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Top common bedroom decorating mistakes you need to avoid

by emily

in Design & Trends, Interior Design

Your bedroom is your sanctuary. It is the one room in your house that you spend the most time in and where you go to relax. This means that it needs to look and feel relaxing, calming and should reflect your personality. But not all of us are interior decorators and so will not have the know-how on what and what not to do when decorating.

You should start by choosing high quality bed covers and bedding sets that will match your overall aesthetic and then add accessories from there. However, some of us do not know this tip, and so commit some interior design faux pas that can make the room look disorganised and unpleasant. Below are some of the top common bedroom decorating mistakes you need to avoid.

Sticking to one colour

While it might seem that decorating monochromatically is a good idea, it can result in a boring interior. You should look for bedding online in contrasting colours to your walls and add in patterned accessories for a more diverse interior.

If you want to keep things simple, start with a neutral colour palette and build on by adding patterns and colours. But you should always avoid sticking to one colour throughout. For example, you should not have off-white walls, cream bedding, eggshell cushions and white throws. You could have off-white walls, navy bedding, striped navy and white cushions and a red throw. This will create visual interest and your bedroom will reflect your personality.

Forgetting about privacy

Your bedroom should be private, but some people forget to include this privacy in their decorating scheme. You might think that light, floaty curtains look stunning in your bedroom but they are not ideal when it comes to having privacy in your bedroom.

You should look for bedding specials that include matching lined curtains or look for blackout curtains so that the room is dark in the evenings. If you live in a studio apartment, you need privacy too. Invest in a room screen in a colour that matches your bedroom palette or hang curtains to separate your bedroom from your living room. Having privacy is an important part of sleep hygiene and should be part of your decorating strategy.

Having only one source of lighting

It is important to have an overhead light in your bedroom for task lighting, but this should not be your only source of lighting. A lamp on your bedside table for reading is a fantastic idea, and the lamp can add to your decor too.

Wall lights are also a good idea if you prefer not to have bedside tables and a large, decorative floor lamp near your dressing table will help with accent lighting. Be sure to choose lighting in colours that complement the rest of the room. If you have a modern bedroom, clean lines and metallic bases are ideal. For a more eclectic look, you can choose vintage lamps with unique shades for added visual interest.

Cluttering the room

It is hard not to keep special items in your bedroom that make it feel more like your own space. And while you can inject your own personality you should try to avoid cluttering the room as this will make it feel small and disorganised.

You should rather keep a few key pieces in your bedroom that add to the aesthetic. For example, if you have chosen a jewel-tone for your walls, frame some of your favourite art pieces in gold or silver frames to complement the richness of the colour. If you are a plant lover, you could have some small terrariums placed on your bookshelf or on floating shelves around the room. Do not try to fill the space but rather use it as best as possible.

Using the wrong sized furniture

You might be dreaming of having a large, king-sized bed to drift off in, but if you have a smaller bedroom this is simply unfeasible. One of the major decorating mistakes that people make is to use furniture that is not the right size for the bedroom.

Similarly to choosing a bed, dressing table and couch that are too large for your bedroom, you might have chosen furniture that is too small. This will make the room look disproportioned and empty. You should measure your bedroom first. Once you know the exact dimensions of the room, you will be able to find furniture that fits it perfectly. A double bed is an ideal choice for a medium-sized room and for a smaller room, a three-quarter bed is best.

Take (and keep) notes

Decorating your bedroom can and should be a fun experience. You are creating a comfortable room to spend time in when you need time out from the world. You should avoid using only one colour in the room, rather opt for a colour palette that is complementary. Ensure that you have privacy and that there is more than one light source in the room. Avoid cluttering the room and choose furniture that fits the size of your bedroom.

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