BEDROOM DESIGN

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GUEST BLOG:Bend Bedroom Design "Rules" to Get Better Sleep

 

AUTHOR:Sarah Johnson

Creating a sleepy sanctuary, a retreat from daily stress can help you get the full seven to eight hours of sleep you need to function at your best. Design elements from furniture placement to the texture of accent pieces can affect your ability to fall into a deep, restful sleep. Design rules are meant to give you a starting point. While some are worth following, others should be bent or even broken to create a calming bedroom that will help you reach the deepest levels of sleep.

Bed Placement

The bed should be one of the first pieces of furniture you place. Traditionally, beds are positioned on the opposite wall from the door or the longest wall without windows. While those are both a good starting point, don't be afraid to bend the general rule.

 

A bed should help create balance in the room while leaving adequate space and movement for you and your partner. In some bedrooms, that may mean using a wall of windows as the headboard. In warm climates, having windows above the bed can allow a cool breeze on hot evenings. A large and spacious bedroom may benefit from having the bed placed in the center of the room with equal space on all sides. The key is to find a placement that works with the shape of the room but creates mental balance for better relaxation.

Keep It Comfortable

Your bed plays a vital role in your comfort. The mattress should support your preferred sleep position—back, stomach, side. If your bed has hills and valleys, it’s probably time to change it out for something new. Today, you have many mattress options from natural latex that’s biodegradable to hybrid models that incorporate innerspring and foam for greater comfort.

 

Bedding and decor create layers of comfort. While beading and sequins may give you the glamorous look you want, it might not create the comfortable, cozy atmosphere you need for better sleep. Textiles and even accent furniture should be bought with comfort in mind. Cotton and linen sheets allow for the best breathability and get softer over time, making them an inviting addition to your bed.

 

A bedroom that's overly styled offers a sophisticated look but might not allow your mind and body to relax. Fabrics like velvet and cashmere are luxurious while also being touchably soft and inviting. Save the sparkle for accessories that won’t be touching your skin. Rugs, accent chairs, and benches can also add softness and warmth that will make you want to lay down and stay awhile.

More Nature and Better Air

Nature has a calming effect that brings your heart rate and blood pressure down. Photos of nature, furniture with organic designs, and, of course, houseplants all have the color, texture, and scents of nature to help you relax.

 

Houseplants aren’t traditionally used in the bedroom, but they serve a dual purpose. First, they bring nature inside in the most tangible of ways. Second, they improve the air quality in your bedroom. Improved air quality can actually help you get better rest and improve your mood, thinking skills, and performance. Plants like the spider plant and snake plant both release oxygen at night while removing toxins, chemicals, and microbes from the air.

 

Design should always support the purpose of the room. When it comes to your bedroom, infuse the space your personality while adding the coziness you need for a good night’s rest.

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Tuck Sleep is a community devoted to improving sleep hygiene, health and wellness through the creation and dissemination of comprehensive, unbiased, free web-based resources. Tuck has been featured on NPR, Lifehacker, Radiolab and is referenced by many colleges/universities and sleep organizations across the web.

HOW TO DO ONLINE FURNITURE SHOPPING

Is it really possible to have a 250 USD KING SIZE bed made with the finest materials to be shipped to your home within 24 hrs??

Yes it is!!! But only if you know where to look for...

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Recently , I have been going through a lot of online shopping experience for my clients. So, TRUST ME, once you start enjoying it, it becomes irresistible!!!

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Clearly , online shopping has both advantages and disadvantages.

But if you compare the downsides with what you achieve in such a short period of time, you will see that the act is priceless!!!

Let's say, you want to buy a fancy dresser and you have been looking for it forever! First of all,showrooms can only display limited number of pieces and then again, you might not even have the store you are looking for anywhere near you.

Isn't that why almost all bestseller furniture stores also have online shopping 👀

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That is when online shopping steps in ,with its limitless number of websites displaying tons of furniture options and their prices.

