Most of us respect that a bedroom should be a sanctuary for rest and sleep. After-all, when we return home from a hectic day, we want to be able to get some rest. Are you finding difficulties falling asleep in your bedroom (aside from health reasons)? Have you ever wondered how a hotel room can be so cosy and relaxing? How would you keep your bedroom cosy enough with less clutter? We are about to share with you 5 tips on designing your bedroom. 


One: Choose a relaxing colour scheme

During the day, we are surrounded by activities either in office or out there. Most of these times, we are exposed to a brighter environment. Your mind reacts to colours in the same way. In a brighter environment, we feel more energised to work. However once we enter a darker environment, we feel more relaxed and maybe sleepy. Its not just about lightings, which i will touch on in the next tip, it is the colour you paint your rooms. Have you noticed how spa areas are decorated with toned down, neutral and darker colours? Choosing a neutral colour tone such as browns or greys can help us adapt to a more natural and soothing environment. You can also choose pastel colours that are calming and suited to your preference. Choose colours that are not loud but more muted, for example teal instead of bright blue or grassy green, pale or baby pink instead of bright pink. Toned down colours help to calm your senses instead of engaging them. If you do not mind having a darker room, the general rule of thumb is that your bedroom should be painted darker than your living areas. Below are some examples of colour schemes you and consider. 

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Two: Lighting temperature

Believe it or not, your body reacts to the colour of the lights as well, and we call it the colour temperature. Light bulbs or LED panels actually have 3 different tones of white: Day white, Cool white, and Warm white (see colour chart below). Day white tends to be a bit more bluish around 6000k, where you might find most commonly used in offices and classrooms. Day white feels like mid-day sun, at the peak of activity. Warm white, on the other side of the scale around 2000k to 3000k, are more suitable for a cosier environment, to relax, or to enhance certain decor and moods, which is why hotels and spas use most of warm lighting. Warm white occurs around sunset, it’s nature way for telling you that it’s time to rest. Cool white, will be the in-between, around 4000k. This colour is also ideal for work or general activity, where it’s not so glaring and not too cosy. Bedrooms should be in warm white, living rooms may be in cool white, study room is day white. For a more in-depth knowledge of lights, you can visit Vlux, our partner in lighting and automation solutions. 


Three: Less clutter the better

I say this many times to my clients, your bedroom is not a storeroom. Although we understand space is a constraint for most houses nowadays, let’s try and get the space more organised and neat. Do not be too ambitious to fit everything into one room, such as your study table, another tv console, dresser, all your clothes and luggages, or even a massage chair! Let’s be realistic here, you don’t just live in a room. If you need storage for necessary items and nowhere else to store, opt for a storage bed. That whole volume of space underneath your mattress can be rather useful for items less worn, winter clothes and spare bed sheets. How about a dresser? Is it for a quick one which you can stand and go, or do you have to sit down for half an hour? You can try to integrate it into your wardrobe or a small table top. How about a TV or play-station? Too many electronics can cause interference to having a good rest, plus the temptation to engage in more activities rather than to settle down for a good night sleep. 


Four: Wardrobe tips

Yes you have a lot of clothes to fit, probably bags and accessories as well. Firstly, should you go for a sliding wardrobe or casement (swing doors) type? Do note that sliding wardrobe needs a deeper overall depth at around 650mm to accomodate for the sliding doors and tracks, while casement wardrobe can range around 600mm, in both cases the internal space remains the same. So for that 50mm difference, it may also mean having a tighter space between the wardrobe and your bed. Sliding wardrobes can also minimise inconvenience in movement if there is not enough space to swing open the doors. 

Secondly, would you opt for a carpentry made wardrobe or a pole system. A carpentry wardrobe is what we commonly have. A pole system, is somewhat a modern concept that uses the structures of poles and flexible modules, and uses the wall and partition as the shell of the wardrobe rather than building with carpentry. It reduces some of those wasted space taken up by the backing of the wardrobe and thus a sliding version of the pole system wardrobe can still achieve a depth of 600mm. A pole system can also be flexible in making internal configuration changes to suit your needs in the future, such as changing of shelvings and fitting additional accessories. 

A reputable company in Singapore with pole system wardrobe is OPSH. Having being in the industry since 1999 as one of the pioneers in pole system wardrobe, OPSH maintains a strong market presence in Singapore, Malaysia and are expanding to regional countries. 

Join Mr Kelvin Kwek, Director and Founder of OPSH, as he holds a free Zoom Webinar for everyone to learn about designing your ideal wardrobes! 
Date: 15 Apr 2020, Wednesday
Time: 8pm to 9pm
RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/386301654810905/posts/2809594372481609/?d=n 

Five: Include soft deco finishes

Now this is a trick that a professional ID will definitely be able to help you with. There are many items you can consider, such as a small rug, some photo frames, perhaps a lamp, cushy pillows, or even an aroma diffuser, can all add the finishing touch to a cosy bedroom. How about curtains or blinds, or maybe wallpapers instead of painting the room? 

These are some of the ingredients into designing a cosy bedroom, and as interior designers, we first need to understand your needs and preference before putting together a concept. A bedroom is the most personal space of the house, and custom making this design is more important than any templates anyone else can offer. It would reflect your personality the most, and for us, helping you get it right will mean whether you will get a good night sleep or not!

Call or email us for a no-obligation consultation, we can also do Zoom during this circuit breaker. 

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