HOW TO TURN A BEDROOM INTO A RESTFUL HAVEN
The bedroom is a place to decompress from all the busyness of the day. Design experts say it can start as simply as painting the walls in calm colors. “A heavenly palette of soft blues, gray, and whites creates a mental escape from chaos,” says Bethany O’Neil of Bethany O’Neil Interior Design, who also suggests a Prana mattress and Legna sheets for the ultimate softness in linens.
Dwayne Bergmann of Dwayne Bergmann Interiors also suggests luxurious sheets and bedding, as well as a calming, monochromatic color palette. When you add an electric fireplace on remote, blackout drapery, and three levels of lighting, that makes for a truly restful haven, according to Bergmann.
Prefer tunes to ease into a relaxing evening? Jenny Provost of K2 Design Group suggests a built-in sound system, such as the Sonos smart speaker system.
While music can be soothing, a bright television screen in the bedroom can have the opposite effect, keeping you up for too many precious hours. “Remove any distractions, such as a television, to allow your mind and body to relax and sleep restfully,” says Kira Krümm of KDG-Kira Krümm & Co.
ALL ABOUT THE BED: WHAT’S TRENDING NOW
Built-in, super-clean bed frames using platform or sandbox-style frames to hide everything but the mattress are popular, according to Dwayne Bergmann of Dwayne Bergmann Interiors. “Linens need to be luxurious and lightweight,” he says, noting Matouk linens with bamboo duvet inserts as his picks.
Jenny Provost of K2 Design Group is also seeing requests for platform beds from her clients, specifically in leather and textile combinations, such as the Tatlin bed by Minotti.
Upholstered headboards are trending right now, adds Bethany O’Neil of Bethany O’Neil Interior Design. “Also, the footboard bed frame is disappearing,” she says. “More people prefer a headboard with side rails and a foot rail instead of a footboard, which eliminates the need for a bed skirt.”
ROOM TO SPARE: DESIGNER SECRETS TO MAKE A GUEST ROOM MORE WELCOMING
When decorating your guest bedroom, you can instantly add personality by introducing one unique accent color in each room, according to Kira Krümm of KDG-Kira Krümm & Co. “Also, offer the option of a headboard that can function as a king or can be pulled apart for two twin beds,” she says.
When it comes to furniture, an accent chair is a must, says Bethany O’Neil, Bethany O’Neil Interior Design. “It will give a guest a nice place to throw their clothes, a place to put on their shoes, and an escape to relax from their host,” O’Neil says.
Welcoming touches with accessories are nice, but also remember to focus on comfort.
“Pay attention to the bedding, window treatments, and lighting,” says Dwayne Bergmann, Dwayne Bergmann Interiors. “If the bedding isn’t comfortable, the windows completely room darkening, and bedside lighting isn’t convenient, the rest doesn’t matter.”
Finally, avoid the mistake of decorating your guest room with all your unwanted items. “Don’t use master bedroom hand-me-downs,” says Jenny Provost of K2 Design Group, “Invest in luxury linens. It will make your guest’s stay memorable.”
BEDROOM DESIGN FAUX PAS
1. TOO MUCH FURNITURE. “The bedroom should be the most intimate space in the home, but it is often way too large and completely overfurnished,” says Dwayne Bergmann of Dwayne Bergmann Interiors. “If a large master wing is available, create a dressing or waiting room with a beverage center, television, and comfortable seating or larger closets with functional areas within the closets to take out some of the unneeded space in the bedroom.”
2. JARRING COLORS. Red is the biggest mistake for a room designed for sleep. “There is no rest in a red room,” says Jenny Provost of K2 Design Group. “Bedrooms must be soothing, regardless of design style.”
3. PIECES ARE OUT OF PROPORTION. For example, some of the most common mishaps are nightstand heights that are not appropriate for a particular bed and selecting a bed that is too big for the room, according to Shari Summers of Summerfields Interior Design.
4. AWKWARD BED ANGLE. “Always place the bed so you see the foot of the bed when you walk into the bedroom,” adds Provost, though “this is sometimes adjusted for unique glass walls with incredible views.”