The se­ri­ous art of sleep­ing

Fash­ions in colours and tex­tiles are al­ways chang­ing - so buy what you like best and makes you most com­fort­able, happy and re­laxed to pro­mote rest­ful­ness and a good night’s sleep

Scottish Field - - ABODE -

Bed­rooms have an aw­ful lot of re­spon­si­bil­ity but all you have to do, pri­mar­ily, is sleep in them. A bed­room has to make sure that its oc­cu­pant can sleep well and that is a pretty im­por­tant job. If the bed­room fails then you be­come sleep de­prived and, as doc­tors and sci­en­tists never tire of telling us, this can lead to risk of can­cer, heart at­tack, Alzheimer’s, obe­sity and di­a­betes, plus lack of cog­ni­tive func­tion and that can lead to all kinds of ev­ery­thing from press­ing the wrong but­ton on the fac­tory floor to driv­ing the wrong way up the M80. Trou­ble is, in this screen-ad­dicted world, sleep de­pri­va­tion has al­most be­come the norm. No won­der bed­rooms have to work so hard; as well as get­ting you off to sleep they also have to store loads and loads of your stuff. All those clothes have to go some­where; they can’t all live in the iron­ing bas­ket. No won­der then that bed­room de­sign has be­come big busi­ness. More and more peo­ple are turn­ing to fit­ted wardrobes, ex­pertly planned. Think of it as a room com­puted to get you to re­lax and sleep. First comes the main frame: the ac­tual walls and win­dows, heat­ing and ven­ti­la­tion, then the hard­ware and soft­ware. The hard stuff is the bed, its side ta­bles, wardrobes and chests of draw­ers, whether built-in or not. Fi­nally the soft­ware of cur­tains, floor cov­er­ing, mat­tress, bed­ding and then the add-ons: light­ing and ac­ces­sories. Never un­der­es­ti­mate the power of light­ing to help you un­wind. To­day’s dimmable, pro­gram­mable sys­tems are per­fect for the job and well worth the in­vest­ment. So too are black­out blinds and good cur­tains or shut­ters. When it comes to chil­dren’s rooms they should also in­clude sim­ple-to-use stor­age for toys and pos­ses­sions. If their room is clut­tered how can you ex­pect them to un-clut­ter their minds and be­come calm enough to get to sleep? En-suite bath­rooms or shower rooms are a great ad­di­tion and not just for the mas­ter bed­room. We live in chang­ing times and a lack of af­ford­able hous­ing or care for the el­derly could see more of us re­turn­ing to the days of two-or-three-gen­er­a­tions un­der the same roof, and the way to make that work is more bath­room space. It is way eas­ier to plan for this when build­ing rather than adding later.

VEL­VET THROWS: (The French Bed­room Co)

DOU­BLE BED: (Liv­ing It Up)

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