Bedroom Design Tips

Bedroom Design Tips

Have you ever been in a room that just feels right? Nine times out of 10, it’s because it has a simple design that functions well. But creating a simple design is harder than it looks — particularly in bedrooms. Why? Because every bedroom absolutely has to have a bed in it. And beds are big and ungainly, and dictate the placement of every other object in the room. But if you’re lucky enough to be planning a bedroom from scratch or remodeling an existing bedroom, you can control the other elements and create a space that’s both practical and pretty. The bedrooms shown here manage that feat with panache. Even if you don’t have a great view, access to the outdoors or plenty of space to work with, the principles they embody and the simplicity they show can inspire your own bedroom design project.
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Bedroom Design Tips

Seize Opportunities in a Small Bedroom Look for ways to make your small bedroom special. Decorate a bedroom with punchy fabrics and expressive patterns. Choose interesting lighting, such as a charming chandelier or sculptural table lamps. For a small bedroom idea that makes a statement, try an unusual headboard: Pick one that is extra tall, brightly upholstered, or curvy. And use artwork to show off your personality. It doesn’t have to be pricey — framed snapshots will do. Remember, this is the most personal space in your home, so decorate a bedroom with what makes you happy.
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Bedroom Design Tips

Look for ways to make your small bedroom special. Decorate a bedroom with punchy fabrics and expressive patterns. Choose interesting lighting, such as a charming chandelier or sculptural table lamps. For a small bedroom idea that makes a statement, try an unusual headboard: Pick one that is extra tall, brightly upholstered, or curvy. And use artwork to show off your personality. It doesn’t have to be pricey — framed snapshots will do. Remember, this is the most personal space in your home, so decorate a bedroom with what makes you happy.
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Bedroom Design Tips

18 of 21 Ceramist Amanda Moffat’s Brooklyn townhouse has a big dose of personality with saturated colors, intricate patterns and an array of treasured heirlooms, and the attic bedroom is no exception. The Louis Vuitton trunk in the attic bedroom belonged to Moffat’s mother, the bed is dressed in Coyuchi linens, the 19th-century chair is from John Derian and the walls are painted in Benjamin Moore’s Decorator’s White. William Waldron
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Bedroom Design Tips

Ceramist Amanda Moffat’s Brooklyn townhouse has a big dose of personality with saturated colors, intricate patterns and an array of treasured heirlooms, and the attic bedroom is no exception. The Louis Vuitton trunk in the attic bedroom belonged to Moffat’s mother, the bed is dressed in Coyuchi linens, the 19th-century chair is from John Derian and the walls are painted in Benjamin Moore’s Decorator’s White. William Waldron
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Bedroom Design Tips

It’s the first thing a child will consider when putting together their bedroom, but adults tend to shy away from decorative themes. But even when it’s not Spiderman or Princess-powered, a theme can be a powerful unifying device, not to mention calming. In this Netherlands bedroom, the wallcovering, curtains and bedcover are all a classic toile de Jouy. The headboard is custom-made, and the side table is vintage.
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Bedroom Design Tips

“The bedroom is about sleeping. What do you need when you’re sleeping? Not a smartphone,” says designer Aurélien Gallet. And that goes for a television as well: It will keep you up later than necessary and consequently keep your mind churning longer before you can drift off to sleep. It’s hard, especially in an increasingly-connected world, but if you leave your i-everything at the door, you’ll be happier. Another perk? More room for furniture and accessories you love, as proven with this beautiful bedroom.
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Bedroom Design Tips

