Learning a new language, joining a fitness class, taking up meditation. 2022 is in full swing and so are our New Year’s Resolutions. With a brand-new year comes a chance to implement habits to make us happier and healthier, including getting a good night’s sleep. According to the NHS, sleep can boost your immunity, improves your mental well-being, and help against a number of medical conditions, making it an important part of our lifestyle. But when it comes to our sleep, there a few things you can do to help you have an undisturbed slumber.
Sharing her secrets to designing a beautiful bedtime, interior stylist Agi Dmochowska, aka @agi_at_59, invites us into her becalming biophilic-inspired home and olive-velvet interior space to help you have a restful 2022.
Agi’s interior style
I always struggle with describing my style as it really is a mixture of so many elements from different aesthetics. I like loads of styles in interiors and usually go with elements that suit a specific room or space rather than follow style rules. But if I really have to describe my style, I’ll say eclectic, fun and practical!
When it comes to inspiration, anything can spark creativity. Sometimes a small, beautiful vase, painting, or planter could inspire a whole room scheme. We’ve recently moved house, so our new bedroom was designed entirely around our Audrey bed. I took a bit of a gamble and ordered the bed before we even found the new house, but it totally paid off as the Audrey bed is a proper showstopper.
Designing a beautiful night’s sleep
I’ve learned over the years to respect the room as not every space can take every colour or texture. So, take into consideration the amount of natural light before deciding on the colour scheme.
For me, bedrooms should feel calm and relaxing. I’ve ordered close to 60 wallpaper samples to find the perfect one but the Hua Trees mural wallpaper from Sian Zeng really is a perfect background for our olive velvet beauty, Audrey. There are no dark walls and much less artwork and accessories to give it that relaxing vibe. Our bedroom almost has a biophilic vibe to it and it’s all about incorporating plants and nature elements such as wallpaper pattern and wooden accents – it’s very peaceful and an absolute pleasure to wake up there every morning.
The Audrey bed is a proper statement piece and an absolute beauty! I love that it combines the grandeur of French vintage beds with a modern twist (and obviously the olive-green velvet is a massive bonus too!). First of all, it’s extremely comfortable. Also due to its design it feels bigger and gives you that feeling of being embraced by the headboard. It almost feels like a huge hug, and it looks extremely inviting too!
Swapping our old run-down mattress for the Hypnos Windsor has also been a proper game changer! I cannot stress enough how much the quality of my night-time sleep has improved since we got it. And there’s nothing better than waking up full of energy and ready to face the new day. I know it sounds like a cliché, but it’s so soft and luxurious that it feels like sleeping on a giant cloud or a marshmallow, yet it’s still firm and supportive at the same time so you get the best out of both worlds!
When it comes to the winter months, I do have a few tricks for creating a cosy room. I often go with a sized-up duvet or go double duvet for extra snuggliness. I love layering throws and bedspreads as they give that extra cosy vibe. I use an aroma diffuser that helps eliminate dry air caused by the central heating in the room and makes the space smell divine. And in terms of bedding, I always go with natural comfy fabrics, at the moment my favourites are washed linen beddings!
Top tips for better sleep
I love sleeping in a coldish room, so I try to open a window half an hour before going to bed and never put a heating on as otherwise I wake up with a headache.
We don’t have a TV in our bedroom. I think that really helps to associate that room with switching off and I always drift of almost instantly.
It’s all about the good quality mattress and bedding. Since we have our Hypnos Windsor mattress, I sleep so much better. I think a lot of us really underestimates how important good quality mattress is to feel refreshed in the morning and ready to face another day.
Try to limit the amount of furniture pieces if possible. We’ve decided to build a stud wall at the end of the room to create a small walk-in wardrobe and hide most of our stuff and keep the room feeling spacious and clutter free.