If there’s one room in the house that’s a complete blast to decorate, it’s the bedroom. Doing the garage and kitchen is ok I suppose, but bedrooms just feel a little more special.
Perhaps it’s the fact that our bedrooms are our safe havens, a place to shut off from the rest of the world and relax. Well, hopefully anyway. If done poorly, your sleeping space will not be very effective at all, so it’s important to get it right.
And that’s precisely what this post will help you do! Below, you’ll find five key considerations you must make when revamping your bedroom. Have a careful read through before you lay brush to wall!
Choose a theme
As easy as it would be, you can’t just slap some color on the walls and have done with it. If you go in without a plan, the final product will likely look poorly put-together and hasty. From day one, from the moment you start redecorating, you should have a basic theme in mind.
I’m not talking about the type of theme you’d see at a birthday party – who wants a ‘Chinese’ themed bedroom? Chinese food is delicious, but no thanks. Rather, your theme should incorporate a basic set of colors that both match, and that you can buy in.
I’d start with choosing a feature wall – make it the one behind your bed. A soothing blue or purple would be perfect here, and make the rest of the walls white, cream or beige. Whatever works for you. You also need to plan the colors of your furniture and furnishings.
Accented products typically work best. You can buy kettles, radios and clocks that are all tinted with a certain color. Make this color match your feature wall, and your bedroom will look incredibly coherent in no time!
Mattress and pillows
They’re the foundation of any great bedroom, but they quite often get overlooked! Your mattress and pillows will be there for you every night of the week, so make sure they feel and look great.
A mattress will help you get a better night’s sleep, so choose wisely. You want to look out for one that keeps you cool and supports your back adequately. If it’s too rigid, it’s a no-no! John Ryan by Design provide a great guide on choosing the best mattress.
In terms of pillows, it’s important not to overdo it, or not have enough. The sweet spot is usually between two and four, just enough to keep you comfy but not too many that it becomes unorganized. Any more than four, and it’ll be a struggle getting in the thing each night!
Electricals and tech
Modern technology is great, but it makes it rather difficult to get a quality night’s sleep. As such, you need to design your bedroom so that it’s as tech-free as possible, without compromising any features.
I’d start with your electrical outlets. Move them away from the bed, and position them at the back of the room. That way, you can’t plug in and charge a phone/tablet overnight, while still using it. It’ll be out of sight, and out of mind.
Forget the TV, too; you’re here to sleep! Realistically, the only gadget you need in your bedroom is the alarm clock. Keep it simple, with no other functions other than waking you up. Keep tech to a minimum, and your sleep pattern will improve greatly.
Somewhere to sit
Other than the bed, I mean. Ever been to a friend’s house and their bedroom is devoid of seating opportunity? It’s uncomfortable and awkward. Don’t be that person, and invest in some bedroom seating!
A simple bean bag would be a good choice, but again, make sure it matches your color scheme. You could possibly look at some simple bedroom chairs too, but these are likely to be more expensive.
Or, it all else fails, consider investing in a sofa bed. If your room is big enough, place it alongside the master bed. Now, when guests come round, you have seating, and a second sleeping space to move to another room.
Plenty of storage
You need to start with a basic nightstand. This should be small, and elegant, and possibly accented to match the feature wall. Use this to store items you’re likely to need regularly or at night, such as pills and tissues.
Aside from this, under bed storage is a fantastic solution to create more space without losing storage. It’s quite easy to implement, too, and you can even buy these drawers from furniture stores. Then it’s just a case of sliding them under! Or, buy a bed with them built-in.