Given how much time we spend in our bedrooms, it’s little wonder that many of us take the styling of it very seriously. The ultimate aim is to create a comfortable and stylish space that serves as a reflection of your personal taste and a sanctuary of rest and rejuvenation. Whether you’re designing a master bedroom, guest bedroom or child’s room, there are several key considerations to keep in mind when creating a beautiful sleeping area. We caught up with interiors expert Kim Ray from Victory Blinds who talked us through some of the most common bedroom styling mistakes and how to avoid them.
Choosing the wrong window dressings
Making sure we choose the right style of window dressing in our bedroom is vital for a great night’s sleep. Blockout Roman fabrics are an ideal choice for bedrooms as they help prevent the light coming into your room keeping you awake. With Roman blinds, you can also add motorisation so you can effortlessly schedule your blinds to open and close when you want to go to sleep or wake up. Blockout curtains are also one of the best window dressings for a bedroom, as similar to blinds, they block out external light and noise allowing you to rest and restore your body.
Picking out the wrong colour palette
A bedroom is a place of relaxation so you want to choose a colour palette that promotes a peaceful atmosphere and encourages your body to switch off. Decorating with neutral colours, like stone, blues and light sage has that calming effect on the body and works especially well in the bedroom when combined with soft textured accessories, like throws and cushions. It might be worth avoiding bright and bold pops of colour, like red and deep purples, as these shades are proven to stimulate the brain and make you feel more active.
Placing accessories in the wrong location
Mirrors are a great accessory addition to your bedroom, working in both a functional and decorative way. They reflect natural light around the room, making a bedroom feel more open and spacious, whilst also acting as eye-catching wall decor. But one top tip – don’t place a large mirror in eyesight from your bed. Reflections can trick your mind into thinking there’s other people or things in the room, disturbing your peaceful night’s sleep and potentially causing unwanted nightmares!
Picking a rug that’s too big or too small for the room
I’m a massive fan of rugs in the bedroom, but despite what you might think, the size of your rug in relation to your bedroom space and positioning of furniture can have a huge effect on design. Rugs that are too small can look awkward and out of place in a large room, whilst large rugs which take up your whole floor can make a bedroom feel smaller than it actually is. A cosy, medium sized rug is perfect.
Skipping the declutter before starting redecorating
There’s no point even choosing a new paint colour for your bedroom unless you’ve had a big declutter of the space first. Get everything out of your bedroom and lay it all out so you can decide whether or not you want to keep it. Decluttering your whole bedroom and removing unnecessary items before you redecorate provides a much-needed fresh start!