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Bedroom Interior Design Guide
Did you know that the average human being spends one-third of their life asleep? Coupled with the fact that the bedroom is where most people unwind after a busy day at work or school, it’s easy to see why someone might want their bedroom to be both pretty and comfortable. If your bedroom is starting to look dull and you’re itching for a change, maybe it’s time to engage an interior design expert and give your bedroom a new lease of life.
What are you looking for in a bedroom?
So you’ve decided to give your room a makeover. Before you take the plunge into picking out new paints, home décor and furniture, have you thought about what you want your bedroom to look like? Giving your bedroom a facelift takes a lot more than replacing your old wardrobe and bed frame. A lot of consideration has to go into how each of the different elements of your room goes together to create something new and harmonious.
Elements of Interior Design
- Functional space – In tiny Singapore, land is an ever-scarce commodity, and that much is reflected in the increasingly small area that modern flats have. Redecorating means working within your available boundaries. Given current housing space constraints, many bedrooms often double as the study too. Giving your room the aesthetic design you want with so many furniture becomes almost impossible.
- Colour and patterns – Coordinating the colour of your walls with the colour of your furniture is an absolute must. Making sure that the colours in your room don’t clash can go a long way towards reducing your stress levels at the end of the day. Colours can also have a significant effect on your mood; warm colours like red or yellow elicit feelings of passion and activity, whereas cooler shades like blues and greens project a sense of harmony and calm.
- Lines and form – The lines and angles of your furniture and surfaces like shelves and tables in relation to each other help to create and define the space in your room. Different lines can give the impression of open space, stability, or even dynamic motion. It can make a difference between a place that makes good use of floor space and one that is visibly cramped, cluttered and claustrophobic.
- Light – Be it natural light through an open window or the artificial warmth of a fluorescent bulb, having a good source of light for your room is an absolute must. If you’re a bookworm who winds down with a good book in hand, reading in dim lighting conditions can strain your eyesight and trigger headaches. Like colour, the type of light in your room can set the mood, and also has a significant impact on your mental wellbeing. For example, blue light, while calming, can make it harder to fall asleep. Depending on what you plan to use your bedroom for, you should put some thought into the type of light fixtures you want to install.
Ultimately, when you get right down to the bare bones of it, interior design involves finding the right balance of function and aesthetic to tickle your fancies. Of course, it wouldn’t be your bedroom if it didn’t cater to your sense of style. Every person has their ideas of what they want their bedrooms—typically a private place where one relaxes and is rejuvenated at the end of the day—to look like. A good interior designer knows to take all of these elements into account to create a beautiful and unique living space that is true to one’s personality while still staying within the existing constraints of your bedroom.
Finding the right functional-aesthetic balance isn’t the only stumbling block you might face in revamping your bedroom. Here’s a not-so-fun fact for you—more than half of the renovation efforts that go over budget do so because of unexpected complications in the renovation process. From something as minor as underestimating the amount of paint needed to cover every wall to failing to identify any underlying structural issue in the building, even the slightest mistake can prove to be costly. Even minor annoyances like impulsively choosing the wrong colour palette can wear on your patience in the long run. Could you live with bright pink walls in the long term? It could be useful to listen to the opinion of a neutral third party before making any permanent decisions.
Many amateurs new to interior design also make the mistake of deciding to go full-DIY in the hopes of saving money. Ironically, the lack of expertise incurs longer man-hours that indirectly leads to higher costs. Besides, the lack of proper knowledge and know-how might also lead to purchasing the wrong materials and fixtures for your home. Worse, you may not even be satisfied with the end product. If you’re uncertain about the steps you need to take to make your dream bedroom a reality, it might be more useful to engage a professional interior designer.
Why engage professionals?
Hiring a professional interior designer or renovation agency gives you greater peace of mind while still retaining some creative control over your home. It also lets you tap on their experience and knowledge to check if your ideas can feasibly be implemented. Consulting with an expert will let you know straight away if your dream of a sleek and stylish spaceship-themed master bedroom can be made a reality while still staying within your means; on the other end of the spectrum, if you’re not sure what exactly you want from your new crib, you could also bring an interior designer in to take a look at your room and brainstorm with you. An experienced team will do all that they can to work together with you and make your ideas a reality.
