If you’re like most people, then your bedroom is quite literally your sanctuary. It’s where you get to relax, unwind and enjoy some well deserved you-time away from the strains and stresses of daily life. But few people actually take the time to design and decorate their bedroom in the way they see fit, instead focusing on family spaces such as the kitchen and living room.
But we’re here to tell you that it’s time to get your design priorities in order and stop making excuses. And to get you started, we’ve put together 4 top tips that will help you make the most of your bedroom, transforming it from frightful to fabulous.
The theme of your bedroom dictates all other design aspects, meaning you need to establish the vision you have for your bedroom before lay the carpet and splash out on new furnishings. Your theme should reflect your personality and tastes – whether that is super sleek, vintage, rustic or bright and bold.
You can add plants and patterned textiles for a forest vibe, or opt for a totally glam bedroom with statement lighting and a lavish four poster bed. Why not express your creativity with bold wallpaper and antique furniture, or if you’re looking for something a little calmer then stick to neutral colours and add a plush rug for ultimate cosiness.
Don’t Skimp on the Bed
The bed is at the heart and focal point of any bedroom, making it of the upmost importance that you choose a bed that reflects your overall theme. And of course, your bed is where you’ll spend most of your time in the bedroom so it should be practical and comfortable for you.
You don’t need to fork out a small fortune for a nice bed, but being flexible with your budget could make the world of difference. And remember, your bed will be an investment that lasts years so think of the price over a long term rather than just the initial cost.
Make a Statement with Lights
Lighting will help establish the perfect theme for your bedroom. Certain types of ceiling lights will work in harmony with the theme, for example a chandelier will add a little pizzazz to your glam room, just like LED indirect lighting will add a style to a cool and contemporary bedroom.
It isn’t just ceiling lights you need to think about, as floor and beside lamps will also help to establish your theme. And don’t forget about the actual types of lights – LED, fluorescent, halogen or neon – there are a number to choose from.
Match Your Furnishings
Bedside tables, cupboards, desks and vanity units should all match your theme in terms of colour and material. You may get away with mixing and matching materials and colours if you’re going for a shabby chic look, but as a general rule it should be avoided.
You don’t have to scour the internet looking for furnishings that match, as a number of retail stores provide bedroom furniture sets that are made from the same material, are the same colour, and even have the same finishing touches.
Above all, your bedroom needs to reflect who you are and what your tastes are – after all, you’ll be spending a lot of time in there throughout your life (a whopping third of your life in fact will be spent sleeping).