Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Brit Decor: Slumber Style/ 7 Ways to Style Yourself to Sle

Sleep, or lack of, is a topic close to my heart lately. With a stop-start-stop house purchase and moving saga currently playing out, it's been a tough few weeks and my sleep is always the first thing to suffer during periods of stress. 

My own erratic sleep patterns aside, whether you're a fellow insomniac or not, there are some simple styling tricks that we can all apply to our bedrooms to help plump up the quality of our slumber, and make bedtime a genuinely indulgent experience.

Scroll down for some incredibly simple styling tricks to get your sleep & style on track.

Sweet dreams!

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It's not all about visual aesthetics, scents can also influence the way we feel about a space. From room mists and body lotions, to scented candles, and even a favourite fabric conditioner, find a scent that soothes your senses.

Houseplants are frequently overlooked when styling bedrooms. Not only do plants nurture a calming environment, they literally breath life onto a room. If you want to introduce an added twist, opt for a scented leaf such as geraniums, which come in an amazing array of flavours including, cinnamon, lemon, chocolate and lavender.

Crucial comfort comes in the form of a damn good mattress! Neglecting to renew a mattress is tantamount to neglecting ourselves, in particular, our backs.  With a mattress to suit everyone, there's no excuse not to seek out the perfect match - visit a specialist showroom like Button & Sprung, who sell pocket sprung mattresses and a huge selection of quality beds, including a 100 night free returns policy.

Colour therapy really works - greens are traditionally very soothing. Just tweak the colour volume to increase the amount of light/darkness that best suits your bedroom. Darker shades tend to have an all embracing and comforting affect on the senses.

I guess the 'book at bedtime' approach is instilled into many of us from infancy. Many sleep experts recommend 20-30 minutes of reading before we bed down for the night. A beautifully bound book, or two, also looks 'the part' and is a favourite interior styling trick applied by many designers. 

Lighting and it's technological reaches are wider and more impressive than ever! As well as all -important task lighting for reading and beautifying ourselves, among other things, think about including gentler mood lighting to help induce a sleepy scene.

They say 'nature knows best' so why not cocoon ourselves in beautiful textiles, like a chrysalis!? I always layer from the back of a bed, starting with the headboard and moving forwards with a selection of pillows, cushions and finishing up with a throw at the foot of the bed, all with the softest fabrics I can get my hands on for maximum comfort. 

Images (from top) 1/ A Gentlewoman 2/ Sheerluxe 3/ Pop & Scott
4/ Button & Sprung 5/ My Scandinavian Home 6/ Style & Create/ Anna
7/ Fernandoalda 8/ The Design Files

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