2 of 11 2. A Theme It’s the first thing a child will consider when putting together their bedroom, but adults tend to shy away from decorative themes. But even when it’s not Spiderman or Princess-powered, a theme can be a powerful unifying device, not to mention calming. In this Netherlands bedroom, the wallcovering, curtains and bedcover are all a classic toile de Jouy. The headboard is custom-made, and the side table is vintage. Simon Upton
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2. A Theme It’s the first thing a child will consider when putting together their bedroom, but adults tend to shy away from decorative themes. But even when it’s not Spiderman or Princess-powered, a theme can be a powerful unifying device, not to mention calming. In this Netherlands bedroom, the wallcovering, curtains and bedcover are all a classic toile de Jouy. The headboard is custom-made, and the side table is vintage. Simon Upton
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Dylan Chappell Architects 3. Keep privacy in mind. It’s always nice when you can leave the bedroom door open without forsaking all of your privacy. The small foyer in this example provides separation from the family room. I always try to avoid designing a layout in which you look directly into the bedroom from a more public space, like a great room, kitchen or family room.
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3. Keep privacy in mind. It’s always nice when you can leave the bedroom door open without forsaking all of your privacy. The small foyer in this example provides separation from the family room. I always try to avoid designing a layout in which you look directly into the bedroom from a more public space, like a great room, kitchen or family room.
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Michael Abrams Limited 5. Consider the furniture layout. Your bedroom’s architecture should take your furniture into account. Bedroom floor plans usually have a bed wall — but what about dressers, nightstands, TVs, chairs and a desk? Work with your architect or designer to make sure there is enough space beside the bed for nightstands and ample circulation so you can access three sides of the mattress.
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5. Consider the furniture layout. Your bedroom’s architecture should take your furniture into account. Bedroom floor plans usually have a bed wall — but what about dressers, nightstands, TVs, chairs and a desk? Work with your architect or designer to make sure there is enough space beside the bed for nightstands and ample circulation so you can access three sides of the mattress.
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5 of 11 5. No Tech In Sight “The bedroom is about sleeping. What do you need when you’re sleeping? Not a smartphone,” says designer Aurélien Gallet. And that goes for a television as well: It will keep you up later than necessary and consequently keep your mind churning longer before you can drift off to sleep. It’s hard, especially in an increasingly-connected world, but if you leave your i-everything at the door, you’ll be happier. Another perk? More room for furniture and accessories you love, as proven with this beautiful bedroom. Genevieve Garruppo
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5. No Tech In Sight “The bedroom is about sleeping. What do you need when you’re sleeping? Not a smartphone,” says designer Aurélien Gallet. And that goes for a television as well: It will keep you up later than necessary and consequently keep your mind churning longer before you can drift off to sleep. It’s hard, especially in an increasingly-connected world, but if you leave your i-everything at the door, you’ll be happier. Another perk? More room for furniture and accessories you love, as proven with this beautiful bedroom. Genevieve Garruppo
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A New York collector fills his bedroom with eye-catching items, lending excitement to every corner of the little space. The bedroom’s rug is from J&D Oriental Rugs, the crewel bedspread was bought in a thrift shop and the English tufted-leather chest was found on 1stdibs. The French lantern is from David Stypmann Co.
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Ceramist Amanda Moffat’s Brooklyn townhouse has a big dose of personality with saturated colors, intricate patterns and an array of treasured heirlooms, and the attic bedroom is no exception. The Louis Vuitton trunk in the attic bedroom belonged to Moffat’s mother, the bed is dressed in Coyuchi linens, the 19th-century chair is from John Derian and the walls are painted in Benjamin Moore’s Decorator’s White.
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2 of 21 A New York collector fills his bedroom with eye-catching items, lending excitement to every corner of the little space. The bedroom’s rug is from J&D Oriental Rugs, the crewel bedspread was bought in a thrift shop and the English tufted-leather chest was found on 1stdibs. The French lantern is from David Stypmann Co. Simon Upton
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A New York collector fills his bedroom with eye-catching items, lending excitement to every corner of the little space. The bedroom’s rug is from J&D Oriental Rugs, the crewel bedspread was bought in a thrift shop and the English tufted-leather chest was found on 1stdibs. The French lantern is from David Stypmann Co. Simon Upton
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12 of 21 In the compact guest bedroom of a London townhouse, hotelier and designer Kit Kemp used a black-and-white Brunschwig & Fils toile de Jouy for the walls, canopy, pillows and bedding, adding texture while maintain a clean, monochromatic color scheme. The artwork is by Dick Bixby, and the faux-shagreen table is Kemp’s own design. Simon Upton
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In the compact guest bedroom of a London townhouse, hotelier and designer Kit Kemp used a black-and-white Brunschwig & Fils toile de Jouy for the walls, canopy, pillows and bedding, adding texture while maintain a clean, monochromatic color scheme. The artwork is by Dick Bixby, and the faux-shagreen table is Kemp’s own design. Simon Upton