The bedroom sounds like the simplest room in the house to decorate. All you need is a bed and a dresser and maybe a chair. That’s it, right? Your master bedroom can be a bigger challenge than any other room because of the very thing that defines it as a bedroom – the bed. That big piece of furniture that dominates the room. Create a soothing, serene sleep space with these helpful hints.
First things first, deal with the bed. It’s the proverbial elephant in the room and it needs to be tackled. One trick is to place the bed so the head of the bed is opposite the room’s entrance for a visually appealing space. The side of the bed creates a visual barrier as you walk into the room. Avoid placing the bed up against the wall (it makes it hard to change sheets) and if you lack space, don’t go on the diagonal.
Consider your priorities as well. Does your window have a fabulous view? Do you want to watch TV? Arrange the space in a way that makes sense to you and for the way you use the room. This is the place you get to spoil yourself completely.
Nightstands come next, and the simplest way to figure them out is to ask yourself: what do you want to keep on top of the nightstands? Do you keep a carafe of water, a pile of reading material, a lamp, and an alarm clock? You’ll want lots of tabletop real estate. If you’re a minimalist, a smaller tabletop with drawers or cabinets to hide things might be more your style.
Nightstands don’t need to match, they simply need to complement one another. They’re also a great place to add color and texture to your space. Ideally, your nightstand should be about the same height as your fully-made bed, so about 27 – 29 inches for most beds, up to 30 or 31 for extra tall or fluffy beds. Need to save space? Consider wall-mounted lights, but wait until your bed is in place before wiring them – you want them at the right height.
Consider your available space when choosing a bed. Unless you have the room for a big king size bed, and you need the extra room, a queen is usually a better option, allowing you more flexibility for choosing nightstands and other bedroom furniture.
Providing a small seating area requires only a 4-foot square space for a single chair and small side table. To accommodate a loveseat and two small end tables, you’ll need a 10-foot by 5-foot space. Allow at least 2 feet of walking space on either side and the foot of the bed, especially if you are adding in a seating area. Alternately, If there is enough space, try placing a bench or small loveseat at the foot of the bed, though you have to accept the challenge of making the bed around the furniture.
If your bedroom is cramped, scale down on furniture, or forgo the extra seating entirely. You want to be able to get to the bed without navigating a maze of chairs and table legs.
Finally, choose colors that you love and feel comfortable with, no matter what the trend is. You want colors that make you feel good, and relaxed, that soothe and refresh you.
Part 2 will post next week!