17 Essential Bedroom Design Tips (Bedroom Home Decor)
If you're bedroom is looking drab, why not try spicing it up? Check out our 17 bedroom design tips for spicing it up in the bedroom.
On average, we'll spend 25 years asleep.
That's a lot of time spent in your bedroom, even if you're not always aware of where you are. But, this is a room which can be overlooked when it comes to interior home decor.
While a living room or kitchen are the most important rooms in the house when guests visit, the bedroom should be your own personal paradise.
In this article, we'll look at some of the important components to consider when avoiding a drab bedroom. This list includes some vital bedroom design tips, ideas for inexpensive home decor, as well as a few quick changes you can make.
Let's take a look:
1. Pick Your Colors Carefully
This tip is true for all rooms in your home, not just the bedroom. Choosing one color scheme and sticking to it is an important aspect of interior design.
When it comes to your bedroom, choose colors which are soothing, soft or neutral. Anything too bright can prevent sleep.
If you have a particularly stressful job, the colors you choose can be a big help in enabling you to relax.
Color schemes which are great for bedrooms include:
Aquas - light blues are a calming color but shouldn't be the only color in the room. Pair aqua blue with greens, golds, and splashes of purple. (This color is perfect for homes which overlook the beach!)
Yellow - this is a bright and cheery color, but be careful to choose a shade which is understated. If this color is too bright you may struggle to sleep.
Green - this color is perfect for making a statement. Incorporate splashes of green throughout a room and mix it with blocks of white.
Monochrome - choose one light color and vary that shade to make a room appear bright and open.
Remember, choosing your color scheme shouldn't only be based on your favorite color. Consider colors that work well with the furniture you already have.
If you're selling in the next 3-5 years, NAR reports that staging the master bedroom is the 2nd most important room to consider. When painting to sell you want to stay more neutral so it's appealing to many.
Of course, if you're starting from scratch, this doesn't need to be the case. But, make sure your chosen color isn't overwhelming. Try out a few test coats before painting the whole room.
2. Focus on a Focal Point
If you're struggling to know where to start when decorating a room, focus on your favorite aspect.
The focal point of a room is likely to be an investment piece. But, it could also be a wallpapered wall, a painting, a sculpture, a piece of furniture or even a lamp.
Whatever you choose for your bedroom makeover depends on your tastes and will influence the rest of the room.
For example, in your bedroom, the bed is likely to be your main item of furniture. If you want to make this the focal point, you might choose to buy cushions, throws and colorful bedding and keep the walls white. Or, your back wall may be the focal point and incorporate a predominantly aqua wallpaper covering.
Focal points can help make a room appear larger than it is by making sure the rest of the room isn't cluttered.
3. Invest in Artwork You Love
You may have chosen a piece of art you love as your bedroom's focal point. This is great!
Even if it's not the case, you may still want to include artwork in your room. By choosing beautiful art, you'll be able to change the vibe of a room easily.
Take a look at Etsy for some inspiration for what may look great in your bedroom. You could also invest in antique works or art by your favorite local artists.
Many people also choose to include photographs in their room. However, a way to keep a room classy is to keep the family photos out of the bedroom.
Instead, choose a photo which reflects the mood you're attempting to create in your bedroom.
Artwork is one of the easiest bedroom design tips to implement as it can be regularly changed up or swapped out when you find something you like more.
4. Show off Your Bed Frame
If you've chosen your bed as the focal point of your bedroom, then purchasing an impressive bed frame is essential.
Figure out what suits your style best, for example, do you prefer a four-poster, a simple yet classic headboard or a platform bed?
If you've gone for a four poster, why not add curtains? This luxurious look is making a come back.
5. Don't Ignore the Floor
When you first get up in the morning, the floor is what your bare feet touch. Make it something you'll love feeling between your toes or on the bottom of your feet.
You can choose from carpet, hard wooden floors, tiles or more. Remember that whatever you choose also needs to fit in with your color scheme too.
A rug is a great way to change the flooring without ripping it up completely. It can also tie into a color scheme very well.
Or, keep your rug monochrome to attract more attention to the walls or your focal point!
6. Get the Lighting Right
In the kitchen, you may need bright lights to give you some idea of what you're cutting.
But, in the bedroom, a stark light is nothing but unattractive and cheapens even the most beautifully decorated room.
Of course, you may occasionally need a bright light. But, make sure you can also set a mood and subdue the light to help prepare you for sleep.
Lamps are a great way of doing this and can even be the focal point of a room, especially if you purchase a large floor lamp.
Fairy lights around picture frames or inside a glass jar on the mantelpiece create an inexpensive modern lighting effect.
7. Mirrors Hide All Sorts of Insecurities
Although not great at hiding personal imperfections, when it comes to interior design, mirrors can offer some great trickery.
