also perhaps no coincidence that David Collins designed bedrooms in the Connaught hotel in blue. Whatever your choice of colour, try and keep the overall look neutral or use similar tones of the same colours. Utilise strong colours sparingly in select places such for cabinetry or for the bed.

Image via Oliver Burns. Photography Simon Upton

To enhance the tranquil feeling in your bedroom, keep furniture to a minimum. Store your clothing in a separate room or dressing area if this is possible. The bedroom should have no more than two major pieces of furniture such as a bed and some cabinetry. This creates a more spacious and relaxing environment and focuses attention on the bed. Whether your style is opulent baroque or ultra contemporary, investing in a bed you love is always worthwhile. If you have high ceilings, an oversized headboard creates a real statement and can look stunning. If your preferred look is more modern, opt for clean lines and choose a bed that is quite low.

Image via Oliver Burns. Photography Alex James

When it comes to dressing the bed, layering works wonderfully because the combination of different textures creates a luxurious look and feel. In the bedroom above, we have mixed different fabrics and weights to create a hotel-style bedroom.


Image sourced via CGArchitect

Lighting plays a key role in the bedroom. The trick to creating the right lighting is ensuring flexibility to allow for different moods. Whilst most attention may be given to a statement pendant, the most used lighting will be the task lighting. Go for diffused centre lights to create a softer feel and try hanging pendants either side of the bed as an alternative to traditional bedside lamps.

To conceal natural light whilst creating a warm atmosphere, the best combination is black out blinds combined with curtains. An alternative option is to add sheers behind the curtains. This creates a more classic feel and allows you to let daylight in during the day without it being overpowering.

The bedroom is one of the most important rooms in the house so needs to be well designed to achieve the maximum benefits. In doing so, we should always concentrate on its key purpose – to provide the right environment in order to get a good night’s sleep.


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