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When you design your bedroom, it is important to consider various elements so you can have an undisturbed sleep. Cheryl Fingleson from The Sleep Coach told The Daily Telegraph the decorating mistakes to avoid.

1. Avoid loud colours

Selecting the right colours in your bedroom is key for creating a relaxed environment. When choosing the colours for your walls, linen and curtains it is best to avoid loud colours. “Muted, pastel tones are far more appropriate than loud, bright colours,” said Cheryl. “Tone it down a notch and opt for soft blues, shades of yellow or green, which can all add a sense of serenity to your bedroom.”

2. Number of pillows

Although pillows can make a bed look cosy, the number of pillows you use can determine whether you have a good night’s sleep or spend it tossing and turning. “The idea [is to] use enough pillows to remove the angle between your shoulder and head,” explained Cheryl.

A good guideline to use is:

  • One pillow: to support the head
  • Two pillows: one to support the head and one to hug or one to support the head and one for the feet
  • Three pillows: one to support the head, one for the feed and one below the knees. This can assist back and neck problems to maintain an even resting position.

3. Blue lights

Blue is considered a soothing colour but for lighting it has the opposite effect. “Blue light is a stimulant that actually boosts attention,” said Cheryl. “The best colour for night-lights is red or orange; similar to the colours of the sunset, nature’s very own way of telling you to get ready for bed.”

4. Heavy duvets

Big, heavy duvets can seem like an easy to get cosy at night but it is more important to get your bedroom temperature right. “If you become either too hot or too cold during the night, you’ll probably wake up, so it’s important to check your bedding or duvet,” said Cheryl. “The warmth or heaviness of a duvet is measured in togs; the lower the tog the lighter, and the higher the tog, the warmer the duvet.”

If you sleep with your duvet all-year round you may need to switch to one with lower togs for summer.

“Some places sell all-season duvets, which combine a lightweight and medium duvet that you can separate for the warmer months and join together for cooler months.”

5. Clutter

Cheryl suggests having a clean room to help you create an environment that is easy to fall asleep in.  Cheryl says to “be mindful of keeping mess and clutter out of the bedroom.”

What are your decorating tips for a relaxing bedroom? Let us know in the comments below. 

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