Eileen’s Design School: How to Design a Bedroom

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It’s a fact that we sleep away one-third of our lives! With this in mind, what better way is there to end the day than in a cozy, comfortable bedroom? To achieve an inviting and well-decorated bedroom, be it a master, guest, teenager or child’s room, consider the following helpful tips:

Colour is a huge influence in our lives so it is prudent to choose a colour for your bedroom that will entice sleep. Soft, light, muted, cool and calming colours such as creams, warm whites, taupes and beiges are known to be soothing. Blue and green hues are said to lower one’s heart rate and blood pressure, whereas lively red and orange colours evoke energy. Colour does not necessarily have to just be found on the walls or ceiling. It can be incorporated into bed linens, wall art, area rugs, throws and accessories. This is a great way to add splashes of colour for an extra punch, or change up your colour accents seasonally.

Fabrics and bed linens will add colour to a space, as well as soften the overall look. It is also a great medium in which to add texture and pattern, be it a medley of designs or alternatively,
a selection of plain and subtle hues. Adding different materials, such as Egyptian cotton, linen, silk, cashmere and matelassé, will further enrich a bed’s appearance. Different sized cushions will plump it up and create both visual and physical comfort. Don’t forget the headboard; this is a great way to incorporate fabric. Headboards come in many shapes and sizes and are a great way to draw attention to the bed itself. Think about a tufted or paneled headboard colour coordinated with your walls and linens. Fabricated window treatments are also a wonderful way to diminish noise and create soft lines.

Lighting is key in any room and in particular the bedroom. The last thing one needs is harsh, overhead lighting before going to sleep, or a bright, disruptive light in the morning from an undressed window. Consider a dimmer system for the pot lights to promote a gentle and calming effect and use table lamps for task lighting such as reading. Black-out lining on draperies will ensure a room is kept in complete darkness, which is known to encourage a great sleep.

Decorative finishes, such as flowers, soft fragrant candles, ornaments with a special meaning, a cluster of good books or a grouping of personal photos are a wonderful way to create a beautiful bedroom.

Furniture Scale/Proportion

The bed is the most significant and often the largest furniture piece in the bedroom. It automatically takes on the focal point and dictates the style and flavour of the room (modern, romantic, traditional, cottage, country, industrial , to name a few).

As a crucial piece of furniture, the bed should be in proportion to the size of the room and the remaining pieces of furniture should be scaled to the bed.

The second most important furniture pieces in the bedroom (not including storage) are the side tables. If there is not enough space for a side table(s), consider a headboard with shelving or alternatively installing a shelf either side or above the bed. It is always handy to have a place on which to put your bits and pieces: alarm clock, lamp, reading books, etc.

Standard Bed Sizes

It is worth investing in the best bed possible. Custom mattresses, like those available from Vi-Spring, can be built to suit your height, weight and support requirements. A good quality mattress will contribute to your long-term well-being.

The Five Standard Mattress Sizes

  • Twin Bed – 39” (w) x 75” (l)
  • Double Bed – 54” (w) x 75” (l)
  • Queen Bed – 60” (w) x 80” (l)
  • King Bed – 76” (w) x 80” (l)
  • California King Bed – 72” (w) x 84” (l)

Text Eileen Marshall | Photography Scott Shipley | Produced by Canadian Home Trends, As Seen in Winter Colour & Trends Issue 2014

Written by Eileen Marshall & Sharon Finn Hart

Eileen Marshall & Sharon Finn Hart

Eileen Marshall, owner of Eileen Marshall Design ,offers a full range of residential design services, specializing in renovations and custom homes. Her philosophy is to create a personal space that will feel like home and comply with a sense of practicality and beauty. Eileen has lived in New York, London and Berlin and believes her love for travel has provided great insight into how people live and what they want from their home. She is also author of Dancing with Design, A Step-by-Step Guide on How to Create a Unique Home; a valuable how-to-manual on decorating and design. She also blogs at Dancing with Design together with Sharon Finn Hart.

About Eileen Marshall & Sharon Finn Hart 13 Articles
Eileen Marshall, owner of Eileen Marshall Design ,offers a full range of residential design services, specializing in renovations and custom homes. Her philosophy is to create a personal space that will feel like home and comply with a sense of practicality and beauty. Eileen has lived in New York, London and Berlin and believes her love for travel has provided great insight into how people live and what they want from their home. She is also author of Dancing with Design, A Step-by-Step Guide on How to Create a Unique Home; a valuable how-to-manual on decorating and design. She also blogs at Dancing with Design together with Sharon Finn Hart.

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