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Guest Post: Design Trends That Could Disrupt Your Sleep

The design and layout of a room should first and foremost support the room’s purpose. From the bathroom to the kitchen, design can make the room more functional while also giving it your personal touch. Before incorporating the latest bedroom trends, be sure that anything you bring into the bedroom supports rest and relaxation.

Trend #1 - Hollywood Glamour:

Make Sure the Sparkle Lets You Relax

Mirrored dressers, sequins, and sparkles may add glamour, but they can interfere with your ability to fall asleep. In a fast-paced world, many people struggle to leave stress and anxiety outside the bedroom so they can get a good night’s rest. A welcoming, cozy atmosphere helps both mind and body relax, and sometimes, too much glitter can over-stimulate the senses.

Modern nautical grey bedroom

Everything from the bedding to the wall decor can create an inviting atmosphere. Plush cushions and pillows in luxurious fabrics like velvet or corduroy feel soft against the skin and help absorb sound for a quieter bedroom. Plus, their texture makes you want to lay down and stay awhile. Sheets and bedding made of natural materials like cotton and linen not only feel good but they also have excellent breathability so you won’t get overheated. Rugs, accent chairs, and draperies can all be used to create the atmosphere you want.


Trend #2 - The Bed:

Putting Looks Before Comfort

Your bed is the most critical piece of furniture in the bedroom, especially the mattress. A comfortable, supportive mattress should leave you feeling rested without any aches and pains. Modern mattresses are designed to be used without a box spring. Most only need the support of a solid surface, like a foundation.

Low bed

However, that can put the bed too low for some people, making it difficult to get in and out of bed. Comfort is far more important than the placement or height of the bed. A box spring can not only raise the height of the bed it can also offer extra support to prevent sags in traditional innerspring mattresses

Bed placement can also affect your ability to sleep. Traditionally, the bed is placed on the largest wall in the room without windows. However, if you live in a warm climate, a bed placed under windows can let fresh air move over you through the night and help maintain the lower body temperature you need for better, deeper sleep.


Trend #3 - Light and Airy:

Keep It Dark at Night

Light exposure can disrupt your sleep cycle, especially the artificial blue light emitted by electronics or high-efficiency LED bulbs. Moonlight, street lights, even the light from a table lamp with the wrong kind of light bulb can suppress the release of essential sleep hormones like melatonin.

To keep light pollution out, try blackout curtains, or blinds. While you may love sheer curtains for the glow they create in the bedroom; they don’t keep enough light out at night. Consider using double-layered curtains so you can have the darkness you need at night and the airy feel you want during the day.

Well-ventilated Bedroom

Try to keep electronic devices out of the bedroom. Charge your cell phone in another room, so you’re not tempted to look at the screen after bedtime. For those who like to watch television before bed, it’s best to shut off the screen an hour you plan to fall asleep to prevent sleep disruptions.



Myra Campbell is a researcher for the sleep science and health organization Tuck.com. Her passion for art and design brought her into the field. She began by researching how to create a relaxing bedroom and learned that great design can help improve our health and well-being. Myra lives in southern California and shares her queen-sized bed with two rescue dogs.



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