So, you don’t know how to design your bedroom. You are not alone. Somehow, you got the family room covered. But when it comes to bedroom design, you just close the door. Nobody sees it.
I believe that decorating a bedroom should be the first thing you want to do in the house. So what if nobody sees it? This is your sacred place, your private sanctuary. Whether you want to feel cozy and comfortable or express yourself with color and accessories, go for it.
You can start with picking up a paint color. If you do, choose it but don’t buy. Not yet. There are so many gorgeous paint colors out there that chances are you will fall in love with two or three.
Just do me a favor. Before you run to a paint store invest a little time in a prep work and I do not mean the walls.
Now let me ask you a question. Do you know when most people hire designers? Let me be honest with you. In many cases it happens when they get stuck and nothing works in the room. You buy those draperies because they are pretty and price is right. Then you buy bedding for the same reasons. You forgot to make pictures of the draperies before buying the bedding. Then you get beautiful lamps without measuring your night stands. You bring them home and they are too short, or too long. Does that sound familiar?
If it does you need to do some planning. If you don’t, I guarantee that you will spend much more money than you wanted. You don’t want to wake up next day to discover that your comforter does not match, your curtains are wrong for the room and the rug needs to be tossed. So take a piece of paper and make an action plan, just like you do at work.
Here are the steps you take:
- Find out the location of the windows. Are they to the North or to the South? If your bedroom has northern exposure, you want to balance cool and warm colors. Cool colors are blues and greens; warm colors are yellows and browns. Many color experts say that if your windows are to the north, you should use warmer colors for the walls. I don’t agree with this. I like to go with natural light and then balance out colors with accessories and draperies just like you see in the above picture of the project we recently did.
- Decide what stays and what goes in the room and work with the existing colors. The last thing you want to do is to be stuck with certain wall or ceiling paint color and not to be able to find coverlet or window treatments that work with it. You can get many ideas for decorating bedrooms but nobody will tell you what to keep and what to give away. My word of advice: think about the bedding and window treatments first because they are more expensive and only then decide how to paint the room.
- Pick the main color that you love and create a color scheme. There are many resources and options with Benjamin Moore, Sherwin Williams to name a few. It is always better to create five colors palette. This includes floor, bedding, accessories, millwork and draperies. Choose one color out of five that stands out and use it in small portions to make the room more exciting.
- Apply paint in all four corners of the room and relax. Look at it at different time of day and night with natural and artificial lighting. Then when you decide on a color still don’t paint at night. You do not want to wake up in the morning with what I call “color hangover” and find out that your paint color looked totally different the night before.
- Have the paint chips with you when you shop for accessories. They will almost always help you but if you don’t have the paint chips you are on your own.
- Choose lighting wisely. If most of your colors are cool like blue or green, ask for a bulb (lamp) from 3500K to 4100K for your lighting. If your colors are mostly warm, like yellow or brown, ask for 3000K to 3100K. If you have a combination, use 3500K lamps (bulbs).
And remember, there are always ways to learn how to design a bedroom but if you want it to be uniquely yours, listen to your heart and plan.