As Beast from the East and Storm Emma took turns to ravage the UK, most of us spent record amounts of time tucked up tightly beneath our duvet covers. Our beds are the best place to be when the weather is grim, helping us feel safe, warm and snug despite the wintry conditions outdoors.
But as the seasons shift in March, climates will begin to bounce around in unpredictable fashion. Spring is notorious for its mixture of wind, rain and shine, and getting your head down at the end of a long day can be difficult given the erratic temperatures.
Here, we show you five smart ways to build the perfect sleep retreat – a place that’s equally comfortable on sun-baked mornings as it is during freezing cold nights.
1. Embrace the green
Your bedroom atmosphere plays a huge role in the quality of your snooze time. It isn’t always possible to crack open a window and let a refreshing burst of breeze indoors, so one of the best ways to maintain healthy air circulation is by dotting plants around the room.
Greenery naturally adds oxygen to your surroundings, improving your sleep cycles, mental wellbeing and productivity. It doesn’t do any harm in terms of aesthetic impact either, keeping the space lively and bright even when dark clouds loom outdoors.
2. Choose colours wisely
The colour of your bedroom can also influence your ability to doze off and wake up feeling motivated. Experts are encouraging homeowners to avoid overly vibrant and intense colours for sleeping spaces.
Instead, opt for muted tones that mirror the still-slightly-dark shades we see everywhere outdoors as late winter becomes early spring. Shady blues and soft greys are widely recognised as good colour palette choices for the bedroom, soothing the mind and keeping you relaxed.
3. Ship-shape and shiny
Research shows that cluttered, disorganised bedroom spaces can impact the brain in several negative ways, from increasing cortisol levels (the hormone that makes us feel stressed) to unsettling circadian rhythms (meaning a lower-quality sleep).
This spring, commit to tidying up and you’ll find yourself more relaxed in the evenings, awake in the mornings, and happier overall. Fitted furniture can open up plenty of fresh clean space, whilst bespoke storage systems offer you the perfect way to organise your paperwork and products.
4. Thinking positive
A popular approach in the interior design world is feng shui – a philosophy that harmonises individuals with their surroundings. The fitful weather can play havoc with your emotions and mindset, but when you’ve got a proportioned, positive-feeling space to live in, you’ll feel at peace in every climate.
Implementing feng shui involves adding mirrors to reflect light and make the room appear bigger and brighter, inviting in natural light whilst balancing surroundings with space-saving, symmetrically positioned furniture.
5. Adjustable comforts
Spring throws all kinds of weather at us – which is why it’s important to invest in adjustable comforts that can adapt to any occasion.
Stock a wide range of throws and pillows of different sizes and textures. This will let you mix and match whenever you desire so you can always remain at optimum temperature.
It’s also worth considering dimmer switches and various lighting options so you can easily tweak brightness levels at a moment’s notice. This way, you’re always comfortable – whatever the weather.
If you’re looking for more ideas on how to build a fine sleeping spot, head over to the Hartleys showroom on Snaygill Industrial Estate. Their interior design pros will be happy to help you.