A bedroom should be a tranquil retreat; space where you find respite and relaxation after a long, exhausting day. If your current bedroom design is busy, cluttered, dated, or it just isn’t visually appealing, it’s likely that you aren’t feeling as well-rested as you should. It’s hard to unwind and feel comfy and cozy when the room that’s supposed to make you feel at peace adds to your stress.
Considering the fact that we spend approximately one-third of our lives sleeping, the space where this activity occurs should be optimized to promote a healthy slumber. If you’re considering a bedroom redesign, before you dive in, take a look at some insightful design tips that will help you create a sanctuary that invites sleep and that you’ll look forward to spending time in.
Choose a Subtle Hue
Color has a big impact on your mood. It can make feel happy or sad, angry or relaxed. It’s a super powerful communication tool that affects your mood and your psychological reactions. Since your bedroom is supposed to be a relaxing space, choose a color palette that invokes calmness.
Steer clear of vibrant hues, such as bold reds and bright yellows, as they’ll make your bedroom feel busy and make you feel stressed. Instead, opt for calming colors and monochromatic tones.
According to color psychologists, cool colors, such as blues, greens, and purples are stress-reducing and promote relaxation.
If you prefer warm colors, choose shades of wisely, as certain tones are much better at eliciting relaxation; for example, instead of bright orange, opt for a more subtle tangerine or mauve instead of cherry red. A combination of silver and light gray or chocolate and cream are also great colors for a bedroom.
Focus on the Ceiling
Most people focus their efforts on the walls, but in the bedroom, the ceiling is just as important. When you’re lying in bed and look up at the ceiling, you’ll feel a lot cozier and comfortable when you’re looking at a soft hue or a delicate pattern as opposed to a stark blank surface.
Design professionals recommend choosing a lighter shade of the focal color on the walls or stenciling a subtle pattern on the ceiling, as it will help to lower the visual height of the room and make the space feel more cozy and intimate, which in turn will help you relax, unwind, and enjoy more restful sleep.
Alternatively, you could add architectural elements to the ceiling, such as wood beams, a canopy feature that hangs from the ceiling and drapes over the bed, or a molded medallion in the center of room.
Select Appropriately Sized Furniture
Make sure the furniture you choose for your bedroom is appropriately sized. If you have a lot of square footage, using small pieces will make the room look cavernous, while large pieces in a compact space will make your bedroom feel overcrowded, stuffy, and busy.
For a large bedroom with a tall ceiling, an oversized bed with a tall headboard, a big dresser and armoire, a chaise lounge tucked in a corner or in front of a window, and a bench at the food of the bed would work well; however, in a smaller setting, tone down both the scale and the number of pieces.
Consider the Layout
When redesigning your bedroom, considering the layout of your furnishings is extremely important. Pieces should be strategically placed in positions that maximize space and allow for easy flow. If you arrange most of your furniture on a single wall, your bedroom will look over crowded and just awkward.
To determine an appropriate layout, take measurements of the room and your furnishings and draw up a floor plan. Strategically place pieces in a way that optimized the amount of room you have to work with.
Pro tip: start with the placement of the bed, as it’s the focal piece of the room. Once you decide where your bed will be placed, you can then pick appropriate placements for nightstands, dressers, bookshelves, chairs, benches, and any other furnishings that will live in the room.
Set the Mood with Lighting
Lighting in a bedroom should coordinate with the activities that take place in the space. Set the tone for those activities with the appropriate lighting.
To illuminate the entire room, you’ll need general overhead lighting, but instead of using a standard flush-mount fixture on your ceiling, opt for a more elaborate focal piece that coordinates with the style; for example, a crystal chandelier will add a touch of glitz and glam, while fixture made of reclaimed barnwood and metal would tie in perfectly with a rustic retreat.
You’ll also want to bring in some task lighting to you can have a clearer view of certain activities; install pot lights over your dressing area and reading lamps or sconces on the wall by your bed for reading, for instance.
It’s also a good idea to consider installing dimmer switches so that you can adjust the light level. You might even want to use timers to automatically adjust the lighting at certain times of the day.
Incorporate Plenty of Storage
A space instantly feels too busy and overwhelming when it’s cluttered, as clutter creates a feeling of chaos, and that’s the last feeling you want to experience in your bedroom.
To keep things neat and tidy, be sure to incorporate plenty of storage. Maximize space in your closet with a custom-designed organization system. Install built-ins and/or bring in cabinets that feature doors, as well as trunks and storage trunks to tuck things away and keep your bedroom looking neat and tidy.
You can even turn the unused space under your bed into a storage spot with boxes and bins that can easily slide out of sight.
Splurge on Linens and Pillows
You want your bed to look inviting and feel comfortable. The best way to do that is by investing in high-quality linens and plenty of comfortable, yet supportive pillows. Of course, you’ll want to select colors and patterns that reflect your personal taste and tie in with the look and feel you are trying to achieve, but the choice of fabrics is just as important.
When it comes to sheets, linen and cotton with high thread counts (at least 350) will keep you cool, yet comfortable and will feel so smooth on your skin.
Choose breathable, high-quality fabrics for your comforter, bedspread, or duvet cover, too. As far as pillows go, consider investing in a nice mix of different materials; goose down or down alternative, memory foam, microbead, buckwheat, neck and body pillows are just some of the different options that are available.
To maximize your comfort and ensure you get the most restful sleep possible, consider investing in pillows that are specifically designed to support the position you sleep in most; there are options available for back, side, and stomach sleepers. Throw pillows in various shapes and sizes will make your bed look even more high-end and comfortable.
Incorporate other types of high-end fabrics that will feel wonderful under your skin. A cashmere throw blanket draped across the end of your bed or a mohair blanket tossed on the back of a chaise lounge or reading chair, for example. If there’s one area that you should really splurge in your bedroom redesign, it’s the linens.
Create a Reading Nook
Curling up with a good book is the perfect way to wind down after a hectic day. Reading is also a wonderful way to find some respite when you need to slip away from busy life. While you could certainly read in bed, why not make the experience even more enjoyable and create a special reading nook?
A chaise lounge, comfortable armchair, or even a rocker or glider set in tucked away corner, perhaps near a window, would make the perfect spot for getting lost in a good book. Of course, don’t forget to include proper lighting so that you can avoid straining your eyes.
Add in a bookshelf where you can store and display your favorite titles; consider organizing them in a pattern or based on color to add more visual interest. Bring in a few pillows, a comfortable blanket, and a small table where you can place a cup of chamomile tea and you’ll have the perfect little sanctuary within a sanctuary.
Don’t Forget Artwork
Many homeowners forget to incorporate artwork into their bedrooms. Instead, they focus on creating beautiful displays of paintings, photographs, statues, and various other types of art in their main living areas.
Don’t make the same mistake. Artwork can really help to set the mood, and a bedroom is one space where you certainly want to create the appropriate mood.
Choose pieces that reflect your personal taste and that tie in with the overall design of the room. While paintings and photographs are wonderful pieces to include in your bedroom gallery, consider incorporating other forms of art.
Decorative tapestries or lengths of fabric that feature interesting colors and designs would make the perfect addition to your bedroom art display.