The design supports the purpose of a space, and nowhere is that more important than in the bedroom. Sleep should be easy. But, with access to information 24/7, streaming videos, and a blurred line between work and personal time, the average adult is struggling to get a full seven hours of sleep. However, architects, builders, and interior designers can incorporate sleep-friendly features into the bedroom to support and encourage relaxation and sleep.
Seamless Connection to the Outdoors
Nature has been working its way into designs over the last few years, and with each year the ways in which nature is welcomed grows ever more integrated and sophisticated. Natural influences and elements have a powerful impact in the bedroom. It can reset the brain’s ability to focus and calm the part of the brain where depressive thoughts begin, both of which can reduce stress and result in better sleep.
Mobile walls made of glass that open to a backyard balcony or patio can make it feel like you’re sleeping outside. Even when the wall is closed, the outdoors become a welcoming neighbor rather than a barrier.
Homes with a clear delineation between the indoors and out can have that seamless feel using materials or colors that extend from the bedroom into the outdoor space. Whether it’s stone, wood beams, tile, or an exterior color scheme, the seamless transition creates the illusion of one space built for sleep and relaxation.
Ceilings that Reach High
Ceilings are gaining clout as a design feature, and that can be used for a sleep advantage. A tall ceiling creates a feeling of space even in the small bedrooms that may come with shrinking urban home designs. Details like skylights or windows at the roofline not only draw the eye skyward but disperse natural light throughout the room. As long as that light isn’t directed toward the bed, that can build an airy serenity that’s almost spa-like in its effect. High ceilings are another way to create that seamless flow to the outdoors, but instead of it being earthbound, it’s connecting the homebuyer with the heavens.
Declutter Through Design and Storage Space
Clutter does more than make it hard to find stuff. For some people, it can make it hard to get to or sleep in the bed. Mentally, clutter creates a dissonance that doesn’t allow the mind or body to relax. Today’s designs lean toward minimalism, which doesn’t leave much space for storage despite the fact that possessions breed and grow on their own. However, here’s another area where design can help.
- Built-in closet organizers add value and incredible storage space.
- En-suites that include a closet in the bathroom prevent closet clutter from spreading into the sleeping space.
- Don’t forget about under bed storage. Minimalist designs may call for a bed that’s close to the ground but raise it a few inches, and you’ve got extra storage that’s out of sight. Top it with a comfortable mattress and homeowners can have a mind (and bedroom) free from a distracting mess.
Plan for Imperfection
Perfection isn’t always the ideal. Designs that use organic imperfections bring a natural touch that goes beyond anything decor could do. Cement walls that mimic natural stone or wood beams that are left open with exposed imperfections have a naturally calming presence. A sense of nature in a highly planned process has architectural magic of its own.
A restful bedroom doesn’t need to be boring or traditional. The modern buyer is ready for design trends that feel progressive but don’t compromise the most basic of needs like sleep. Subtle and not so subtle connections to nature and designs that plan for the lifestyle of a high-tech world will give homeowners space for growth and sleep.