Designing Bedrooms – My Intimate Room
We put so much thought and resources into planning and designing our home’s common areas that we sometimes overlook our private spaces. We might “only” sleep in our bedrooms and spend most of our waking hours in other spaces in the home, but the bedroom is where we recharge and let our body and mind rest at the end of the day, preparing for the next. If your bedroom design needs some care, this is the guide for you.
Make the Bedroom Bigger
Most bedrooms are modestly proportioned and need to contain relatively large furniture such as a bed and wardrobe. To create a sense that the space is larger than its actual size, you can use colors, textures, and accessories to blur the lines between the floor, walls, and ceiling.
Painting the walls a darker color, for instance, would create an illusion of the walls being far away. Accentuating the wall behind the bed would make your eye focus on it, also creating an illusion of depth; this effect may be achieved by painting the wall, covering it with wallpaper, or hanging up pictures or light fixtures.
Applying materials that start at the floor and reach all the way to the ceiling would help blur the boundaries of the room; hanging floor-to-ceiling curtains would create a sense of height.
Invest in Lighting
When planned correctly, bedroom lighting fixtures help us brighten up our room in a way that fits our beginning- and end-of-day preparations.
Light fixtures also create a quiet, pleasant, romantic atmosphere. To make this possible, you should plan for several light fixtures and divide them into separate lighting circuits. Start by determining the location of the central lighting fixture, which should provide general lighting. After that, position the secondary lights; a pair of bedside lamps, and fixtures to light up the closets. If you’ve got a make-up area, we recommend placing another light above the mirror; if you have a sitting area planned, you could equip that with a wall, floor, or desk lamp.
Pick out Textiles
Incorporating textiles into the bedroom design is very important, as textile items create a pleasant and warmer atmosphere. Select soft curtains to “dress” the room’s windows; if these aren’t located above any furniture, we recommend a floor-to-ceiling design. If you need total darkness to sleep, choose an opaque fabric to filter out early morning sunbeams.
Pick out luxurious bed sheets, aesthetically pleasing covers, and place some decorative pillows. You could also incorporate a central carpet or a small rug on either side of the bed to complete the warm feel.
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Break up the Symmetry
The bed divides the room into two parts, which most of us tend to accessorize symmetrically. In some cases, this is the right way to go, but sometimes the room would benefit from breaking up the symmetry and designing the two sides in similar but different ways. This is particularly true if the room’s large furniture or structural elements aren’t symmetrical, for example if there’s a window or large closet on just one side of the bed. In such a case you could pick out different lighting fixtures for each side of the bed, select varying bedside tables, hang up pictures in a way that breaks the symmetry, and more, with the purpose of balancing the two sides while designing them in slightly different fashions.
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