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5 interior design tips for a great night's sleep

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If you toss and turn and count sheep for most of the night, then you might need to overhaul your bedroom's interior design. Here are 5 easy design tips for creating a calm and peaceful bedroom that promotes a good night's sleep.

1. Declutter your bedroom

It might strike fear into your heart, but having a calm and clutter free canvas is one of the best ways to create a peaceful bedroom that promotes good sleep. There are a few ways you can go about this - either have 3 bags labelled to keep, throw away and recycle and set aside a rainy afternoon; or tackle the task progressively, recycling or throwing away 1 item on the first day of the month, 2 the next day, 3 the next and so on. By the end of the month you'll have recycled 496 items!

2. Choose calm colours

Stick to a natural palette based around blues, greens, greys and white for a calming design scheme. Sleepers in blue bedrooms clock up an average of 7 hours 52 minutes sleep a night. Red, orange and purple are too aggressive and make it difficult for your brain to switch off.

3. Fit dimmer switches

Low lighting helps your body to get ready for sleep mode, so use dimmer switches to lower the impact of task lighting and substitute bright bulbs in bedside lamps with soft or warm white low energy replacements.

4. Choose a bigger bed

Your mattress is probably the single most important element for a restful night's sleep, but the size of your bed matters, too. Whatever the size of your bedroom, go for the biggest bed you can - ideally king size and above for couples. Choose some gorgeous bedlinen in a high thread count cotton for comfort and coolness.

5. Opt for old school furnishings

Replace blinds with sumptuous black out curtains that will cut 99% of light irritants that disturb your sleep. They'll help control noise pollution, too. Ban the TV and the laptop and invest in an old school alarm clock so your smartphone can charge up in another room and you'll be on your way to getting a great night's sleep in your beautiful bedroom.

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