Have you ever been in a bedroom that felt so right that you didn’t want to leave? If you have, then it’s because all the essential elements in the room were in a perfect balance – the colours, the furniture, the layout and the accessories. Granted that this is not easy to achieve as more often than not, you come across bedrooms that are either too simple or decorated too much. How do you create the perfect ambiance in a bedroom?
In this ideabook, we provide tips on the elements and techniques you can employ to create the bedroom of your dreams.
Your bedroom is one of the most personal spaces in your home, so you should paint it in colours that you love. However, following a few rules can ensure that the colour you choose contributes to the overall effect that you want to create. Colour influences the mood that you want to set in the space, and in a bedroom, relaxation is the primary motive. Therefore, neutral or soothing colours would be the right choice, but this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t use darker shades.
If you love pastel colours such as blue or green, all you need to do is to pick the right shade. On the other hand, if you are a fan of red, orange, yellow or purple, then use them with caution in a bedroom as too much of any of these bright colours will create an excess of energy in the room and prevent you from getting the required rest. One way to maintain the balance is to use the brighter shade on only one of the walls or in a small section so that it introduces a splash of colour without overpowering the space.
Here are some tips on how to combine the wall colour with the furniture.
When you are shopping for bedroom furniture, finding a bed that you like is just a part of the process. Since furniture is expensive, you want to be sure that you make the right choice, because you will have to live for years with whatever you buy. Firstly, you should measure the space to verify that the furniture fits into the room comfortably without making it appear cramped. Additionally, the furniture should match the design-style of the room. For example, if your bedroom has a modern look, a classic bed with a carved headboard would look completely out of place in the room.
If you are wondering whether to get a matching set with bedside tables and a dresser, don’t forget to look at the size of the room to see if it can accommodate everything. In a small bedroom, it might be better to use multi-functional furniture such as a bed with storage built into the headboard so that you don’t need to take up additional floor space for the side tables.
Of course, your budget will play a significant role when deciding on your bedroom furniture. While quality won’t be a priority for the furniture in a kid’s bedroom as it will need to be replaced in a few years, keep in mind that you should choose good-quality furniture for the master bedroom so that it lasts for long. Don’t forget to budget for the mattress! Your bedroom will look stylish with the right furniture, but you might not get a good night’s sleep unless you invest in a high-quality mattress.
You can also get your bedroom furniture custom-made by a professional carpenter.
Remember that you don’t need to fill your bedroom with many stunning pieces as all that will achieve is to make the room appear crowded. Pick one item, whether it’s the bed, a chair or even a headboard to create a classy highlight in the space. For instance, a four-poster bed is the perfect addition to a classic bedroom. In a modern one, you can choose an elegant upholstered chair or a minimalist headboard to introduce an eye-catching element to the room.
The size of your bedroom will determine the number of pieces you can use. In a larger bedroom, you can create a cosy seating area with lovely furniture that blends with the overall design. However, in a small bedroom, picking the perfect piece will prove to be more of a challenge. You can consult your interior designer for advice.
Don’t be disheartened by a small bedroom. It can look just as sophisticated as a large one, with the right arrangement and furniture. Additionally, you can use a few visual tricks that make the space look bigger than it is. Firstly, keep the colours light and try not to use too many shades as this will visually clutter in the room. Of course, you can resort to a couple of bright accents such as cushions or a throw to break the monotony.
Light is an ally for decorating a small space. If the room has a window that invites natural light into the area, make sure that you don’t block it with furniture. Cover the window with sheer curtains during the day, so that the room is bright without compromising on your privacy. Install an effective lighting system to keep the small bedroom well illuminated even at night.
When you are choosing furniture for the small bedroom, look for multifunctional pieces that add storage space. For example, a headboard that doubles up as a bookshelf or a wardrobe is a clever idea for a tiny area.
Undeniably, show pieces or accessories help to bring a stylish ambiance to any space. However, in a bedroom, it’s best to restrict the number of accessories so that the space doesn’t look cluttered. Besides, having too many things that draw your attention won’t allow you to relax. Therefore, choose carefully. It’s all right to use a single piece as a highlight, whether it’s a beautiful painting, a typographic print of your favourite quote or even a feature wall with framed photographs of your favourite destinations. The idea is to create a sense of relaxation, so pick items that soothe you.
Vastu Shastra is an ancient Indian architectural system that prescribes dos and don’ts for balancing the energy in every space. It has guidelines on how bedrooms should be arranged and decorated.
- Your bedroom should induce a sense of calmness and rest from the moment you enter it. This can be achieved by placing an item such as a pretty flower arrangement or a painting with a serene landscape so that you see it when you open the door to the bedroom.
- Vastu recommends the use of soothing shades for the walls in your bedroom. Off-white, light green or pastel blue are ideal. Use these simple Vastu tips to choose the right colour for your bedroom.
- Avoid keeping plants, water fountains or images or idols of gods in your bedroom as this will interfere with the energy in the space and will result in loss of wealth.
- The lighting in the bedroom should not be too harsh. Installing lights with a dimmer switch is a clever idea so that the brightness can be controlled to create a sense of calmness when it’s time to wind down.
- Vastu also prescribes using a wooden bed in your bedroom. Don't use box beds as this will restrict the energy flow in the room. If you have a small bedroom and cannot do without a box bed for additional storage, then ensure that the contents are always arranged neatly and that the space is cleaned regularly.
- Placing a mirror in the bedroom is best avoided as per Vastu Shastra as it can affect the health of the people using the room and cause misunderstandings between the couple occupying the room. Therefore, if you must have a mirror, ensure that it is installed in an area where it does not reflect the bed. If you can’t find such a space in the room, then you should cover the mirror at night.
- It’s best not to have a television in the bedroom, but if you love to watch your favourite shows while relaxing on your bed, then before you sleep, remember to cover the television with a cloth.
Depending on what is important to you, you should decide on which direction works best for you as per Vastu guidelines.
- It’s best to place the bed in the room so that your head points towards the south as this position is believed to bring wealth, good health, happiness and prosperity.
- Sleeping with the head towards the east is recommended for those suffering from poor health. It is also good for students as it helps to increase concentration and memory.
- Placing the bed with the headboard in the west is best for those who want to achieve success or build a name for themselves.
- Avoid sleeping with your head in the north as the magnetic forces in this direction will put a strain on your brain and prevent you from sleeping undisturbed.