Top 10 Things Your Bedroom Needs
Alright, I know I am in no position to tell you what to do, but my experience as an interior designer shows that when it comes to bedrooms, people can rarely invent something pathbreaking. After dozens of projects and sleepless nights of planning, I have come to the conclusion that there is a set of things that hardly any bedroom can manage without.
Actually, as the name of the room suggests, the main thing in the bedroom is your bed. The irony is that we often replace Its Majesty the Bed with something less comfortable but more convenient, for example, a sofa or an inflatable mattress. As they usually write in essays, all these options have their advantages and disadvantages, but the point is that you need something to sleep on. I am an avid advocate of real beds wherever possible, but if it is not possible because of little room available or for any other reason, feel free to turn your bedroom into… hmmm… a sofa room.
Whichever flooring you choose, you can hardly imagine a cozy bedroom without a nice rug. This little (or probably not that little, depending on your choice) thing can change the whole bedroom dramatically. Even the most up-to-date and trendy bedroom is likely to benefit from a fluffy bedside rug on which you will step down every morning.
Bedside table / nightstand
While we are on the subject of bedside essentials, a bedside table is a must in any bedroom. In my humble opinion, there should be a place within arm’s reach where you can put your smartphone, glasses, coffee mug, wet wipes, and dozens of other things that you may need to be handy. I have to admit that I judge by myself, and I am definitely not the laziest person in the world! So, think of a stylish nightstand for your most precious possessions.
Let’s face it: we all like to spend loads of time on the Internet, and often do it in our bedrooms. In some places where I lived, convenient sockets were more like a rosy dream than a reality, so I spent quite a lot of time untangling extension cords. Now I always pay attention to this aspect when planning a new project and highly recommend you to do the same.
I have always been an avid advocate of spot lighting, but if you prefer one luxurious chandelier, why not? The thing is to make it convenient according to your needs. Light dimmers are also a good idea: you will get the right mood any time by switching from bright day-like light to romantic ambience. As for windows, I always recommend utilizing them as much as possible: instead of draping them with heavy curtains, try to let more light in! (Unless you have too nosy neighbors, in which case ignore this recommendation.)
It is a particularly difficult subject to give general advice on, but I will try to share my knowledge in the most unobtrusive way possible. Monochrome walls can look stylish, but our eye is structured so that it looks for interesting details everywhere. If nothing is to be seen, we feel bored. Wall décor can take different forms, meaning that you are not obliged to hang a golden-framed picture on every wall. Paintings, posters, photos, panels, murals, collections of postcards or graduate caps… I could go on and on but I think you’ve got the idea: turning a dull wall into a work of art is simpler than it seems.
This part is certainly true for girls and boys alike. I am sure you have a nice mirror in the bathroom, but sometimes you have to check your look before you step across the threshold of your bedroom. It is common knowledge that mirrors are real lifesavers for small rooms because they create the illusion of more space and light. So, unless you have spectrophobia or can’t get over the shock caused by The Mirrors film, having a mirror in your bedroom is a good idea.
Even if you choose a high-tech style for your bedroom, it is the place where you are supposed to relax. Metal and plastic are like energetic vampires, so there should be something natural in your bedroom to serve as an energy source. Options vary, so you can choose something that suits your style: plants and aquariums, wooden flooring and rattan furniture, organic fabrics and natural stone décor.
Chair /armchair / canapé
Lying on the bed is always relaxing but I know that many people disapprove of this little indulgence. When planning the design of a couple’s bedroom, I always ask them if they have this no-slugging-on-the-made-bed issue. It sounds ridiculous but lots of couples have regular fights because one of the partners thinks that the bed is intended for sleep only, while the other doesn’t mind to sit on it during the day. If this is the case, there should be something to sit on apart from the bed. Should it be an armchair or a beanbag is up to you.
What makes your bedroom so comfortable and appealing? People often come to me and ask to design “something special”. Even though every project is special, I am always at a loss when I hear this request. The room can be made stylish, beautiful, or elegant, but it’s the people who live there who make it special. I firmly believe that your bedroom reflects your personality, and this is your responsibility, not the designer’s. Fortunately, it does not require much effort because you create it from the moment you step across the threshold of this room.
I do hope this article has given you some food for thought. Have I mentioned all the bedroom essentials? Would you replace some of the things with something else? Feel free to leave feedback in the comments section. Have a nice day!