Is Bigger really Better in the Bedroom?
Private Time, Happy Time.
Bedrooms are our most private spaces, where we go to rest and recharge after a long day, spend time with our loved ones, and enjoy uninterrupted peace and quiet. It's important that your bedroom be appealing and comfortable to you as its owner in order for it to fulfill those functions.
They are also often where we keep our possessions, meaning that the ideal bedroom has to be functional as well as beautiful. Unfortunately, Singapore's small size and high property prices mean that space is at a premium.
Making every Inch Count!
There are however many ways to make a small space enjoyable to be in. Our designers can work with you to make the room look and feel bigger with hidden storage beds, customized wall decals and mirrors, light colors, hanging cabinets and minimalist furniture. Lightness and bright colors can go a long way into making the space feel more open.
A Tight Fit?
Alternatively, you can embrace the compact lifestyle and go for a more cosy, intimate feeling, with everything in easy reach. With blackout blinds, you can protect your precious privacy, and fill your space with comfortable cushions. We also offer printed blinds/curtains and quirky wallpaper designs in order to create a comfy, bohemian vibe.
Just the Tips.
Here are a few ideas and strategies you can use to make your bedroom look and feel great. They cover a variety of approaches and effects - interior design can be used to achieve a lot of different styles and feels for your bedroom.
1. Choose Colours Wisely
The color palette of your room affects everything else it contains. Changing this with wallpaper or the primary shade of the furniture can dramatically transform a room. Light shades such as cream for the walls or white oak for the chairs can give a sense of light and space, whereas darker woods or walls can add weight and make a room seem private and sophisticated. Stick to 4 or 5 colors at maximum, as too many run the risk of making the decor look messy and random.
2. Experiment with Mirrors
These can visually increase the size of a room by making it seem like it stretches on for farther. Mirrors should be placed strategically, in order to reflect light from a fixture or mirror an interesting feature. Building a mirror into your wardrobe can also help to save space and is convenient when trying on clothes. In cases where the room cannot accommodate large, full height mirrors, wall mounting is a great option to maximise the use of available space.
3. Create the Appearance of Space with Tall Curtains
Curtains can be mounted above the top of the window and drape all the way to the ground. The long profile of the curtain, especially if done in a contrasting color, can add the appearance of height to the room. Printed designs and patterns can also add a splash of character, making the room a little bit more individualized.
4. Use all Available Space
Many times bedrooms can come in non-standard dimensions, perhaps due to the old age of the unit or renovations/modifications made by the previous inhabitant. Built in furniture can take advantage of alcoves, or be cut to dimensions to ensure you don't end up with awkward gaps between say your wardrobe and the wall. Building in and custom fitting also removes the gaps created by awkward fitting, removing the possibility that dust can collect there and making the room easier to clean and more pleasant to be in.
5. Go Vertical
Just like Singapore's condominiums and HDBs, shelves and cabinets can be stacked tall (up to the ceiling even) in order to maximise floor space. Customised storage lets you squeeze every inch of height from your room, and tall shelves and cupboards can also lend a feeling of grandeur and space. Wall mounting cabinets and shelves can also let you make use of empty space above other items of furniture. You could perhaps install a hanging cabinet above your vanity table in order to store your beauty supplies, for example.
5.5. Sleep Vertical
Another way to take advantage of vertical space is by using bunk beds. While inappropriate for most married couples, bunk beds still have their place in the rooms of younger people, and can help to maximise space especially when the room is shared.
Even if you end up with a bunk bed in a single-occupant room, the bottom bunk can easily be converted into a comfortable daybed or sofa with the addition of a few cushions - ideal for lying down in your street clothes or taking a rest after already having made the upper bed.
6. Use Furniture with Built-in Storage
Choosing furniture pieces such as desks, beds, and benches that have hidden storage compartments is a smart way to increase your storage space. In the age of online shopping, we buy more than ever before, and you might even end up stashing your things under a normal bed and having them look unsightly and gather dust. A storage bed will let you store and retrieve your things easily, and can tuck mess out of sight for a clean, minimal look.
7. Make your Furniture Multi-function
Sometimes minimal living is best - smart placement of furniture means it can do double duty. Daybeds can act as a sofa or a spare bed (being a little more comfortable and dignified than roughing it on a regular couch), and a low chest of drawers or study desk can be placed directly next to the bed in order to serve an additional purpose as a nightstand. Some objects are designed to be multi-functional, such as the Mag Table, which can serve as coffee table, magazine rack, or stool depending on how you choose to use it.
8. Make a Statement
Statement pieces are items that immediately catch the eye, such as the Ball Chair or Egg Chair, or Eames La Chaise. These memorable centerpieces are visually striking and immediately perk up the room with their unique character. Even a single one can be a unique expression of your identity and help make the room truly your own.
9. Mix and Match Styles
A variety of styles can reflect the owner's eclectic tastes. Blending different styles can show sophistication, but is difficult to get right. Playing with genres can also help a piece to stand out. Be aware though, that variation in geometry and silhouette is easier to forgive than clashing colors. Mixing colors should be restricted to one bright color against a more muted palette, for example a bright red chair in a room that is otherwise white and grey is more pleasing than the same red chair in a room that is yellow or green-accented.
10. Or go for Consistency
On the other hand, having a full room of matching furniture can look polished and professional if the set is of high quality. Well designed furniture sets are designed to complement each other visually, with subtle differences in detailing that make it clear that the set is meant to be used together without looking too uniform or generic. You can also use pieces from different sources but match the materials used - a bed and desk can be have different aesthetics but both be made from American Walnut for example. A fully matched room looks neat, orderly, and well-planned, and can show off the owner's attention to detail.
Whatever your tastes are, there are so many ways to design a bedroom that feels and looks right for you. If you have any doubts or questions, you can always contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or drop the Design Center.