This article appears in Spring Home & Garden magazine 2020.
Improve your bedroom with these tips from interior design experts.
• Face bed toward door: “Sometimes this just isn’t possible, but if it is it should be your go-to,” said Justin Riordan, interior designer, architect and founder of the Portland, Seattle and Los Angeles home staging company Spade and Archer Design Agency. “Ideally your bed should be placed on the wall you immediately face when you walk in. It should welcome you into the room, gently persuading you to jump right in.”
• Mix it up: “I think one of the biggest mistakes people make when decorating their bedrooms is wanting all of the furniture and/or bedding to match,” said interior designer Doreen Amico-Sorell of Sorell Interiors, Long Island, New York. “Over the past few years we have gotten away from that design aesthetic to where it is OK and actually preferred from a design standpoint to have things not match but instead go well together, where it is pleasing to the eye in a cohesive manner.”
• Light it up: “The biggest mistake I see in bedrooms of any size is not enough lighting,” said Jill Hosking-Cartland, owner and principal designer of Hosking Interiors, Windham, New Hampshire. “A good general lighting plan will assure you have enough task lighting (nightstand lamps), ambient lighting (to find clothes or get dressed) and accent lighting (like wall sconces). Put every fixture on a dimmer to have complete control over both the functional and the mood lighting.”
• Attach a bath: “Having an attached bathroom in a master bedroom is no longer a luxury, but an expectation in modern homes,” said Brad Little, president of Case Design/Remodeling in Charlotte, North Carolina. “So whether you’re planning your remodel for resale or to increase your home’s comfort, we strongly advise including your bathroom in your master suite upgrade.”
• Avoid clutter: “Especially in smaller homes, it can be convenient to outfit your bedroom for things other than sleep,” said Karin Sun, founder of Crane & Canopy, an online provider of luxury bedding, bath and lifestyle goods. “While we understand the merit of an office or exercise space in the bedroom, related items can often distract and clutter. If this separation is impossible, keep stylish storage readily available to keep clutter out of sight and mind.”