Bedroom Décor Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

You spend plenty of time in your bedroom, so why not make the most of your personal space?

Whether you’re moving in or want to refresh your room, these tips can help you steer clear of design mistakes and enhance your style.

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Furniture That’s Too Large

Your bedroom layout can influence your mood, especially when you wake up in the morning. A cramped, overstuffed space is overwhelming and difficult to navigate.

It may be tempting to buy a bedroom set, but the specs might be too large. Use your bed as the focal point and place dressers and nightstands to create visual and spatial balance.

Here are some ideas to try:

  • Center the head of your bed against the longest wall, ideally opposite your door.
  • Look for side tables that are close in height to your bed or hang floating nightstands.
  • Place a settee, footstool, ottoman or bench at the foot of your bed for extra seating.

Not Enough Storage Space

Clothes, bedding, decorations and personal items can pile up without proper storage. Decluttering is good for emotional health and productivity.

Apartment organization allows you to optimize your available square footage. Use the area under your bed to store sheets, blankets and seasonal clothing. Hang a shoe rack over your door to free up closet space.

Consider multipurpose furniture, such as:

  • Bed frames with built-in drawers
  • Headboards with shelves
  • Nightstands with drawers and shelves
  • Ottomans with storage

A Lack of Texture and Color

Sticking to an all-cool palette can make your bedroom look flat. Conversely, bright colors on every wall may leave you feeling overstimulated.

Combining warm and cool colors and different textiles provides an even balance. If you’re not a fan of vibrant colors, try mixing and matching patterns in a neutral palette.

Here are some places to add pops of color and texture:

Window treatments: Blinds can be bland. Hang colorful or patterned curtains over them for dimension and movement while maintaining privacy. Elevate the curtain rod above the window frame for height.

Pillows and bedding: Add a dash of color to your bedroom with patterned sheets, blankets and throw pillows. Try a modern look with matching colors in various textures and materials.

Rugs: Bare floors may make your room feel plain. Look for large area rugs to enhance the aesthetic, add a touch of luxury and protect your feet from cold floors. Shaggy and plush rugs can create comfort, while flat-weave options look sleek.

Lampshades: Soften the glare from bright bulbs with cloth lampshades. Look at the shape, color, design, material and trim when deciding which style suits you.

Failing to Layer Lighting

Overhead lighting is useful for cleaning and searching in your closet, but it may also feel sterile. Your bedroom is a place to relax and unwind, but that could be difficult with bright bulbs shining in your eyes.

Experiment with floor and table lamps for a softer glow. Fabric lampshades can add a touch of coziness and make your bedroom design feel complete. Pendant lights and wall sconces also generate ambiance while providing ample lighting for reading.

Optimize natural lighting by placing mirrors across from windows to create the illusion of a bigger space. Natural light also helps regulate your mood and sleep cycle.

Not Hanging Artwork

Pictures, wall art, murals and tapestries are the icing on the design cake. Hanging artwork is an effective way to tie in accent colors in bedding, rugs and pillows. You’ll also have visual diversity that’s aesthetically pleasing. Whether you hang it in a straight line or groupings, keep your artwork near eye level to bring balance to your bedroom.

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