bedroom décor tips for a great night's sleep

5 bedroom décor tips for a great night’s sleep

Do you ever struggle to fall asleep?  Or wake up in the morning feeling like you’ve just tossed and turned all night?

If you have, then you’ve also probably tried all sorts of tricks to help you get a good night’s sleep, from establishing a calming bedtime routine to avoiding caffeine in the afternoons.

But there still might be more things you can try, including making sure your bedroom décor is just right for a great night’s sleep.

Here are 5 tips for making your bedroom as sleep-friendly as possible.

 

1. Block out the light

To really get a great night’s sleep you want to make your bedroom as dark as possible.  And that’s really hard to do when you have light from street lights or the early morning sun streaming through your windows.

So get some blackout blinds or some lined curtains to block out as much of that light as possible.

 

2. Banish blue light

While we’re on the subject of light, banish as much blue light from your bedroom as you can.

This means leaving your phone and your laptop downstairs and not sitting up in bed looking at them before you try and go to sleep.

And if you ever have to get up in the night then think about using red-tinted bulbs in your lamps or nightlights, because they’ve been shown to help promote healthy sleep and not interfere with out sleep patterns like blue light does.

 

3. Clear away clutter

It can be really hard to fall asleep when your bedroom is full of clutter and mess.

So clear anything that doesn’t really belong in the bedroom out to a more suitable place.  Then find some good storage to keep everything else tucked away out of sight.

It doesn’t matter if you have heavy, vintage freestanding pieces or fitted shaker style wardrobes, just make use of whatever you have to tidy things away before you head to bed.

 

4. Use calming colours

If you have the time to do it, think about giving the walls of the bedroom a  bit of a refresh.

You could paint the whole room in a soothing colour like cool shades of blue, green, or purple.  Or keep most of the walls neutral and paint one accent wall.

Grey is still a big trend in home décor and can work really well in the bedroom if you pick the right soft shade.

If you don’t want to fully redecorate then you can still bring these relaxing colours into the bedroom through the curtains, bedding, and other soft furnishings that you pick.

 

5. Appeal to your different senses

Try to keep your bedroom on the cooler side, and think about what bedding you find most comfortable and relaxing to snuggle in to.

You can also use scent in the bedroom to help you get a great night’s sleep.

Opening up the windows for a while every day can help get fresh air into the room and keep it smelling sweet and clean.

If you then want to add a scent to the room try lavender.

Lavender is a classic, relaxing scent that can really help if you struggle to fall asleep.   So think about getting a lavender scented reed diffuser for the bedroom, or try a pillow spray to spritz before you get in to bed.

 

Do you struggle to fall asleep at night?

Which of these tips do you think will help you the most?

 

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How decluttering can help wellbeing of your child

How decluttering can help the wellbeing of your child

Many parents don’t realise how much their home environment can impact their child and affect their overall wellbeing. Having a decluttered home can provide a tranquil space for young ones to roam free and grow, which is why it’s important to declutter your rooms as often as possible.

Statistics show that “a clutter-free space contributes to your well-being because you will subconsciously feel like you are providing yourself with a higher level of self-care.” Making organisation and decluttering apart of your weekly clean, it will make it easier to deal with in the long run and stay on top of.

To help you take back control, below is a list of we buy any home’s top 3 ways to help get your home decluttered and organised so you can improve not only your own wellbeing but that of your child too!


1. Declutter your child’s toys

One of the biggest trouble areas that parents find overwhelming to deal with is their children’s toys. Even if your child has outgrown their beloved teddies and games from their younger years, it can be emotional enough to merely think about getting rid of them. However, it is important that you go through and part with toys that your child no longer plays with.



The best thing to do is to grab a box and start to organise the toys into 3 piles:

Toys of no emotional value:
Have a quick run around the house and pop toys in that you know your child hasn’t used in a while and that hold no emotional value. These items can instantly be boxed and donated to a local charity / nursery / school. This way you know that they are going to a good cause and will be loved by other children.

Toys that you are unsure of:
These are items that you’re not sure if your child would miss and you don’t feel comfortable getting rid of them until you have shown them. This part might take longer than the other areas as your child might start a short-livid emotional attachment, but this is a great time to encourage them to think and see if they can re-home their toys to others. For example, do they have young family members that they could re-gift their toys to instead? Maybe re-gift them to close friend’s children?

