Want to make your bedroom into a cozier, more inviting space?
Take a look at some of these space hacks that will enhance your sleeping area without too much of an impact on your wallet.
As you go, think about your bed, too—how your mattress dimensions make a difference, whether you chose a plush or firm mattress to sleep on, and how you can recycle your mattress when you need to. Mattress disposal and mattress recycling are big issues because these are big items. Anyway, back to the plot.
1. Consider Smart Lighting
First, professional photographers know that lighting makes a difference in showing off some item or photography subject, and the same holds true in your interior space. Using soft, yellow lamplight can really make your bedroom feel like an intimate and inviting place to be.
There's also a lot of choice in today's lighting world. You can experiment with new types of LED lighting that are easier to install in a room and cheaper to source. Although some of these types of light might seem too harsh, other LEDs provide a nice, warm, incandescent style glow. On the other hand, you might want some versatile rope lighting with different settings and colors to create the mood you want.
Along with the type of lighting, think about the placement of lighting. This is where you get into the room's composition. What do you want to accent? How will your chosen light source help to determine? Think about this in some detail to come up with the best bedroom lighting plan.
2. Choosing Furniture
Another tip to go along with smart lighting is choosing the right furniture for a bedroom (besides the obvious—a bed.)
Some people like to find smaller pieces in order to get more out of a smaller space - you might not need to go ‘full fold-out bed’ with one of those beds that pops out of a wall, but having a small ornate dresser or end table can be a nice accent for your bedroom. Because these items are smaller, they’re not likely to cost as much. You can often get vintage thrifted furniture for extremely cheap prices, and this is high-quality stuff made of wood with excellent craftsmanship from years gone by.
3. Choosing Your Technology
Along with your vintage furniture, you can choose to integrate some more traditional technologies into your bedroom space.
Perhaps the best example is the turntable or phonograph, or if you like, a record player.
Aren't records really antiquated?
Maybe, but vinyl is coming back. In an age where you can listen to anything on your smartphone device or through a party speaker connected to it, many of us are choosing to instead return to older technologies like records. Some say there's just a warmer and more robust sound coming out of that mechanical record player. Others like the aesthetic of the traditional choice.
That's just one example of how to fine-tune your bedroom space to give it a particular look and feel that suits your personality and style.
A nice analog wall clock can be an excellent addition to a cozy bedroom space that harkens back to prior years.
Or what about an attractive landline telephone? Or an old tube radio?
When it comes to designing a room this way, the sky’s the limit, so pick a plan and “make it so.”
4. Choosing Colors
Think critically about the colors that you choose for your bedroom decor. For example, you might have a feature color that you prefer. Building a color scheme around one lead color is often a good strategy for making sure everything fits together and gives you that kind of iconic look that you want.
In fact, for interior spaces, you rarely realize how important color is until you experiment a bit. A color can bring out a certain feel in a room which you can get from looking at some of the most fascinating designs put together by interior decorators for a deliberate effect.
5. Curtains and Draperies
While we talked about artificial light above, natural light has its own effect on a room. But to control the natural light, you'll want blinds or curtains or draperies that fit the mood.
Some simple fabric curtains can be a good complement to whatever else you’re designing inside a bedroom area. Bigger wall hangings can also dress up interior walls. Have fun with it!
6. Talismanic Centerpieces
Here's a neat direction we've seen some bedroom designers go in—you might call it a ‘talismanic’ approach if you’re of a certain literary bent.
This strategy involves shopping around for that one perfect piece and making it the centerpiece of your room. For example, you might find a large wooden or ceramic Buddha with intricate engraving and sit it on a shelf or on a side table in a prominent part of the room. Then you build your decoration around that in a way that flows and makes sense.
Your centerpiece can be anything that expresses your personality and represents you. It can be a large photo of your family. It can be a print of a famous painting. Many 3D models are eccentric sculptures that really nail the mood of a particular design!
All of this type of interior design is key to getting the results you want out of even the smallest bedroom space. What you'll end up with is a cozy nook that you call your own, and pictures you'll be proud to show off when you want to share the results with other people.
A side tip to all of this involves organization. It’s frustrating to build that perfect bedroom scene, but then have it inundated with clothes or books or other clutter. Make sure you have adequate storage space. Cloth hampers are a good resource, and so are hanging organizers that you can put out of sight and out of the way.
Consider these tips, and you'll be having folks “ooh” and “ahh” over your interior design plans, and you'll be able to enjoy a better ambiance even while you sleep.