Scott McGillivray lives a tiring life. The HGTV host, contractor and real estate investor is also a husband and a father. He splits his time between his home base in Toronto and Florida. Mix in frequent travel, at least twice a month, to New York and Los Angeles and it’s easy to understand why he’s always on an airplane.

“I just hit a million air miles about a month ago,” says McGillivray, who sticks to the time zone where he’s spending most of his time, rather than “constantly trying to readjust.”

The designer and his wife are building a new home and want their bedroom to be “a restful, peaceful place.” He’s sharing tips to help you design a bedroom that will help you sleep well too.

Separate spaces

It’s essential to separate the different areas of your bedroom. It’s a bad habit to watch TV or do work in bed.

“Make sure that the design in your room is warm and inviting. I’m a big fan of the king size bed.”

“Now your bed doesn’t become associated with a place of rest, but a place of work or entertainment,” says McGillivray, whose master bedroom includes a fireplace, a seating area with a TV and an adjacent deck, all relaxation and entertainment areas.

Create definition

“Make sure that the design in your room is warm and inviting,” says McGillivray, who recommends using cozy colors in the space.

He likes to see the bed as a focal point as soon as you enter the room. His bedroom has a large feature wall behind the bed. “You want something that brings you some design joy in your room,” he says, noting the wall “uplifts your spirits.”

While his bedroom has hardwood floors, the designer defined the space with a large carpet under the bed.

No kid zone

“Since we’ve had kids, sleep is a totally different beast,” says the host of “Income Property” and “Flipping the Block.”

A house rule at the McGillivray’s?

“My wife and I agreed when we had kids, we said we never want the routine of letting the kids sleep in our bed,” says the father of two girls.

They share the job of soothing kids who can’t sleep.

“If there’s a nightshift needed, we take turns,” he says, explaining they alternate so “not one of us is sleep deprived; we’re both partially sleep-deprived.”


Pillow talk

“Mattresses and pillows. You have to get the right ones,” says McGillivray, who encourages everyone to try different mattresses until you find the right one for you.

He and his wife purchased a new pillow top mattress last year with one requirement: “I’m a big fan of the king size bed,” he says. “I need room.”

The final touch in the bedroom? Blackout blinds to keep out the light for a better sleep.