Should Bedrooms be Calming or Energizing?

November 16, 2011

There must be a rip in the space-time continuum (waving my nerd flag, here) because it took me 7 weeks to round up enough images to do a bedrooms post.

The bedroom is a supremely personal room, and most everyone has a different idea on what sort of design elements are most appropriate for it. Some folks love a bright and airy bedroom that makes you want to whistle it’s so darn cheery. Others insist that the bedroom should be dimly lit, dramatic, moody and enveloping like a warm cocoon.

Where you are on this spectrum depends a lot on how you’re going to use the room. Ask yourself…

  • Do I spend time in my bedroom other than when I’m sleeping?
  • What other functions besides rest does my bedroom need to serve?
  • Do I want the room to have a calming effect? Or an energizing effect?

Let’s take a look at some great examples that illustrate different ways you can take the design of a bedroom.

Clean but cozy. Bright but warm. Simple but personal. Pairing light walls with dark bedding is a good option, but keep in mind that the wall color will have the most effect on the mood and lighting of the room. House to Home via Cush and Nooks.

That, friends, is a wall of wood. It’s quite masculine, and definitely dramatic, and I love it. The Locals via Miss Moss.

Here’s an example of a very bright and cheery bedroom. White walls, white bedding, and colorful accents all add up to a playful room that will make you smile. Photographed by Peter Carlsson for Hus & Hem via My Scandinavian Retreat.

This makes me feel happy and warm just looking at it. A lot of people tend to find black too intense and, well, dark. There’s something to be said for neutral and light walls (honestly I love them), but I wish that the power and breath-taking capability to totally transform a room that black has was more appreciated. I recently painted my dining room an über-light gray with black below the chair rail, because I’m indecisive like that (also I just like the contrast). One day I may find the courage to paint an entire room in this bold and beautiful hue. The home of Bernadette Pascua and Andrew Stinson via Design*Sponge.

Light easily fills this room with it’s predominantly white color scheme punctuated by vibrant color. It is happy, feminine, and wonderful. The home of Josie Curran and Barnaby Girling, styled by Emily Rickard, photographed by Anthea Williamson, via Design*Sponge.

More white, this time paired with light wood and a fabulous stone floor. Via Schöener Wohnen.

White is an excellent backdrop for the wonderfully colorful and whimsical pieces these home owners have used. A dinosaur lamp in the master bedroom? Why not! The home of Julia Galdo and Cody Cloud via Design*Sponge.

Typically I try to end posts with my favorite photo in the bunch, and while there is nothing life-changing or incredibly original about this shot, I found myself very drawn to its simplicity and rich tones. I’m a little nervous that grasscloth wallcoverings are becoming an overused trend, but in this instance I think the texture is just perfect for the room. And don’t you think this bedroom is a great mix of that cocoon-like warmth paired with welcoming light? Photographed by Luke White for House to Home via Savvy Home.

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