Interiors

8 Tips For Creating A Dream-Worthy Bedroom

No room deserves a thoughtful uplift more than the one in which you lay your head. KATIE BERRINGTON asks four tastemakers how they have created their ultimate serene spaces for sleeping

Lifestyle
Express yourself
Art, prints and color schemes that speak to your personality will help you form an emotional connection to your space

First, decide on your purpose

In recent years, our homes have been required to serve a multitude of purposes, which has increased the need to curate each specific space. “We have had to learn how to set boundaries in an entirely new way,” says Molly Goddard, co-founder and creative director at luxury sleepwear brand Desmond & Dempsey, “so creating a space dedicated solely to rest is more important than ever.”

Extra thought and effort needs to go in to creating each room to fit its dedicated role. “Every space has to really earn its place in the home, so people should start with what they want to create,” says Mimi Shodeinde, designer and architect at Miminat Designs. “To curate a place that is for your creative best – something that gets you into a certain mood or creates a certain feeling – color, lighting and the choice of art will help you get it the way you want it.”

The bedroom should cater to your comfort and tastes as much as possible
Beata Heuman

Consider why the bedroom deserves special attention

“For me, the bedroom is a perfect place to reset,” says London-based interior designer Beata Heuman. “It’s the place where you orientate yourself in the morning, as well as the place you let go of everything holding onto you during the day, so the space should cater to your comfort and tastes as much as possible.”

Assess the space – and its symmetry

“I always plan a bedroom around the scale of the bed and its relationship with windows and fixed joinery – I’m usually drawn to symmetry in this space,” Heuman continues. “From there, I look to build up layers of functionality with necessary storage, lighting that is warm and practical, and elements of decoration that are both calming and personal.”

Lighting, lighting, lighting! And lots of lamps and warm colors…
Molly Goddard

Add the individual touches

“I think a bedside table is a great little spot to tell your story. It’s one of the first things you see in the morning, so I like mine cluttered with things I love,” shares Goddard. “A picture of my family, trinkets I picked up on my travels, books I am reading. And the ultimate is a cup of fresh coffee waiting there for you when you wake up.”

Focus on a relaxing ambience

“Lighting, lighting, lighting! And lots of lamps and warm colors,” says Goddard of her essential elements to ensure the optimum sleep-inducing atmosphere.

Heuman advises that “light be below eye level in a bedroom… That’s not to say we don’t install pendants in rooms for practical reasons, but I think there’s nothing more special than a wall light for reading and lamps that lend intimacy – generally, good lighting helps transition you to sleep.”

Pick sleep-inducing products

Ambient features can extend beyond furnishings. “I like to include aromatherapy in my night-time routine, as I find it helps signal my brain that it’s time for sleep. The power of aromatherapy can combat an overactive mind and quieten the senses,” says Antonia Knox, head of brand at Aurelia Probiotic Skincare.

Rise and shine
Curate your bedside table with your favorite items to help instil a feel-good mood
I like to arrange my space to ensure it is not only clean, but that it helps me to have a clean mind, too
Antonia Knox
Form and function
Beyond being purely practical, built-in storage and shelving can also be used to enhance the aesthetics of your space

Optimize your bedtime routine

“Repetition is key to getting the best night’s sleep,” says Knox. “My routine falls into three steps. The first is preparing for the next day. I always try to do little tasks that will make the morning easier and enable me to maximize my time. I put out my lemon for my hot water in the morning and lay out the clothes I will need for when I wake up. Next, is my self-care routine. I normally spend 20 minutes doing a lymphatic-drainage massage to release the day’s toxins from my face, before applying a moisturizer to keep my face ultra-hydrated throughout the night. Finally, I relax to prepare my body for sleep, which could be reading a book, meditating with breathing exercises or writing in a gratitude journal – anything that calms my body and prepares my mind for the night.”

Incorporate your style inspirations

“My favorite style element when I design a bedroom is adding a touch of mid-century modernity. Beautiful natural woods, simple lines and a muted pallete,” shares Shodeinde. “There’s something about that era of design that really adds a touch of soft, timeless elegance to any space – but especially to a bedroom.”

Finally, keep dreaming…

…because there’s no better room than the bedroom to dream big about. Knox prioritizes a relaxed and organized space for her best night’s sleep. “I like to arrange my space to ensure it is not only a clean space, but that it helps me to have a clean mind, too. I would want it to be filled with stress-relief candles, with my sheets turned down and white-noise tracks playing to help send me to sleep.”

For Shodeinde, her dream bedroom would be “modern, bright and minimal, with lots of windows and natural light. And, if I’m really lucky, ocean-facing – because I love being close to the water and nature.” And Heuman fantasizes about having the space for a sofa and a four-poster bed – “preferably William Kent style – plus fabric walling [and] a dressing table. Basically, I want something befitting of an 18th-century queen.”