Designing a Bedroom You'll Love to Fall Asleep In

Jessenia Toro
Written by Jessenia Toro
Updated December 14, 2021
Bedroom overlooking city
Perfectly paired linens bring this master bedroom together, and using grays, blues, and wood accents. (Photo courtesy of MyHome Design & Remodeling)

A few flourishes turn a sleeping room into a unique personal space.

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After a long hard day running around New York, nothing feels better than lying down in your cozy bedroom (especially when it’s furnished with fresh bedding!) The same goes for our kids and guests. The issue is that it’s all too easy to configure a bedroom for functionality and end up overlooking design. 

A stylish design will transform a bedroom from a simple space to rest your head into a comforting sanctuary. Today, we’re sharing tips to provide you with the relaxing haven you seek for your master bedroom, kid's room or guest room.

Bedroom design tips

The importance of a well-designed bedroom should never be underestimated. The first step to a successful design is to choose a theme. The theme may be a color palette, print or specific textiles. Sticking to the theme will make your master bedroom feel complete. 

For the master bedroom, the next step is to consider your needs. Besides sleeping, how will you make use of the room? Common options include a sitting area or television. These needs will affect the furniture, layout, and accessories you select. For example, book lovers should make sure the room has proper lighting for reading. Make a list of the top ways you’ll use your master bedroom. This list will help you choose the right furniture and accessories to add. 

Three simple guidelines for bedroom design:

1. A neutral palette and organic textures will give your bedroom a soothing and calming atmosphere. 2. Use wall art, rugs, or a collection of plants to fill out empty space in your bedroom. 3. Make your space feel roomy by adding height or levels. For example the bedroom below added a row of ceiling cabinets for extra storage.

Get creative in the kid's room

Decorating a single wall in your child’s bedroom with oversized decals or wallpaper will add depth and charm. Most decals are removable and don’t leave adhesive residue, so they are easy to change out as your child’s style evolves.

The closet in a child’s room can quickly become a cluttered mess when the closet isn’t organized. Conquer the clutter by adding shelving. Use open shelves to give the illusion of a larger room. For more design impact, use a contrasting shelving color that matches the wood accents in the room.

If you can afford to lose the closet space, consider transforming a walk-in closet into a highly efficient workstation. When the doors are closed the space can go unnoticed. If your closet doesn’t have doors, a simply solution is to put up a rail and curtains. Either way, this transformation will give your little one a spot to draw, journal, or do homework. 

Make a relaxing guest room oasis

A guest bedroom should be relaxing both physically and visually. Our designers often recommend a neutral color palette to our clients, along with textural elements to give the space warmth and a relaxing atmosphere for guests. 

Simplicity goes a long way when designing a guest bedroom. Leave empty spaces on the nightstands and dressers for your guests. They can use this space for water, mobile phones and/or magazines. It’s also nice to give guest a place to lay out suitcases and hang clothes in the closets. 

As with all good design, restraint can be the key to success. Start by choosing your theme and assessing your needs. Then consider bringing in a reliable contractor or designer to help you execute your vision.

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