Yes, with their prices!!! This fact by itself is a winner! Don't tell me that you have never been to a store where you could not even come close to asking the price for a tiny piece of furniture ⁉️⁉️

Plus,do you ever think about how long it takes to wait for a sales representative to ask her if a piece is in stock or not ,or if it comes in a different colour and size?

Now that's where online shopping wins again👍🏻

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Also, NEVER FORGET:a website cannot make a mistake with the number of items in stock or a detailed measurement.The only disappointing experience can sometimes be the lack of information on a product.To avoid that, I use trustworthy web sources with adequate product details.

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Of course, seeing it real can never be as satisfying as seeing it on screen, but when you add up all the advantages, online shopping is priceless!

Besides, nowadays when TIME is such a great treasure, who can deny the act of buying a client's furniture in minutes without even planning for a scheduled store visit?

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Now,I must confess that my favourite furniture cruising time is at night in my pjs 😊So stay relaxed and click away whenever and however you like for furniture of any size and price without waiting in line...


25 best online shopping WEBSITES and what I love about them...

 

www.wayfair.com--tons of options for every budget 

www.kathykuo.com--selective furniture with a statement

www.shopcandelebra.com-- really stylish pieces for less

www.onekingslane.com--glam finds for everyone

www.interiorhomescapes.com--high end pieces

www.abccarpet.com--modern furniture and accessories 

www.serenaandlily.com--great rugs and textile goods

www.target.com--affordable,lovely pillows and throws

www.dwr.com--minimalist Italian style living finds

www.anthropologie.com--chic and ethnic boho furniture

www.horchow.com--luxurious accessories

www.cb2.com--practical furnitures with a character and great outdoor pieces

www.amara.com--great deals for great accessories

www.westelm.com--budget friendly and great looking designs

www.spoonflower.com--a wide array of nice wallpapers

www.arteriorshome.com-- exclusive designs

www.madegoods.com--exotic and beautiful mirrors and side tables 

www.1stdibs.com--timeless designs and antiques 

www.rejuvenation.com--remarkable lighting fixtures 

www.potterbarnkids.com--the go to website for kids' rooms

www.rhbaby.com--elegant nurseries 

www.furbishstudio.com--vintage finds

www.zgallery.com--simple and chic furniture and stylish accessories 

www.hm.com--budget friendly accessories 

www.ikea.com--simple and practical items

BEFORE AND AFTER

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One summer ago, a friend of mine and her husband stepped into the office for a bedroom makeover. As I remember then, their major intention was to join the old balcony to the room. By the way, they were expecting their second daughter who was about to be born in a month and YES of course they were in a RUSH❗️

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The initial plan was to get rid of the old balcony walls and windows and plan a bigger space. So, we decided to keep the flooring to save ourselves some time and money to splurge on the wallpaper and fabrics...

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Another major concern was the poor organisation of their old wardrobe! Sliding doors were not practical for the working couple!Nothing was quite visible and morning dressing ritual was a burden !!!

Therefore, we designed an open walk in closet space for their individual needs.

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After planning the fundamental pieces of the bedroom, we still had more space to play around with!Balcony had a nice view and nobody could resist sitting by those windows.SO, we designed a built in seating arrangement and had it custom made to fit our new space.Frankly, I believe the comfy window seat is the reason why the young couple spend so much time in their new bedroom😊

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The old balcony floor had ceramics and no new hardwood floor would match the old one.

That is why, we went ahead and changed it with a wall to wall carpeting for a cosier feel.


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As the couple desired to sleep facing the windows, we designed a double duty closet door as a bed headboard with MDF backing.And then, we dressed it with the cutest wallpaper which I really fell in love with😍 Seriously,the YELLOW in the paper was our sunny inspiration for the remaining selections of fabrics and accessories.

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Despite the crazy humid and hot weather and strict working hours implied by the neighbors,we were lucky enough to finish every detail before the new member of the family arrived👏👏