Once you’ve heard about these secrets, redesigning your bedroom will feel a great deal easier
If you’re anything like us, you’ve probably spent an embarrassing amount of time flicking through home design magazines wondering how the designers managed to make the bedroom look so sleek and attractive. It seems like magazine bedrooms are immune to the daily grinds of unmade beds and general clutter, and are instead full of stunningly stylish elements that give it a glamorous edge.
But the answer isn’t magic, or even money – it’s all about being privy to some smart style secrets. Once you’ve introduced a few of these fantastic features into your bedroom, you’ll find that the room feels even more like your own personal sanctuary. Let’s take a look.
We are often told to keep our interiors light and neutral, in order to maximise our use of space and natural light. But while this is good advice, without one or two pops of colour it can leave our rooms feeling a little bland and uninspired. Choose one or two accent colours to contrast perfectly against your overall neutral palette without being overpowering. You can afford to be brave and bold in your choice of hue, so don’t be afraid of bright shades like citrus yellow or scarlet for a new lease of life, introduced through cushions, artworks and feature walls.
Many of us would agree that one of the most important things a bedroom must be is cosy. This is where we unwind and relax, as well as being the place where we actually sleep, so it’s important that the bedroom design reflects this purpose.
Beautiful, tactile cushions and throws will help you cosy up even during the day, helping your bed almost double as a sofa. Knitted cushions have an almost sculptural quality, and when combined with loose woollen throws you get a real juxtaposition of structure and freedom. Don’t be afraid to mix and match textures.
One of the things we’ve always noticed about those stunning magazine bedrooms is that they never seem to have any clutter. Their bedside tables are reserved for one or two books, rather than crammed with keys, glasses and a charging phone. But the secret behind this minimalist surface space is super simple: wall lights. While we tend to have chunky lamps taking up the majority of our bedside tables, interior designers choose wall lights and sconces as a way to save bedside table surface space and maintain a sleek minimalist design. It’s a simple swap, but it certainly does the trick.
Vintage dressing tables
For something really unique, consider hunting down the best vintage bedroom furniture. A beautifully ornate vintage dressing table from sites such as Vinterior can elevate the look and feel of your bedroom design while also creating a designated space for you to indulge in some delightful pampering while you get ready to face the day. Vintage furniture is both completely unique and inarguably high quality, so you know you’re getting the very best when it comes to furnishing your bedroom.
Playing with patterns
Investing in new bedding is a quick and simple way to completely transform your bedroom, especially if you’ve had the same bedding for a few years. A well chosen duvet cover can introduce a brand new palette of colours and patterns into your bedroom. Try something decorative and geometric for a fun, modern take on bedroom décor. If you really want to make the most of it, choose a duvet cover with a reversible pattern to keep your options open.
Once you’ve selected a great duvet cover, you can then take inspiration from the colours used in it when decorating the rest of your bedroom. This will create a fully realised, harmonious design that’s still fun and surprising.
Designers love mirrors, even if they do make it harder to take photographs without catching people’s reflections. Mirrors are a useful addition to any space, as they bounce light around and can make even the smallest room feel larger and brighter. In the bedroom however, a mirror is an essential purchase, so be sure to choose one that is both practical and beautiful. If you love seeing your whole outfit before leaving the house, opt for a full-length mirror. If you’re short on space, choose a mirror that hangs comfortably on the wall and doesn’t take up floorspace. Or put it pride of place on your mantelpiece, or on your new vintage dressing table!
Vases are one of the most commonly used props by stylists and designers, and it’s easy to understand way. Vases are such a versatile item. Not only do they themselves come in a wide variety of styles, colours, shapes and textures, but they can also be filled with an endless number of beautiful décor additions. Using them traditionally for a stunning bouquet of flowers is a great way to bring life, colour and freshness into your home. They are also a great tactile element, treating almost all the senses.
The perfect floor
When it comes to the bedroom, it’s best to work from the bottom up. Treating your floor to an attractive and tactile rug is a great way to give your feet some love every morning. It’s also an opportunity to bring some more colour into your room, brightening up the space and injecting even more personality.