Bedroom Design "Rules" to Challenge and Break
This weeks blog is brought to you by a special guest! It's fitting since my own personal bedroom is in transformation mode. As you see in the picture above it is a beautiful room, and I loved it...However, my husband is not comfortable in it, plus the bed is so old and big (a California King) it feels so cramped. We have bought a new Restoration Hardware bed in a different size and with just those few inches shaved down from a California King to a Standard King the room feels so much more open! We are exiting the pretty feminine style into the Modern Lux style!
I am also working on a master bed and bath remodel at this time for a client, so this is a very applicable post for our blog.
What are you working on ? Thinking about working on? Or does your bedroom need a refresh? Comment below. And please share or pin any of these images.
Following the rules can make a room beautiful, but it might not leave you with the feeling or the ‘wow’ factor you’re looking for. Sometimes, to get the effect you want, you have to challenge or even break a few rules. You’ll be left with a bedroom you love that’s imprinted with your unique personality.
Leave the Headboard Behind
Traditionally, the bed is the focal point of the bedroom. The popularity of minimalism leaves many people eliminating this traditional furniture piece. For example, a wall covered in reclaimed wood doesn’t need anything more than the bed to make a stunning focal point.
Don’t be afraid to think outside the box with this one. Oversized artwork, reclaimed doors, or garden art can also adorn the wall above the bed. With the wall as a focal point, try to keep other wall art and accessories to a minimum so as not to overwhelm the space.
Nightstands That Break the Mold
Nightstands have become a functional way to add personality. With everything from minimal metal tables to natural tree stump nightstands, there’s plenty of creativity out there to spark your imagination. Even shelving units in the right scale can be used for extra storage and an industrial look.
Your nightstands don’t have to match, but they should coordinate. You can mix metal finishes but be sure the nightstands match in some other way, whether that’s style, size, or another feature. Don’t forget to consider lighting before you make a nightstand decision. Small night stands without room for a reading light may mean you need to add sconces to bring in adequate light.
Patterns Can Mix, and You Should Do It
Designers used to recommend staying away from mixing patterns, but that rule gets regularly broken. Start with a design you love and work from there. Large patterns look best on big opens spaces like walls or bedspreads. Accent your large print with small florals or geometric patterns in small doses. Think accent pillows, a lampshade, or corner chair for a small coordinating print to bring your patterns together. Don’t forget to mix the texture and shape of the items with the print to add visual appeal.
Vary Your Bed Height
Between your mattress options and the variety of bed frame designs, beds come in all heights these days. Minimalist designs even put mattresses close to the floor with low rise platforms that take the focal point away from the bed. Many modern mattresses don’t need a box spring, only a solid surface. If you want the sleek look of a low bed, but miss the extra comfort of a box spring, you might consider a mattress topper. Not only do they add an extra comfort layer, but they can also give you an extra one to four inches of height, which makes getting in and out of a low bed a little easier.
Mix Styles for Extra Luxury
There’s a style out there for everyone—modern farmhouse, french country, contemporary, industrial, and so many more. Don’t be afraid to mix styles to come up with something that’s uniquely you. Industrial doesn’t have to be rustic, and country doesn’t have to be casual. Industrial pieces with a minimalist black and white color scheme create a luxurious room that’s both sophisticated and inviting. Find pieces you love and tie them together through color, size, finish, or shape. Mixing styles works great for couples who need to blend two design aesthetics to find a happy medium.
About the guest author: Myra Campbell is a researcher for the sleep science and health organization Tuck.com. Her passion for art and design brought her into the field. She began by researching how to create a relaxing bedroom and learned that great design can help improve our health and well-being. Myra lives in southern California and shares her queen-sized bed with two rescue dogs.
Tuck Sleep is a community devoted to improving sleep hygiene, health and wellness through the creation and dissemination of comprehensive, unbiased, free web-based resources. Tuck has been featured on NPR, Lifehacker, Radiolab and is referenced by many colleges/universities and sleep organizations across the web.