Last week I argued that the Kitchen is the most important room in the house. This week I’m discussing the room where we spend the most of our time, or at least should do. Personally I spend seven to eight hours in the Bedroom every night. It has two main functions. One we won’t go into, the other is sleep. That is why Bedroom design is so important.
Sleep has many benefits; it provides energy replenishment, helps muscles grow and improves brain function, just to name a few.
But this isn’t a how to guide on getting a goodnights sleep. It’s about making the place where you slumber the best possible place to get the best rest.
“When action grows unprofitable, gather information; when information grows unprofitable, sleep.” Ursula K. Le Guin
The Rustic Bedroom Design
The raw timber flooring and wall cladding are a perfect example of the Rustic look, even if taken to the extreme in this case. The natural and raw qualities embedded in the style scream comfort and cosiness, perfect for the place where we need to get our rest, the more comfortable we are the better we sleep.
The natural aesthetic has been taken further. The soft fibrous bed linen and raw steel side lanterns keep to the spaces theme. The focus, as with most bedrooms, is on the bed and has the emphasis on relaxation with ample pillows and a lived in look. Colours that work in this style are primarily warm, earthy, neutral tones.
The Traditional Bedroom Design
Another style steeped in comfort but with the added air of luxury. Ornate mouldings and detailing in architraves, furniture and mirror trims add to the aesthetic of the Traditional style. The expansive roof lights flood the space with light making the room warm and inviting. Plush furniture, with the bed especially, are a must for a Traditional bedroom. The bed pictured here is unadorned but a four-post bed, as indicated below, does not look out of place as the style is inherently more lavish than others. Luxury, being synonymous with this style, makes it a perfect fit for the bedroom. As standard with the style neutral colours are used and embellishments are found in crafted fittings and furniture.
The Industrial Bedroom Design
The Industrial style is often cold due to the open plan layout and unfinished materials, like the exposed brickwork, timber and concrete floors. This means more emphasis needs to be placed on the comfort factor of the bed space. It needs to be a true sanctuary away from the Industrial living style.
As the bed occupies the centre of the area a framed bed is a must, you don’t want to be picking up your pillows off the floor in the middle of the night. The blue and grey colours matching well with the Kate Moss panel painting. To add a Minimalist element a simple chair is used instead of a side table.
The Minimalist Bedroom Design
The Minimal style is cold and clinical, due to the stark arrangement. You will be surprised how much warmer a space becomes with the addition of furniture. The very nature to the style, and subsequent lifestyle, leaves no room for clutter and unnecessary furniture. The bed, being an essential item, has to warm the space with plush and inviting linen and pillows. The bed is the focus and dominates everything about a Minimal bedroom. The floating side table and hanging lamp add an abstract and interesting touch to an otherwise unadorned room. This is a functional room with a definitive purpose, a good nights sleep.
The Eclectic Bedroom Design
The Eclectic style will always be warm and comfortable. By its very nature the style is homey and has a lived in feel, which invites people into the space. Bulky, puffed, plush linen and pillows focus the eyes on the bed and define the room’s purpose. This is where the Eclectic style comes into it’s own with coloured cushions, blue bedspread and warm timber side tables. The antique traveling cases are a great touch and add interest to the room. An abstract woven rug defines the bed space and warms the space further, while adding colour.
As you have noticed I place great importance on the bedroom for the purpose for which it is intended, going to bed! You will also have noticed that I have shown no televisions. I’m not a fan of a TV in the living room, let alone the bedroom.
The bedroom gives us the opportunity to get the best rest possible, so we can get the most out of our day. Why not use this opportunity to the fullest. Blackout curtains, no TV with a comfortable bed and linen will all go along way to ensuring we get the most restful and rejuvenative sleep possible. These conditions may influence the look somewhat but do not have to define it, after function comes aesthetic. So to make our bedrooms the best place to be we have to make it look great too. Your look is determined by your design style, if you choose that then everything else follows suite.
“My bedroom is my sanctuary. It’s like a refuge, and it’s where I do a fair amount of designing – at least conceptually, if not literally.” – Vera Wang
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