7 Easy Tips On How To Revamp Your Bedroom [Stylist Guide]
You won’t want to miss out on the most simple and effective method of revamping your bedroom with tip number 7 coming from professional interior stylist, Michelle Hart from Bask Interiors.
From mixed-and-matched materials to nature-inspired colour palettes and sentimental trinkets, our bedrooms are personal havens that develop a unique character in the home.
As you step through the door to your bedroom, you should immediately feel at ease and free from the day’s expectations — which is why purposeful design and styling are imperative.
Having spent years designing and redesigning bedrooms for our clients, we also know that because these spaces are not on show like other rooms in the house, they can often be innocently neglected.
So, if your bedroom has left you feeling less than relaxed or energised lately, spring offers the perfect time for a refresh.
To inspire ideas for a retreat-like bedroom space, we collaborated with interior stylist Michelle Hart from Bask Interiors for a bedroom makeover.
Highlighting the understated power of neutral tones, textural layering, furniture placement and functionality to create a tranquil atmosphere, what follows are our ideal ingredients and tips for a well-designed bedroom.
1. Plan for the space you have
Before you get started, take a step back and look at your bedroom’s space, size and scale. Consider how much room you have to work with and the essentials you need for it to be a functional bedroom oasis. Some things we consider are whether you have low or high ceilings, as this will help inform the height of your bedhead. We also contemplate furniture placement in the room — such as if there is enough room for two bedside tables or one and if any corners can be made more functional with a cosy accent chair or mirror. We also take note of window placement in the space. You want to ensure you get as much natural light into the room as possible rather than blocking them with a tall dresser.
2. Opt for a calming colour palette
“For me, creating a zen bedroom space starts with using a soothing colour palette of softer tones and also neutrals that feel natural and organic,” says Michelle.
“These tones would be for the main pieces in a bedroom such as a bed head, armchair, a bench, artwork and also a bed quilt cover.”
To bring depth to the bedroom, Michelle suggests injecting pops of contrasting colours or patterns and layering in different textures to add visual interest.
“This could be with throws and cushions; then I would also select art that exudes a sense of serenity, to add a feeling of calm and relaxation to the space.”
3. Choose the best bed for the room
Because your bed is typically the focal point of a bedroom, choosing a bed first can help inform other design and style decisions.
Whether you choose something minimal or statement-making, the bed sets the tone for the room.
For example, curved bed heads can help make a smaller bedroom feel more open and bring a softness to the room. For bedrooms with high ceilings, you could opt for a more dramatic bed head that draws the eye up.
4. Create tranquility to bring the outdoors in
You don’t have to have a big window in your bedroom to embrace the serenity of nature.
Michelle suggests using materials, colours and props such as artwork to reflect the colours of the outdoors.
“Nature and the outdoors is a great place to draw inspiration, especially as the seasons change. Think of country landscapes, serene seascapes and mountainous terrain,” she says.
“Nothing beats the colours found in Mother Nature to help you create a colour palette that makes you feel a certain way.”
When it comes to artworks, Michelle suggests drawing out colours from a piece to “highlight and tie a space together, so it tells a story and feels cohesive.”
5. Choose functional bedside tables
Bed side tables not only help to anchor the bed, but they can also add storage and function to a bedroom.
Our latest design is the Harold bedside table. Designed with open shelving and a simple drawer, the composition is sophisticated and airy.
Crafted with an American Oak timber, it also adds textural contrast to an upholstered bed. Alternatively, if you are in a smaller room, you might opt for a multi-purpose footstool as a bedside accent. To ensure it’s not too matchy with the bed, opt for a piece upholstered in a different colour or texture, such as a boucle.
As Michelle notes, bedsides also offer a styling opportunity to inject personality into the space and reinforce it is a place to unwind.
“I tend to use small details on a bedside table like a vase of flowers or a small living plant, perhaps a ceramic dish, books or a scented candle and some beautiful bedside lighting that creates an ambient feel in the room.”
6. Pay attention to the soft furnishings
Incorporating lighter-weight materials and textiles also helps to soften the space and instantly make it a more restorative place to unwind. Consider things like a rug to anchor the space if you have floorboards, sheer curtains for your windows, and extra bedding such as cushions and throw rugs.
If you own an ensemble base, one of our favourite tips is to invest in a custom-made valance. Not only does it achieve the look of a complete bed — as shown here— but it can also help you maximise under-bed storage without the clutter. For more information on this unsung bedroom hero, read more here.
7. Layer your lighting
Mood lighting is essential in a bedroom, and layering different types can help illuminate elements within the room, making them feel more prominent and interesting. Consider floor lamps, table lamps, bed side lamps and even wall sconces. We also recommend using warm-white globes instead of cool-white to create a softer atmosphere in the bedroom and encourage you to wind down.
Remember, when designing your lighting, consider power points and light switches — no one wants to get out of bed to turn off the lights. Rather than reconfiguring electricals, we offer cut-outs in our custom bed heads to allow for power points, light switches and USB ports.