Rowena Gonzales, founder and principal at Liquid Interiors
Where should the bedroom be in the home?
Most of the time, we don't have the luxury of completely changing the layout of flats. However, in an ideal world, the living room should have the priority of sunshine throughout the day – for example, south facing – and the bedroom can face the other directions. If you are an early riser, you may prefer an east-facing bedroom. If you are not, then north- or west-facing would be preferable.
What are your bedroom essentials?
My essentials would be: a light fixture for overall lighting; hanging or wall-mounted reading lights so that your night table can have more space for books; sound-absorbing headboard or sound-absorbing decorative wall; area rug; two layers of window covering – sheer and 100 per cent black-out; minimum 300 thread count sheets made from organic cotton; and a battery-powered alarm clock. (It's best if electronics can be completely removed from the bedroom for good sleep quality.)
For materials, it is important to make sure that all wall and furniture paints, wood stains and finishes, adhesives, et cetera are low VOC and that all wood is formaldehyde free. The best way to have clean air is to make sure that these do not enter you space to begin with.
Where should one shop for new bedroom items?
Nicedrape for the 100 per cent black-out blinds with many selections of fabrics to choose from. Interactive smart solutions for home automation. IQ Air for air purifiers. Okooko for luxury natural latex mattresses. Rug Your Life for custom eco-friendly rugs.