7 Bedroom Interior Design Mistakes And How To Fix Them

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Who doesn’t love their bedroom?! It’s dedicated for sleep! Obviously the bedroom has evolved into other uses other than sleep especially during lockdown. But sleeping is what we tend do most when it comes to the bedroom. However if sleep wasn’t involved how much would you love your bedroom? Sometimes it can be difficult knowing how to go about designing your bedroom space. Here are some bedroom interior tips to get your bedroom on track to a room you love!

1. Bed Size

The bed is, of course the focal point and the whole purpose of any bedroom. To sleep, to rest well and fully. But that doesn’t mean the bed has to take up the whole of the room! There are lots of other factors involved in getting a sleep other than just having a big bed. The type of mattress and type of linens being a couple of the main ones.

When it comes to size and proportions, the same applies to the headboard sizes as well. Does it look in proportion and scale to the rest of the bedroom interior? Or does it fill too much or too little space?

So getting the bed size right is the most important starting point. If necessary use painters tape on the floor to map out how much space you’ll have to walk around. It will save you headache in the long run.

2. Furniture

When you have got the right size for you bed, you will then be able to choose the right size for your nightstands. Average size nightstand is 20″x20″ (50cmx 50cm). Take the height of your mattress and add 3″ (7.5cm) higher or lower than your mattress. It depends on whats more comfortable for you when reaching from the bed.

When choosing your nightstands think about how you use your bedroom and what’s style is suitable for the space. If you need more storage a nightstand with all drawers might be a priority for you.As long as the scale of the nightstands match up with the bedroom and they’re at a comfortable height for you, when reaching from the bed, that’s the main thing.

3. Declutter

Even if you have the tiniest bedroom you still need to stay organized and clutter free. Perhaps even more so! Having the right furniture for your storage solutions for all your needs and essentials is going to make a huge difference in how the space feels to you.

If you really need the extra storage then choosing a bed with drawers will be a good option. If you have a smaller room but prefer to have a bed frame that’s off the floor, you’re really going to have to get strict with yourself! By streamlining down to your essentials and finding other items a home in another part in your home.

Either way a neat and tidy bedroom is always an essential design rule of thumb.

4. Lighting

Lighting for your bedroom should be soft, warm and layered. Using shades will soften the lighting in the bedroom, bare bulbs can be too harsh on the eyes especially before going to sleep. Having another light fixture other than the ceiling fixture is always a good idea for layered lighting. This is just practical as well instead of having to get in out of bed to turn off the lights.

For layered lighting there should be a main ceiling light and task lighting near the bed. Task lighting can be pendants, sconces or table lamps on the nightstands. For bedside lamps the general rule of thumb is around 1/3 of the nightstand surface.

With a smaller bedroom size it’s a good idea to use wall sconces or pendants to maximize the space.

5. Rug Size

After you get the right size bed you’ll need the right size rug. A common mistake is that the rug under the bed is too small. Ideally you want to be able to walk around the three sides of the bed with about 18-24″ of rug extending out from under the bed. This is so you have plenty of walk space around the bed without feeling you’re walking on a tight rope around the bed. The size of the area rug is a big factor in proportion and scale of the room too.

Remember that carpet for the bedroom is good option and will probably work out less expensive than rug. You can still layer a rug over the carpet to ground the bed area if you’d like to.

6. Addressing The Windows

Hanging your curtains at the right height above your windows is a good interior design rule to start with. Always hand your rod higher to the ceiling if possible rather than just above the window frame.

For the bedroom the kind of material used and the type is probably more important, as it depends on what kind of sleeper you are. Are black out blinds or curtains the best option for you? Or a translucent material for privacy at night but allows the sunlight to come through in the mornings?

7. Your Bedroom Colour

Your bedroom colour plays a huge part in how your bedroom feels. The colour you choose also reflects your personality. But choosing a colour you like that also suits the space is key. How big is your bedroom interior? The amount of natural light that the bedroom gets is important too.

Putting all those factors together to come up with a colour that works for you and the bedroom might take more than a few paint swatches!

Light colours tend to enhance and enlarge the space by bouncing light off the walls. Making the space feel fresh and bright. Bright colours are better used as accents in soft furnishings in the bedroom. Painting your bedroom a dark colour can also make room seem bigger than it is with the trick of receding the walls and blurring wall edges and tricking the eye.

Are you someone who likes a darker colour in the bedroom even if it’s on the smaller side? As it gives you a feeling of coziness and comfort? Or are you a morning person who prefers an early wake up call with a fresh and calming colour to start off your days?

Assessing Your Space

Of course there are ideal design rules for the bedroom interior. But we all know that bedrooms don’t often come in ideal sizes. Even though a bed is better situated in the centre of the bedroom there are rooms where that will not be the case. Many times, the only place for the bed to go is in to have one long side against a wall. If that’s the case then that’s all you can do!


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