The items that your child does want to keep, encourage them to find a special place to put them away so that they get in the habit of organising their toys.

Special keepsake toys:
Remember the first teddy that you bought whilst you anticipated their arrival? Or the handmade blanket that their grandparent lovingly knitted? Or the first football that their grandpa got when they started running around? These are items that might be hard for you to part with, but you don’t have to! If they are special and in good enough condition, then get a keepsake box and store all these items ready for when your child is old enough to appreciate them again.

Creating an organised space for your child is a great way for them to appreciate what they have, keep their space tidy, and help others by donating their unused toys to a good home!


2. Create a Zen bedroom for you

When becoming a parent, you spend so much time putting your child first that you often forget how important it is to take care of yourself. Decluttering your bedroom will boost your mood as you get rid of all the unnecessary items, leaving room to organise everything that you want to keep, creating a zen space just for you!

 


If possible, make it a child-free zone so that you don’t have to worry about it becoming messy and keep a relaxing space for you to come back to.

Having an organised and calming area to sleep in at the end of a long and tiring day can make all the difference. You’ll feel more relaxed which will help you fall asleep quicker, assuring you get a much-needed rest ahead of the next day, running around after the kids!


3. Organise the kitchen

Ensuring that your child has a dedicated eating area, ideally in the kitchen, will hopefully help them differentiate between eating and play time. Children are known to get distracted easily, especially if they are eating in front of their toys or watching tv. The best thing to do is eat at the same time as your child, if possible, or at least eat something small so that they can replicate you eating.



Try to keep toys away from the kitchen area and the table clutter-free to ensure that there is a dedicate space for them to focus on eating. Mealtimes can be one of the hardest times for parents to deal with so this should help make it easier. It will create a routine for your child to sit in the kitchen and know that this is time to eat and not get distracted by toys etc.


We hope these tips can really help you declutter the key areas in your home and not only improve your wellbeing but that of your child. You might not be able to get it all done straightaway but decluttering will really have a positive effect on the wellbeing of you and your child.

 

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How your carpets affect your health

How do your carpets affect your health

If you have carpeted floors in your home, you will already be aware of its benefits – it’s cosy, warm and looks beautiful when well maintained. 

However, carpets can hide a significant quantity of dirt and dust that may not be visible on the surface. Therefore, a more comprehensive carpet cleaning regime as opposed to hard floor coverings.  Carpet needs regular vacuuming and occasional cleaning to extend both its life and its appeal.

 

A 2018 Review by Becher et al focussed on whether carpet impairs indoor air quality and cause adverse health outcomes.  It was noted that there are relatively few previous publications that have investigated the impact of carpeted floors on adverse health effects.

Moreover, the majority of those that have been written have limited strength due to study size and design, with a lack of objective health assessments.  However, the majority of studies appear to find a correlation between carpeted floors and adverse health outcomes such as respiratory infections and asthma.  

Carpets may act as a repository for indoor air pollutants such as pollen, mould, dust mites, animal dander and other biological contamination.  

 

Pollen

If you have ever suffered from hay fever, you will understand how difficult it is to avoid pollen. 

It can enter your home through open windows or be carried inside on clothing and shoes before being subsequently settling and being grounded into your carpet as you walk on it.

 

Mould

Mould spores float around just like pollen and can enter the home in the same way and can multiply once in your carpet. 

 

Dust mites

Dust mites are tiny, eight-legged arachnids that live in carpeting, bedding, and furniture.

They can only be seen with a microscope, so are small enough to escape even the most diligent of home cleaners.  Feeding on dead skin, mould and fungi, carpets provide them with the perfect habitat – you’ll undoubtedly have more of them if your carpet is older, has not been cleaned for some time, or worse – both.

 

Pet dander

Animal dander is essentially pet dandruff – loose skin cells that flake off accumulating in your carpet over time.

If you have pets, there will be plenty of animal dander trapped in your carpet. Of course, pets will bring the outdoors into the home and onto our carpet. Your carpet will be subject to hair, saliva, fleas, ticks and perhaps worst of all, faeces and urine. Pet waste in particular can be particularly dangerous for children regularly in contact with carpet. 

So clean both your pets and your carpets regularly!

