When redesigning your home, each room requires different design considerations and can present different dilemmas. A functional kitchen requires meticulous floor planning to create the right flow, a living room can sometimes be difficult to find your focal point, while a bedroom requires a more holistic approach to creating an environment conducive to sleep.
dr Lindsay Browning, psychologist, neuroscientist and sleep expert at And So To Bed, said: “Our bedrooms can tend to be the most neglected rooms of our home, with mismatched color schemes and full of clutter. We tend to prioritize the social areas of the home like the living room and kitchen for renovations, and our own bedroom can be last on the to-do list.”
“However, your bedroom should be your number one priority when decorating and furnishing your home. It’s where you spend at least 1/3 of each day and it should be your haven to recharge. A well thought out bedroom designed with care will help you sleep well and feel calm and happy every day.”
Below, interior designers and experts talk about the steps you should take when planning a bedroom makeover.
1. Find your inspiration
“Start by finding creative inspiration—find anything that inspires you or brings you joy and collect images,” says Amy Wilson, interior designer at 247 Blinds and 247 Curtains. Social media or even going to a coffee shop with an aesthetic you like – take pictures or screenshots and save them all in one place.”
“Include images that are not interiors. Look for at least one image that simply draws you in. Oftentimes, a beautiful landscape can provide a color guide, or a fabulous outfit can help you think about how to layer up a room scheme.”
“Personally, I would suggest making a physical mood board so you can put in material samples, magazine clippings, or exact paint colors. It makes everything feel a bit more real and lets you test things more closely. If so, if you’re more of a digital thinker, there are some amazing mood boarding apps that you can use to create aesthetically pleasing boards.”
2. Choose your color palette
“A bedroom should be thought of as the ultimate sanctuary,” says Camilla Clarke, creative director at Albion Nord. “We really go for soothing colours, particularly soft blues and greens with warm lighting as this instills a sense of calm and serenity.”
Michael Rolland, MD of The Paint Shed, suggests a soft pink. “Sulking Room Pink by Farrow and Ball is a muted pink with tremendous warmth, it has a powdery feel that makes it incredibly soft and easy to use with complementary tones. It’s the most searched pink shade with 10,370 average monthly searches, one of which is Instagram’s best with 19,800 uses of #sulkingroompink.”
“We are far from done with the sage green trend either, this beautiful hue comes straight from nature and is perfect for creating a soothing space as green is one of the most soothing colors due to its connection to the outside world that creates harmonious feelings that can allay anxiety and help us stay calm and refreshed, perfect for a bedroom.”
3. Plan the right process
There are some simple design tricks you can use when planning your bedroom layout – marking the outline of your furniture with tape or newspaper on the floor can give you an idea of the space and flow as you move.
Adopting some principles from feng shui could be a useful place to start when faced with a blank canvas. Here are some quick feng shui dos and don’ts for the bedroom:
- To do Position your bed in a commanding position. When lying in bed, you should be facing the door, but not directly on it
- You not want all the doors right next to the bed to open, especially where your feet are pointing towards the door
- To do Place your headboard against a solid wall, with space on the other three sides of the bed
- not Place your headboard against a wall that has a toilet on the other side
- not If possible, place your bed under low beams, soffits or sloping ceilings
- To do Keep the space under your bed clutter-free
- not Have electronic devices in the bedroom
Jonathan Warren, Director and Bed Specialist at Time4Sleep says: “Normally I would advise against placing your bed under a window as this can block your view of the outside and also increase the likelihood of a cold draft disrupting your sleep cycle. However, don’t have We all have the luxury of plenty of space – sometimes there’s no avoiding sleeping in your room near the window. In this case, opting for a low headboard will allow as much light in as possible and limit the obstruction of your bedroom window view.”
4. Consider wall coverings
Country bedrooms usually feature some form of pattern, and even if you choose to paint most of your room, wallpaper can still be used to create a feature wall behind your bed or your best source of natural light to frame
“The furnishing of our bedrooms should be as individual as the people who live in them. Don’t be afraid to go for a edgier style as it only adds more character,” says Martin Weller, founder of Andrew Martin.
“When choosing wallpaper, consider the size of a room. Smaller patterns work well in large spaces, but can overwhelm smaller spaces. Larger patterns work well in most rooms, but keep lighting in mind as this can affect the look of the wallpaper and make it appear a color lighter or darker.”
“Wallpaper has a huge impact on the mood of a room, so getting the design right is important. Opt for darker, more dramatic tones like purple or navy to make larger spaces feel more intimate, or go for lighter hues like gray to create the illusion of space.”
5. Design your lighting scheme
“In the bedroom — lighting is key to a good night’s sleep, the ultimate act of self-care,” says Amy. “Blackout blinds combined with soft bedside lamps and some nice blankets lying on the bed will help you drift off to sleep gently.”
Ambient light is most important in a bedroom (most designers advise combining ambient light with task lighting for reading and accent lighting to highlight artwork or mirrors). a warm yellow light that can increase sleep-inducing melatonin levels – 40 watts or less is ideal to set the right mood lighting.
“Keep the lighting as soft and warm as possible, use wall or table lamps whenever possible and avoid too many spotlights that make it look strong and imposing,” says Camilla.
6. Declutter and edit your stuff
Marc Epstein, interior design expert and creative director of CARME Home, suggests taking the Marie Kondo approach. “Live only with objects that you love. As Marie Kondo says, ‘Do you enjoy that?’ Really think about what you keep in your home and why. Surrounding yourself with items you truly love will help generate positive energy. Then organize everything! Once your home is tidy and organized, you’ll have room for more of the things you really love.
Lucy Ackroyd, Head of Design at Christy, says: “If you really can’t part with an item, make sure you have enough storage space in your home to keep your stuff neatly organized so you can find it when you need it can you.”
“Whether you’re adding dividers to your drawers or adding shelves to your drying closet to organize your spare linens and towels, an organized storage system can help keep your home organized and make you feel in control. ”
7. Work in texture
“Think of texture as important as color and pattern,” says Camilla. “There is nothing worse than a flat design. Interiors are all about evoking the senses and as such texture is an essential part of any design to engage our senses of sight and touch. Try mixing different textures like natural linen with soft velvet or sturdy leather with thick wool.”
“Textures can be incorporated in many ways, and their contrasts can change the look of a space,” says Amy. “Whether you opt for luxurious velvet drapes or lightweight voile drapes, a polished floor covered with a tasseled rug, or even textured wallpaper or artwork, anything can help make the space feel multidimensional.”
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