Bedtime… that moment we desperately seek during the hustle and bustle of our daily lives. Before you hit the sheets, there’s one last nightmare to overcome: the layout. In a bedroom, the BED is the single most important design element in the room. Not only will you be spending lots of time in it, it will affect how you arrange the rest of the space and more often than not, how much storage furniture you can account for. Here are a few different scenarios and what you should do for the bedroom you have:
Big Bed, Master Bedroom
In an ideal world, this is what we all aim for. King-size, maybe even a California King Bed, whatever the case may be, opt to keep it in the center of the room; it will allow for more visual space; add a rug, and now you’ve declared the bed’s designated area in the space, making it a less overbearing design element. Add two side-tables and a chic headboard, now flanking the bed – so that it doesn’t appear to float aimlessly – but is now blended into the room’s decor. When a walk-in closet isn’t an option, choose dressers that complement the colors/patterns chosen for the bedding and wall. Adding a bench at the food of the bed allows for storage space and is a chic finishing touch.
Long and Narrow
This type of bedroom can often feel….”awkward” for lack of a better word. Unlike the ideal master bedroom, centering the bed will create two pockets of space that won’t allow for cohesion. Therein lies the answer. Create a multi-functional room (a dual-room) kind of like a hotel suite. Where the guest is met with a seating area, nice little round-coffee table, and a more relaxed feel followed by the “bed-room” area. If possible place the bed towards wherever the window is present. There’s a beautiful view right when you wake up!
Small and Narrow
Really common in city spaces or guest bedrooms, the key is to breathe – and let the furniture breathe as well! Starting with the bed, opt for the smallest size comfortable (a full can do just the trick). Choose a bed that has built-in storage to avoid the purchase of a large dresser/cabinet. Go minimal on the pattern choices and soften the room with a softer, lighter hue. Maximize the light in-take, use mirrors to reflect the space and all the natural light that come with it.
Side tip: Floater. If there’s no room on the floor there’s only one way but up! Use sconces instead of floor lamps. Build in floating shelves where you can store books, pictures, small floral arrangements, and anything else. This can be a way to take advantage of the lack of color/pattern on walls….the sky’s the limit (literally.)
We’ve all encountered that room that’s in the oddest part of a house, whether because the space has an offset area that protrudes out of the foundation (think alcove) or it’s a make-shift bedroom designed to for the sake of creating a bedroom…but have no fear, where there’s a will (or a wall) there’s a way! It’s traditional to place the bed against a wall, or adjacent to it. In this scenario, try angling it so it fits right into the misplaced surface area. Yes, it will appear hidden/ misused, but by using the methods mentioned before (lighting, flanking with side tables, rugs) you can create a space where it appears to be tucked away into a cozy section. Think of it like a nook now. Designated for strictly sleeping, you have the rest of the room to decorate – and as an added value – like the long and narrow room, you can create a dual-purpose room!
There you have it! The name of the game is bed and then everything from there. Like all other rooms, take measurements into consideration, gauge the amount of space you’d like to visually account for, but most importantly, have fun! The bedroom is your haven. 🙂