Here, I’ll delve into the enchanted realm of bedroom decor.
Over the years, I’ve designed a lot of bedrooms. I’m going to show you a few simple strategies to help you create the beautiful, calm bedroom of your dreams.
It makes no difference if the bedrooms are enormous or small; the concept is what I’m attempting to convey. Just keep in mind that you can apply the same concepts.
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It’s All About Color
It’s extremely crucial. Palettes can be done in a variety of ways, but my favorites for bedrooms are recessive tones of blues and greens, as well as light neutrals and other soft hues.
What are recessive tones, exactly?
They’re on the cooler side of the color wheel. As you watch them, they move back, producing an envelope that looks recessive, serene, quieting, and tranquil.
That is a fantastic idea for a good bedroom.
And here’s a pro tip: don’t paint your bedroom in a bright, fiery orange or a blazing red. What exactly are you thinking? It’s insane. They were obviously preoccupied with anything other than sleeping in these bedrooms. Simply put, don’t do that.
If you’re a color enthusiast and want to go all out with something rich and beautiful, like deep blues, you can do so as long as the bedroom can be sealed off from the rest of the home.
If you’re working in a small space or one that’s already open, such as a studio, you’ll want to avoid it and keep everything the same hue.
If you prefer light neutrals or even brilliant white, that’s OK. Just make sure it’s mixed together with some soft neutrals.
Ivories, creams, even a linen tint, or natural leather are all good choices. All of this contributes to the space’s gentle and relaxing atmosphere.
Take Control of Your Lighting
In a bedroom, this is quite significant. That means you should be able to manage the darkness at the window level if you have one, as well as the lighting you’ve installed in the space.
So there are two levels to this.
Blackout drapery is almost often used in a bedroom. If you don’t have access to draperies, blinds or another type of Roman shade can be used to achieve darkness.
It’s a must-have item. You’ll definitely want to be able to darken your room whenever you need to rest during the day.
The second facet of lighting is that you must always have three points of light in the room.
It’s fantastic if you’re fortunate enough to have anything in the ceiling. You can add a pendant or something similar, but you’ll also want lighting around the bedroom, which can be pendants or sconces.
Then there’ll be a third component, such as ambient lighting or specific job lighting.
Always keep in mind that you can dim or regulate all three of these aspects from the comfort of your bed. You’ll want to double-check that it’s included.
If you’re working with a small main bedroom, here are two pro tips.
Don’t go too small with your fixtures. For example, have lovely sconces that are all of a reasonable size. They have a light scale, which makes them work in a tiny bedroom.
Don’t go small just because your bedroom is small; this is the mistake that will make it feel even smaller. You’ll want to make sure you have something that has light, grace, and expansion, as well as the ability to swing it around and employ it.
Last but not least, for those of you who sleep with bedroom ceiling fans, I know you can’t avoid it; you need them to sleep, and I nearly wish I had one in my bedroom. But make an effort to select one that is appealing.
There are absolutely some with attractive lighting. They’re readily available now; all you have to do is look for ones that are both low-profile and attractive.
Become a Ninja of Storage
It’s crucial to be organized in a designer manner. There are a few options for accomplishing this.
Bedroom furniture that does double purpose. Lift them up, and you’ve got all that dead space under there. I adore beds that have storage capabilities. Just make sure you’re making use of the space for whatever you’ve got.
The next step is to move vertically. When you’re working in a small space, you know how crucial it is to utilize your verticality.
With some built-in shelves, you can do an up and over with your bed, which is a fantastic solution. If you don’t have enough room for a whole nightstand, you can stack some shelves along the side.
If you own your home, you have the option of installing closed millwork throughout. You can always install a stack of shelves if you are renting.
The important thing is to keep those open shelves looking neat and tidy.
Remember that baskets are your best friends when it comes to shelves. And if they’re solid front baskets, that’s even better; you can toss stuff in there.
If they’re clear, you’ll have to fold them a little more neatly and make sure they appear tidy, but they may look wonderful and save a lot of space in a small bedroom.
If you don’t have enough space for a full-depth dresser, which may be up to 20 inches deep, you can opt for an open shelving unit. At that time, you’ll have to use the baskets.
Those shelves, though, are probably just 15 or 12 inches deep. As a result, you can store less in them horizontally while getting more vertically. If you don’t have a lot of depth for dressers with drawers, this is a perfect choice.
Along with using the upper wall for shelves, a full dresser with drawers that can be 24 to 30 inches deep is generally not possible in smaller bedrooms.
If that’s the case, consider constructing a set of thinner shelves, 15 to 16 inches deep, and then filling them with baskets all the way up. If you don’t have enough depth for a dresser, this is a fantastic alternative.
Must-Haves in Home Furnishings
The number one tip is to take care of all of the essential bedroom items.
You might be thinking, “How can I manage anything other than my bed in my tiny bedroom?” There’s always a way, and here’s how to find it.
The most important item to have is a small sitting area that is separate from the bed. That can be as simple as a small stool at the end of the bed, or a very light sized chair with a basket for storage underneath it.
That always works great, but you’ll need somewhere to sit and possibly put your shoes on or do whatever else you need to do when you’re not in bed.
The second point to consider is that if you have a small bedroom, a gigantic nine-foot-high headboard is just not an option. Keep it low and shallow, that’s what you want to concentrate about.
I like the idea of simply hanging a cloth to the wall; it has a very groovy aspect to it, it keeps close to the wall color, and there’s hardly no depth to be concerned about. You’re not overcrowding the space, but you’re making a statement against the back wall of the room where the bed is.
Many of you may not have enough floor space to accommodate two nightstands as well as your bed. Here’s the deal: You can do that one nightstand, no issue; it can look quite nice, but leave enough space on the other side of the bed between that side and the wall for walking.
When you check some of the options, you’ll notice that beds are pushed up against a wall, which is never a perfect option and isn’t long-term viable. If the only way to fit a bed into a space is to put it up against a wall, you should treat it as a day bed.
It may be a bed with storage below that can be transformed into a deep sofa during the day and then used to sleep in at night. It’s an excellent option for those of you living in studio apartments. You don’t appear to have crammed your bed against a wall due to a lack of room.
That’s called playing small, and you don’t want to do that in your bedroom.
Rugs are the very last thing you want to think about. If you don’t have a wall-to-wall carpet, you’ll want as large a rug as possible because, as the saying goes, small rugs make small rooms look even smaller.
Make that area rug as big as you can, even if it’s in a small bedroom, and that will really make the space feel more broad. I understand it goes against the principles and against instinct, but make that area rug as big as you can, even if it’s in a small bedroom, and that will really make a space feel more broad.
Bring in Nature
Last but not least, don’t forget about plants and nature. You’re fine unless you have a wonderful bedroom with a complete wall of glass looking out over a beautiful forest.
But if you’re like the rest of us and don’t have a room with a view like that, you’ll need a plant. It’s beneficial for oxygen exchange as well as the energetics of nature, which are very calming and produce a sense of tranquility.
You, on the other hand, claim that your bedroom is cramped. How about a plant that hangs from the ceiling? That’s simple. Get them off the ground. Or how about a small one sitting on the nightstand?
I don’t care how big or small it is as long as it gets in there. You can use pampas grass, cut flowers on a nightstand, or a combination of the two. Just make sure there’s some nature in there, and you’ll sleep like a baby.
Alex P. Davis has a BA in Interior Design from The New York School of Interior Design and 10 years of experience expertly designing sophisticated interiors.