Your bedroom should portray feelings of ultimate comfort. It is your sanctum, a place to rest and recharge. After all, this is the place where you will be getting all your rest. The more comfortable you feel in your bedroom, the more rest you will get.

There are several factors that will determine your comfort level in your bedroom: the bedroom furniture, the colour of the walls and the lighting. Below we look at these in further detail.

Bedroom furniture

The kind of bedroom furniture you choose will help determine the overall feel of the room. You can go for the minimalist approach, which will include a plain dresser, possibly a nightstand, a crisp white quilt cover and a bed on a plain frame. It gives the room a sense of simplicity, which may be better for you if you have a very fast paced and stressful life. When there is less for the eyes to see, the brain rests more.

On the other hand, you may feel more relaxed in an elegantly decorated bedroom. An ornate four-poster bed with decorative dressers and nightstands will certainly give your room a regal feel. It may make you feel as if you are being spoiled and pampered  each night.

Wall colour

Wall colour can influence your mood. For example, red walls in a room make people feel energetic and hungry. This is a wonderful colour for a dining area. It will bring people together and spark happy conversations. It is generally not recommended for bedrooms. If you plan to spend any down time in your room before going to sleep, you should steer clear of red.

Conversely, green is considered the most enjoyable colour for the eyes to see. It combines the hues from blue, which reduces blood pressure and encourages calmness, and yellow, which encourages joy and happiness. Painting your bedroom green will help you to have these feelings before going to sleep. Other colours like lavender instill a calming effect on a room without making it feel cold. When you lay in bed before going to sleep, you will be able to experience the influences of your wall colour.

Lighting

The kind of lighting you choose for your room will also affect how you feel in your bedroom. Bright bluish light will encourage wakefulness, where softer, golden light will make you feel sleepier. It is best to reduce the amount of lighting in a room in the evening, especially an hour or more before bed. It puts the mind into a restful state, allowing it to wind down and prepare for sleep.

Using as much natural lighting as possible will also positively influence your mood in your bedroom. It lets the sunlight in when you are supposed to be in a wakeful state, and naturally darkens the room when it is time for rest. Of course, if you work at night and sleep during the day, increasing natural light in your bedroom will work against you. Choose wisely when you permanently alter your natural lighting, and apply what works best for you.

There are many tricks and tips you can do to create a peaceful sanctum to lay your head down; a good quality mattress, comfortable pillows and maybe even a little drop of lavender oil under your pillow. However choosing the correct colour and lighting makes the biggest difference on how restful your sleep will be. Warm soft lighting instills tranquility and calmness where brighter colours often energise.