It’s normal to want to feel good in your bedroom: it’s the perfect place to meet and relax. How to create a welcoming atmosphere? What to choose in terms of colors, mix of materials and how to create an atmosphere conducive to sleep? Do you want to decorate a room and really don’t know where to start? Try to take stock, to measure how much space you have. Then try to imagine how you would see your room. Here are 10 tips for successfully implementing your action plan!
1 – Design a common thread
To start, try to find a guideline to your decoration. This room should look like you. What is your personality? Do you see yourself in a refined room with industrial charm or rather in a country house style room with a touch of romanticism or in a room with a Scandinavian design of perfect minimalism? Try to choose a guideline and try to stick to it for the decoration. Of course, remember that some decorations are attractive but you can get tired of them in the long run. So think twice before deciding on a bedroom in shades of green with large floral motifs and a tropical touch. Perhaps a more neutral and relaxing decoration would be more appropriate?
2 – Find the right color palette
Again, probe your personal preferences and try to focus on just a few colors. Do not combine too many shades with each other, but decide in advance which two to three basic shades you want to choose. Any additional colors you bring in should be based on these reference tones – either by adding a shade of the same color or color group, or by purposely contrasting them. If you want a room in mint green, for example, combine it with matching and harmonious pastel tones. With bright colors on the other hand, the delicate pastel tones do not have a very successful effect. If in doubt, you can test online simulators that allow you to see what your walls will look like once painted. Know that in general, light colors create clarity while darker colors convey intimacy and security. Blue and green tones create calm, while yellow tones tend to bring life and energy.
3 – Adopt the right proportions
If you do not respect certain proportions, once your room is furnished you may feel annoyed. Something will not be balanced. Even if your room does not have the perfect proportions, it can be arranged harmoniously. If you have a high ceiling, you can paint your ceiling a color or bring a contrast between the walls which helps to visually reduce this height. If your room is small, you can visually enlarge it by putting tall furniture in it. And then be sure to adapt the size of your bed to that of your room.
4 – Focus on textiles
Certainly an overloaded room prevents relaxation but a bare room will certainly lack comfort. Then curtains, throws, bedspreads, pillowcases, rugs and of course bed linen are what you need to create consistency and color harmony in your room.
5 – Choose the right bed
As a distinctive piece of furniture in the bedroom, you should choose your bed according to the room in which you are going to install it. A small bedroom quickly seems overloaded with a large bed, whereas in a large room this is of little importance and is even extremely practical given the extra storage space – underneath for example. Beds with legs usually seem visually lighter and fit harmoniously into any bedroom.
6 – Opt for a headboard
You can use the headboard as an important style element: be it leather cushions, Chesterfield-look velvet upholstery or solid wood panels. When it comes to the mix of materials, pay attention to the rest of the room design and the textiles and colors you have already planned or want to use in your bedroom decor.
7 – Arrange a storage space
Basically, the better you can hide your clothes storage, the cleaner and tidier your room will appear. So, if you can create a space in a dressing room – even discreet or even invisible, if you install a curtain or a sliding door, you are already halfway there. If this is not possible, visually enlarge the effect of space with mirrored doors on your cabinet or closet and choose a cabinet or closet color that matches the color of the wall behind.
8 – Think of the bedside table
Long gone are the days when the bedside table was integrated into the bed frame. Anything you like as a bedside table is now allowed. Give free rein to your imagination: a homemade swing as a bedside table, baskets, boxes, metal tables, etc. When making your choice, however, also keep in mind: the more storage space your bedside table version offers you, the less you will have to worry about small items lying around later.
9 – Bring light
Admittedly, the ceiling light alone is usually a rather uncomfortable light source in the bedroom. On the other hand, indirect light sources behind the headboard, under or above the wall shelves or the built-in cupboard are advantageous. Dimmable lamps can also create a very pleasant mood light.
10 – Prioritize quality sleep
Keep in mind that the most important thing in a bedroom is sleep. Thanks to sleep research, it’s long been proven that electronic devices aren’t particularly beneficial for healthy sleep quality because they increase the time it takes to fall asleep. This is why it is well advised to keep smartphones, televisions and laptops away from your bedroom.