How Incorporating Natural Design Elements Can Help You Sleep

Escaping from the stress and noise of everyday life is becoming increasingly more difficult. So, it is important to make your home a space that promotes a sense of peace and relaxation so that at the end of a long day you have the opportunity to fully recharge.

If you’re not sure how to create a soothing and calming environment, start where you need to to be able to relax the most – your bedroom.  

Implement natural design elements into your bedroom such as:

  • Live plants and branches
  • Natural wood furniture paired with light and airy colors and textures
  • Warm, low lighting that mimics candlelight for the evening hours and natural light during the day
  • A minimalistic approach to general decor

When curating a calming home, creating a picturesque bedroom isn’t the end goal (just an added benefit). In order to make your bedroom a sanctuary for rest, maximize the natural design elements to promote relaxation and quality sleep.

Plants and Branches

Even if you have a long history of killing off plants, give this a real shot. There are a variety of houseplants that can help you get a good night’s sleep by purifying the air, releasing moisture, or giving off a relaxing aroma. The plants’ green and brown hues are not only a nice compliment to the room’s overall natural aesthetic, but they also have a soothing and calming effect.

Dark Wood with Light Accents

Mixing the rustic look and feel of wood with soft white accents creates an ambiance similar to the outdoors. This can be achieved by pairing a rich wooden headboard with a fluffy down comforter. You can further invest in your bed (and your sleep) by ensuring you have selected the right mattress, choosing linens (and pajamas) made with the best material for sleep, and including accent pillows and throw blankets with textures that create a cozy space for you to feel most comfortable.


Light exposure plays a significant role in sleep quality and overall well being. Sunlight is, not surprisingly, important to consider when designing a home with natural elements. Large windows are ideal but if your home isn’t equipped with them, you can use mirrors to increase the appearance of sunlight. When the sun is down, stick to warm, dim lighting that mimics candlelight. Exposure to bright, artificial light has a direct impact on melatonin levels which makes it harder for the body to fall (and stay) asleep.

Minimal Decor Don’t worry, you don’t need to donate all of your furniture in order to achieve the minimalism necessary for a natural design (plus, you probably don’t have space). However, you do need to eliminate clutter and distractions. Walls don’t need to be bare but the more blank space there is, the more “airy” the room will feel. Stay in tune with the natural vibe by incorporating pictures of animals or tapestries made with rope or burlap. Above all else, skip the bedroom TV, you won’t find one in nature and the harsh light it projects will disrupt your sleep and leave you feeling rough in the morning.

Once your bedroom design and decor are finished, turn on a guided meditation or some sounds from nature and enjoy a deep, restful sleep before jumping back into the hectic world again tomorrow.

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Stephanie McQueen

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