Recent statistics show that most homeowners spend more time in their bedrooms than any other room in their homes. As an interior designer, I completely get that. Bedrooms are (or should be) the space of maximum repose and tranquility. So, how can you facilitate bedroom design in a way that truly allows the space to be the ultimate place of relaxation? Here are a few tips that can help you with that task.
Bedroom Design with Emotional Appeal
Bedroom design should revolve around the dweller’s personal experience in the space. As such, when working with an interior designer to create your bedroom, ask yourself how you want your bedroom to make you feel. All elements of interior design evoke various emotional responses, from texture to color. That means your design choices should be very deliberate to ensure all elements work together to positively impact the holistic self.
If you’ve followed me for any length of time, you know I favor neutral colors in interior design. My tastes don’t vary when it comes to bedroom. Neutrals have such a calming effect on the eyes, mind and emotions. It makes sense to incorporate them in a room where I want to be most calm and untroubled. Visually, neutral colors are extremely versatile, avoid clutter and are not overstimulating with respect to virtually any other pops of color. Switching out accent pillows, artwork or other decor is a cinch when you have a neutral base.
I kept that same line of thinking when considering the bedroom design for my boys’ bedroom. Here’s my biggest tip in this arena: don’t be afraid of using neutrals in your kids’ rooms. I used a black and white color foundation in my sons’ room to allow visual space for the colorful toys they have. Having the neutral palette means the overall space can still breathe while not clashing with the color in their accessories. Now, instead of having a Lego figurine look kitschy and cluttered in their room, it simply stands out as an accent. And, the room design remains on par with the rest of the styling in my home. Neutrals have the power to create design versatility in virtually any bedroom design.
Revealing Personality with Bedroom Design
Because it is such a personal space, a bedroom is a great place to show off aspects of the occupant’s personality. With decor, furniture and colors, you can easily showcase and reflect the inner person and who they really are. I remember designing a nursery for a celebrity friend of mine. It was extremely important to me that the space I created for him reflected the family that would love each other there.
Here’s what I knew: the newborn’s parents were bubbly, lively and upbeat. I wanted to make sure their child’s bedroom design expressed that aspect of who they were. The space needed to have a whimsical feeling but remain elevated—again, to ensure the space aligned with the rest of the home’s aesthetic. With that, I incorporated bright yellow hues and other nontraditional colors throughout the space. I also utilized patterns and details that felt youthful but not “childish”. I used hints of metallic gold to embellish and enhance the “yellow” in the space without focusing so much on primary tones. Likewise, not wanting to go with primary blue hues, I incorporated teal to balance the energy of the yellow and bring in a calming visual aesthetic. (It is a nursery, after all!)
Your bedroom should be beautiful and comfortable. But, it should also reflect aspects of who you are, and that can easily be achieved in so many different ways.
Timeless Bedroom Design
When designing a bedroom, creating a timeless design will always be more impactful versus making a trendy room that may seem dated in several years. Whether for a child or an adult, timeless design always has a more lasting impact in your home.
I once created a room for one client’s daughter whose favorite color was pink. Pink can be a polarizing color; it can lean very juvenile. While this bedroom design was for a young teenager, it is always important to me to create a room that can grow and mature with the occupant. Instead of making pink the overwhelming hue in the space, I started, as I do, with a neutral foundation in the room. I then added unique light fixtures and long, flowing curtains set high and wide for a romantic, dreamy impact. I utilized pink in the marbling on an accent wall and in accent pillows. The pops of pink, even with muted tones, stood out more within the overall neutral decor, and that’s what I wanted to achieve.
The bedroom design also included small elements that spoke to a teenager’s lifestyle and preferences. I included a specific space on the side of the bed made for a mobile device. Seriously, what’s more important to a teenager than their phone? Even with that, the final room presentation didn’t feel “young” in an immature sense. Instead, it was youthful but sophisticated, elegant but not stuffy. And, it infused her favorite color in a way that she wouldn’t get tired of as she matured. This is the definition of timeless design. Done well, it looks amazing for years.
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Are you having problems with your bedroom design ideas? I’m here to assist! I’d love to provide some specific tips for your space and help you create your vision for a stunning bedroom. Set up an appointment today, and let’s make magic!