The Dos and Don’ts of Bedroom Design


Designing the perfect bedroom is an art that relies on you understanding what you want from your bedroom over and above the basics of color palettes and fabric choices. It’s about creating a space that you want to spend time in, and a space in which you can perfectly relax. Here are some ways to get this right.

Add a Nice Big Rug

Bedroom with king size bed and wide windows
Used with permission of Patterson Custom Homes, and Brandon Architects

If your bedroom isn’t carpeted, then you’ll want to add a nice big rug to the space. The rug should be bought based on both the bed size and room size as a guide, and not be too small for the space. A good quick rule of thumb is to get a rug that extends about 2 feet past the edge of the bed on the three sides not up against the wall. This is probably bigger than you’d generally think about, but it means the floor around your bed is always warmer than a laminate or wood flooring. The colors and the patterns on the rug will also either provide the base for the color scheme for the rest of the room or should be chosen to match the existing scheme.

Avoid Clutter

A bedroom is a sanctuary where you escape to after a long and busy day and as such should feel that way. Cluttered space and oversized furniture will make the bedroom less inviting and put you on edge, rather than calm you down. Choose furniture and furnishings that complement the size of the space instead of trying to fit things that are too big for it. This is particularly important for dressers, drawers, and wardrobes. While you’re at it, declutter your house too!

Spend Some Time Choosing a Nightstand

Bedroom with bed and nightstand
Used with permission of Kara Miller Interiors

The nightstand is something many people overlook as something that needs to be carefully chosen not only to your preferences when it comes to storage or shelving options, but also to scale and design to match the rest of the room. Don’t opt for small nightstands next to a king bed where they’re simply going to get lost against it but go bigger as your bed gets bigger. Also ensure that the height of the nightstand is at or almost at the same level as your mattress and not a lot lower or higher. This is particularly important if you’re opting for the best adjustable mattress because you don’t want to be reaching down a long way to put things or take things from the nightstand.

A Bench is Essential

If you have the space, adding a bench to the bottom of the bed is a really useful and stylish design choice. The bench should be the same width as the bed, or even slightly shorter, but not much shorter or it will look out of place. You’ll be glad you made the choice of adding a bench when you’re putting on your shoes and socks every morning.

Light It Down

Bedroom bed, bench and hat on the bench
Used with permission of Kara Miller Interiors

Adding to the bedroom being a sanctuary aesthetic, you want to ensure that you don’t rely on harsh overpowering ceiling lighting to light the bedroom, but instead use more creative lighting techniques to softly light the bedroom. Sconces next to the bed serve as both reading lights that can be turned on or off from the bed and a softer way to light the bedroom. Don’t forget about floor lamps and table lamps too if you have the space for them.

Bedroom design is about creating a comfort kingdom for yourself where you can snuggle away and forget about the worries of the day in a clean, well designed, and elegant space that is functional too. Make design choices to promote this and your bedroom will soon be your favorite room in the house.

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