Things To Consider Before Redesigning Your Bedroom

The decor and layout of bedrooms should reflect the characteristics of their occupants. A children’s or teenager’s bedroom is going to be substantially different to an adult’s bedroom. A teenager’s room will inevitably double up as a study and a sitting room where friends gather, so it needs to be functional and friendly. TheĀ smallest bedroom is usually reserved for guests or infants, but it can be manipulated through use of color and texture to be a very desirable as well as comfortable and relaxing space.

small bedroom designsLighting is of crucial importance. Bedrooms should be relaxing at night, with soft flattering lights rather than harsh overhead ones. Color, pattern and texture all play their part in creating gentle, luxurious and seductive moods. A very dark, or even black, color scheme may look fabulous at night, but could you wake up in it? Also could you get to sleep surrounded by acid green or orange walls.


The smaller the space, the more carefully you should plan. Inevitably the bed itself will be the main piece of furniture. Since the average person spends around a third of their life lying in bed, make sure you choose the right type for you.

Don’t forget about wardrobe and storage space. Calming bedrooms should not have piles of objects lying around. If you have a lot of clothes to accommodate, would it make sense to build fitted wardrobes. They needn’t look as though they are taking over the room if you fit mirrors on the doors to reflect the light, and they can use “dead space”.

Is the bedroom also your dressing room? Is it also a library? Do you have to get out of bed to turn out the light? What you do in your bedroom will influence its layout and decorative scheme.

Don’t clutter bedrooms with too many ornaments and decorative elements. They need to remain calm rather than busy. Another improvement is to rehang pictures, posters or photographs. People often hang them too high in a room – remember they will appear higher when you are lying down – and make it feel formal and distanced. Pictures hung in pairs are more relaxed and informal than a single one over a bed. Group small pictures together rather than spreading them out across the walls: it’s a bedroom, not a museum.

The carpets in bedrooms are often less hard-wearing than those in public rooms, since they don’t get walked on so much. Choose soft rugs to warm the floor underfoot and give a more luxurious feel.

Co-ordinate all the fabrics in the room: bed-linen, curtains and swags round dressing tables look good in the same fabric and create a feeling of unity. Drape the material in soft, flowing swathes for a more romantic look.

Use subtle color-wash effects to add a hint of color to wooden furniture and window frames, or try more sophisticated effects like liming. Create a simple canopy over a bed by attaching a circular curtain rail to the wall and draping hemmed fabric onto it with curtain hooks.

Bedroom Checklist

Here is a checklist to run through before you start redesigning your bedroom:

  • What do you like/dislike about your bedroom?
  • Is your bedroom for you yourself or do you share it?
  • Does your bedroom have a second function: Is it your dressing room or a workspace as well?
  • How much storage do you need? What type of storage do you want?
  • Do you prefer to wake up in natural light or do you prefer a darkened room?
  • Do you read books in bed? Is there sufficient lighting? Do you have to get out of bed to switch the light off?
  • What do you need by your bedside? A clock? Telephone? TV/Video remote control?
  • What kind of floor would you like to step onto in the morning? Cool stripped floorboards or cork tiles? Cosy, warm carpet?


Whatever you decide to do to redesign your bedroom, remember it’s a place to relax and enjoy. Why not visit for more tips and advice in redecorating your home or garden.



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