Unlike living rooms and kitchens, bedrooms are private spaces. More than any other room in the house, they should reflect a person’s special style. That said, people use bedrooms for far more than leisure activities. For some, the bedroom is an exercise space, a home office, an art studio, a library, or a toddler’s play area. Whatever a person’s needs and aesthetic preferences, there is a way to make the bedroom functional and beautiful.
Assess your space. Consider interesting features you would like to highlight, such as a big window or the corner that gets the best natural light. Determine which furniture and accessories you will keep and what items you need. While making these decisions, keep in mind the purposes your room must serve. For example, if you need a corner for yoga, choose a spot that gets a nice breeze and places a throw rug on the floor. If office equipment must go into the bedroom, try placing it behind a divider or in a corner that is not as easily seen from the bed.
Consider color. It’s the bedroom, not a formal dining room. Take some risks and have some fun. Try some interesting color choices. Faux finishes, designer wallpaper, hand-painted stencils, wall murals, or painted trim all add character to the bedroom decor.
Choose a theme. A theme does not have to mean matching Pokemon linens or a bed shaped like a race car. For adults, themes might be as simple as a classic color combination or creating accents for a major focal point such as a handmade quilt. Some popular themes for bedrooms include modern minimalism, romantic Victorian, bohemian chic, French country design, nautical, shabby chic, and retro funk.
Invest in a couple key items that communicate your theme. A bed frame and headboard is the natural option, although a great bureau, desk or armchair can also pick up a theme. Other options are end tables, night stands, love seats, rocking chairs, media centers, and a closet system to keep clutter at bay.
Pull it all together with accessories. Functional accessories such as clocks, mirrors, rugs, hardware for hanging things, vases, baskets, lamps, and bowls are the ideal way to add accents to your theme. Supplement these with pieces that are purely for aesthetic appreciation–such as paintings or drawings in interesting frames, grouped together thematically or by size. Throw pillows, rugs, vintage finds, and groupings of small treasures–such as seashells, pebbles or colored glass beads–give the bedroom more personality.
- Special Thanks to Ricardo Marquez for the lovely photo!