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How to Decorate a Bedroom

Written by: Instrument furniture  Date: Feb 11, 2022

Whether you're giving your current bedroom a facelift or just moved into a new home, you may not know where to start when it comes to design. Fortunately, you're in the right place! These tips will help you channel your interior designer like a pro and achieve the bedroom layout and design of your dreams. 

Choose From 3 Bedroom Layout Options (Which One is Right for You?)

The layout of your bedroom will set the stage for your interior design adventure and is the first step in your journey. Yes, you can choose to have your bed placed diagonally in the middle of the room or any other crazy design you come up with, but chances are you will want to take a more practical approach. Each of the popular layout options below is centred around bed placement, since the bed is always the focal point.

Bed Centrally Placed

Bed Centrally Placed in the bedroomImage credit: ADdesignstudio

To achieve a central layout, first identify the centre of the room. Take measurements of the room and mark the centre either using tape that will not damage the flooring or an area rug. Next, place the bed on the center of the wall facing the wall where the door to the room is located. You can then place a night stand on either side. This option is known to provide a warm and cosy vibe. 

Bed Against the Window

Bed Against the Window in bedroomImage credit: Anna Spaller

Let the sun welcome you each day with this inspirational layout. Find the window in your room that lets in the largest amount of morning sunlight. Place the centre of your bed's headboard in the centre of the window and enjoy refreshing sunlight. As with the first layout, a night stand can go on either side if you wish and the surrounding furniture strategically placed in the space.

Bed Against the Longest Wall

Bed Against the Longest WallImage Credit: Marko Klaric

The third layout is sure to save on space while providing a cosy feel to the bedroom. First, identify the longest wall. Next, place your bed against the wall with one side against the wall and the headboard against the closest wall adjoining it. This means your bed will be in the corner, with the side of the bed resting against the longest wall. Now, you will have plenty of room to arrange the remaining pieces of furniture. For more bedroom layouts, be sure to check this resource by Dimensions.com.

Create a Natural Flow in the Room

natural flow in bedroom interiorImage Credit: Instrument furniture

The ability to easily navigate the space and open drawers and doors is crucial to the functionality of your bedroom. You should leave enough room between pieces of furniture and walls to walk around comfortably. The common rule of thumb is to leave about 72 centimetres of space to ensure adequate space for drawers, doors, and foot traffic. 

Plan out the pieces of furniture you plan to incorporate in the bedroom. Apart from the bed, the second most important piece of furniture is the wardrobe. This is where you will store apparel, shoes, accessories, and more. Pick a right wardrobe size and style based on the dedicated space available. Bedside tables are also popular pieces of bedroom furniture because they serve as extra storage and a place to keep your phone, jewellery, and reading materials at night.

Choosing the Perfect Colour Palette

It is well documented that colours evoke emotion. For example, blue is known for bringing about feelings of calmness, while brown tends to lend itself to feelings of comfort. The colour palette of your bedroom is the key to ensuring this sacred space feels the way you want it to. For a light and breezy feel, choose lighter colours such as off-whites, soft greens, faint blues, etc., that reflect light. On the other hand, dark colours absorb light. For feelings of serenity, warm, neutral colours such as taupe, beige, and grey are the best choice. These same colours will also give your bedroom a more elegant atmosphere. Want to learn more? Read this wardrobe colour guide.

beige bedroom interiorImage Credit: BAR Architects

This doesn't mean you can't have a splash of color or vibrancy in your room. It is important to note that bright and intense colours stimulate the brain. To avoid overstimulation, be careful not to overdo it. Accent walls are popular; just be sure to tie the colour into other areas of the room, such as décor, to ensure the design flows. For a softer splash of colour, incorporate decorative pillows, curtains, artwork, curtains, etc., and other décor with the desired colour. 

Mirrors Make Your Bedroom Larger

mirrored wardrobe in bedroomMirrored wardrobes make your bedroom look larger.

Mirrors are a part of every bedroom, but they should also be a functional part of your bedroom's design. Due to the fact that they reflect light, mirrors make a space look and feel larger. By design, mirrors add a flare of elegance as well. 

Don't worry; you aren't stuck with boring square mirrors that are eyesores. Feel free to get creative. There are many different shapes to choose from apart from the traditional square or rectangle. Spice it up with an oval, circle, or pentagon-shaped mirror, just to name a few. Choose any size you want and decide whether you want a complimentary frame or to go frameless.

The mirror must be neither too big nor too small to have the desired effect. Make careful measurements to ensure the mirror you choose is neither too small nor too large for the intended space.

Additional Seating Area

bedroom with seating areaImage Credits: McClean Design

There is a growing trend to incorporate a seating area if your bedroom is large enough. It can be as simple or as sophisticated as you like. For some, it is simply the addition of your favourite chair, perfect for curling up with a good book. For others, it may be a mini living room or a bench for putting on your socks and shoes. This is an excellent opportunity to add a bit of style and luxury to your room. Just be sure to stick with the bedroom's existing colour palette and theme.  

