One minute they are children, with princesses and pirates on the wall and the next minute, there is a house full of hormone driven teenagers; they retreat to their bedrooms and start covering the mural you had lovingly painted on the wall with posters of pop stars. When it is time to redecorate the bedroom to accommodate this new version of emerging young adult, finding the perfect mix of practical, affordable and ‘teenage approved’ style can be difficult.
It’s a well-known fact that a midday nap can increase work rate, improve mood and power you up for a productive afternoon. Plenty of European cultures have the siesta built into their daily life; even without the burning day time sun that gives hotter climates a good reason to take a break.
UK workers are well advised to consider doing the same. Many large corporations now acknowledge and encourage the right to nap in the working day and provide the time and facilities for employees to take 40 winks if required.
A night on a futon at a friend’s house may conjure up the spectre of an uncomfortable night of sleep and a sinking sensation of waking up stiff and unrested. Fortunately, this is no longer the case. Continue reading Why Futons are no longer the uncomfortable convertible sofas of the olden days
If you need to get a good night’s sleep, the guaranteed way to scupper your chances is to get worried about it. It’s a familiar story; we set the alarm to get to work early for a big meeting – and then lie awake for hours through a mounting misery of insomnia. When sleeplessness strikes before an exam or a long drive, it can feel a complete disaster. Research shows that a poor night of shut eye can reduce your IQ by up to a point the day after.
Having a futon bed for your main sleeping option may sometimes be from necessity rather than design. Space, finances and perhaps having to move rented accommodation regularly can mean that a bed which takes up relatively little space, is multi-purpose and is easy and light to move or reassemble is important. Eventually you will find yourself settling down in your new home with a loved piece of furniture that still has plenty of life left in it, but has become a permanent fixture in a room.
Ideas for a room change
Refresh your room and give it a spring revamp.
- This is a great way to lift your spirits and focus on a fresh start for your home.
- In a previous blog we looked at replacing and repurposing furniture that no longer fits the style of a room in your home.
- So upgrade to a contemporary wooden bed frame with a more comfortable mattress.
- Room dividers can use space creatively while hiding unwelcome clutter from view.
- In addition it greatly improves the look and functionality of a room as well as being a fabulous interior décor accessory.
Storage ideas change the look of a room
If you are replacing seating with a futon, there are lots to choose from. Traditional wood frame varieties fit with a cottage style room and blend perfectly with floral or feminine design. Finding a classic style of futon with integral storage makes storage of bedding easy. Furthermore offers the opportunity to discreetly store supplies of hobby materials, DVDs or magazines.
For a more modern look, a metal framed futon in a 2 or 3 seat configurations blend perfectly with a simple, minimalist or masculine décor style. If you want to upgrade a bedroom, the same basic approach applies so have a look at this.
- Decide on the essential pieces of furniture in the room.
- Then use the rest of the room to compliment your furniture and support the focal point.
- A traditional approach to a room is to decorate in a way that stays the same through the year.
- Current lifestyle trends advocate a seasonal approach that reflects the character of the person. This enables alterations to echo the wider world.
- Because curtains, blinds and rugs may need to be permanent features due to cost and storage constraints. The use of a variety of coloured vases, wall pictures, throws or blankets can dramatically alter the feel of a room.
- Even cushions can offer different colour options to give a room a fresh boost.
When considering how to accessorise your room, it is easy to try to replicate outdoors but this can be overwhelming. We bring foliage and warm reds, greens and gold into our home at Christmas, giving it warmth and colour at a bleak time of year, but filling our home with blue, silver and snowflake motifs during cold winter months might be too much! Replica flowers, twig lights and houseplants that move from room to room can ring the changes very effectively with little hassle.
Try using popular fashions to provide discreetly hidden useful accessories. Attractive fleece throws, woven blankets and crochet afghans are wonderful at highlighting your room with a new colour or design element but will also work perfectly as extra bedding for your futon during cold months. You won’t even need store it during the rest of the year.
There has been plenty of talk of the importance of sleep in the media in recent months. From the importance of a dark room for proper healthy sleep that allows your body to recharge mentally, to the stark warnings about the effect of sleep deprivation on our physical wellbeing, sleep is very much in the news. Our bodies need time to experience all the stages of sleep in order to produce melatonin, a hormone essential for our brain and body functions.
The last 20 years has seen a dramatic change in the conventional living space model, from young professionals living alone to blended families trying to make the best use of space in a home. Also there’s the modern phenomenon of older adults living in the family dwelling and when these factors come into play there’s a requirement for greater flexibility than ever before. Single room living really takes on a new meaning.
How you sleep and how well rested you are can have a huge impact on your day to day life and sense of well-being, so it is important to maximise your potential to sleep well in bed and be comfortable overnight. Environment is a key factor in helping your body recognise sleep signals, so take time to create the perfect sanctuary for your rest hours.
As the holiday season ends for another year and our homes return to normal, it’s worth considering some of the difficulties that arise when trying to find places to sleep the family members and friends with whom we share special occasions. Many homes no longer have the luxury of a designated spare bedroom as working from home often means using that space as an office.