Five common bedroom design mistakes to avoid - Sonae Arauco

Bedroom design always seems to be a complicated affair (even though it shouldn’t be). While some people seem to overdesign their bedrooms, others simply neglect them entirely. And while most designs have a well-meant intention, we often find the design mistakes only seem to reveal themselves after the fact.

In a previous article, we looked at design mistakes that can occur in the kitchen. Following in that vein, we explore some of the most common mistakes that can be made when implementing bedroom creations and renovations to a modern home.

An oversaturation of colour

A little known fact about modern bedroom design is that there are usually two simple rules to follow – a light and airy appeal vs dark and moody tones. When it comes to defining the perfect bedroom aesthetic, interior design experts often advise their clients to create a space that encourages restoration and romance. This is achieved through the use of soft and inviting neutral colours.

Energy infused colours such as deep magenta or shades of orange work best within transitory spaces like hallways and/or living rooms. This appeal needs to be contrasted in the bedroom with soft tones and subtle luxuries that add to the overall appeal of comfort and peaceful rest.

An unbalanced design

Have you ever wondered why your bedroom sometimes looks a little lopsided? From incorrect furniture placement to an ill-defined layout, empty and sometimes redundant spaces can completely throw off design balance. 

Think of the traditional bedroom layout with the bed centred against the back wall and surrounded by two bedside tables. This arrangement with all the furniture up against a singular wall is actually a popular design mistake if not offset on the opposite end. An additional wardrobe, a seating nook, or mirror works well to address this.

Irregular rug placement

Area rugs are an excellent addition to creating a plush and opulent aesthetic. However, interior design experts warn that you have to be extremely careful of what sort of rug you use and in what environment. One of the biggest mistakes made is usually irregular sizes and positioning. The last thing you want is the rug to be either too small or too cumbersome and in an awkward position.

When it comes to correct bedroom design, a rug usually looks better when positioned horizontally to the bed and atleast halfway underneath leaving space for the nightstands to remain on the floor. This is a perfect design function for the winter months where a cosy rug on a rich wooden floor invites both warmth and atmosphere.

Wall to wall carpeting is a no-no

While we’re on the subject of rugs and winter, another common design mistake one can make intuitively is installing wall to wall carpeting. It’s not necessarily a bad thing, it’s only that most people tend to have this belief that this design choice makes a room feel cosy. However, this can become a real issue for homeowners who have pets or children (particularly those with allergies).

As stated above, a well-positioned rug does more than enough to achieve a warm and inviting aesthetic. As such, interior design experts generally recommend that homeowners use materials such as laminate, solid wood, vinyl, and natural stone tiles in order to keep bedrooms from harbouring dust and pollen.

Neglecting biophilic elements 

Recently, we’ve spoken at length about the importance of including biophilic elements in your home such as plants and the use of natural lighting (see our previous article on that here). House plants, in particular, have a purifying effect on bedroom design which results in an overall aesthetic of tranquillity in nature.

As far back as the preliminary stages of home design, interior design experts are extremely particular about the right sort of plants for the correct environment. Without a clear focus in mind, house plants can often be ill-positioned, forgotten, and even left out of the sun.

So what about house plants in your bedroom? It’s always a good call to speak to your local nursery about what sort of plants will thrive, taking into consideration what size they will eventually grow into, and ensuring that adequate space is planned out to achieve the best effect.

Thinking of redesigning your kitchen? Be sure to read our previous article on Common Kitchen Design Mistakes to Avoid before speaking to your renovator.

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