HGTV’s celebrity designer Genevieve Gorder has contributed to a new national report about the importance of sleep, offering tips for ensuring that the décor of your bedroom is actually contributing to a restful slumber.
On Friday (June 24) Mediaplanet Publishing released sleep statistics to targeted markets in USA Today, with other input from Olympic swimmer Dara Torres, Alliance Health, American Sleep Apnea Association, and leading sleep experts.
Gorder, a judge on HGTV “Design Star,” starting July 11 at 9 p.m., said in a statement, “When designed correctly, your bedroom can seduce you to sleep quicker than anything in a prescription bottle and dramatically increase your quality of life,” says Genevieve.
Under the heading “Setting the Stage for Sleep,” Gorder lists five elements essential in crafting a peaceful boudoir: the right coloring, layering, a nice headboard, sentimental objects and proper lighting.
For the bedroom I like to keep the shell creamy and light. Ethereal and cloud-like is always what we imagine when we envision sleep. Help your mind get there faster with light and very neutral shades of dove, blush, or ivory. By creating these large planes of light and softness, the opportunity to play with pattern and color arise in other decorative components. It’s a delicate dance, and for me the majority of the songs will always feel clean, soft and feather like with a couple of accents on the floor and bed.
The bed is the crown jewel in every bedroom. Regardless of your style, you must dress her beautifully with a coverlet, bed cover, sheets, standard pillows, decorative pillows, and a throw. Beyond the physical layering, think about how you can also layer and play with textures. For sheets, I use everything from vintage European linens to 600 thread count sheets from discount stores—it’s really about the touch. This fabric is enveloping you all night long, so make sure it’s 100 percent cotton and feels good to you. Layer the bed with a blanket and bed cover, and add an additional throw for those cold nights. The weight of soft is overwhelmingly delicious and with it comes a sense of security.
Using the Vertical
Headboards should always be significant and used to ground the jewel in the room. When the furniture provides guidance for you and creates mood without trying too hard, your mind is quieted and you can just feel instead of think. This is when sleep happens. The power of a well done bed should never be underrated.
Old and New
People, history and sentimental objects give us a sense of love and of place in the world. I like to keep heirlooms and other precious things in the bedroom that have significant stories from someone very dear. From jewelry boxes to thimbles and vintage stuffed animals, these additions to space make us feel safe and cared for.
Light is the easiest way to create a tranquil environment. Make sure your bedroom has task lighting (dressing room, vanity, reading) and mood lighting (chandeliers, pendants), and that everything is on a dimmer. Natural light should also be controlled. Black-out lining on all window treatments is absolutely essential to good sleep.
Torres, meanwhile, explains why a good night’s sleep is crucial to her success as she considers a 2012 Olympic run in London.
“As a professional athlete and a single mom to five year-old Tessa, it can be difficult to find the time for sleep” he states. “I’m taking things day by day to see if I can get ready for trials. Setting goals is important, and I know getting a good night’s sleep is crucial if I’m going to succeed.
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