Having a beautiful and restful bedroom provides a wonderful start and finish to your day. Simply making your bed and putting away clothes is a quick and simple way to keep a bedroom looking nice. A peaceful retreat that serves your needs will be different than mine. Two of our must haves include an attractive ceiling fan and no TV. What are your must-haves for your space?
Staying organized with functional storage is critical to a stress-free space. I found a beautiful midcentury modern dresser and chest that provides lots of storage and looks great in our Coastal Modern bedroom. We also added affordable closet organizers from Home Depot that we customized to our needs. I even added hooks from Etsy for hats and clear shoe boxes for attractive storage. I found a beautiful jewelry box for earrings and bracelets, but still needed something to hold my necklaces. I found these fun hooks for my necklaces at Urban Outfitters.
Storage expert, Lu Wei has a useful tip called the 2:8 principle, the idea that visual ‘noise’ of a home can be minimized by putting away 80 percent of your things and leaving only 20 percent on view. Remember to keep this tip in mind when planning open and closed storage spaces in your home.
Do you prefer neutral spaces or a riot of color? Maybe, you are like me and prefer pops of color in your home. Quality bed linens and decorative pillows are a great way to introduce color in a bedroom. Color can help you establish the mood of a room – bright or dark, joyful or solemn, dramatic or casual, edgy or serene. If you are looking to create a restful effect, you should consider selecting colors that are next to each other on the color wheel (Adjacent Color Scheme). Looking for more excitement, then you would choose colors that are opposite on the color wheel (Complementary Color Scheme).
A great way to spark ideas and provide a visual impression of your space is to create a mood board. There are a couple of ways to accomplish this task, including Pinterest, Houzz, and by physically printing inspiration photos and placing them on a board. Some clients find this step overwhelming, but here are some ideas to help you create a successful space with a mood board.
- Lifestyle and Feel – Start by considering how you envision living in the space. How do you want your space to look? What lifestyle and feel are you trying to achieve? Search for photos that illustrate and embody the mood and activities you want to include. Keep an open mind and save any photos that appeal – nice rooms, smart solutions, wonderful colors, anything that makes your heart happy. You will find lots of inspiration online, but be sure to look at magazines, catalogues, and brochures too.
- Exterior – Consider the exterior or architecture of your home to get your project started. Do you love the style, color, facade, materials – anything that could get you started?
- Styles – Once you’ve gone through this process, the type and style of interior that speaks to you will start to emerge. Now the challenge is to sort and select only the photos that embody your final vision. Be honest and remove anything that does not feel 100% you. Stick to achievable goals – there is no point in keeping a $8,000 couch as inspiration if it’s not in your budget. What attracts you to these pictures? What features in them create the style you like? Which of those stylistic elements will you want to emulate to achieve something similar in your home? Here are some features that your photos will have in common:
- Type of furniture and key accessories
- Pronounced shapes and silhouettes (draped or fixed fabrics, etc.)
- Details such as picture walls or individual pictures
- Lighting and lamps that create mood and reflect style
- Rugs and types of flooring
- Feel (bohemian or minimalist, etc.)
- Color palette (warm or cold)
4. Existing Furniture – Remember to include your existing furniture and elements that you plan to keep in your space.
5. Color and Materials Palette – Include colors that work for you, as well as materials that you prefer. Are you drawn to a warm or cool colors (red and orange, or blue and green)? Do you prefer light or dark wood? Do you like warm or cold metals (brass and cooper, or chrome, silver and pewter)? Do you enjoy natural materials or powder-coated finishes?
6. Textiles Palette – Adding textures helps your home feel cozy and lived in. They also come in a variety of color and textures, so you will want to look for pictures and fabric samples that you would like to add to your home.
7. Other Senses – In addition to how a space looks visually, you will want to consider how a space feels to the touch. Consider how you want your space to smell, as well as a room’s soundscape. To full grasp what you are trying to achieve, in every sensory detail, imagine describing it to someone who cannot see.
I hope you’ll use these tips to create a more restful, fun and perfect space for you. Hey, subscribe below to keep getting great posts like this one. If you enjoyed the post, please like and share it with your friends.