Minimalist, open layout homes and apartments continue to lead the way as the go-to trend for homeowners or renters of all budgets, from New York to Greenwich, and out here in Dubai.
But while this simplistic method of interior design may well be both visually stunning and emotionally soothing, many in the industry believe their design elements could in fact be having a far less positive impact elsewhere: on your sleep.
Here, Sarah Johnson of snooze gurus the Tuck Sleep Foundation talked INDEX through the dos and don'ts for keeping a minimalist space a sleeper's dream...
Industry professionals believe the design elements of minimalist interiors could be impacting on a good night's sleep
Let the sun shine...elsewhere: "Bright, airy spaces are great during the day, but unless measures are taken to block out a sleeping area, it can lead to too much light for the brain to register that it’s supposed to be sleeping. If somehow enclosing the space isn’t an option, opt for some pretty light-blocking curtains or a sleep mask."
Mellow yellow: "Blue lights - which are common in compact fluorescent bulbs and LEDs - boost attention, reaction times, and mood, are the worst kind of light when someone is trying to fall asleep. There’s an easy remedy for this. When picking out a light bulb, go for a yellower LED rather than the bright whites, or pick something with a dimmer."
User offline: "Modern smartphones give off too much of the wrong kind of light. When it comes to devices and bedtime, a phone setup might be more appealing for those who like minimalist decorations; but it might actually be detrimental to getting a good night’s sleep. It can be incredibly tempting just to check that one email or respond to that one Twitter notification. It’s like eating crisps - it’s very difficult just to eat one!"
Bright, airy spaces are great during the day, but unless measures are taken to block out a sleeping area, it can lead to too much light for the brain to register that it’s supposed to be sleeping
Go old-school alarm: "An old-fashioned alarm clock that does nothing more than tell the time and sound the alarm at a designated time is much less likely to cause additional late night stress and keep the rabbit hole of the internet a little further away. It will also reduce chances for excess blue light."
Call in support: "While a single pillow on each side of the bed may be more suited to a minimalist theme, some sleepers may need more than one, depending on their sleep style. It wouldn’t be difficult to hide them during the day, for those who don’t like the look of a busy headboard."
When it comes to devices and bedtime, a phone setup might be more appealing for those who like minimalist decorations
Paint it black (not literally!): "A brightly coloured or satin-style paint in bright white will reflect more light than a muted colour like a matte olive green or a soft coral. A flat-style of paint will absorb more of the light and draw less attention to itself - which is exactly what the doctor ordered when it comes to a sleep space."
Blue to clear the sleeping blues: "Many designers recommend a matte blue or a simple pattern for any room intended for sleep. Blues tend to make people feel calmer. However, there’s a soft colour in any colour palette that would help to create a calming atmosphere. If a bright colour is absolutely necessary to pull a room together, paint an accent wall with the bright colour behind the bed, and use a muted complementary shade on the other walls."
Many designers recommend a matte blue or a simple pattern for any room intended for sleep. Blues tend to make people feel calmer