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How Designers at the Westin Hotel Approach Sleep

It may seem like it would be easy to design the interior of a hotel room. All you need is a bed, some furniture pieces, and a few lamps, right? It’s actually a lot more involved than that. “We don’t have full control over where everything is placed hotel rooms, but we try to consider as much as we can when designing them,” says Erin Hoover, vice president of global brand design for Westin, Sheraton, and Le Meridien hotels. For example, Westin rooms incorporate something known as biophilic design. The philosophy is focused in the belief that a connection to nature promotes well-being. It’s used by interior designers to create an environment that’s healthy and…

How Designers at Four Seasons Hotel Approach Sleep

Getting a good night’s sleep while traveling is becoming more likely thanks to this hotel’s special touches. It’s safe to say that the luxury hotel Four Seasons takes sleep seriously. In fact, you’ll be amazed at how much thought the brand’s interior designers have put into the way each room looks and functions. Find out why you are bound to get a good night’s sleep in one of this hotel’s rooms, and follow the brand’s lead by designing your own bedroom in a similar fashion. The Bed is the Focus The designers think of each room as a sanctuary or sleep temple. They often choose elaborate, visually stunning headboards to draw attention to the centerpiece of…

Sleeper Sofas: How to Buy the Best One

Giving your guests a comfortable place to sleep has never been easier. In an ideal world, homes would always have full guest rooms, complete with a spare bed for friends and family who are visiting. But in the real world, that isn’t always the case. And that’s when a sleeper sofa or air mattress comes in handy. There are many reasons to pick a sleeper sofa. They tend to be more supportive than air mattresses (although they are also more expensive—anywhere from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars—which is why air mattresses have their place, too ). How a sleeper sofa works: During everyday life, it’s a comfortable couch that’s perfect for…

Choose An Air Mattress That Your Guests Will Love

Consider these four key factors to help your guests sleep soundly—even on an air mattress. Like pull-out sofas, air mattresses have a tendency to get a bad reputation. (And choosing between one or the other can be a difficult decision.) But with modern upgrades, air mattresses can provide a comfy night’s sleep for your guests (or even for you) for as little as the cost of a single night in a hotel room. Prices tend to range from as little as $10 to as much as $200. It’s just a matter of knowing what to buy to suit your style. Consider these factors when picking your next air mattress. Think About: Size. Air…

Design A Sleep-Friendly Bedroom For Your Child

5 essential sleep items your child’s room should have My two kids (3 and 6 years old) climb happily into bed at night. It’s not to say that bedtime is always smooth—they don’t want to stop building towers or running laps in Superhero costumes. But as their routine unfolds and they shift modes, they don’t fight sleep. They welcome it.Video production in partnership with There are lots of reasons for this (more sleep secrets to come), but one is that the bedroom is…

Technology Tips to Make Your Home More Sleep-Friendly

Six ways to create a healthier sleep environment Though gadgets can keep you awake at night, you can also use technology to make your home more sleep-friendly. Here are six easy fixes to make your bedroom a healthier sleeping environment. 1. Power Down Gadgets. The blue light emitted from the screens on your computer, cell phone, tablet, and television can keep you awake by suppressing melatonin, a hormone that controls your sleep/wake cycle. That’s why it’s best to ditch any devices at least 30 minutes before bed. 2. Stick to Sleeping. It may be tempting to add a desk to your bedroom so that it doubles as a home office, or an entertainment system. But…

Tips for Sleeping When It's Hot Out

Six smart ways to beat the heat for a good night’s sleep. Hot, humid nights can wreak havoc on your sleep if you don’t have air conditioning. Humidity make it hard for sweat to evaporate (which leaves you feeling wet and uncomfortable), and if your room temperature is not within the optimal nighttime range of 60 to 67 degrees, it can become more difficult to fall asleep. But a heat wave doesn’t have to lead to sleepless nights. Invest in some powerful fans, and then follow these tips to keep your cool and get the slumber that you need. Close the Curtains. Protect your bedroom from heating up from the midday sun by keeping your window…

Tips to Design an Ideal Bedroom Straight from an Interior Designer

Eight ways to turn your bedroom into the sleep sanctuary it was always meant to be. It’s easy to ignore your bedroom when it comes to decorating. But how you design the space—including the paint colors and curtains that you choose, and even what you put on your walls—can affect how well you sleep.Video production in partnership with “Not only do you spend a third of your life in your bedroom by sleeping seven to nine hours a night, but it’s also important…

Designing the Ideal Bedroom

Try these products to help you get to sleep—and stay asleep. Your bedroom should be your sanctuary—your happy place! And when you put a little extra thought into the design of your bedroom, it’ll become much easier to get the zzz’s that you need. So consider setting up your bedroom with these five easy-to-find products. These nighttime fixes could help smooth your passage to deep, restful sleep. Noise Reducer For city dwellers, constant commotion and street noise throughout the night can be disruptive when you’re attempting to sleep. To block out most of those outside sounds, consider a noise reducer or white noise machine. Both work to mask sleep-depriving clatter with soft, rhythmic sounds that allow…