The bedroom is a place of rest and warmth; a befitting sanctuary to start and end your day. It’s one of those rooms in your home you just can’t do without. I am a firm believer that this is a space that signifies a lot and how you decorate screams measures about your overall lifestyle. Here is advice on how to create a bedroom you will be itching to get back to every day from Style Consultant Liz Finkelstein of Mile High Style.
Bedroom design and decor tops my list of favorite projects, and my reasons are highly subjective. I love infusing softness and some degree of femininity into a space, and the bedroom is the ideal room for both. No matter how modern your style, how severe your taste, a bedroom is a refuge requiring some of the above.
When creating a bedroom from scratch, what are the key factors to keep in mind?
I think creating *any* room from scratch requires adhering to the same principles of design while observing important aspects of functionality.
True or False, “it’s all about the bed”?
True. In any room, the largest and most-utilized piece of furniture *should* define the room and allocate a significant portion of the resources.
What are the top mistakes people make when design their bedroom?
There are 3.
Keep in mind my opinions merely reflect my own design philosophy.
1. Bedroom sets, where all the furniture is from the same store and/or the same collection so the bed, dressers and night tables all match. To me, good design should reflect creativity and some degree of ingenuity; bedroom sets require neither.
2. I see so much wood in bedrooms (especially as sets) almost to the exclusion of any other material. It makes the room feel (and look) so heavy.
3. Too much furniture. Good design is as much about what you put into space as what you leave out of it.
Best advise for making a small bedroom space feel bigger?
Definitely definitely definitely ease up on the wood furniture! Lucite or glass (which takes up no visual space) are wonderful alternatives for tables. Go easy on large paneled curtains, opting instead for a simple roman shade. Negotiate your true storage needs and whether or not a dresser is necessary or if it could fit into the closet. Contrary to popular belief, I do *not* believe that dark paint makes a room look smaller, so paint away!
Any tips on creating a bedroom for a couple that is neither too masculine nor feminine?
Well, my favorite is to mix the two styles, but avoid either completely by keeping everything simple and use gender-neutral colors like greys, browns, and beiges. Additionally, you’ll want to stay away from any pieces that read as highly feminine (mirrored furniture, crystal chandelier, silk curtain panels) or highly masculine (Industrial and/or super modern furniture, a bare bed!)
How can you create a bedroom that is redone but still utilizes some of your favorite furniture pieces?
When it comes to repurposing and being creative with furniture, the bedroom isn’t the *most* accommodating room in that respect, but there is certainly some flexibility. When I can, I like to use antique side or dining chairs as bedside tables. And when space allows, I like to make a vanity out of a beautiful chest of drawers.
What are some trends you have seen lately in bedroom design?
The trends in bedroom design mirror the larger design trends: lots of reclaimed wood, industrial elements, painted wood floors, pendant lighting (replacing lamps on the bedside tables), wallpaper (it’s back in a big way), wood wall paneling, and statement lighting.
Image Credit to Daniel O’Connor Photography