It's a well-known fact that a well-positioned mirror can open up a room. If your room is already large, then a few antique mirrors can offer a beautiful focal point.
By adding mirrors, any room will instantly feel brighter, bigger. It's also an essential purchase for everyone.
8. Mix Patterns and Textures
If you've chosen your wallpaper, your flooring or rug and your focal piece furniture. Next, you'll need to buy your fabrics.
When it comes to the bed, don't be afraid to mix patterns. If there is a common theme, such as the color scheme, then mixing patterns can result in a gorgeously unique bedroom design.
Alternatively, stick with just one pattern and texture for the comforter cover. Then, add as many pillows as you can. This look can be extremely chic if you get it right.
9. Say NO to That TV
There's nothing sexy about having a TV in the bedroom. Keep technology out of your bedroom and not only will you sleep better, you'll also enjoy a much more chic look.
(You may also want to consider not taking phones or iPads into your bedroom either. But, this is a lot harder to implement!)
10. Create a Place to Sit and Read
There's nothing better to help you nod off than reading in bed. But, also consider creating a cozy place to sit and read or ponder before clambering into bed.
If your room is big enough and won't appear swamped with extra furniture if you add in a place to sit, then why not?
You may find that the seat in your bedroom is a great place to start your day. Take a moment to sit and have a cup of coffee and read the news or meditate.
11. Hide Away Your Clothes or Put Them on Display
Are you a fashionista? Many of us keep our clothes in our bedroom or a walk-in closet. But, if you love your clothes, why not get a few of your prized possessions out.
A rail in your room can look sophisticated and enables you to show off that Chanel which you rarely get to wear.
Alternatively, you may want to invest in a chest of drawers to keep your clothes beautifully hidden away.
12. Get Creative with Storage
On this same theme, do you have a small bedroom and not much space to store your precious items?
Don't worry, you can take a few of the previous bedroom design tips and combine them with storage solutions.
For example, turn your seating area into secret storage. You may choose to have a window seat which also doubles up as a storage box. Or, have a bedside table which also has drawers.
13. Block out the Sun with Blinds or Curtains
Another important aspect of any bedroom is getting the sunblock right. Black out curtains have been shown to improve sleep.
However, they can look extremely ugly and aren't necessarily the right choice for your bedroom.
Instead, choose a heavy fabric or even a blind and a lighter sheer. (But, make sure to get the length of your curtain right. A longer curtain creates a classic look.)
If you're someone who likes to wake up with the natural sunlight, then avoiding the sun blocker altogether may suit you. It's your bedroom so play by your rules.
14. Flower Power
If you struggle to fall asleep at night, then adding a touch of lavender to your room can do wonders.
You may want to bring in a fresh bouquet to be the centerpiece of a room, or instead simply incorporate the smell of flowers.
Choose a classic room spray or have a bowl of lavender next to your bed to ensure the room is always smelling fresh.
Another important aspect of making sure your bedroom isn't drab is to open your windows regularly! Get some fresh air into the room and your body will thank you for it.
15. Consider the Ceiling
A hack which many people forget when decorating is that by using your ceiling space wisely, you can open up a bedroom.
For example, if your room incorporates many dark, dull colors or boring nudes, why not add a bright or light color for the ceiling?
After all, the ceiling is often the first thing you see in the morning and can open up your bedroom further.
If you're not convinced about painting the ceiling, how about going old school and hanging a mirror? It's not for everyone, but it's certainly something fun to consider.
16. Make It Comfortable & Functional
Finally and most importantly, there's no point in designing a bedroom which looks beautiful but isn't welcoming or comfortable.
Invest in the most comfortable mattress and pillows you can. Your body will thank you for it.
There's also no point in investing in antique pieces which aren't functional. Before you begin using your new bedroom furniture, have it spruced up so it's easy to use.
17. Take Your Time and Let Your Creativity Flow
One of the most important aspects to keep in mind when designing a bedroom is to enjoy the process.
Choose pieces you love which are classic and focus on creating a sanctuary which you can escape to at the end of the day.
This is something many people often forget in their rush to get a room completed quickly.
Don't be one of those people, take your time and don't impulse buy because you need a mirror or lamp. Finding something you love will take time.
The Right Home Makes Bedroom Design Tips Easier to Implement
Designing a bedroom can be overwhelming and, if you feel these tips aren't working for you, break them!
It's your house, so follow the theme which suits you best. No matter how "out there" it may seem. After all, this is your sanctuary.
Reading the rules to then break them can sometimes give us our biggest inspirations!
However, if you've remodeled, redecorated and revamped your bedroom (or entire house) but
still aren't happy, maybe it's time to move.
These bedroom design tips can help spruce up even the drabbest bedroom. But, if you'd like an entirely new bedroom, in an entirely new home, we can help. Get in touch with us today.
written by San Diego real estate agent Joy Bender.