How to design a comfortable and useful bedroom for yourself!
The bed, linen, bedside tables, chairs, cabinets…there are so many things you may want to put into your bedroom design.
And it can be a little intimidating.
Here is the fact about decorating your bedroom: it doesn’t have to be so difficult.
That’s why we are publishing these 11 tips and tricks for comfort and functionality based bedroom decoration.
Keep things simple
Don’t add more and more stuff to your bedroom just for the sake of it.
Keep only what you need.
A bed, a bedside table and maybe a dresser can be considered necessities.
As for accessories, look through whatever paintings, family photographs and so on you have and choose one or two for your bedroom.
Don’t overfill the room; it will look chaotic and stuffy.
Make sure you can freely move throughout the bedroom
Remember to keep ample space between the bed and the walls, between the bed and pieces of furniture and between different pieces of furniture.
You should be able to walk from the clothes cabinet to the bathroom directly. If anything lies in the way, try to shift it.
Choose correctly sized furniture
So, how do you choose correctly sized furniture?
Well, you start by drawing up a floor plan of your bedroom.
Keep things on a particular scale – as that is how you will be able to plan for furniture sizes.
Furniture should match room proportions.
Large furniture in a smaller bedroom will make it look over-crowded.
On the other hand, smaller sized furniture in a large bedroom will get lost and make the bedroom appear bare.
One thing to keep in mind here is height.
If the ceiling is high, try to get a high headboard .
Keep multiple lighting options
In interior design jargon, we call this layering the lighting.
- Have “ambient lighting” (general lighting that lights up a large area) to illuminate the entire room.
- “Task lighting”, which are small lights for particular functions like reading, and…
- “Accent lighting”, which add style and draw attention to your walls.
Try to have dimmers on your lights so you can adjust the light strength as required.
Also, have separate switches for all the lights so you can switch on only those lights that you actually need.
To discuss various lighting types and how they can benefit your rooms, contact an interior designer near you and schedule a consultation!
Go for soothing, subtle colours
What are these soothing, subtle colours?
Basically, non-bright blue, lavender, or green are considered soothing, while certain deep shade like pomegranate shade are considered to create a feeling of warmth and cosiness.
If you have other favourite colours like bright pink just tone them down.
Have plenty of space to store things
Any bedroom will have things like linen, toiletries, accessories and so on.
So the question is, how do you get the space to store all of that without making your bedroom look cluttered?
Here are a few tips and tricks to expand storage capacity in your bedroom:
- Have a bedside table with drawers to keep glasses, books and some basic toiletries like lotions.
- You can also think of building shelves into your headboard to keep books and accessories.
- Get a trunk that can be kept at the foot of the bed to keep linen, pillows and so on.
- Clothes and other accessories can be kept in boxes under the bed.
- Think about building a drawer into the bed.
- Finally, talk with your interior designer about installing cabinets and closets in the room.
Consult with a furniture designer to discuss various innovative bedroom storage furniture.
Distribute the “soft” elements around the room
Decorate your bedroom with as many luxurious fabrics as possible. They will make the room appear warm, intimate and inviting.
Some good options are: a bed canopy, comfortable rugs, luxury drapes and textured wall hangings.
Ensure adequate privacy
Window dressing (with curtains) is a good way to frame your windows, add colour and texture to your bedroom and ensure privacy for yourself so you can feel intimate in your bedroom.
Pro tip: If you prefer sheer curtains over heavy ones, install heavy blinds that you can pull down to increase privacy and/or block direct sunlight if necessary.
Remember to decorate/design the ceiling
As you lay on the bed you will look at the ceiling, which makes it important to decorate it appropriately.
Adding a soft colour or a subtle pattern is a good choice.
You can also paint the ceiling the same as the walls, only in a softer shade.
Other options are wallpaper, and adding light fixtures.
Look through our home design portfolio to get an idea of the various kinds of light fixtures you can get for your bedroom ceiling.
Consider a corner nook
A nook is a corner or a spot where you can relax and be with your thoughts. It’s great for having an intimate time by yourself.
And as the bedroom represents comfort, intimacy and privacy it’s an excellent choice of room to build your nook in.
Here’s how you can create a corner nook for yourself:
- Select a spot near a large window through which sunlight enters the room but which also has curtains and blinds that you can use to shut out the sunlight.
- Get a comfortable armchair and a stool to rest your feet.
- Place them near the window. You can add a small bookcase with books you want to read.
Cut out non-rest elements
A typical idea that we receive from people who consult with us on interior design is to have an exercise machine in the bedroom.
The idea seems to be that the moment they get up in the morning, they will go to the exercise machine and get some exercise.
And we always advise against it.
Because the exercise machine is not something that helps you rest (it’s a non-rest element). In fact, it is something that reminds you of extreme activity.
Including it in your bedroom would not only reduce the feeling of comfort and intimacy that a bedroom should be all about…but also unnecessarily take up space, reducing the scope for free movement throughout the room.
This is why it is important to exclude non-rest elements from the bedroom. Other examples of non-rest elements are your computer, your phone and your TV.
Put your personal touch on the design
Remember, your bedroom is your personal resting place, for you to have a comfortable and intimate experience.
You should be able to relax, unwind and be at peace in it.
Which is why your bedroom design should be tailored according to your needs.
So, ask yourself what appeals to you and make sure to include it in your bedroom design plan.
Tips and tricks for bedroom design – a final word
Bedroom design tips can be grouped into three categories:
- Keeping things simple and personal.
- Making sure the room doesn’t appear cluttered.
- Creating a haven where you can rest.
A big part of bedroom design is, of course, your personal tastes and preferences.
So, what are your preferences for your bedroom interior?
Let us know in a comment below!