Decorating the bedroom can be a tough task. Designers usually advise to make one piece of furniture the focal point of a room, and in the bedroom it can be hard to make anything but the bed become the focal point. However, there are countless ways to make your bed become more interesting, and you can also make an effort to center the room on a piece of furniture other than the bed. Read on to learn how to transition your bedroom from boring to beautiful.
Create a canopy
Canopy bed frames make it easy to create a canopy of curtains and color around your bed. If you don’t have a canopy frame, you can make one by installing curtain rods in your ceiling, and hanging draperies from those rods. Don’t think you have to use full-length curtains, create a canopy around the entire bed, or keep the curtains either open or closed all the time. Some of the most interesting bedrooms feature partial curtains or curtains cleverly pulled back when the bed’s not in use. A canopy is a particularly great option for a small studio apartment or efficiency, as it helps divide the bed from the rest of the apartment. You can also create a crown canopy, which highlights the bed instead of surrounding it. Canopies can be whatever you (and the fabric you use) make them—heavy and formal, light and lacy, bright and uplifting, or dark and somber—so make sure you plan the rest of your room to enhance the canopy. A beautiful canopy that’s not supported with complimentary colors in the walls, furniture, and carpet is not being used to its fullest potential.
But why spend all your time emphasizing your bed with a canopy if it’s not what you want the room to be about? Sure, the bed is the heart of the bedroom, but it doesn’t have to be the heart of your decorating scheme. If you have an exciting piece of furniture, like an antique chaise lounge or an attractive vanity set, focus some attention on that piece as well. You can do this by planning the rest of the room’s colors to enhance those of the main piece—if the piece is dark, make other items light to create an unobtrusive background for the item. Make sure to add some accent pieces, like a throw rug, small chair, or colored molding, in the same color as the main piece. This will help keep attention focused on the central item without overwhelming the room. If the piece is light, you can make the rest of the room darker in color so the focus item really pops.
Get walled in
Your walls can also become a focus in the bedroom. Murals of animals, ballerinas, or trains belong in kids’ rooms, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have vibrant walls to attract attention. Wallpaper has become somewhat passé, though you could still use a border or wallpaper a single wall to create a focal point in the room. Vinyl wall adhesives are a great alternative to wallpaper, and though vinyl may sound unattractive, these decorations can produce beautiful, subtle results. A large painting or a creatively painted wall can also lend interest and attractiveness to your bedroom. Enhance your wacky wall by picking up its colors in the bedspread and with accent pieces (vases, clocks, picture frames) elsewhere in the room.
Love it or leave it
Every decorating scheme needs to please those who need to live with it, but your bedroom is a particularly important and personal space. If you don’t love the way it’s laid out, you won’t want to spend time in your bedroom. Additionally, design the space with comfort and relaxation in mind—the bedroom should be a stress-free zone, not yet another place to cram in “just one more” work-related phone call or check your stocks online before going to bed at night. Leave work and chores at the door (within limits, of course; you’ll still want to vacuum the bedroom and do your laundry!), and make your bedroom a space for you. A small sitting area where you can read, knit, do yoga, or engage in whatever other activity relaxes you can be a good addition to the bedroom. Keep it simple and focused, and your bedroom will become a place where you love to be!