TINA STEPHEN, INTERIOR DESIGNER

In the busy summer months, it’s important to have a relaxing bedroom environment that encourages rest and rejuvenation. Tina Stephen - renowned designer and founder of online styling service Roomie.co.nz talks us through her preparations for a great night’s sleep and some top tips to transform your bedroom into a sanctuary this summer.

With the days getting longer, we start to do away with the ‘turn down’ process of closing blinds early and lighting fires and we can enjoy more time outdoors with the evening light and warmth. 

Changing our routine is intrinsically linked to the changing of the seasons and we naturally remove heavier layers and lighten the colour palette – selecting instead white crisp cotton and a lightly striped duvet for the coming summer months. Adding a combination of patterns ensures the aesthetic remains casual - stripes mixed with botanical prints add a tropical vibe. We love botanicals and have a healthy obsession with house plants, which are great for reducing stress levels, increasing air quality and filtering light. 

Tina Stephen

In the hours before bed, we go for walks and chat with the neighbours, there is usually a gang of kids keen on biking or scooting up the street. Our house has huge floor to ceiling windows and ranch-sliders which can be thrown open for that all-important indoor-outdoor flow. 

It's important to think about the small details as well, like adding crystals to the bedside table. Amethyst is one of our favourites in the bedroom as it helps purity, brings a healing energy to your dreams and most importantly helps promote deep uninterrupted sleep.

Setting bed time routines becomes challenging on hot summer nights, but our Sealy Posturepedic bed is made with natural fibres and designed with breathability in mind. It provides a very light, cloud feel with deeper support, which helps us to relax and recover after a long active day!

Tina Stephen

Change out bedding for a lighter, more neutral palette such as crisp white, light blue or peachy pinks
 

Forage for fresh blooms - hydrangeas are plentiful in the summer months
 

Add texture and pattern in small amounts with cushions and light cotton throws
 

A simple palm frond or monstera leaf in a tall glass vase gives an instant tropical summer vibe
 

Have a good old fashioned spring clean - store away extra winter bedding and electric blankets, and declutter

Tina Stephen

Find out more about the Sealy Posturepedic bed Tina is sleeping on here.

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