Bedrooms are perhaps the most personal rooms in the home. Here are a few ways to create an atmosphere tailored to your personal taste.
March 25th, 2022
Bedrooms are an incredibly important part of the house and optimizing your style choices can have a number of practical benefits. For one thing, designing your bedroom in accordance with your sleeping patterns will help to ensure that you get the longest and most restful sleep possible.
This is because many people try to commit to designs that they like the aesthetic of, but which don’t suit their lifestyle. For example; someone who naturally goes to bed late at night and sleeps in through the mornings is more likely to benefit from blackout curtains than an open and airy design.
That is the first thing to consider when beginning a bedroom remodel: your personal needs and how they will influence the room’s purpose. Beyond your sleeping habits, you will want to consider things like storage requirements and general furniture choices – do you want multiple mirrors in the room? Do you intend to use the room for relaxing during the day or just for sleeping? If so, you may want to consider purchasing additional items of furniture like a vanity or even a couch if your room has the space.
After deciding the purpose of the room and establishing the type of furniture you will need, it is time to begin deciding on some of the more practical design elements. Layout and material choices are also fairly personal and will depend on the colour schemes / textures / design styles that appeal to you. However, the majority of layouts are fairly similar and will almost always try to maximize floor space to make the room appear bigger.
Materials are a much broader category in bedroom design, but popular materials for bedroom décor include raw, natural accents like timber and stone, as well as neutral colored walls and carpets. Cooler materials like tile are fairly rare in bedrooms – although when used correctly, they can look stunning.
The reason for the popularity of warm materials is primarily a practical one; they promote coziness, helping you to fall asleep quicker and making it easier to get out of bed in the morning without a tiled floor leaching the warmth from your feet.
However, something to avoid in bedroom design is leaning too heavily on the advice of others. Ultimately, you are the one who will have to sleep in this space every night. As such, each decision should be one that you wholeheartedly support and which will make you happy. Spending time styling a bedroom that will impress everyone except yourself is a waste of time.
A way to make sure that you are choosing things which will make you personally happy is to make a note (or even a digital folder / Pinterest board) of all of the bedroom ideas that you find inspiring. This will help streamline your bedroom inspiration design process and should hopefully narrow down the aesthetic you want enough that taking the next step unguided should be easy.
Current bedroom trends are seeing a distinct struggle between minimalist modern styles and the re-emergence of rustic decadence. Whether you want to pack your bedroom full of comfortable furniture and treasured knickknacks or would rather keep it open and orderly, the ideas on this list should help you to begin figuring out the aesthetic bedroom ideas that will work best in your home.
Scandinavian design is defined by its cleanliness. Neat and organized furniture accented with crisp, cool colours is a parable of the Scandinavian style, making it one of the best choices for a bedroom because it cuts back on the clutter of the room.
A simple bedroom like this appears calmer and will make it easier to fall asleep – not to mention maintain – and wake up in the morning. Scandinavian design emphasizes brightness and light, so this is a style best suited towards early risers. For more information on how to incorporate Scandinavian influences into your home, see here for Scandi wardrobe ideas, rugs/carpet ideas, and more.
4. Industrial Chic
Industrial chic has seen a popularity boom over recent years as people come to appreciate the unrefined elegance of harsh materials like steel, polished concrete, exposed brick, and distressed timber. The simple beauty of these materials is breathtaking in its own way and allows for more subtle design elements such as colourful accents to take center stage. Sleek, modern and stylish, an industrial style bedroom can work equally well with early and late risers depending on the type of curtains and colour scheme you choose.
3. Books, Books, Books
One of the easiest way to build an atmosphere is to feature a shelf – or even a wall – of books. Books create a sense of thoughtfulness and peace, particularly if they are well loved and have obviously been read many times.
Sleeping surrounded by your favourite books and the books you have yet to begin reading is a great way to inspire creativity and comfort. Not to mention – they simply look amazing! You can even find beds with bookcase storage in the headboards as a nice, space smart way to store books without installing shelves. See here for a list of the best bookshelf styles currently available for purchase.
Rustic bedrooms are undeniably beautiful. The use of soft yet raw materials has a captivating effect. Rustic bedrooms provide a fascinating dichotomy between nature and comfort, and work particularly well when offset by stunning natural views such as a forest or a seaside.
They can be small or extravagant, but common themes running through all rustic designs should be the maximization of comfort. Read more about rustic home design ideas here.
Another aesthetic movement which places huge emphasis on comfort is the emerging internet sensation, Cottagecore.
Cottagecore began as an online trend where people would post clips of their daily lives in rural areas, taking pleasure in the simple escape of a bustling urban life. For those still living in an urban home, their main introduction into Cottagecore began as a bedroom redecoration project.
Cottagecore bedrooms are made with the goal of creating a cosy, fairytale-like atmosphere that encourages peace and comfort. A Cottagecore bedroom should be packed full of cute stuff: Thick quilts, old books, heavy bedding, hanging plants and fairy lights are all popular Cottagecore design features.
For more ideas on how Cottagecore design practices can enhance the aesthetic of your home, see this overview of the ten most popular Cottagecore trends.
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