If you’re getting your 8 hours every night that means that you’re spending at least one-third of your days in your bedroom. If you’re like most people you’re likely spending much more time—counting the time you lay in bed reading or watching TV prior to falling asleep. There are few other places we spent so much time yet bedrooms aren’t often given much design consideration. These quick design tips will help your bedroom feel more like a palace with hardly any effort at all!
Interior Design Doesn’t Have to Be Hard
The first thing to keep in mind is that your bedroom should always feel like your safe haven; a wonderful place you get to escape to at the end of every day. One of the simplest ways to help improve the experience of your bedroom is by first removing any clutter. That means stray clothes, shoes laying around, or loose pocket things from days past. Removing as much clutter before approaching the rest of your bedroom can make everything go much more smoothly.
Buying new furniture can be a tremendous burden both financially and logistically. You’ve got to buy it, ship it or pick it up, and then get it into your house. One of the best first steps is to first take inventory of what existing furniture you have. If you’ve got a bed with a dark finished wood and a nightstand with a light finish it might not work too well together. However, if you’ve got an end table with a dark finish you might be able to switch it out with your nightstand rather than getting another one! There are no rules that say only nightstands can be used for nightstands or that only dressers can be used for dressers! A general rule of thumb here is that you want colors to match or complement, lighter colors pair with darker colors best with the light finish is on the smaller piece and that styles should be somewhat similar. That means don’t put a Louis-style nightstand with a contemporary bedframe!
Be Honest About Your Mattress
Mattresses are big purchases and very few look forward to the day they must buy a new one. Just remember that while you’re spending a third of your life in bedrooms—most of that time is spent on mattresses! The first step is to decide if you need a new mattress. Consider how comfortable your current mattress is, if it’s supporting you throughout the night and if it’s still reasonably firm. If you don’t get excited about crawling into bed you could benefit from a new mattress. If you decide it’s time for a new mattress there are some important things to consider. Price, material, warranty, delivery fee, and guarantee are all important factors to consider. Read this mattress guide to get a better overview of all the considerations needed.
A Little Foliage Goes a Long Way
Flowers are easy ways to add some color to your bedroom and liven things up at the same time. Live plants can bring extra responsibility so high-quality fake plants are often a good alternative. A good rule of thumb is that any surfaces over 2 square feet can benefit from having some form of decoration. In the bedroom, this includes dressers, media chests, drawer chests, and sometimes a nightstand if you don’t have a table lamp there. You can get as picky as you want to try to pair flower colors with a sheet, furniture, or rug colors but just having any colors in there will help out tremendously.
Big Floor Rugs
Area rugs don’t often find their way into many bedrooms because many people don’t realize there is room for them! The trick here is to put about 2/3 of an area rug underneath your bed so that there’s a bit of walking area around each side and at the front as well. At first glance, this may seem a poor use of an expensive rug but it will have a tremendous impact on the rooms overall vibe. If your bedroom is carpeted, this might not be something that makes as big of a difference. In such cases, a contrasting runner in front of the bed should suffice.
Mirrors, Windows, and Doorways
Sometimes bedrooms just don’t have a lot of space. After you bring in a bedframe, a mattress, a dresser, and a nightstand you may find you’ve just enough room to walk around each piece but not enough to really unwind. Feeling cramped or boxed in adds a subtle sense of tension for many people. While you can’t change the dimensions of your room there are some design ‘hacks’ that can help the space you do have seem larger. Mirrors are the classic way to make spaces appear larger. Adding a very large floor mirror in addition to your dresser mirror can help create a perception of increased space. Ensuring that windows are uncovered and allowed to let in as much light as possible will also improve overall size perception. In the case of doorways—things can get a bit tricky. By leaving doors open you can create a larger sense of openness but also will lose a bit of privacy. Depending on your circumstance, this may or may not be recommended.
Interior design is a very personal endeavor meant to create a more harmonious and rewarding experience in your home. All rooms contribute to the harmony of your house but bedrooms carry a particularly powerful influence. Removing clutter, arranging furniture to match as best as possible, and finding a quality mattress are straightforward steps you can start taking now to improve your bedroom.