It’s no secret that a lot of houses with neat-as-a-pin social areas (like living rooms and dining areas) often hide cluttered and unkempt bedrooms. But why is this? Solely because bedrooms are private zones, meaning they are not open to visitors (not all of them, anyway), thus resulting in their neatness and style often being overlooked.
But Interior Designers and Decorators say neglecting your most private space is a big design blunder. The bedroom should be seen as a place where you want to spend time, not because you have to retreat there every night to rest up for the following day. After all, we all deserve to come home to a beautiful and calming space where we can close off the world and indulge in some relaxation.
So, how do we sidestep design blunders when it comes to modern bedrooms? With these 10 tried-and-tested tips of ours, of course!
A single overhead fixture creates harsh shadows, making it hard to see what’s in your closet. Layered lighting is what you want, in the form of wall sconces, table lamps, and perhaps even an extra floor lamp in the corner (if you have the space).
Although colour is a great design tool, it should be used sparingly in a room that’s meant to relax us. To keep your bedroom’s ambience subdued, neutral hues (like whites and off-whites, greys, beiges, etc.) are the best options. But of course if you want to play with more colourful tints, make sure those forest greens (or bubblegum pinks, or ocean blues) don’t overthrow the room.
It shouldn’t be a challenge reaching your bed, or the closet, or your desk in the corner. Only opt for furnishings that you absolutely need, especially in smaller bedrooms. And don’t over-accessorise – a few simple accent pieces can ensure a simple yet effective look.
No need to resort to thick drapes cascading from your bedroom ceiling – simple block-out blinds work just as effectively. Just think practical to help keep daylight and prying eyes out when necessary. At the same time, daylight needs to pour indoors during the day to keep the space fresh, so make sure your window treatment can be pulled or tied back.
Nothing wrong with some books in your bedroom, but a beeping cell phone, a laptop pinging every time an email comes through, exercise equipment, etc. all remind you of daily tasks you have to complete.
The less you have to plug in, the better! After all, bedrooms are reserved for reading, sleeping, and romance.
Whether for reading or putting on shoes, a cosy little seating spot can make all the difference to a modern bedroom. And if you don’t have the legroom, consider a built-in bench under your bedroom window.
Even kids’ bedrooms should be designed with style and functionality in mind, and that includes decent linen. Some plush pillows, sumptuous sheets, cosy covers, and perhaps a throw can up a bedroom’s lavish look while making it look oh-so soft and welcoming. Don’t forget about a floor rug!
Everything from your side tables to your headboard needs breathing room, otherwise your bedroom’s going to look cramped. Before buying furniture, make a simple, to-scale sketch of your bedroom. Add some paper cut-outs of the furniture pieces you’re considering. This will help you plan ahead and avoid moving in (and taking them out again) oversized furnishings.
A subtle pattern; soft colours; crisp lighting fixtures… there are so many ways to lend some style to your bedroom ceiling. Designers’ favourite trick is to paint a ceiling a slightly softer tint than the colour on the walls. Ask the experts at your local paint store to lighten the colour used on your bedroom walls by about 20%—it can help to visually lower the ceiling and give your bedroom an ambience of comfort and intimacy.
Clutter leads to stress, and good storage is how you’re going to keep your bedroom stress-free.
Besides the obvious closet and nightstands, see where you can integrate hidden storage zones in your bedroom. How about a storage bench at the foot of your bed? A headboard with built-in shelving? An extra floating shelf on the wall? Boxes, neatly packed in order, underneath your bed? So many options exist!
Want more? Then see these 10 creative ways to bring a touch of magic to your bedroom.