ideas for decorating your bedroom

Nothing is more important to our active, fun-filled lives than getting healthy, restorative sleep. Here are some tips for creating a bedroom to give you just that, from interior designer Robin Wilson of Robin Wilson Home. She is well known for her eco-friendly aesthetic with an eco-healthy focus.

change your pillow
If your pillow is older than three years and has not been washed, it weighs more now than when you bought it. It’s loaded with dust mites that are next to your face while you sleep. Choose hypoallergenic pillows over down pillows, and use a zippered pillow protector that you wash weekly for a double barrier. Wash your pillow at least twice a year and replace pillows every three years.

Cover your mattress with a hypoallergenic cover and wash it every two months. Make sure your mattress is non-toxic without formaldehyde-based fire retardants.

pick non-VOC paints
Try to always use non-VOC paints which won’t off-gas, or leave an obnoxious paint odour to stir up allergies. It looks just as good on the wall as regular paint.

at the window
Light pollution is an issue that people often ignore when trying to get a good night’s sleep. A well-fitted set of blinds, shades or shutters is a great choice, and it can be a healthier one, too, as draperies can be dust-catchers. For example, Hunter Douglas Silhouette A Deux shadings combine the sheer, light-diffusing beauty of Silhouette shadings with a room-darkening roller shade for increased light control and privacy when desired.

keep pets off of beds
Cat and dog allergies are very common, so keep pets bathed regularly to reduce the dander and don’t allow them on your bed.
With these tips, creating a bedroom sanctuary for a good night’s sleep is easier than ever. n

— News Canada