November 18, 2016

Master Your Bedroom: Design for Comfort

The bedroom is the one room in the house that you call your own. It’s the room where you spend most of your time. The bedroom is where you spend your nights, start your days, and end your days. It should be your own private retreat, warm and inviting, comfortable and relaxing.

Lighting and Colour

Bedroom lighting and colour are two components that should complement each other. Bright and light colours blend well with warm and low lighting. Deep and darker colours blend nicely with brighter lighting. Neither the lighting nor the colour of a bedroom should be chosen without considering the other and both should feel comfortable.

Light sources in the bedroom should offer variety in light levels, appropriate styles, and convenient operation. At a minimum, there should be two sources of light in a bedroom: one source for overall lighting from overhead and one source for comfort and convenience that you can turn on and off from the bed. Consider a variety of ceiling light fixture styles and bedside lamp styles to find a combination that goes well with each other. The French Bedroom Company offers a variety of ceiling lighting options and lamps.

Sources of colour in a bedroom vary and include the wall and ceilings, furnishings, and bedding. The wall and ceiling colour used in the bedroom should be selected with consideration of the colours of your bedroom furniture. Using differing ceiling and wall colours will give the room a custom look. White ceilings go well with pastel wall colours and enhance lighting. Contrasting dark and deep colours also go well together.

The bed is the largest piece of furniture in the room and it will be the largest source of colour aside from the walls and ceiling. The bed and bedding colour can be used as a focal point for a bedroom. Pillowcase colours can either match the bedspread or contrast with it to add flair and variety.

Furnishings and Decor

A bedroom can be either minimally furnished or over-furnished, while ideal bedroom furnishing maximises function with efficient use of available space. The bedroom dressers and chests are the second-largest features and are often already owned prior to designing a bedroom. Placement of the dressers should be done for convenience and balance. Individual furnishings such as an upholstered reading chair, free-standing mirror, jewellery cabinet, or a cushioned seating bench can be used to add variety.

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The decor in a bedroom may include area rugs, framed wall mirrors, free-standing mirrors, framed artwork or photos, and drapes, shades, or blinds. For framed wall-mounted features, use a frame colour that complements wall colours. Area rugs can be a separate focal point if space allows and can be placed over carpeting or hard flooring. Drapes, shades, or blinds should complement wall colours. The decor in a bedroom should be placed to give the bedroom space a sense of balance and comfort without feeling cluttered.