Use Curtains to Introduce Texture and Patterns

You will want to control the amount of light coming into your bedroom. The release of the hormone melatonin by the brain helps regulate your circadian rhythm. Melatonin is released initially in dim light and then slowly secreted during the dark hours of the night. Failure to achieve total darkness while you sleep suppresses your body's ability to release melatonin, negatively affecting sleep quality. 

Curtains are the solution to ensuring the appropriate release of melatonin while adding the opportunity to add even more style to your bedroom. If you haven't had the opportunity to, curtains allow you to add textures and patterns to your room. For example, a layered look, one being sheer and the other opaque, will add texture to your room. The opaque layer can have a pattern with a splash of colour that matches an accent wall or other vibrant décor in the room. It's a great way to tie the room together while adding the functionality and versatility that curtains provide.

bedroom curtains paired with interior accentsImage credit: Cortney Bishop

Another popular option is to install decorative blinds alongside your choice of curtains. This option provides a visually pleasing aesthetic and optimal functionality. 

Spruce Up Your Bedroom with Layers of Bedding

There's no arguing that the bed is the focal point of any bedroom, as it should be. One of the first things you or anyone else will notice is the bedding. Contrary to popular belief, bedding does not have to be all one colour. Instead, pair tones of the same colour. Introduce layers for a more elegant appearance and luxurious feel. If you've decided to add a bit of colour, throw pillows that incorporate these colours are a perfect tie-in. A decorative blanket placed at the end of the bed is another way to add layers and color as well as texture to the bedding. The bottom line is that the bedding shouldn't blend in with the bedroom. Instead, it should pop and add a bit of contrast. 

Increase Comfort with Soft Details

If your bedroom has hardwood, laminate, or tile flooring, it can seem a bit cold and sterile. Elevate the comfort level by adding area rugs or runners that compliment the colour scheme. This may seem like a small detail, but you will feel much more relaxed when your bare feet land on something soft and warm versus cold and hard.

Set the Mood with Artificial Lightening

Artificial Lighting in BedroomImage Credit: Jomar Bragança

You do not want artificial lighting to make your bedroom feel cold and sterile. Avoid bright, white lights that will overstimulate your brain and make it difficult for you to reach a calm and relaxed state. Instead, opt for soft, warm lighting. First, choose warm (yellow) colour bulbs with a temperature between 2,000 and 3,000. Secondly, a bedside lamp with a shade will soften the light even more. 

Apart from choosing the correct bulbs and accessories to make artificial lighting warm, it is vital to strategically place fixtures so that you can decide how much lighting you have on at one time. Do not have your bedroom set up so that every light comes on at one time. For instance, you may only want a bedside lamp on at night. However, while getting ready, a brighter ceiling light may be more appropriate in the morning. Each set of lights should have separate controls. 

Reduce Clutter with Natural Storage

storage compartments under the bed

Image Credits: Muji Bedroom Furniture

A neat and clutter-free bedroom will be more comfortable and relaxing than one with a bunch of things sitting around. If you need more storage, look to elements that will already be in your bedroom that can offer. For example, choose a bed with underneath storage, a bench for your seating area with storage underneath, or bedside tables with drawers. Since a wardrobe will be your primary storage space, you should shop for a wardrobe that features a layout with the type of storage you need. Choose whether you want more hanging or drawer space, sliding or hinge doors, handle or handleless, etc. If you want more inspiration, check out these bedroom storage ideas by our experts.

Scents Create the Perfect Atmosphere

Designing a bedroom that engages as many senses as possible maximises its potential. Choosing the perfect colour palette, furniture, and décor is only the beginning of creating the ideal bedroom. These items only appeal to two of our five senses, sight and touch. Incorporating a sound machine or ceiling fan can appeal to our hearing, but that still leaves one of our most sensitive senses untouched: scent. 

Scents are beneficial to our health and wellbeing because they can evoke positive emotions that alleviate stress. Candles, oils, infusers, pot-pourri, and flowers are a few of the best ways to incorporate preferred scents into your bedroom. The following scents are well known for creating a relaxing atmosphere that helps you fall asleep more easily and get a good night's rest: 

  • Chamomile
  • Camilla
  • Jasmine
  • Lavender

The best part is that this is an inexpensive way to elevate the look and feel of your room. 

Indoor Greenery Improves Your Overall Wellbeing

bedroom decorated with green flowersImage Credit: Cole Keister

The health benefits of indoor plants are well documented in numerous studies. First, since plants absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen, they improve the quality of air in your bedroom. They are also known to reduce stress levels and bring a sense of peace to a space, helping you get a better night's sleep. Recommended indoor plants include: 

  • Spider plants
  • Aloe vera
  • Peace lilies

Final Thoughts – Bedroom Designing Like a Pro

Designing your bedroom can seem like a daunting task at first. But there's no need to back down. Take one step at a time, follow these tips, and next thing you know, you will have the bedroom of your dreams. When choosing furniture, including bedroom sets and wardrobes, look no further than Instrument Furniture.