While you might have to pay more for their skilled labour, contrary to popular belief, in the long run, hiring a professional home interior design team can save you more money. If you’ve lived in your apartment for a very long time, for example, it might be worth bringing in a home inspector to carry out a thorough safety check on your home before jumping the gun on a large-scale renovation. Furthermore, a seasoned professional has contacts in the industry that someone new to interior design might not. An experienced renovation agency might also be able to propose cheaper substitutes that produce the same effect as materials in a higher price range.
If you’re ready for a fresh start, starting by changing up the room you spend one-third of your time in could help to shake up the humdrum routine of your life. It could also be an excellent opportunity for you to express your individuality and personal style. If you’re curious to find out more about interior design and how you can revamp your bedroom, feel free to reach out to any of the designers listed here. Why wait? The room of your wildest dreams is just one click away.
Additional Bedroom Design Tips
How to Furnish Small Bedrooms Under 14.6 sqm
With the right touch and distinct design direction, a humble-sized bedroom can be swashed with personality and into the realms of comfort and serenity. Interior experts at BoConcept swear by three tips when furnishing smaller bedrooms.
TIP 1: Keep it simple, spacious and uncluttered
The best way to manage small living spaces would be to keep it simple. It is important to be aware of the amount of space you have to work with to avoid over cluttering.
Less is more especially for small spaces. Zidane Design Associates chose a neutral colour palette to visually enhance the tight bedroom space. Since the ceiling, walls, windows and furnishing are in a similar tone, the transition from the bed to wall and study table is seamless and easy on the eyes.
TIP 2: Blur your boundaries for an open layout
An open layout allows for more flexibility in a small home, giving homeowners a multi-functional space. For instance, blurring the boundaries between your study area and bed instantly creates the illusion of a much larger space.
For this teenager’s bedroom, Elements ID Consultants focused on keeping maximizing walls space to free up floor area. The customised bed unit is elevated to make room for storage beneath it and platform for an additional small office space. The bedhead is extended to merge into a study corner with more storage on the walls.
TIP 3: Take advantage of vertical space with wall mounting units
If you are in need of additional storage, how about taking full advantage of your vertical space by opting for wall mounting units. Not only does this free up your floor area, it provides you with ample storage space to keep your home organised.
For this teenager’s bedroom, Metaphor Studio designed custom storage to maximise wall space. For good measure, the bed is also fitted with pull-out storage beneath it. A mirror above the bed bounces light and adds dimension to the small space.
Scaling New Heights
Consider wallcovering to enlarge the bedroom instead of paints. Not only does it add texture and emphasis to a look, it builds on an extra dimension to the room. However, not all wallcovering are suitable especially in rooms of a smaller size. Under the advice of Gerardine Loggere, director and interior decorate to regional interior brand Tatum, small bedrooms ought to go with plain wallpaper with a texture or a small design”.
Colours are equally important as they can make or break a room. Loggere earmarks pastels for their “timeless, soft and delicate look” and for homeowners to fill up on wallcovering that negotiate “soft and neutral colours like soft blue, soft green, soft pink, light grey, baby blue or grey green”.
To complement the look, Loggere believes that a small bedroom can have character and dimension through the addition of a few unique items like nice table lights, textured pillows, soft rugs, poofs together with a textured wallpaper. However like the saying ‘too many cooks spoil the broth’, Loggere advises to steer clear from strong colours and leather, as it would create an illusion of a smaller room.
5 Essentials for a modestly sized bedroom
1 Wall mounted storage
Since floor space is limited, think vertically by introducing wall hooks and mounted shelves to store reading materials, loose change or electronic devices you do not want your child to get a hold of.
2 Collapsible furniture
Yes it is time to talk about folding furniture. We have been primed to believe that permanent fixtures provide more stability and structural integrity, but the products of the new age have reasoned that mathematical algorithm and intense scrutinising and testing has placed folding furniture on level terms. A murphy bed or even a foldable study table would be the way to go.
3 Multi-purpose Furniture (storage beds)
In a small room, it is important to keep things at a minimum. Invest in multi-purpose furniture like a sofa bed, which could double up as a sleeping spot for guests in the guest bedroom-turn-television room. In the master bedroom, introduce a storage bed that conceals generous space for your bedding accessories.
Together with soft or neutral patterned cushions on your bed, wallcovering like the signature collection from Arte has light patterns that would add character, dimension and depth to the room.
5 Layers of lighting
Beyond the ceiling light, go for designer bedside table lamps or a standing floor lamp over the bed to light the way - we are way past the era of fumbling in the dark.