The bedroom is one of the most important rooms in your home to make your own, since that’s where you’ll need to feel comfortable enough to get your recommended 8 hours of shuteye. Everyone has got their own take on what makes their bedroom the perfect room for winding down, but there are definitely some details that we can all keep in mind in order to make the most of the room.
Designer Ines Mazzotta says: “What I often see when it comes to bedrooms is that homeowners don’t make them a priority when renovating or redecorating. They focus on the main living spaces, and the bedroom is often an afterthought.”
She continues: “I always encourage making your bedroom a priority. This is where we start the day and where we retire at night; spending these important parts of our day in a space that we love can have a profound effect on our sense of well-being.” While designing your bedroom, you can follow some of these design choices in order to stop overlooking the small details.
This is a perfect place to start, because lighting can have a massive impact on the atmosphere of a room. Designer Drew McGukin suggests: “Let’s aspire to more than one lamp and a bulb hanging from the ceiling, folks. I think about ambient light, reading light, dressing light, sensual light, and decorative light. A bedroom should easily offer three to five light sources to accommodate function and accentuate mood.”
Lamps also provide a chance to express your style with a piece that’s also very functional. Designer Claire Staszak says: “In my own bedroom I have an overhead light for general lighting, bedside lamps for tasks like reading, and wall sconces for decoration and ambiance. These sconces are on a dimmer, which sets a really nice mood at night. I think a large scale lighting fixture can often look really cool in a bedroom, particularly if you have a high ceiling.”
Add Some Plants
According to designer Danielle Chiprut, “When designing a bedroom, people often overlook the benefits of incorporating houseplants into their design. Not only do they add beauty to the room, but they also have some pretty wonderful health benefits. Plants improve the air quality and detoxify your room, leading to a restful and restorative night’s sleep. They are also known to boost your mood, relieve stress, and lift your spirits.”
Most people really don’t think about their closet as part of their bedroom decor, but it’s a great opportunity to add some pizzazz in the room. Principal designer of AlluringDesigns Chicago April Gandy says: “When I am space planning for a bedroom, the first place I start is the closet. There is so much potential waiting there!”
While it’s hard to work with closets that have built-in wiring, you can add in extra organizers that not only provide valuable storage but also injects a bit of style in your closet. Gandy says: “Investing in a good organizer with components such as drawers, adjustable shelving, and multiple rods can alleviate the need for large furniture pieces in the bedroom. That extra floor real estate could be used for a cozy sitting area or a much needed home workspace.”
Adding a large and squishy rug is a great way to make your room feel even cozier. As designer Tracy Morris explains: “In bedrooms, I like to make the rug as large as possible without having the nightstands or dresser sit half on, half off the rug. When you get out of bed in the morning, you want to have a soft surface under your feet, and making the rug a nice large size will ensure that.”