Designing the Perfect Bedroom
When designing the perfect bedroom, these elements should help you figure out where to start – space, colors, storage, lighting, and ventilation. You don’t need to go for expensive ideas since small changes in these elements can create a whole new look.
The average person spends a third of his life in the bedroom, most of it in bed. So why not make your room the best it can be? Your bedroom isn’t just a place to sleep—it’s a place to rest, relax and relieve yourself of the day’s pressures. A bed and a closet don’t make a bedroom; they make a sleeping quarters. If you want a real personal sanctuary, you should think about redesigning your bedroom.
The word “redesign” can be daunting. Most people immediately think of hauling heavy furniture, repainting all your walls, rewiring and reinstalling. But sometimes all it takes is a little tweak to give your bedroom a whole new look. Here are some things to keep in mind when designing the perfect bedroom.
Space. The first thing you need to do is take stock of your available space. Design concepts vary greatly with size. If you have a small room, your goal should be to maximize the space you have; if your room is large, the challenge is to make it cozy and efficient. Decide which items you really need (bed, closets, dressers) and those you can do without if there’s no room, such as a vanity table. If you have a clear idea of your own space, you can easily size up new pieces before buying them.
Color. Your bedroom is the one place where you’re free to choose your own colors. But some colors are naturally gloomy, and you don’t want that mood in your bedroom. If you like dark colors like blue or purple, try lightening it up by a few shades. Or you can paint two of your walls with the color you want, and paint the rest with a contrasting color.
Storage. A bedroom could always use more storage—it reduces clutter and makes it easier to organize your things. A more important question is what type of storage to get. If you have a large room, you can afford a fancy closet or shelf for all your collectibles. Otherwise, you can save space with built-in cupboards and wall shelves. Make use of “waste space” such as below the sink or under staircases.
Lighting. Lighting is more important in the bedroom than anywhere else in the house. Your choice of lights will set the entire mood of the area. One thing that most people overlook is the source of outside light—they’ll install a set of fancy lights only to have it ruined by a streetlamp by the window. Since you can’t move them away, just adjust your lighting around them. Instead of lighting the entire room, light key areas such as your dressing table, closet, and small areas along your wall.
Ventilation. Even if you have the best HVAC in the market, nothing beats cool fresh air. If your room has two external faces, try installing windows on both walls to maximize the air that gets in. If that’s not an option, place a ventilator over the existing windows to let the hot air out and let cooler air circulate.