Best Buys for Your Best Night's Sleep

Layer on comfort and style to create the ultimate bedroom retreat for catching some ZZZZs. Follow our 11 tips to make bedtime a restful experience. 

By: Chelsey Bowen

Photo By: Marie Flanigan Interiors

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Photo By: Marie Flanigan Interiors

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Photo By: Claire Paquin

Photo By: Marie Flanigan Interiors

Photo By: Claire Paquin

Sleep: It Does a Body Good

A good night's sleep goes a long way to making you feel like a brand new person. Not only does rest rejuvenate and repair your body, it does the same for your mind. There's a reason you hear, "sleep on it," whenever you're trying to solve a problem. To ensure you get your best night's sleep, start by setting your thermostat around 67 degrees. You want your space to be cool, but not cold. Then, create a bedroom haven that sends you straight to your dreams by combining the comfiest bedding, soothing hues and soft, ambient lighting.

Choose the Right Pillow

The first step to creating a snooze-worthy bed is finding the right pillow for your favorite sleep position. Katrina Crowell of Cuddledown suggests selecting a medium or overfilled pillow if you're a back sleeper since it will offer proper support for your head and neck. If you sleep on your stomach, look for a pillow that is extra-soft to allow your head to sink to a comfortable level. Side sleeper? Choose either a soft-filled pillow for softer support or medium/overfill, if you need extra support around your head and neck. 

Be Sheet Savvy

"If you get cold at night or live in a colder climate, flannel is a smart sheet fabric because of it's plush warmness," says Crowell. Another great choice is cotton sateen since it has a tighter weave and is generally heavier than a cotton percale.

"However, if you get hot at night or it's summer time, try soft and cool percale. Batiste and voile are also both extremely lightweight and breathable. Linen is nice because it's naturally moisture-wicking and becomes softer with each wash, similar to linen garments," says Crowell.

Think Beyond Thread Count

"Higher thread counts feel great, but they aren't the only factor to consider when evaluating quality," says Crowell. "Fiber content (natural vs. synthetic) and fabric finishing play an important role in the quality of bedding. Keep an eye out for attributes such as long-staple cotton, single-ply yarn, shrinkage control and mercerization."

With so many options on the market, designer Marie Flanigan knows the type and length of the fiber used to construct the sheet is more important than thread count. She prefers to dress her beds in Giza and Pima sheets for their long, luxurious fibers.

Find the Perfect Comforter

Though goose or duck down will cost more than a synthetic-filled comforter, down has great insulating properties with natural resilience. If you need a hypoallergenic version, Crowell suggest looking for a quality version that clusters like down without clumping or matting.

"Attention to detail is important when assessing the overall quality of a comforter," says Crowell, so she suggests looking for a higher fill power, sewn through boxes to keep fill in place and reinforced seams.

 

Use Blackout Curtains

Natural light is lovely for creating a warm, inviting environment, but when you're ready for some shut-eye, those rays need to be controlled, says designer Marie Flanigan. In addition to framing window openings with color and texture, drapery allows you to have direct control over your lighting experience. Invest in high-quality drapery and line your panels with blackout material. This ensures you get sleep at any hour of the day while also protecting your furniture, rugs and art from damaging UV rays.  

Elevate Your Space With Smart Lighting

"A solid lighting plan is crucial to achieving soft, soothing ambiance," say designer Marie Flanigan. "Pull together an interesting combination of chandeliers, sconces and table lamps with adjustable settings that allow you to vary light intensity based on need. This means you'll have ample light when it's time to read but can quickly take things down a notch when it's time to snuggle up to those Egyptian cotton sheets."  

Don't Ignore the Floor

"While a rug may not seem like a vital part to your bed's design, it is the last thing your feet touch before hopping into bed at night and the first thing they touch in the morning. A rug will anchor your space and set a tranquil tone that's essential to building a natural sense of warmth and comfort in your bedroom," says Flanigan. She suggests looking for lush silk blends in subtle color palettes that are pleasing to the eye and comfy for the toes.

Try a Calming Color Scheme

Stepping into a bedroom awash with a comforting shade instantly separates your refuge from the rest of your home. Designer Claire Paquin's favorite hues to for bringing instant serenity to the bedroom are pale blues, minty greens, mauves and lavenders. 

Create a Restful Retreat

Decorative pillows may not be essential but they go a long way to achieving the atmosphere you desire in your bedroom. Flanigan says, "Decorative pillows tells people a lot about you and how formal you want your 'rest nest' to feel. Start with larger Euro shams in a neutral hue that serve as a backdrop for the smaller lumbar and boudoir pillows. Enjoy changing your smaller pillows on a seasonal basis for a quick and budget-friendly transformation that will adorn your bed with a fresh dose of color and texture." 

Incorporate Seating

"Introduce relaxation points throughout the bedroom by adding a lounge chair and ottoman or cozy sofa," suggests Paquin. Giving yourself a spot to unwind and do a calm activity, like reading, before heading to bed guarantees a better night's sleep.