4 Steps to Planning the Perfect Bedroom Design!
The kitchen is your home base, and probably the space you will spend the most time designing.
But what about when you want to get away from “home base” into a quiet retreat. Where do you find your sanctuary? For most people – no matter what your age – we look to our bedrooms.
So why not create a bedroom that combines beauty, style and function? We have four steps to help you design the perfect bedroom!
What's Your Style?
As with all decisions related to your interior design, deciding on the style you want is the most important. No matter what style you have in the rest of your home you might choose to do something a little different in your bedroom. After all, it's your space and one of the first design decisions you can make is the overall tone.
Is your room going to be a light, bright room with soft pastels and relaxing hues like in this Hawaiian bedroom?
Or is the room going to be more dark, and mysterious with a “masculine” feel with dark leather paneling, draperies and walls.
You might want a room with a variety of colors and stimulation like this one from Becci Meier? This room is a perfect fit for the bright bold colors. They play well off the white backdrop, and the antique wood floors create a natural contrast to the artistic theme of the room.
Will you design your bedroom with a particular theme based on where it is located? Like this home in Palm Springs from Lori Dennis Design. It has a southwest charm that fits right in with the outside. The Dark wood paneling, white walls, earth tones and cacti will have you feeling right at home in this resort style bedroom.
Once you decide on the overall style of your space, it will make it so much easier to move into the other interior decisions.
When it comes to planning the design for your walls, you might keep things simple and peruse the local paint shop for the perfect color. If that is your game plan than you definitely want to check out the Paint Color Visualizer from Sherwin Williams – they even have a mobile app!
But what if you want to do something a little different to truly personalize your space? A mural or some wallpaper might just do the trick. Just see how well they work in these projects.
Murals are a beautiful way to add art and style to your bedroom space. Choose your favorite scene from a movie or place and employ a skilled artisan to recreate this for your space.
And this kind of design can be timeless, after all they have been around since the cavemen.
Like paint colors, wallpaper has an unlimited number of styles, designs and uses. You can use it throughout a room as the primary focal point of the space, to tie together the elements of colors, texture and shape in the room, like this bedroom from New York Designer Alfonso DiLauro. The entire room comes together with contrasting striped pattern of the wallpaper, and it works perfectly with the sand and coffee tones of the bedding, curtains and oak wood flooring.
You can use it on an accent wall to add some pop to the space like in this space from Busybee Design in Pennsylvania. This lovely wallpaper with a bright red floral pattern is a great contrast to the white walls, dark furniture and dark wood floors.
Or you can use it to contrast with the other colors in the room. This guest room designer by Tara Seawright Interior Design has bold patterned black and white wallpaper, set atop light pine floors, and other colorful elements in the room.
Choose Your Bed
A bed is so much more than just a place to rest your head. It can define or transform your space, and reveal a little bit of your personality and style.
You might choose a traditional rectangular bed but then comes the decision bedframe or headboard. This bedroom from HGTV Urban Oasis from designer Vern Yip, has a simple grey 4-poster bed.
Or suspend your bed from above with ropes or chains, like in this home from PCS Builder in Nashville. This requires careful planning on the part of your builder and/or architect so if you like this, bring it up early. The rope, wide pine floors and furniture add a vintage feel to the space.
Or why not try something a little more unique. A round bed, like this one from Cranium Furniture – one of the last remaining major, privately-owned furniture manufacturers in the United States – and their Sercio Round Bed Collection. Finding sheets might be a little more challenging but if you like a more unique design then the price is well worth it.
You might also choose to use a headboard and drapery combination. This can add a real touch of class and charm to the space, especially nice if you are going for a romantic, victorian or overall classic look. All the pillows, ruffles, and frills will fit in perfectly.
Once you choose your bed, now it is time for the fun part – choosing your bedding, duvet covers, pillows, accessories, artwork, and window coverings. Take this step last once you know where everything will be “living” so you know exactly what you need.
Space planning is a valuable step in designing your new bedroom. A professional interior design can often provide you with the tools you need to effectively manage your space. Whether you have an elaborate three room master suite complete with walk-in closet and princess room, or a simple bedroom understanding how you want to use your space, and what elements are going to fill your space is important.
There is some great software available to help with space planning if you don't have an interior design. Floorplanner,com has a great, and inexpensive tool to help you create house plans, and room plans and place furniture.
- Are you going to have a seating area?
- How many dressers will you have or will you have a walk-in closet?
- Will you have side tables?
- Will the lighting come from above or will you need floor or table lamps?
- Where are you going to sit when you put on your shoes?
- Where are you going to hang your robes or linens?
- Where are you going to store your laundry hamper?
- Are you someone with a lot of clothes and shows and how do you get ready in the morning – where will your full length mirror go?
- Where do you style your hair or apply make up?
These little details can be overlooked in the excitement of design, but if you take the time to think about them now you can have a better and more functional design in the end.