A Tranquil Sanctuary
The modern home is filled with multifunctional, communal spaces that invite heavy foot traffic. The contemporary Australian abode means many things to homeowners; a place to cook, workout, study, and entertain guests. While modern home design favours open-plan living, the bedroom remains an untouched sanctuary – a personal space to recharge once the day is over. For busy parents, large families, and those living in shared housing, your bedroom is your reprieve, so it should be the calmest room in your house.
We are products of our environment, and with Australians spending more time at home than ever, it’s vital that we maintain our mental health and wellbeing. While a bedroom’s interior design is ultimately a matter of preference, there are numerous design and decorating tips you can utilise to ensure your bedroom is a tranquil, soothing space.
KEEP CALM AND DON’T CLUTTER
A clear space is a clear mind, and the bedroom is no different. However, the bedroom is one of the easiest rooms to over-clutter. It’s tempting to fill white space or an empty surface, but a visually busy room demands attention, making us feel overwhelmed. If you’re moving into your new home or revamping your existing bedroom,
consider recycling or donating unnecessary items to avoiding clutter across shelves and surfaces. To minimise clutter, ensure your space features adequate storage solutions. There are various options, including recessed wall shelves, floating box or corner shelves, bookshelf walls or a walk-in wardrobe if space permits. If your bedroom has a smaller footprint, platinum storage beds offer great storage capacity with minimal visual interference. With a few touches and alterations, existing homeowners can create additional storage without any major renovation or overhaul. Opt for bedside tables with drawers, storage bench seats or invest in a larger dresser where possible. Ultimately, built-in shelves are the perfect form of storage, simultaneously decluttering and decorating your space. With a serene, pared back design, your display shelves will be where your true personality shines through.
Colour is a significant factor in the tranquillity of a bedroom; bold, repetitive colours and elaborate patterns can be jarring, whereas bland colours can be lifeless and uninspiring. Striking the right visual balance can be achieved by minimising bright shades and patterns that are distracting or demand the eye’s attention.
White shades and light, neutral colours are the perfect base for a beautiful, serene setting. Lighter colours also better reflect natural light – creating a more spacious, airy feel. Simplicity is key when coordinating a colour palette for your bedroom. Once you have your neutral base colours, select an accent colour, and repeat through your furnishings; this can include throws, pillows, artwork, rugs, lampshades, curtains or even bedside tables.
If you find that your bedroom is lacking in vibrancy, create visual interest through texture. For those revamping an existing room, use quilts, pillows, or an upholstered bedhead for a textural boost. If crafting your tranquil bedroom from scratch, consider building a timber-panelled feature wall. In addition to its visual appeal, timber is also an excellent way to introduce natural elements into your bedroom – which has a well-documented,positive impact on mental health and wellbeing. White timber panels offer a crisp, clean finish, while natural timber provides additional warmth if you do feel that colour is lacking in your décor and fittings. Patterns and colours should be used thoughtfully, so if you opt for darker walls coverings, stick to neutral shades for your furnishings.
If working from home, it’s important to establish clear boundaries between your bedroom and your office to clearly define work and resting periods. If you have the luxury of a home office or a study nook in your kitchen or living area, ensure that your work is confined to these zones,
rather than seeping into your bedroom, otherwise unwanted clutter can become inevitable. Remove your desk from your bedroom and relocate to other communal areas to optimise both productivity and creativity. For homeowners or renters with limited space and a bedroom that doubles as an office space, a clear, neat desk is paramount. Try to cover exposed power chords and wires for a cleaner aesthetic that won’t disrupt the tranquillity of your bedroom during the day.
A TRICK OF THE LIGHT
Lighting can be used to your advantage to establish your idyllic, soothing bedroom. First, capitalise on as much natural light as possible by installing large windows or skylights to create an open, inviting feel. If you’re a light sleeper or the position of your room gets a lot of sun exposure, invest in blackout curtains to ensure uninterrupted slumber in the early hours of the morning. With ample windows, natural light can be easily harnessed in your bedroom, but the placement and brightness of artificial lighting is equally important. Layering your lighting is integral to create a balance of ambient, task and accent lighting,
which will ultimately dictate the mood and feel of your bedroom. During the day, natural light will act as your ambient light – or primary light source – while in the evening this is often your ceiling light. Chandeliers and pendant lights are an excellent choice and can double as a decorative statement piece. Task lighting is used for specific activities, and these fixtures can take the form of bedside or table lamps, swing arm lamps or vanity lights within the bedroom. Finally, accent lighting can be used to highlight specific features in your bedroom, such as artwork, furniture, or wall shelves, and is often used as a type of ‘mood’ lighting. Multiple light sources offer design flexibility and functionality, providing a smoother transition from day to night. Light dimmers will solidify this practise, allowing you to power-down into the night. A well-lit bedroom with considered light placement will offer the perfect environment to start and end your day.
Although a tranquil bedroom requires design intention, careful forethought, and strategic lighting and furnishing, the result is a peaceful, simplistic haven that demands nothing from the inhabitant but comfort and relaxation.