 

Common health problems linked to carpeted flooring

Many of the common pollutants already mentioned will make a home in carpet before they make it into the air and into your lungs. Unfortunately, but not unexpectedly, there are a number of health problems associated with these pollutants:

 

Asthma

If a large area is covered in carpet, it can be very difficult to remove indoor air pollutants and allergens.  According to the American Lung Association, it’s possible that these pollutants may become airborne during renovations, vacuuming or even daily activities like walking on the carpet.

In the home, children are more likely to be exposed to pollution in carpets as they spend time playing on the floor.  Carpets in the children’s bedroom have also been associated with increased risk of asthma.

 

Allergies

Dead skin, pet hair, food, dust and more collecting in your carpet can be the cause of allergic reactions. 

If these allergens are circulating in the air throughout your home they can cause cold like symptoms such as sneezing, stuffy or runny nose or red itchy eyes.

 

Respiratory problems

Coughing or difficulty breathing can be caused by Dust mites, mycotoxins, mould, fungi. Volatile organic compounds (VOC’s) can also cause coughing, Rhinitis and breathing difficulties.  Carpeted floors as well as most other flooring types may also emit VOCs that can smell and irritate the mucous membranes in susceptible individuals.

However, the carpet industry claims that emissions from new carpets are low and last for a short time. Independent of initial levels, VOC-emissions from the carpet itself or glue products used during carpeting will be reduced over time. 

Hence, VOC-release from old, carpeted floors is more likely due to emission of substances supplied to the carpet, such as harsh cleaning products. (It should also be noted that emission problems related to new flooring is not restricted to carpets and may also occur with newly installed hard-floor materials)

 

Skin irritation and infection issues

Fungi can cause redness, swelling or itchiness in your skin. Walking barefoot on fungus held within carpet can lead to fungal nail infections and athlete’s foot.  Eczema can also be triggered when bare skin comes in to contact with dirty carpet.

 

Infection

Exposure to mycotoxins found in dirty carpeting can weaken the immune system and cause different health problems such as stomach irritation and infection.

Most people are aware of salmonella as a foodborne disease, but your carpet could also be a host for salmonella.

 

Mental Health

Studies have found that spending time in an unclean environment can raise your stress and anxiety levels. Too much stress in itself can weaken your immune system causing headaches and sleep disorders which can lead to further complications such as high blood pressure and heart disease.

So, cleaning your soft furnishings regularly can help you stay healthy of mind as well as body.  If you want your home to be a cleaner and healthier environment for you and your loved ones, make a habit of regular cleaning. 

 

Conclusion

There is a need for more knowledge about the possible health impacts of carpet. This will require cohort studies with larger study populations as well as doctor diagnosed disease outcomes.  However, it’s worth noting that there does not appear to be a great deal of peer-reviewed evidence to support the notion that modern carpets are unproblematic for the indoor environment.  On the contrary, the available literature suggests that the use of carpets is linked to increased levels of indoor dust, allergens and microorganisms associated with an increased risk of the afore mentioned health outcomes.  Therefore, common sense dictates that caution should be exercised in environments that have carpeted floors.

Obviously, the extended time we have all spent indoors during the seemingly endless lockdowns of 2020 and 2021 will have only elevated the accumulation of contaminants within the home environment, thus exacerbating the potential for the health issues described.   Vacuuming regularly will help keep these contaminants to a minimum, but the gradual build-up of contaminants is inevitable.  Older carpet is bound to contain allergens that have accumulated over time and the deeper the pile, the more there is likely to be hiding below the surface.  It may look clean, but the uncomfortable truth is that your carpet can be harbouring all manner of nasties.  

Skipping or postponing regular maintenance will lead to increased levels of contaminants accumulating in the carpet.  Your carpets may look reasonably clean on the surface, but untold contaminants will be slowly accumulating beneath the surface

Imagine an overflowing sink, where the volume of water has nowhere left to go and spills over the side.  In a carpet the level of soiling will eventually rise until it has nowhere else to go and the dirt will become visible on the surface.  This kind of soiling is often seen in the form of blacking in high traffic areas such as doorways or in front of sofas and chairs.  If this is your carpet you have to understand that this situation has already been affecting the health of you and your family for a considerable amount of time – you need to take action now!  Excessive soiling may in turn have caused excessive wear in these areas, in which case you should consider replacement.  However, if the carpet is relatively new or have you have recognised the signs early enough, then you may be able to salvage the situation with a professional deep clean.

