In my interior design practice, I see that bedroom design uniquely reflects my clients and how they live. So there is a design for everyone. The devil is in the details. The bedding, bed height, lighting, floor materials, window coverings all contribute to the experience of restoration, relaxation and wellness. A well planned design is multi sensory and allows a design to incorporate the special requests of my clients for this personal sanctuary, the bedroom.
Caring for Yourself
How do I approach the bedroom design? First, I work with monochromatic, low contrast schemes for a calm and peaceful setting. No bold colors or patterns but rather a mix of textures and natural materials like cotton, linen, silk and wool carpets and rugs. A taller headboard and extra pillows make reading or listening comfortable. The taller headboard adds scale and stature too. Also important is suitable lighting at the bedside that can be operated at each side. This allows independence around the preferences of my clients.
Luxury and boutique hotel suites provide good examples and ideas that you can bring home for your own bedroom. A calm setting effects the moods and emotions of the sleeper. My busy clients appreciate a bedroom that is a ‘reset’ opportunity for the next day. I approve of the trend to remove a desk in the bedroom so no hint of a workspace is given. Next, recognition of the bed height is important as we age or if we are injured. Because this space is personal, keeping sentimental photos and adding an heirloom are important additions to the restorative vibe. In the photo below of a client design, you can see the soothing colors, calmness, draperies and side table for an example.
Bed height should be around 26 inches no matter the pillow top option selected for the mattress. Lighting in the bedroom is important for reading and a mood. I like tables with lamps on either side of the bed and separate controls too. If possible, a sitting area is a wonderful option and place to unwind at the end of the day while reading or enjoying a conversation. A bench for removing shoes is a welcome addition too. The photo below shows my client’s high rise master bedroom with large windows that use motorized room darkening shades. Side tables with lamps and necessary devices are nearby.
This room is one of the most important spaces in our home ~ it’s personal, restores and relaxes. And it promotes wellness while expressing our individual style in the materials represented and sentiment we display. You’ve waited long enough to have your own sanctuary.
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I am now accepting clients for the fall. Let’s talk.