So, if you are like me, your bedroom tends to be your safe space, the place where you leave everything at the door and recharge, heal, and relax. That being said, why not take the time to create a space that can become your escape from the world? Lucky for you, I know some great ways to design your space in a way that allows for total relaxation and a euphoric experience. Let's totally zen out, and find the perfect style to fit your self-care needs!
My bedroom has undergone multiple styles and décor overhauls, leading me to a unique style encompassing my favorite designs throughout the ages. While questioning how fiscally responsible all these changes are, I can finally say that my personal oasis is finally complete. Cheers to me; for being a guinea pig, so I may help others discover their own sanctuary.
Obviously, personal taste, room size, and layout will determine what can be done, but the end result should be the same. As you will read below, I discuss different bedding, furniture, layout, and décor choices that can positively impact your space. So, let's dive into this new venture and relieve our Sims era in the real world.
The simplest change to your bedroom, and one that can have a significant impact, is bedding. I cannot stress this enough, what good is a beautiful bedroom when the bed you sleep on isn't giving you the rest you need. Finding the perfect bedding can be a task but shouldn't be overwhelming. I always start with creating a list of needs that my bedding will need to meet. From there, I get to have fun and look for the right one that will fit the mood and room aesthetic that I want to create! For hot sleepers, I highly recommend bamboo bedding or cotton percale bedding. You have not experienced absolute bliss until you have slept on these sheets! Living in Miami and experiencing the extreme heat of the summer months, the cooling abilities of bamboo really made a world of difference for my bed. If you are on the opposite side of this spectrum, I highly suggest cotton sateen bedding. Although they may visually look similar to bamboo, the weave pattern creates a silky feel while allowing heat to circulate and maintain under the fabric creating a snug and cozy bed.
Moving past the simple things, let us immerse ourselves in the room design aspect of this topic. There is something about redesigning a space that speaks to many individuals, especially a bedroom. We all yearn for a bedroom that manifests our unique personal style while harmoniously blending a peaceful retreat where one can escape to. Bedrooms are not just for sleeping; they are a space to escape from stressful situations of day-to-day life. They are a space to relax, lounge, work, and meditate. My goal is to help you create a space that can balance all of these aspects and still remain a stylish area to inspire you for years to come.
Color and texture are great ways to transform any space. With so many styles being revitalized, one has options to create a space that speaks to you. In general, a rule of thumb in color design is to stick to three focal colors while assigning one of them to be an accent color. Remember, pick colors that speak to you, a color that makes you feel at peace, or inspired.
Lighting also plays a significant role in creating a space, both natural and artificial lighting. Without a doubt, sunlight brightens up any room and elevates any design choice you make. Additionally, natural light stimulates the parts of your retina that then cue your brain to produce serotonin. When the sun is no longer out, artificial light will help set a mood tying the space together. Obvi, a central ceiling light is always needed to illuminate the entire room but can create a dull space. This is why I suggest adding unique bedside lamps and additional area lighting. This will create a moody space while reducing the overhead glare one experience from a ceiling light. Don't be afraid to splurge on your lighting fixtures; they can be the items that make or break any design.
Too much space can present a challenge as well. Here is something no one expected, since when is too much space a bad thing? I honestly think this isn't spoken about enough. There is a delicate balance of decorating a sizable space without being too overcrowded or empty. I always section large bedrooms into a sleeping, relaxing, and working area. Doing so allows the bedroom to flow and fill out without over-planning. Picking a unique yet simplistic bed frame can assure a cohesive and timeless look that can transition in style as much as your tastes do. Having versatility with a bed frame will allow the remaining furniture to be as eclectic as you desire. Creating a "chill zone" is one of my favorite design choices. Whether it's a chic ottoman or a sofa in a room, a lounging area helps elevate any bedroom while creating a functional space for unwinding.
Storage is a pivotal part of an impeccable and functional design. Dressers, wardrobes, and wall shelves can be used in many ways to elevate the space and serve as a décor piece. I consider these items worth the money and should be selected with a particular eye and style.
General décor can be daunting. With a plethora of décor items to pick, where does one start? My suggestion is to start with large items: such as mirrors, wall art, or wall décor. Once those crucial design elements are met, the following steps would be gathering smaller knickknacks and flora to make the aesthetic flow.
Picking the right wall to décor for your room can be tricky, but not for the reasons you may think. The correct dimensions of the canvas or print are more imperative than what the art in general is. Here is a simple rule that has saved me every time. Start by measuring the width and height of your wall and then multiply them by both 0.60 and 0.75. This will give you a range of canvas print sizes that suit the space. Additionally, don't be afraid to layer around your wall art. Décor layering can be achieved by placing a floor lamp or a plant partially covering the art; this adds much-needed depth creating a luxurious feel.
Lastly, rugs and drapes are a final touch in unifying the space. A large enough area rug or multiple layered rugs can tie in a lounging area to the bedding space. Drapes can achieve the same effect if the amount of windows allows. In the end, these are the final touches that can create a flow from area to area and don't be afraid to experiment with texture and fiber length.
Hopefully, this brief breakdown shed some light on general bedroom design. So go on and create your oasis; don't be afraid to express your individual style, experiment with color, texture, and décor and allow your creativity to flow. In the end, a space that grants you the ability to unwind and decompress is the end goal of any design.