Your bedroom should feel like a space where you can escape and feel totally calm and comfortable. Despite being the room you spend the most time in, the bedroom is often the most neglected when it comes to decorating. Because this room is not typically on show for guests, many people fail to give it the attention it needs.
From layering bed linen to incorporating ambient lighting, promote a restful environment with these five dreamy bedroom decor ideas.
Choose color wisely.
A bedroom’s main purpose is for rest and sleep, so choose colors that promote calm, like this light tones of blues, greens, and lilacs or soft neutrals like cream, beige, and pinks. Both light and airy or dark and dramatic schemes can be warmed up and made cosy with lots of textured bed linen, a great rug or comfortable floor covering and billowy curtains.
Layer bed linens.
“Textiles are key to create a welcoming and relaxing sanctuary,” says Rebecca Burnard, head designer at Sheridan. “Use bedding layers like blankets, bedcovers, and cushions or throws for different textures to indulge yourself. Adding beautiful silk pillowcase to an existing look can create a total sleep upgrade,” she adds. “Also, think about all the layers you can’t ‘see’ that make up a luxurious sleep — from the mattress topper all the way to the quilt, sheets, blankets, and pillow choice.”
Keep furniture to a minimum.
Too much clutter does not promote good sleeping patterns. Obviously clothing storage is essential in a bedroom, but try to keep it all behind closed doors. A large built-in closet with solid paneled doors or a one behind a floating wall is ideal — make the clothes disappear to give your eyes some rest. Consider replacing mirrored sliding doors on closets with solid varieties or hinged doors; the reflection doubles everything in the room, which is not always a good thing. Have a bed custom-made with storage underneath or buy one with built-in drawers or a base that flips up with a storage cavity underneath. If you need a chest of drawers, keep the tops clear or limited to a few favorite items.
Make it a place to retreat to.
If you have a large space, consider carving out a corner as a parents’ retreat with a sofa or armchair and a lamp for reading or meditating. Place it away from the bed so it’s not invading your rest space. A bedroom is often a popular option for a little workspace or an extra TV (a lift cabinet comes in handy for this). If this is something you want to do as one of your bedroom decor ideas, find a way to incorporate it into the space as naturally as possible so as to not interfere with the room’s main purpose.
Make comfort a priority.
Plush carpeting or a great rug will go a long way towards making a bedroom feel cozy, but comfort can be created by functional aspects, too. Have the electrician place a switch for the main light next to your bed so you don’t have to get out of bed to turn it off; choose windows that can be locked open (such as sliders) for air flow without the security worries; have dimmer switches placed on the main light and also reading lamps that flank your bed to control light and minimize arguments about who wants to sleep or read.
This article originally appeared on our sister site, Woman’s World.