Whatever we do, and wherever we go in our daily lives, when it comes to retiring for the day, it is the bedroom that remains our undisputed haven for a few hours of restful sleep. Apart from providing us the right setting for our sleep, the bedroom also becomes an office and den rolled into one. It’s your own piece of personal space – your kingdom to do as you please. In fact, every bedroom is unique and should be so. Designing it for your comfort, convenience and adding your own personal touch gives your bedroom a unique look and feel.
Bedroom types and layouts
On the basis of factors such as size and function, there are three broad categories of bedrooms – master bedroom, children’s bedroom, and the guest bedroom. The master bedroom is the largest in area and usually meant for double occupancy. It usually accommodates a king or a queen-sized bed, twin bedside tables, a coffee table and chairs, a closet and a dresser. The children’s bedroom is relatively smaller in size. It can be either single or double occupancy and contains a single bed or two single beds, a study table and chairs, closet and possibly a dresser. The guest bedroom can compare favorably in size to the master bedroom. It is usually double occupancy and contains a double bed.
The bedroom can be categorized on the basis of the interior décor too as contemporary, traditional, and modern. Since bedrooms come in different sizes, and types, creating bedroom interiors that are comfortable, functional feel and look good, and bear your personal imprint is a task that requires investment of time and effort.
Your bedroom - balancing the basics with style, and symmetry
Remember, the bedroom is primarily meant for a good night’s sleep and it doesn’t make sense to clutter up the room with all kinds of things you really don’t need. Apart from a good bed and mattress, the most you would require are a wardrobe and bedside tables to survive the night. Clutter in the bedroom tends to stress you out silently in the long run. So, do keep the chairs and tables out of the bedroom!
As your own personal space, the bedroom’s character is defined by your style quotient, and carries the imprint of your personality. Whatever style or color you prefer, ensure that there is a sense of consistency in your bedroom décor.
Irrespective of how big or small the room is, you need to keep symmetry in focus when you go about setting up a bedroom. Symmetry is essential to create a calming effect when you prepare for bed and while sleeping. It is basically an aesthetic factor involving small things such as leaving the same amount of space on three sides of the bed, balancing the room by placing similar objects on either side of the bed or the room and so on.
Types of beds
Beds come in many styles and forms. But cut through the clutter, and you’ll find four broad categories under which bed styles can be categorized:
Contemporary style beds
As the name suggests, beds in this style are contemporary in design and follow current design trends. It absorbs the best of different styles without favoring any single style exclusively. Examples include fully upholstered beds, wall or murphy beds, and high-back beds.
Modern style beds
Simple in form and strong on functionality, examples in this genre include box and streamlined platform beds.
Traditional style beds
Ideal for large-size rooms, these are generally four-poster beds that look at home in colonial, ethnic and traditional style bedrooms.
Minimalistic style beds
This style of bed is characterized by geometric forms, open layouts with a stress in light and neutral colors. Typically made of wrought iron or wood, they follow an uncomplicated pattern with straight lines dominating. Examples range from simple platform beds to floor beds with a built-in base.
Making the Transition from Room to Bedroom
Since they are highly personal spaces, the arrangement of furniture in bedrooms is dictated by individual usage patterns of the room. However, bedrooms must be laid out in a way that space and function are optimally utilized within acceptable parameters of interiors design and style.
Place Your Bed Right
The first step in creating your bedroom begins with choosing the location for the bed. For instance, positioning the bed with its foot near the doorway, results in a relaxed feel. However, if you prefer a more dramatic effect, you could try placing the bed to a corner of the room. In smaller rooms, positioning the headboard against a wall opposite the doorway, gives more space for walking in and out of the room. It’s also advisable to keep the bed away from the window as it could leave you feeling hot or cold whenever the weather changes.
Balance is beautiful
To achieve visual balance in a large bedroom, simply position a sufficiently large object or furniture piece opposite the main fixture which is the bed here. The counterbalancing object could be a large dresser or some such furniture piece. In a smaller bedroom, just leave the opposite space empty. The idea is to give the bedroom a balanced look by strategically placing objects of equal visual weight to counter each other.
Add value through functional objects
Use an array of functional objects to give depth to your bedroom without affecting functionality. For instance, you could place a pair of nightstands on both sides of the bed, as space fillers and utility accessories. Similarly, you can place a dresser in the corner or below the window, depending upon the size of the furniture piece and that of the room itself.
Optimize furniture usage
Place accessories according to your behavior and usage patterns. If you like watching television in bed, make sure to fix it on the wall facing the bedhead. Similarly, to read in bed, position a lamp above the bedhead. You’ll also have to factor in the dresses and closet as per your usage patterns.
The finishing touches do matter
While the bed is definitely queen of the house in the bedroom, there are a number of other items and accessories that are the icing on the cake. Starting with the sheets and pillows, to the lights that create the right ambience, every item has a role to play in your bedroom’s look and feel. For instance, you need to select bedside lamps that allow you to read without giving out too much of a glare so as to drive away your sleep. And then, there are a host of other ornamental accessories like candlesticks, photo frames, cushions, and throws that help add the personal touch with a hint of coziness. Remember, every single piece of furniture and accessory that makes its way into the décor has to be carefully chosen after weighing its value to the overall look and feel, comfort and functionality of the bedroom.
Do it with mirrors: Create an illusion of bigger spaces with the clever use of mirrors. For instance, place a large floor mirror against one wall to create a sense of visual expanse.
Use fabric for effect: Use similar colored fabrics throughout the room to give it an expansive look. Paint the walls, cover the floor with rugs, and curtains – all in the same light colors – to impart the room a wider and deeper look.
Chandeliers make design sense: Apart from setting the mood, chandeliers are a good way to fill up empty spaces created by the gap when you have a high-roofed bedroom. In low-roofed bedrooms too, horizontally branched chandeliers can be used for effect.
Make magic with a rug on the floor: Cover the floor area around the bed with a large rug and step back to see your room instantly look larger!