Space to dream


Whether it’s renovation or just some home interior TLC on your 2018 goals list, an important step is to create a sense of tranquillity and comfort throughout the rooms in your home. Your bedroom is an area that should offer a feeling of retreat and relaxation. Our home expert Ayshea Ryan from A Place For Space, talks us through the value of having a calming bedroom.


A sweet escape

Ayshea explains that of all the rooms in your house, the bedroom should offer some escape from the hustle and bustle of the rest of your home. It’s not a room where you spend the majority of your day while at home, but that is why it’s important that the vibe is different there.



If, like us, one of your goals for 2018 is to get enough rest and sleep, it is vital that your bedroom is the optimum setting for this. To achieve a harmonious environment for your rest goals, your bedroom needs to be a clear and cosy space. Keep the majority of your belongings stored away and out of view.


A place of symmetry

Try to keep the placement of furniture and belongings evened out across your bedroom; this way the room will feel symmetrical and won’t have a ‘busy’ corner or areas that interfere with the ambience of the room. Items that you don’t reach for every day can be placed under your bed – but keep this to one storage box, neatly filled. Clutter under your bed will really hinder your sleep space.


Be bossy with your closet!

You need to be rigorous when clearing out your closet and donating to charity. It doesn’t matter how expensive an item was when you purchased it – if you haven’t worn it in 12 months it needs to go! Allow yourself a couple of items with sentimental value, but that’s it.


Categorise to help minimise

Organise everything you own into categories such as shoes, handbags, jewellery, and clothes. This way you can clearly see just how many of each item you have, and how many you don’t use anymore.



Any small items around your room such as jewellery, watches, or keys can be kept in small bowls or trays. Don’t keep piles of books beside your bed; leave only the current book you are reading on your bedside locker.


Say ‘no’ to screen time

Don’t keep any devices such as iPads or laptops in your room. TVs should be kept to family areas also. Artificial light can confuse our brains about when it is night and the right time to sleep[1], so don’t tempt yourself – keep unnecessary devices out of your bedroom and keep off your smartphone for at least one hour before you sleep. 

Now you’re on track with your 2018 goals of improvement – both for your sleeping pattern and your home! – Why not give us a call on 1890 33 22 11 or visit our website to discuss giving your home the best protection. 


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