HGTV's Jenny Marrs' most powerful bedroom design tip makes falling asleep easier

The 'Fixer to Fabulous' host sat down with H&G to discuss the simple (yet influential) element of design that can 'impact sleep most'

Bedroom wall light
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Fixer to Fabulous star Jenny Marrs may be best associated with large-scale renovation projects (documented in her aforementioned HGTV show) – but she's no stranger to small design projects, too. 

Lately, her focus has turned to the most intimate room of all – the bedroom – where design choices (arguably) count the most. Here, the correct layout, colors, and textiles can help you sleep better (or have the countereffect if you get them wrong). But of all the factors to consider, what impacts sleep the most? The key, according to the designer, is in your bedroom lighting

'Lighting is a key aspect of any bedroom design and can impact sleep most,' Jenny says in an exclusive interview with H&G  – following a partnership with Natrol. According to Jenny, your bedroom should utilize a mixture of overhead lights, lamps on nightstands,' as well as natural light. 

'When choosing the lighting for your bedroom, make sure you take the time to picture what these pieces would look like in your space,' Jenny says.

Jenny Marrs

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Jenny Marrs
Jenny Marrs

Designer Jenny Marrs is the star of HGTV's Fixer to Fabulous and Almost Home. She also appears on Rock the Block (alongside designers including Jasmine Roth and Leanne Ford) and Design At Your Door (with Tamara Day and Tiffany Brooks). Jenny lives and works with her husband and co-star, Dave, in a restored farmhouse in Northwest Arkansas.

Jenny says that we should use your selection of lights as 'tools' to 'bring natural light in, dim the lights to set the mood for sleep, or block light out completely' – while maintaining that harmony throughout your bedroom design. 

To emphasize the natural light further, Jenny recommends experimenting with window treatment ideas that will help to create a better sleeping environment. 'By using layers of window treatments that you can adjust throughout the day, such as blinds, shades, sheers, and drapes,' she says. With a well-curated window and good lighting ideas combined, you will ensure your bedroom is a sleep sanctuary that encourages rest for the day ahead. 

'Make sure your bedroom is a space you want to be in,' the designer adds. 'Whether that be choosing cozy bedding, lamps you love, a calming bedroom color, or keeping your favorite candles nearby.'

Bedroom with traditional wooden window frames, dark wooden bed frame with gray bedding, bench seat and end of bed

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'As a busy mom, wife, and professional, every day is a busy adventure. I love getting to my bedroom and starting my wind-down routine at night because I know I’ll get the rest I need to wake up ready and present for the next day. Invest in making your bedroom a space you can’t wait to retreat to,' Jenny adds. 

You can discover more about the designer's work with Natrol (and join their Sweepstake to win a $10,000 bedroom makeover) via their website.

Megan Slack
Head of Celebrity Style News

Megan is the Head of Celebrity Style News at Homes & Gardens. She first joined Future Plc as a News Writer across their interiors titles, including Livingetc and Real Homes, before becoming H&G's News Editor in April 2022. She now leads the Celebrity/ News team. Before joining Future, Megan worked as a News Explainer at The Telegraph, following her MA in International Journalism at the University of Leeds. During her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, she gained writing experience in the US while studying in New York. Megan also focused on travel writing during her time living in Paris, where she produced content for a French travel site. She currently lives in London with her antique typewriter and an expansive collection of houseplants.