Dream a little dream ~ bedtime reading

I hope you’ve been following my sleep challenge during which I’ve been trying get a better night sleep than ever before. I’ve been following some top tips for creating a restful atmosphere in my bedroom, and I’ve added a few new additions to my bedroom to make it even more conducive to sleep – including a blackout blind and mattress topper. Spending so long hanging out in my bedroom, making improvements and all that extra sleep has got me thinking about a whole bedroom makeover – and having lived in my home for 18 months, I think it’s about time that I got round to decorating the bedroom.

DIY using sheet music as a floor covering

Over the past year, I’ve been taking interior design inspiration photos wherever I go and have seen sheet music used to decorate a couple of places – as a wall-covering in a charity shop (in my photo below) and even as an alternative flooring in a vintage shop (snapped above). Back in June, I had lunch in a London restaurant which had been wallpapered using old newspapers (below) and loved the effect, so I must have been subconsciously thinking about using this technique for a while!

diy newspaper and sheet music to decorate walls

I love to read and do most of my reading in bed, so it made sense to me to feature books in my bedroom somewhere and I think that some old book pages would look great on my wall.  I conducted a little research on Pinterest and discovered that it is possible to buy book calligraphy wallpaper from Lewis & Wood and even postcard wallpaper from B&Q:

postcards and book pages wallpaper from B and Q and Lewis and wood

Check out my “Books in the bedroom” Pinterest board for all the image credits

 I also spotted the use of book wallpaper in these fashion shoots below and although I like the look of wallpaper, it seems too ‘neat’ however, the book pages arranged at angles is too messy for me – picky, huh?! So I think the only way to get the look I want is to do it myself and I have gathered together some old books from the charity shop with the intention of pasting them to my bedroom wall. I will let you know how I get on – in the meantime, check out some more sleep tips from Dunelm‘s 30 Days of Sleep Challenge below!

using book pages wallpaper to decorate

 Check out my “Books in the bedroom” Pinterest board for all the image credits

  1. Stop night time worries by writing your next day’s to-do list before you go to bed, this should stop you from running through everything while you are trying to drift off
  2. If you haven’t fallen asleep after 30 minutes, try reading a real book under low light until you start to feel tired again
  3. If you find that you often wake in the night to go to the bathroom, rather than turning on the lights try using a torch to light your way (if it’s safe to do so) as exposing yourself to less light should make it easier to go back to sleep
  4. Avoid exercising within 3 hours of trying to sleep as it will keep you awake

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Cassie is a freelance writer with a Masters degree in lifestyle promotion studies. She loves to 'get the look for less' so regularly shares thrifty fashion posts, DIY interior design ideas and low-cost recipes on her blog.

7 thoughts on “Dream a little dream ~ bedtime reading

  1. Love the sheet music floor. In my inspiration file Ive got a picture of a swedish house where a long thin wall in the hall has been pasted with old postcards in a patchwork. Containing the colour in a small space make it look really cool and architectural.

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