Remember, if you have carpet or fabric upholstery, a comprehensive cleaning regime consisting of frequent and thorough vacuuming interspersed with a professional clean every 6-12 months is essential if you want to ensure your home does not start negatively impacting your health.  

Don’t keep brushing your health and well-being under the carpet! 

 

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Luxe and elegant updates for your home in 2021

5 luxe and elegant updates for your home in 2021

Would you like to update the look of your home but don’t want to undertake a massive renovation project? Are you just hoping to add some luxury and elegant features to the space, thereby elevating the design aspect of your home?

Just because you want to tackle some updates in the home it doesn’t mean you’re ready to start ripping out flooring, worktops, cabinets and knocking down walls. In fact, smaller projects can still have a huge impact provided you make the “right” design choices. 

Here we’ll take a look at five luxe and elegant updates for your home in 2021 that are perfect for people who don’t want to undertake a massive project but still want impact.

 

Choose a neutral colour palette

One of the most effective ways to make a home feel more luxe and elegant is to paint the interior, opting for a neutral colour palette. This can include various shades of grey, taupe, white, and ivory. What makes a neutral colour palette so great is that it’s also highly versatile. It’s the kind of colours that work in any room and modernise the space. 

As for pops of colour, that’s where décor such as artwork, lamps, and even the furniture come into play.

 

Install elegant looking shutters

Your windows are a feature in your home that often get overlooked. In reality, they can act as their own design feature. Try looking into affordable shutters, which is what The Oxford Shutter Company is known for. You can order shutters to fit any size window, and they will instantly elevate the sophistication level in your home.

Shutters can create a customised look, something the design may be lacking right now. All shutters are high quality so you also know they will stand up over time.

 

Update the hardware throughout the home

Another small but impactful project is to change out all the hardware in your home.

You can opt for more luxurious hardware with intricate details, or even made from cut glass. Whatever suits your personal style.

 

Install new light fixtures

That brings us to the next elegant update which is to install new light fixtures. Again, these often go overlooked but can have a huge impact in the room.

The light fixture can help to finish off a space and tie a design theme or colour palette together.

 

Add wall moldings to common rooms

Finally, there are wall moldings, which can be added to the common rooms. This will create a very customised look in the room.

It is traditional and elegant and works with a wide variety of spaces. This is something you can do yourself or hire a professional to do, as it does require a fair amount of patience and know-how.

 

A lovely new space to enjoy

Each of these tips will help you to create a more luxurious and elegant-looking home without having to undertake a massive, expensive, and time-consuming renovation project. Each small touch will have an impact, even if you choose just one.

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Setting up a perfect home office

Setting up the perfect home office

With so many of us working from home in the last year, it has never been more pertinent to make sure that your home office space is as ideal as it can be.

To help you create the perfect place for productivity, we’ve had help from a green print solutions company to offer you tips on what to consider when setting up your home office! 

 

Dedicated space 

Be it a particular room or a particular wall for the desk to go by, make sure that the office space is just that, a space all its own.

Keep away from distractions, and keep the office space separate from the areas at home that you like to relax and kick back in. Not only will it help you feel more organised in your day, it means you don’t bring bad work vibes into the lounge when you’re done. 

 

The right equipment 

Many of you may be finding that as you work more at home, you need different pieces of equipment to help you adjust.

This can be anything from a wireless mouse, to needing a second monitor. Many workplaces will often help set you up with the equipment you might need, so keep in mind the kinds of issues your setup has and how a new addition to your home office tech might help solve it. 

 

Desk & monitor height 

Keeping an eye on your posture when you’re working is something we should all pay attention to. Not only will it help your body in the long run, being comfortable also goes a long way to making the space feel that much more productive.

Your work surface is at the correct height if, when you sit up straight, your forearms are parallel to the ground and your wrist is not bent up or down when you type or mouse. Your monitor should line up so that  when sitting straight ahead, your eyes are at a height just below the top of the screen.

This will help maintain a healthy and comfortable posture, away from dreaded hunched shoulders!

