A bedroom is much more than just a place to lay your head, it is a place of rest and relaxation. It should be a sanctuary: a calm, restful place to escape to at the end of a stressful day. However, because the bedroom is often dismissed as just a place for sleeping, we often don’t take as much care over its design as we would over the kitchen or living room, missing the opportunity to create a special space.
Before you make any decisions about your bedroom’s décor, think about how you would like to use the space. Be realistic and establish how much storage you need, and what pieces of furniture, such as a dressing table or desk, you would like to include. If your bedroom is large enough, consider adding a seating area, where you can curl up with a good book away from the hustle and bustle of family life.
The central piece of each bedroom will be the bed. The room plan should always work around where your bed is positioned and how much room you will be left with. Make sure there is enough room on either side of the bed for bedside tables, and enough space so that you can access three sides of the mattress easily.
However, there are some other points to keep in mind when designing your bedroom. A peaceful room is essential for a good night’s sleep. If you are lucky enough to have a view, try to come up with a layout that focuses on that view. Interlined curtains or blinds will keep out the light and muffle sound, while shutters are a chic, elegant option. A lack of storage space is an issue in most homes. If you have the option, built-in storage will always help to make the most of your space.
Finally, invest in a really good mattress. If you are on a budget, a good quality mattress topper over a mediocre mattress will make a surprising difference. A comfortable bed is just as important as a pretty one.
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