Your home is supposed to be a base that you return to after a hard day at work. It’s supposed to act as a contrast to an office that’s efficiency-optimized and, thus, focus on the leisure aspect of your lifestyle. With more and more people working from home, this principle no longer applies, seeing as how, a part of your home is now your office space. Seeing as how you still need a place that you can retreat to, it might be a good idea to redecorate your bedroom to fulfill this role. Here are seven ideas on how you can do so.
The size of the furniture needs to be proportionate to the size of the room. Sure, there’s nothing wrong with having some minimalist ideas but keeping your bedroom empty-looking might visually impact the level of coziness in the place. You see, humans are sensory beings and if they perceive something as crowded, empty, cold, etc. they will experience the place in that way.
The visual weight of the furniture is something you need to take into serious consideration. For instance, a minimal bed (no headboard) will seem lighter than its counterpart with a chunky bed frame. In a small bedroom, weighty furniture can seem like too much. Minimalist furniture can make the place appear larger.
The height of the room is another crucial point to consider. Hanging a low chandelier is a way to bring the ceiling closer to the furniture. You can do the other way around by picking tall standing lamps, etc.
When paying attention to the details, you need to start off with major accessories. In the bedroom, we’re talking about cover sheets and cushions. Here, you might want to wait until you’ve already settled on the color scheme (something we’ll discuss a bit later). It’s also important that you pick the right style especially if you are planning to get a simple hot tub on the deck attached to your bedroom.
Speaking of style, nothing sets the theme of the room better than picking some wall art. Framed and printed is great but if you want to be extra adventurous, you might even choose to go with a mural. The key thing is that it resembles the style/period that the rest of the room is decorated in. It’s fairly easy to find something contemporary or even Victorian-looking if you’re trying hard enough.
Keeping an organized bedroom is paramount, which is why you want to ensure that the place has enough storage capacities. This way, everything can be at hand and out of sight at the same time. Keep in mind that a skirted table and a small dresser may provide a surprising amount of storage and be quite tastefully inserted into a stylish bedroom.
Also, you should keep your stuff to the minimum and try to declutter your bedroom as much as you can. But don’t waste stuff, you should look to get the most out of it. You can organize a yard sale or even go to your favorite jewelry buyer and sell your jewelry.
The choice of the light scheme should go beyond choosing a single fixture. We’ve also mentioned chandeliers and tall lamps as two potential options. Downlights and pendant lights are just as common in contemporary bedrooms. Now, keep in mind that you don’t really have to pick between these fixtures.
The concept of layered lighting allows you to incorporate many different fixture types into the same lighting scheme. Remember that the bedroom is not just a place where you sleep. It’s also a place where you read before bed and spend some intimate time with your partner. The ability to customize the light in the room will play well into all these functions.
Picking the bedroom color will affect the mood of people who choose to spend time in the room. You see, some colors affect your ability to relax. You see, the psychology of colors is often quite direct about this. For instance, lavender is seen as serene, terracotta is seen as warm, while slate blue is believed to have calming properties. All of this is exactly what you need in a bedroom.
Keep in mind, nonetheless, that the rest of your furniture and accessories need to match this palette. Now, we’re not suggesting that you have to go with a monochrome design (although this may give some surprising results), however, it wouldn’t be bad to follow a theme.
Picking the right color is not the only paint-related objective when decorating your bedroom. You also need to consider a painting technique. Going for an accent wall is always a good idea, especially since (in the bedroom) it’s so easy to pick the accent wall. The rule is simple – the wall behind your headboard is the focal point of the room, so why not use this knowledge fully to your benefit.
Another thing you should keep in mind is that the positioning of your other furniture may also help determine the accent wall. For instance, a unique sofa or the position of a dramatic (eye-catching) artwork needs to be placed here. Your goal is to make people focus on this particular wall, in order to make the color in question predominant.
Some people make an office bedroom, which is pragmatic and smart for people without much room in their homes but it’s definitely not the best solution that you have available. First of all, it’s quite inefficient and might make it harder to keep your private and professional life separated.
Second, it’s definitely bad to keep dual-purpose rooms for tax reasons. In order to get deductions, you need to have a proper home office (just a home office). With more and more people working from home, this becomes a serious consideration.
In the end, this is one of the most intimate rooms in the house, which is why you want to rely heavily on personal preference. Moreover, asking your partner for an opinion might go a long way. So, discuss, set your budget, make your plans, and start with the project as soon as you can.