 

Lighting 

This one is nice and simple, but is an easy one to forget. Make sure you’re not working in a space that’s too dark.

Daylight has been known to help with productivity, so keep this in mind when setting up your space, and let the sunshine in! 

 

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Fresh ideas for redecorating your bedroom

Fresh ideas to redecorate your bedroom

Life these days seems to be all about grabbing precious moments when you can. And when you’ve got a young family, the rare opportunity to lie in at the weekend is one of those moments.

However, trying to relax in a bedroom that’s seen better days is almost impossible. If this sounds familiar, then you may be interested in these fresh ideas to redecorate your bedroom.

 

Calming patterns for the walls

It can feel like you’re climbing the walls some days, but the walls of your bedroom should be a picture of calm. A reassuring presence rather than prison-like walls. If they don’t feel like this, it could be time for a complete change.

Wallpaper is a great way of introducing a calming pattern to the walls. Whether it’s a wispy abstract pattern, soothing botanicals or mellow florals, there’s almost certainly a design that will have you feeling more relaxed. Even if you don’t know how to wallpaper a room, this can be a great option. Especially if you can rope in a relative or decorator to do the hard work for you.

 

Introduce soft lighting

Harsh lighting has no place in the bedroom, so why do so many of us have one central ceiling light burning away? Think about the fancy hotels you’ve stayed in. How many side lights and lamps were there in the room? Quite a few, I would guess. And that’s because it creates a much nicer atmosphere for rest and relaxation.

Use plenty of smaller, softer lights around the room. Wall lights or side lamps by the bed and floor lamps in the corners for example.

 

Invigorate the senses

Relaxing in the bedroom can be made more of an experience with a few little additions. Using scented bouquets of flowers, or creating aromas with an oil or wax burner, can change the ambience of the bedroom. So can the use of artwork. Think pictures of idyllic landscapes and blue skies.

Another way to create a calming room and feed the senses, is through the use of tactile textiles. Use a variety of natural materials to enhance your feeling of comfort in the room. The bed is the obvious place to start, but don’t forget about the curtains or blinds, flooring, seats and light shades.

 

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easy ways to freshen up your home for spring

3 easy ways to freshen up your home for spring

It might not feel like it at the moment, with snow forecast and a definite chill in the air, but spring will be on its way soon.

And with the change in seasons lots of us will also be wanting to change things up at home.  It’s the time of year where we all want to blow away the cobwebs, get stuck into the spring cleaning, and get everything ready for warmer days.

You don’t have to do anything too drastic or time-consuming though.  You can still make a big impact and really freshen up your home for spring with just a few small changes.

 

Lighten up

One of the best things about spring arriving is that it brings with it longer days, which are much needed after the dark mornings and evenings of winter.

So you’ll want to make the most of it and bring as much light into your home as possible.

The best place to start is to give all your windows a really good clean, inside and out, as you get stuck into the spring cleaning.  Once you’ve done that you can look at other ways to bring more light into your home by doing things like hanging more mirrors to reflect light back into darker corners.

You can also freshen things up by changing your light fittings.  If you’re not sure what type of lighting to go for then spend some time browsing specialist websites like Light Supplier, who have things like a wide range of large glass globe pendant lights at low prices to get you inspired.

 

Change your soft furnishings

Another great way to really change things up and create a new look in your home for spring is to get in some new soft furnishings.

In the living room you could freshen things up with new cushions and more light-weight throws for the sofa.  If you want to change the colour of the sofa itself but don’t want to buy a brand new one, then you could get a sofa cover that will stretch over your existing sofa to completely change the look of it.

You can give your bedroom a spring refresh as well, by getting new bedding.  You might want to go for pretty pastels and florals, or something bright and bold.  And you might also want to replace your heavy winter duvet with a lighter one for when the nights start to get warmer.

 

Bring the outside in

As the seasons start to change take the opportunity to get some lovely fresh spring air into your home by flinging the windows open as often as you can.

Then look around your home and find spots that you can brighten up with some flowers or houseplants.

Get some pretty vases, fill them with fresh flowers and display them on your mantlepiece, in the middle of the dining room table or on the chest of drawers in the bedroom.  Then look at getting some hanging houseplants for the living room, some pots of herbs to grow on your kitchen windowsill, or some high-humidity-loving plants for your bathroom.

 

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