Trends come and go but a good night’s rest is always in style. In the bedroom, every aspect of the design should support the room’s sole focus—sleep. Any trend that interferes with this one purpose belongs somewhere else in the house. With that in mind, we’ve put together some of our favorite trends that will help you drift into dreamland.
Houseplants are usually reserved for the living or family room, but they’re a growing bedroom trend that we love. Nature has a powerful effect on the human psyche. Stress is one of the most common sources of sleeplessness, and the great outdoors proves to be a natural way to alleviate it.
Consider this—research has shown that a short 40-second view
of a natural scene is enough to restore the mind’s ability to focus and pay attention. A walk
through a natural setting can reduce activity in the part of the brain that’s connected to depression. Restoring and calming the mind are essential to stress reduction and, therefore, to good sleep.
You can recreate those same sleep-promoting benefits with houseplants. They naturally bring the colors, shapes, and scents of nature directly to you. Luckily, houseplants come in all shapes and sizes, which means you’re sure to find a plant that accentuates your bedroom.
The Warmth of Wood
A bedroom that’s stark and cold doesn’t have the welcoming warmth necessary for restful sleep. Wood, like houseplants, has the ability to provide the benefits of nature along with a warm, natural glow. Natural finishes allow the wood grain and texture to influence the room. These finishes have the look and texture of the outdoors and, depending on the piece, can add sophistication too. Wood frames, artwork, and even dressers and nightstands can add warmth when made of the right wood.
How you incorporate wood into the bedroom design is open to your own creativity and imagination. You can successfully mix and match woods as long as the size of the grain or the tones coordinate. The Banbury Oak Guest Bed
and the Snug Sofa Bed
both use warm wood in their construction and design.
The Contrast of Hard and Soft (Natural) Textures
Both plants and wood create texture but we also love the use of texture contrasts too. Stone or brick bring a stronger side of nature into your room. Their texture adds depth and natural warmth while adding visual weight. Stone can be found in nightstands, table lamps, and display pieces. If brick is already part of your architecture, accentuate it or make it the focal point. Both brick and stone create a contrast with the innate softness of bedroom textiles.
And speaking of textiles, blankets, bedspreads, sheets, and curtains are the perfect place to add texture with natural fabrics. Cotton and linen are the obvious choices but wool and faux fur textiles hark back to nature too. Blankets, pillows, rugs, or upholstery in the right shades and natural fabrics are a subtle way to let nature influence your sleep. The Athens Bedspread
and the Calvi Bed Linen Complete Set
are two of our current favourites.
As you contemplate on how to make your bedroom a sleep sanctuary, consider how you can use these nature-inspired design trends with your existing decor. It may not take a complete redesign to create the sleep-supportive space you want. All it takes is a few trendy but natural pieces you love and you’ll be drifting off to sleep in no time.