Your bedroom is supposed to be an oasis. It should be a space away from work and the hustle and bustle. It’s supposed to be a place where you can relax, put your feet up (literally), reconnect with your spouse (wink-wink), and get some much needed shut-eye. But these design mistakes could make your bedroom far from the optimal R&R space.
Not having the right sized Nightstands
Having disproportionate nightstands can make the room look off-balanced. Ensure that your nightstands line up right at the top of the mattress and are not lower than the bed to create that balanced look. If you have a king size bed, get a larger nightstand and if you have a smaller bed, then get a smaller nightstand. It may not seem like big deal, but your eyes will feel it. It's the little details, all put together, that make your bedroom give you that "come settle down" and "take a load off" vibe.
Choose a bedside lamp that is about the same height as the nightstand. This ensures that the light is not in your eye as you’re catching up on your novel. Also, make sure that the base of the lamp isn't too big. There should be enough space to charge your phone, place a book, or even leave a bottle of water. Plus, low light shining up in your face that casts shadows under your eyes and nose is not flattering and will have you looking like a villain from a scary movie. No amount of lingerie can fix that image, so opt for taller bedside lamps.
Choose the Perfect Size Rug
A rug that is too small is not visually appealing. It will make the bed appear larger than it is and as if it is swallowing up the rug like a kid who is wearing pants that are way too big for them. It just doesn't look right. Bobbyberk.com suggests: “A king-size bed should have at least an 8″x 10″ rug, a queen a 6′ x 9″, and a full, a 5″ x 7″.” These sizes are the starting point, if you have a large room, then you can get a larger rug.
There are so many different lighting options. We suggest going with amber lighting or soft white light bulbs. Fluorescent lighting makes the room feel clinical and not like a relaxing environment. I don't know about you, but I don't want my bedroom to have the same lighting as my doctor's office. That is not the vibe.
Hang curtains 3-6 inches wider than the window and 4-6 inches higher than the window to give the illusion that the windows are bigger. Also, choose window treatments based on your sleeping habits. If you wake up with the sun, then get sheer curtains that let in the glorious warm golden sunlight. If you are more like a vampire, then get darkening curtains for a light-free rest.
Textures and Patterns
Not having enough textures on your bed will make your bedroom feel cold and sterile. Add textures with drapes, throw blankets, throw pillows, and maybe hang tapestries to help the room feel cozy and inviting (totally the look that we want in our bedroom). You can also create visual interest with artwork and plants. Your headboard is another opportunity to bring in texture especially if you use a headboard cushion.
But don’t go over the top
Too many pillows and too much furniture will make the room feel cluttered. Cluttered is not the mood that we are trying to create. I find it extremely difficult to relax in a cluttered space and relaxing is one of the only purposes of a bedroom.
Not Anchoring your Accent Wall
We’ve all seen the accent walls all over TikTok, Instagram, and Pinterest, and while we are all for accent walls it can go horribly wrong if you don’t do this.
Reinforce your accent wall color by sprinkling it throughout the rest of the room. We have seen where so many people pick a bold color for the accent wall and that is the only place you see the color in the rest of the room. If your accent wall color is bold emerald green, then find other emerald green pieces to anchor the space and to tell the entire color story. Get throw pillows that have sprinkles of emerald green, get a throw that has emerald green, an accent chair that has - you guessed it - emerald green. Reinforce the accent color so that the room looks well put together and not like a random hot mess.
That is all. I hope that this helps you avoid these little mistakes so you can create a more relaxing environment.
Have a holistic week.