young beautiful woman in her bed with her duvet covering her face with her eyes poking out

Bedrooms are not like other rooms.

They're the one true space where you can be yourself. They're safe, warm but also need to be places of peace. Somewhere you can calm your mind and quieten your thoughts.

So, it's only natural that your bedroom reflects who you are and makes you feel relaxed.

To help you get the bedroom of your dreams, we've put together our top five tips to help you relax, redefine your space and best of all, get a great night's sleep.

1) Clear space, clear mind

How many times have you settled down to sleep, only to lie there for the next hour while a million thoughts whizz around your mind? The good news is, you're not alone.

A big part of it is getting in some proper wind down time. A restful night's sleep actually starts before you get into bed. Having some time to think, dim the lights and prepare your body for sleep. So, when you do get into bed, you’re much more likely to settle.

To help make sure you can relax properly in your bedroom and start to switch off, make sure you bedroom is de-cluttered and free from reminders of things like work and your responsibilities.

Tidy away your things and make sure your surfaces stay clear so it's easier to sleep with some effective storage. Cube furniture is great for this. Not only are the fabric drawer whisper quiet for night time, but they are also great for hiding away all those things that could distract you from settling down.

white cube storage with stunning grey fabric boxes in a bedroom

2) Light fantastic

Being able to control the amount of light coming into your bedroom is really important. If you're a morning person, it's very possible that you'll love the sunshine coming in through the window, allowing you to gently adjust to the morning light.

However, if you're a night time person, then having a bright light streaming into your eyes at 5am is not going to make you fill you with joy.

Make sure you set up your room for sleep – after all, this is the room's primary purpose. Try to arrange your bed so you're not facing a door. And most of all make sure it's quiet and dark or fresh and light – whatever you find the most peaceful.

Blackout lining in curtains is great as well as sleeping aids such as eye masks. If your room is dark but you want some more natural light coming through, SAD lamps are a great way to help you get more life into your morning, so you can ease yourself into your day.

3) Comfort is key

A bad mattress and lumpy pillows are bound to make going to bed a less-desirable experience.

Getting into bed should be relaxing and something you really enjoy. Find ways of getting comfortable, whether that means investing in one really good pillow – or lots of pillows that you can pile up and smush yourself into!

Layers of blankets and throws are also great as that way, you can find your optimum sleeping temperature. A common complaint is too hot with the duvet on but too cold without. Blankets allow you to layer as you go so you can find a heat that's jusssttttt right.

stunning big bed with white features and a light green wall

4) Make it personal

Bedrooms are often the one place where you can be yourself. There's no pretense and it's just about you feeling comfortable in your own space.

At the same time, by personalising your space, you don't want to end up making it feel cluttered.

This means finding ways of making your bedroom reflect who you are, your tastes and the things you love the most, but in a subtle way.

This can be done by doing things such as putting art up on the wall. Or by using colour to create a feeling that reflects you or that makes you feel inspired.

For consistency, pick one theme and then accent your room so it runs gently throughout.

cute personalised bedroom with blue decorate bedside table

5) Space to sit

All too often, we end up using our bed as a base to do everything. We sit and work, use our lap tops, use our phones, play games, read, chat – the lot.

And even though this can make doing those things more relaxing, it also means that our bed is no longer saved for sleeping. It takes that element of rest away from it, which can make it harder to settle down when you actually go to bed.

Make sure your bed is saved for sleep by creating a seating area in your room. This could be anything from a big, squishy floor cushion, to a fluffy beanbag, to a swivel chair to a three-piece-suite!

bedroom with plenty of room for seating

That way, you have a space where you can close your door and relax, but also concentrate while saving your bed for sleep – and just sleep.

We hope these tips help you drift off to dreamland in an instant. And if you're looking for more inspiration for your home, find us on Instagram and Facebook @HartleysDirect.