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Essential Bedroom Design Rules

There are five essential bedroom design rules to remember when aiming to achieve a bedroom that is your sanctuary. In addition to being a personal space for sleep and private time, you should be able to relax there and unwind at the end of each day. In other words, it should be your ultimate retreat.

Picture shows #1 of 5 of the Essential Bedroom Design rules which is don't forget about the bedroom.
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#1 of 5 Essential Bedroom Design Rules: Don’t forget about your bedroom!

This sounds crazy but, the bedroom is often forgotten about. I have found that people pay a lot of attention to the parts of the home that are visible to company (kitchens, living rooms, dining rooms) and then fall short when decorating their own bedroom. So this is my public service announcement, “DONT FORGET ABOUT YOUR BEDROOM.” It is a vital space that can provide something we all need; a place to de-stress!

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Rule #2: Remove stress from the bedroom

Photo of desk in bedroom.  Desk in bedroom breaks bedroom design rules because it can bring stress into the bedroom.
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Remove anything that can give you stress from your bedroom. To be clear, I am not suggesting to kick your spouse out. However, desks and computers often end up in bedrooms. I strongly recommend finding a different location for your home office needs. The computer or any other business hub does not belong in the bedroom. Nothing can kill the tranquil mood better than a stack of bills staring at you!

It is a good idea to keep all technology out of the bedroom, including televisions. The blue light emitted from electronic screens can have a negative impact on your sleep quality.

Rule #3 Make sure you organize your bedroom

Get a handle on clutter. You don’t have to throw everything out, instead, organize it. If it doesn’t belong in the bedroom, find a different home for it. Make sure that your bedroom is not being used as a dumping/hiding place to collect overflow from the rest of the house. Because if you want your bedroom to be your sanctuary, treat it like a sacred place.

Rule #4 Privacy is a must in the bedroom

Horizon’s window shade with operable lining

Obviously, make sure you have a locking door and privacy shades on your windows. However, there are less obvious things to think about as well. When determining the furniture arrangement for your bedroom, think about whether you gain or lose privacy when placing the bed on different walls. For example, if the bed is opposite the doorway that opens onto a hallway, it may be on display when your door is open.

Take into consideration what is located on the other side of the wall that your bed is on. Feng Shui warns against putting your bed against a wall with plumbing in it, stating that it is bad energy. I am not sure about that but, you may not sleep well. If your bed is on a wall with plumbing in it, you run the risk of being woken up every time the toilet is flushed during the night.

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#5 of 5 Essential Bedroom Design Rules: Make your bedroom irresistible

The most crucial piece of furniture in a bedroom is the bed, of course. Make it irresistible. Selecting a mattress is an important decision, that should be researched and tried out prior to purchasing. Avoid falling victim to online mattress marketing. How are you going to get that mattress back in the box to return anyhow? You spend a third of your life sleeping. Decide on a mattress carefully.

Another way to make your bedroom irresistible is to use soothing textiles. A bed with layers of beautiful bedding is so inviting. The addition of a throw blanket on top of a fluffy comforter can help. Use cozy materials on the bed and a plush rug that is a treat for your feet.

Lighting also adds to the atmosphere of your bedroom. When trying to create a retreat, avoid stark lighting. Experiment with different light bulbs to add tranquility to your space. A bulb with a pink cast can make a room feel romantic. Dimmers are also a surefire way to make it irresistible.

Another great post to read before starting a decorating project is Design 2B Happy, what does that mean? Last week’s post was about reupholstering, I hope you had a chance to read it.

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Barbara Rose

Hi I am Barbara Rose. I am an Interior Designer and I started design2bhappy to inspire others to think of Interior Design as more than just creating a beautiful home. It is about living comfortably, while being surrounded by things you love. It is about creating an environment that we feel good in while providing a sanctuary to counter- balance the stress that life can throw at us. This blog is aimed at helping others achieve that "there is no place like home" feeling.

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