Your bedroom should be a place where you relax and switch off at the end of a long day. In this post, David Knight, from Roof Windows 4 You, shares eight tips for turning your loft conversion into a den of tranquillity.
Getting the right amount of sleep is so important for our overall mental and physical health.
But, in order to sleep soundly, we need to be able to unwind and switch off before bed — and it’s a lot easier to do this if you have a calm, organised, and beautifully decorated bedroom. Here, I’ll show you how to turn your loft conversion into a soothing sleep sanctuary, so you can get the rest you need.
Install triple-glazing to minimise outside noise
If you want your loft space to be a tranquil sleep sanctuary, then you’ll need to find a way to muffle outside noise, particularly if you live in a busy urban area. #
Installing triple-glazed roof windows will provide the most effective sound isolation, helping to drown out any noisy traffic or pedestrians that might otherwise keep you awake. Triple-glazing will also help to keep your room cool in the summer and warm in the winter, improving the energy efficiency of your loft conversion.
Minimise clutter with smart storage solutions
A messy bedroom isn’t just unsightly: it could be keeping you awake.
Research from St. Lawrence University in New York found that serial hoarders were more likely to suffer from anxiety and sleep disorders. It’s thought messy spaces make us feel stressed, and stress makes it harder for our brains to switch off properly at night.
So, if you want your room to be a soothing environment, you’ll need to find effective ways of dealing with clutter and keeping everything organised.
The best way to keep on top of this is to be strict with yourself about what you really need. Have a good decluttering session; donate, recycle, or throw out anything that’s no longer serving you, then, find way to build some clever storage solutions into your space.
Custom built-in wardrobes and shelving can offer a great way to make sure every inch of space is utilised, as will bedside tables with built-in storage and drawers.
Be sure to make use of unused space under the bed, or on top of wardrobes too.
Use soothing colours
The colour scheme of your bedroom plays a big part in determining the mood and atmosphere of your space.
While bright, busy wallpaper and loud colours might look fabulous, they tend to create quite an energetic and lively mood, and therefore are best avoided in a bedroom.
Instead, it’s better to go for calming, simple décor, especially neutral colours like grey, beige, or white, as this helps the mind to switch off and relax.
That doesn’t mean you need to limit yourself to neutral colours, however. Darker tones can also create a wonderfully soothing atmosphere, particularly deep midnight blues and navy shades, or very deep purples.
Banish blue light
You’ve probably heard that using electronic gadgets and staring at screens late at night is bad for our sleep patterns, but that’s because it really is true.
The blue light emitted by phones, TVs, and laptops can fool our brains into thinking it’s daytime, which confuses our circadian rhythm and makes it harder to fall asleep at night.
If you want to make your loft into a true sleep sanctuary, be strict with yourself about keeping your tech outside the bedroom.
Use soothing lighting
Bright overhead lighting is a suitable way to keep the rooms in your house well lit, with the exception of the bedroom. It’s better to go for softer, more ambient lighting that will help you to really switch off and relax.
Choose warm white bulbs with a lower lumen count for your bedside lamps and, if possible, fit a dimmer switch in your overhead lighting – this will give you complete control of the level of light in your room.
Research from NASA has shown that houseplants can purify the air, which in turn makes our bedrooms healthier places to sleep. Plus, a bit of greenery will make your space feel even more calming and relaxing, as well as add colour.
Almost all houseplants will have a beneficial effect, but the study found that peace lilies, spider plants, areca palms, and money plants are very effective at cleaning the air, so any of these will be a great place to start.
Control natural light using black out blinds
As previously mentioned, being exposed to light during the night can be seriously disruptive to your sleep.
In addition to removing any electronics and using soft lighting options, you’ll also need to find a way to control light coming through your windows.
Adding blackout blinds will completely block out both artificial and natural light, ensuring your room is totally dark. If the windows in your loft conversion are particularly high or difficult to access, then you may want to consider installing electric blinds, which can be opened and closed at the flick of a switch.
Use aromatherapy to help you drift off
The calming scents emitted from lighting candles, using pillow sprays, and essential oil diffusers, can help us relax and drift off.
In terms of which scents to use, lavender, patchouli, rose, geranium, and clary sage are the best at promoting sleep. Citrusy scents like lemon, bergamot, and grapefruit are best used in the morning or in another part of the house as they are more energising fragrances.
If you’re planning to overhaul your loft space, try incorporating some of the ideas I’ve shared here to create a soothing sleep sanctuary where you can relax and escape from the pressures of the day.
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