Sweet Dreams: How to Create a Restful Bedroom

The average person spends about one-third of their life sleeping – or, at least, trying to. A good night’s rest is essential to our overall health and well-being, rejuvenates our bodies, sharpening our minds, and giving us the willpower to tackle the challenges of each new day. Given the impact of sleep during our waking hours, a bedroom that promotes rest and relaxation should be more than just a distant dream.


By focusing on some key design elements, you can transform a basic bedroom into a private oasis that inspires the sweetest sleep.

Sleep and Your Health

The health benefits of getting a good night’s sleep are numerous and profound. Research shows that sufficient sleep improves memory, concentration and cognitive function. It boosts our immune system, reducing the risk of illness and supporting overall physical well-being. Adequate sleep also plays a vital role in managing stress and maintaining emotional stability, contributing to better mental health. Furthermore, studies have linked quality sleep to a reduced risk of chronic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and obesity. Considering the significant impact sleep has on our lives, investing in a restful bedroom environment becomes all the more crucial.

How To Create A Restful Bedroom

One of the fundamental interior design elements of a great bedroom is colour. Colour has been shown to affect mood, with the power to excite, awaken and yes, to calm us down. When choosing a colour palette, go with your gut. How do you feel when viewing certain colours? Generally speaking, soft blues, muted grays and earthy neutrals can create a serene atmosphere that promotes relaxation. Similarly, choose natural materials such as cotton, linen, or bamboo for bedding, curtains, and upholstery. These fabrics have a gentle touch, allow for breathability and are hypoallergenic, promoting a restful sleep environment.

Lighting also plays a pivotal role in creating a tranquil ambiance in the bedroom. Incorporate a layered lighting approach that combines ambient, task and accent lighting, that can be turned on and off as needed. Install dimmers to adjust the brightness according to your preference and time of day. Soft, warm lighting in the evening can help signal your body to wind down and prepare for sleep. Additionally, I encourage my clients to consider adding blackout curtains or blinds to block out external light sources, creating a dark and peaceful space conducive to quality sleep.

The centre piece of a bedroom sanctuary is the bed itself. A comfortable mattress and supportive bed frame are essential for a restful sleep experience. When choosing a mattress, consider your preferred sleeping position, body weight, and any specific needs such as back pain or allergies. Memory foam, latex or hybrid mattresses often provide optimal support and pressure relief. Additionally, choose a supportive bed frame that complements the mattress and enhances overall comfort.

Once you have your bed in place, invest in high-quality bedding. Look for sheets made from natural fibers such as Egyptian cotton or organic bamboo. These materials are breathable, moisture-wicking and hypoallergenic, ensuring maximum comfort and hygiene. A thread-count between 300 and 500 has a luxurious feel without sacrificing breathability.

Last but not least, add some personal touches. A little bit of personality can go a long way to creating a “vibe.” Incorporate elements such as artwork, accessories and plants. However, it is important to strike a balance, ensuring the space remains clutter-free and promotes relaxation. Declutter regularly, keeping only essential items within reach and using clever storage solutions to help stay organized.

Interestingly enough, a lot of thought goes into creating a restful bedroom retreat that allows you to shut down at the end of each day. Take the time to curate your bedroom space with care, and you’ll reap the rewards of a restful sleep environment for years to come.

With residential interior design, you can always mix elements from different styles to create a unique look that reflects your personal taste and design preferences. If you need help incorporating any of these ideas into your bedrooms, our design team is always available!



Charlene Threatful , Calgary Interior Designer

Charlene is an award-winning Calgary Interior Designer and owner of Lush Interiors. For over 20 years she has collaborated with clients to create their ideal living spaces. Charlene and her interior design team create spaces that blend classic elements with a modern sensibility, always incorporating her client’s unique personalities and esthetic. Join Charlene on this design journey as she explores the latest trends, uncovers timeless design principles, and discover innovative ideas to elevate your home or workspace.