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Our bedrooms help us escape; they should be places of solitude, peace and tranquillity. The layout and design of the bedroom can also have a huge impact on the quality of your sleep. It’s definitely a little easier to create a relaxing space in a bigger bedroom but smaller rooms can also be turned into your ideal space with help of a few expert bedroom design ideas. There are many elements that you need to consider when designing a bedroom, key among them are functionality, comfort, ease of movement and aesthetics. This step-by-step guide looks & modern bedroom ideas for some of these elements and how you can use them to create a bedroom that is both functional and aesthetically pleasing.
The design of private spaces in the home like – most important of them being the bedroom – should be based on the unique and personal requirements of the main occupants. Identifying your needs for the bedroom is a great way to streamline the design. First look at who and how many people will be using the bedroom. This affects the main features like size of the bed and storage requirements. Depending on the size of the room, you will need to figure out how you will be using the space.
You also need to plan the room to be able to easily fit its future needs. If you are looking at children’s bedroom design, planning a
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room to suit their current age and tastes is tempting. But they are probably going to grow out of that bedroom design quickly. A chest of drawers may be enough storage now, but they are going to need more storage as they grow older. You want to make sure the big, and most probably fixed, items like beds and wardrobes work well with future needs.
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Make a comprehensive list of those items or features you feel you absolutely need, then add those you would like to have in your bedroom plan. These items could include bedside tables, a reading nook or seating area, a separate closet for shoes and accessories or a work station. Once you have everything in front of you, it is equally important to streamline the list. In a big bedroom, it is easy to add everything you want. But if you are working with a small bedroom layout and limited space, take out those that you can live without. Finally, set a tentative budget. Identify those items you need to spend the most on. Quality beds, wardrobes and mattresses are key elements here. Read our guide to creating the ideal wardrobe here.
Keep this rule in mind – measure twice, cut once. Knowing the exact measurements of your room is very important in not only planning how to use the space but also picking out the right furniture. Start with the biggest pieces – the bed(s) and wardrobe(s). To help you with your master bedroom layout, we’ve listed out a few key dimensions here. Other than the size, you also have to make sure there is enough space for movement and use of the item.
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You should be able to easily walk past a wardrobe when its doors are open or have enough space to open the under-bed storage. With hinged wardrobes, the width of each shutter is important to note. You need to have enough free space in front of the wardrobe to open the shutters and move around easily. Your master bedroom plan may also afford incorporating a walk-in wardrobe into the layout. A spacious walk-in wardrobe is not only a luxurious storage option but it can also incorporate features like a dressing table, vanity and sinks, laundry zone and ironing area. Check out our guide on designing the perfect walk-in wardrobe.
With the bed and wardrobe in place, it’s time to factor in the add-ons.
• Start with bringing in bedside tables. You could also consider adding a bed bench at the foot of the bed, preferably one with some built-in storage.
• Since your bedroom is the space where you unwind, you should ideally place your work area in another part of the house. If this is not possible or you are planning a children’s bedroom design with a study area, keep in mind that the table requires enough clearance for movement of other occupants while being used. The ideal placement includes 48 inches between the
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back of the chair and other objects.
• With dressing tables, you need to place it where you can sit comfortably and use it as well as step back and get a full view in the mirror.
• You might also want to add an accent chair or window seating for extra comfort or if space permits, carve out a cosy reading nook replete with a compact bookshelf.
• While we believe that the television should be placed in another area of the home, if you do want to add one to your bedroom layout, make sure the distance between the head of the bed (where you sit to watch) and the television is ideal for viewing. The size of the television will also depend on the viewing distance.
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• Another key element that adds to both the comfort and design of the bedroom is a headboard. Tufted headboards are extremely comfortable and can add a lot to the aesthesis of the bedroom design. Here’s an easy guide to choosing the right tufted upholstery for your space.
• Remember that light is a fundamental factor in the master bedroom plan. Too many or too bright and you won’t have a calming atmosphere; on the other hand, under-doing the lighting can lead to a dull, lacklustre bedroom. We’ve picked our favourite bedroom lighting ideas here.
• If you are working with limited floor space, consider sliding doors for your wardrobe. Another modern bedroom idea is to forego the deep double wardrobe for a shallower one installed along the entire length of one wall.
• Take your wardrobes right up to the ceiling for extra storage and choose a neutral or light colour. Here’s a list of versatile and neutral paint colours that never go out of style.
• Working with monotones gives the small bedroom layout a contiguous appeal. Bedroom furnishings are the perfect way to bring in a few pockets of colour, texture and/or prints that will
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help uplift this palette.
• A queen-size bed can easily fit two people comfortably but you can also opt to get a custom size made that is big enough for the occupants but fits well in the space available.
• An ideal master bedroom plan uses the space under the bed well. Either opt for a bed with built-in storage or create custom under-bed storage to suit your needs. This could cut down on using the available floor space for another piece of furniture like a chest of drawers.
• Try choosing a few taller and thinner pieces of furniture or décor. The less visually bulky an item is, the less cramped your bedroom will look.
• Adding floor-to-ceiling curtains gives the appearance of higher ceilings.
• Strategically placed mirrors can double the visual space and add more natural light to the master bedroom design.
• Finally, a clutter free space is calming and visually light. Here’s our bedroom decluttering checklist that will help you keep this zone restful and relaxing.
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As listed, there are quite a few factors that go into crafting the perfect master bedroom design. These helpful tips and tricks can guide you in the right direction yet it is always a good idea to get the input of design experts to make the most of the space. The team from Beautiful Homes Service can not only walk you through the process but also come up with designs that get the best comfort, utility and aesthetics from your modern master bedroom plan. You can also check out the incredible selection of furniture, lighting and décor at Beautiful Homes stores and shop section.
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