A color scheme can help set the tone for your living room. You can find a fresh look for your space with color combinations and living room paint ideas.
Orange and blues in bright shades are complementary colors that are strong, but sprinkling them in against a backdrop of white will soften the effect. Using the colors in patterns also tones down the scheme.
A great rug can transform a room—but its potential doesn’t stop at the floor. From the dining room to the bed to the bath, here are some creative ways to shake up your rug game. Get inspired!
May the force (of a nap) be with you!
A short 20-minute nap has more power than all the caffeine you can drink in 20 minutes. Believe it or not? The truth is that the power nap can reset your system, provide a burst of alertness, increase your motor performance and give you that spurt of energy you’ve been searching for. Bet your favorite energy drink can’t do all that – without interfering with your sleep later at night!
But when’s the best time for us to grab all this napping goodness? Experts say the most optimal time for a nap is mid-day between 1pm and 3pm. Try to squeeze in a nap after 4pm and you’ll throw off your night time sleep schedule and reduce your sleep quality.
Ready to ask your boss for a scheduled naptime during work hours? If only we could be so lucky.
There are a variety of nap times to choose from that can help your energy and brain functions in different ways. According to WebMD, these are the naptime breakdowns:
Do you want to wake up a tired and boring bedroom or create a soothing sanctuary to lull you to sleep each night? You may think color is simply a matter of aesthetics but it can have a profound effect on your emotional and physical well-being. Understanding how the psychology of color influences sleep can guide you to a hue that will help you sleep better. Which is the point of your bedroom, right?
Even if you’re starting from scratch, choose something you love – a pillow, picture frame, scarf – and start searching blogs, websites and decorating books that display similar color groupings. Once you find something you like, limit your color selection to 3 or 4 hues and begin choosing the role those colors will play – active, passive or neutral influence.
Your wall color may be the active influence – and it might be a good starting point if you’re not sure where to begin. Remember that light colors are expansive, making a small room bloom into something larger and brighter. Dark colors add an air of sophistication and make larger rooms feel more intimate and cozy.
Sleep deprived? Wake up because your sleep thief may be lurking under your covers – your mattress. You spend a lot of time in bed and how well and how long you sleep affects everything in your life. The trouble is, most of us don't equate our sleep health with our overall health and when we do connect the dots, buying a new mattress is a big, expensive deal – and it’s not something you can afford to make a mistake on.
For most people, comfort is the decision maker but support, durability and health issues are equally important.
It’s time to go mattress shopping if you answer yes to any of the following questions:
If it’s been a while since you bought a new mattress, read through our top 3 tips and learn how to test drive a good night’s sleep before you buy.
Concentrate on comfort
To truly know if a mattress is right for you, lie down on it. One manufacturer's firm is another’s medium/firm – or extra/firm. Pick a focus point – your shoulder, lower back or your hips – and gauge how the mattress feels at that spot. And then lay on it like you lay on your mattress at home. A side sleeper needs extra cushioning in the hip and shoulder, but a back sleeper may need additional lumbar support. There's no magic mattress that's best for everyone, but visiting a mattress retailer will help you feel your way to a better night's sleep.
Hint: If you share your bed with a partner, test mattresses together and discuss what feels good and why.
The difference between supportive & firm
My mother told me the best way to protect my spine was to sleep on a mattress that resembled a butcher's block. A firm mattress is not necessarily a supportive mattress though. A medium to firm mattresses will likely buffer pressure points better, which allows your muscles to relax and aligns your spine naturally. Your spine is curved naturally and supporting those curves will rejuvenate and revitalize you.
Hint: Ask the sales person lots of questions and be honest about pain issues you’re currently experiencing. The more information you provide, the quicker you’ll find the right mattress for you.
Discuss durability expectations
How long do you expect your mattress to support you? Like all products, your mattress will gradually (over time) lose the ability to buffer pressure points and support your spine properly – that’s natural wear and tear. The Better Sleep Council recommends buying a new mattress every 5-7 years and offers a handy mattress shopping tip sheet.
Remember, a mattress warranty protects against defects in workmanship and materials, which age a mattress faster and must be addressed by the store that sold you the mattress. If you’re not a warranty/receipt keeper, it’s time to start.
Hint: Read mattress reviews online – but maintain perspective. Some review sites are filled with competitors bashing each other, which isn’t helpful to consumers. Visit their social media sites and ask members of their communities for first-hand advice.
If you’re ready for a new mattress, we’d love to help you find the right one for you.
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