- 1. Start with Your Bed Frame
- 2. Create a Calming Mood with Accent Lighting
- 3. Put Some Thought into Your Furnishings
- 4. Consider Re-Painting in a Different Color
- 5. Make Use of Open Wall Space
Your bedroom is the ‘hub’ for the rest of your life.
It’s your resting place.
It’s where you go to bed at night and where you wake up to start your days.
I believe Dorothy Draper may have said it best:
“Of all the rooms in the house, your bedroom is yours.”
As such, making sure that it’s decorated in a way that brings you peace, happiness, and contentment is massively important.
Check out these five ways to uniquely decorate your bedroom.
1. Start with Your Bed Frame
From pipe beds to pallet beds to sophisticated wooden bed frames, choosing the type of bed frame that matches the ‘mood’ you wish to create is one of the best ways to take direct control over your bedroom’s aesthetic.
Every bedroom is unique and deserves a bed frame that suits the style of the space.
Follow these three tips to choose the right bed frame:
Decide on the ‘Size’ of Your Be
Do you want a twin, full, queen, or king?
If you have extra space, a larger bed is usually a good idea. But if your bedroom is small, going with a smaller frame can save valuable space for other necessary furnishings.
Choose Your Headboard
The headboard is the part of your bed that’ll contribute to your desired aesthetic the most. So, this is an important step.
Select a Bed Frame to Match Your Headboard
Some of the most important things to consider when choosing the actual frame are:
- Storage space beneath
2. Create a Calming Mood with Accent Lighting
Creating a calming mood in your bedroom really starts with your lighting.
You can have the most beautiful decor in the world. But in harsh light (or in the dark, for that matter), you’re not going to be able to see it or enjoy it!
Colored neon lighting, indirect incandescents, salt lamps, track lighting, and other unique lighting options give you the power to really emphasize the range of feelings you desire to go to bed and wake up with.
Also, consider utilizing dimmers to control the level of light. It’s surprising how a few simple changes to your lighting can affect the overall look and feel of the room.
Switching out a harsh fluorescent bulb with a gentle 60-watt vintage-Edison style LED can completely change the mood. And, the transition is simple.
This simple change doesn’t even require you to buy a different lamp, just a different kind of bulb!
The Three Types of Lighting
Buying different types of lamps, hanging lights, or wall-mounted fixtures can dramatically impact the result.
Remember, most rooms will require all three of the basic, different types of lighting:
- Ambient lighting
- Task lighting
- Accent lighting
If your room is lacking essential lighting in any of these areas, you’ll notice it. Either you’ll struggle with the functionality of your light by not having enough of it where it counts, or you’ll struggle to create the ‘mood’ you desire.
3. Put Some Thought into Your Furnishings
From bookshelves and footlockers to dressers and wardrobes, choosing proper furnishings is important.
When you’re selecting furnishings for such an important space, you generally want to start with practical questions.
What types of furnishings do you need in this room?
Answering this question will help you to come up with a list of things to prioritize.
For example, most people are going to want a dresser and a nightstand. These are pretty big priorities that you won’t want to overlook.
Once you figure out what these individual pieces are, you can then focus on finding the right aesthetic and colors to match the ‘atmosphere and vibe’.
4. Consider Re-Painting in a Different Color
Painting the walls or the ceiling is one of the most powerful things you can do to change your room’s mood and ‘feel.’
Consider choosing two, three, or even four different colors. And put careful consideration into choosing a color for each individual wall surface.
Consider getting creative with these wall spaces.
For example, you can paint all north- and west-facing walls one color and all south- and east-facing walls a different color.
Or, you can choose an entire color palette and paint all your walls with different colors to complement each other.
Of course, when choosing colors, make sure to take flooring, furnishings, and lighting into account.
You want your colors and styles to complement each other, not compete for dominance in the same space along the visual spectrum.
For example, red walls with orange furnishings would tend to fight each other. Meanwhile, red walls with black furnishings would compliment and stand out from one another in a bold fashion.
5. Make Use of Open Wall Space
Wall art, mirrors, and hanging decorations are all examples of options you have at your disposal for dealing with open wall space.
When it comes to decorations, start with elements and components you connect with on a personal level.
Some people like motivational posters. Some prefer pictures of friends, family members, and pets. Some people enjoy old-style artwork, and some prefer arts and crafts.
The best approach is to figure out what you like and then test those things against your color palette to make sure that they’ll fit in.
If the item passes those two tests, take it home and choose a spot for it!
Creating a bedroom where you can be yourself, feel at home, and relax isn’t just a decoration issue.
It’s literally a strategy for a more successful life because it sets the tone for the environment, you’ll fall asleep and wake up in.
You can, and should, create whatever kind of mood you desire in your bedroom.
Yes, it may take some work. And if you’re not necessarily ‘design-savvy,’ it can be easy to feel lost in the process.
Need some help?
Consider turning to Pinterest and searching for your desired aesthetic for inspiration, ideas, and a frame of reference.
You got this.
All that’s left now is to get to work.
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Adam Marshall is a freelance writer who specializes in all things apartment organizations, real estate, and college advice. He currently works with Grove at Lubbock to help them with their online marketing.