Seven Interior Design Tips to Turn Your Bedroom into a Quiet Retreat
Humans are living at a faster pace than ever before. In today’s hectic world, it’s more important than ever for people to have a place they can retreat and recover and prepare for another day. The bedroom is the ideal room in the home to serve this purpose. Homeowners should view their bedroom as a quiet retreat and there are a few things homeowners can do to achieve this. Here are seven tips to follow to turn your bedroom into a quiet retreat.
Plan for function
When you’re doing interior decorating, regardless of which room you’re working in, you need to focus on function first. It doesn’t matter if it looks good if the space isn’t comfortable to you and isn’t functional. For the bedroom then, you want to start with the mattress since the primary function of your bedroom is sleeping. There are a lot of factors to consider when buying a mattress. You have to think about size (queen, king, California king), firmness (plush, firm, extra firm), and composition (pocketed coils, memory foam, or hybrid). Keep in mind that depending on your bed, you may or may not need a headboard and this will determine which headboards you can buy. Other functionality considerations are blackout shades if you plan on doing a lot of sleeping in and reading lights for late-night reading. Also consider a dresser for storage.
Figure out the mood and aesthetic that works for you
The bedroom is a place of rest and relaxation so you need to make it a quiet place that sets the right mood for you. The word “quiet” means something different for everyone though. For most, it will probably mean soft, neutral, cool colors such as muted grays or blues though some might prefer brighter colors and patterns.
Every room in the home needs a focal point, and in the bedroom, that’s usually the headboard. If you’re going to go with a large, patterned headboard that really stands out, then the other furnishings should be a little neutral so as not to compete with the focal point. However, you can also go with a more neutral headboard and more brightly colored bedding to make the bed itself the focal point.
Have space on both sides of the bed
Something about having the bed pushed up against the bed makes the space look more confining. Though you want to get the most out of your square footage, it’s better to center your bed so there’s at least 30 inches of space on each side so you can easily climb into bed from either side. Some nightstands on each side provide plenty of tabletop space and storage.
Choose appropriate lighting
Each bedroom needs a central, overhead pendant light to illuminate the entire room upon entering. This draws the eyes upwards and adds a decorative element. Bedside lights are also a must but it must be tall enough (at least 28 inches or so) to have a presence next to the headboard. You can hang sconces over each nightstand if you don’t want bedside lamps that take up tabletop space.
Select the right bedding
Only you know your sleeping preferences. Do you want a mound of pillows and a pile of blankets or do you want to take a more minimalist approach for bedding? The bed sheets themselves can become part of the decorative design so consider patterned sheets as opposed to solid. Choose high quality bedding that will really stand out.
Buy a rug
No one wants to wear shoes when they’re relaxing in the bedroom so invest in a good-sized rug, especially if you have hard floors so your room is cozy and warm. If possible, try out the rug in the store by placing your bare feet on it to make sure you like how it feels.
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