Whenever you decide to redecorate your home, there’s always far more at play than just finding some new furniture. Interior design is all about creating an atmosphere, a sense of who you are and the statement you want to make, and then blending this as seamlessly as possible with the practical purpose of each room. Bedrooms are a prime example of this: ideally, this should be a space in which you can express your personality, but also a haven where you feel happy and relaxed so that you can wind down to a peaceful sleep each night.
The quality of your sleep is often seen as dependent on the comfort of your bed, but your walls could also have an impact on how easily you drift off. A survey, carried out by Travelodge, last year found that on average, people with blue bedroom walls claimed to get more sleep at night, while the Edinburgh Sleep Centre suggests calming pastels for a relaxing ambience. The highest vibration on the spectrum, blue is known to inspire mental clarity and serenity.
This year, the ideal shade of blue is pale and slightly muted, designed to appeal to both the fashion-conscious buyer and those who’ll respond more intuitively to a restful atmosphere. The neutrality of the shade ensures that it works in both minimalist and more ornately decorated homes, providing a clean backdrop that doesn’t distract the eye. At the IMM Cologne interior design show, exhibitors highlighted muted teals and shades closer to green or grey on the spectrum, suggesting that next year might see more of a shift towards these colours.
Anyone who likes to keep an eye on both fashion and interior design trends will be pleased to see that the gorgeous pastel pink that’s been such a key presence on 2014 catwalks has also found its way into home decor. Bright colours are inadvisable in a bedroom, as they’re seen to be too stimulating to encourage a good night’s sleep, but this pale shade steers well clear of that. If you’re still wary of pink walls, stick with a chic, natural paint in off-white or cream and reserve the pale pink for linens or cushions. At the IMM, pastel pink was frequently combined with pale grey to create a sophisticated, understated look.
A carefully chosen yellow can also be a surprisingly effective choice, although again, you’ll want to avoid anything too bright and bold. A subtle, paler hue still channels some sunshine into your bedroom, letting you wake up feeling like it’s summer even when the weather hasn’t co-operated. A recent study suggested that yellow is second only to blue when it comes to ensuring a good night’s sleep, so this could be the ideal choice for anyone in need of a little help drifting off. Adding few plants can further enhance this theme of bringing nature into your home, and houseplants are ideal bedroom companions as they clean and refresh the air while you sleep.
For more advice on creating the ideal ambience in your home, just visit our online shop Engel & Völkers Interiors. All our pieces are carefully selected to represent the very best in international design, with gorgeous furniture, lamps and tableware available to buy online. With a constantly expanding range, you’re certain to find the perfect piece to brighten up your home.