Your bedroom needs to create a pleasant environment for you to sleep and relax in. For some reason, the bedroom is often the last space people spend time renovating but it is one of the most crucial rooms in your home. After all, you spend roughly 1/3 of your life sleeping so you might as well make your bedroom the absolute best space it can be! Even though it is not the first room guests see when entering your home, you want to spend some time creating your perfect space just for you. Trying to unwind and get to sleep in an uninspired bedroom that you don’t enjoy is tough, and we can imagine that waking up in one is not the best way to start your morning either. In today’s blog, we wanted to highlight some of the ways we go about renovating our clients’ bedrooms to create a relaxing retreat.
What Do You Need?
The best way to start any renovation project is to actually spend some time thinking. We know a lot of our clients are always eager to get things started but we always like to ask some important questions to make sure we fully understand how to make the best possible space for your needs. The first thing to consider when doing a bedroom renovation is what you want to get out of your renovation. What do you or your family need from this space to make it more functional? What don’t you like about your space and what can we change to make you happier with it? What functions do you want your bedroom to serve?
Once you’ve answered these questions, we like to move on to asking about your personal style. What kind of bedroom do you really want – bright and crisp or dark and cozy? What stylistic elements do you love and want to add to your space? Our Interior Decorator and Designer can help you choose bedroom components that will not only look great, but also work with your lifestyle and habits. Here are some other tips you should definitely think about when deciding how you want to renovate your bedroom.
Choose Your Focal Point
This goes hand-in-hand with picking the perfect colour scheme for your space. We recommend choosing a colour palette and sticking to it so that nothing is out of place and keeps you up at night (literally). Light and neutral colours often work best in the bedroom to create a relaxing atmosphere, but again play with your personal design. Try to keep the paint, furniture, accent pieces, and bedding all to one pallet to not overwhelm your eyes and brain. Once you have your palette nailed down, we often like to have our clients choose the focal point of the room. This can be anything from an accent wall, a feature window, or the bed itself. Choosing a focal point often adds interest to a bedroom without feeling drastic because it actually helps ground your space around a specific element. Figure out what you want to stand out in your bedroom and base your design and layout around this piece.
Bedrooms are pretty flexible when it comes to flooring so choose what will make you the most comfortable. Changing out your flooring or even just adding a new rug can have a huge impact on the overall feeling of your room. The most popular options for bedroom flooring are carpet or hardwood and both are all great options that can be used to suit any lifestyle. Carpet is your best bet if you want something to make your room feel warm and cozy. That being said, you can always add a rug or two to your hardwood flooring to soften the space. Rugs are a great way to add creative patterns to your space while still pulling the room together and adding an extra layer of comfort.
Add Proper Lighting
Your bedroom lighting needs to be able to transition from night to day seamlessly to create comfort at all hours of the day. You can always tell if a room was professionally designed because it always has the right amount of light for every time of day. We normally tell clients to veer away from recessed lighting because, although great for living rooms and basements, can feel too bright and harsh for a bedroom. Instead, we recommend adding functional ambient lighting on dimmers to reduce overhead glare and provide different levels of light throughout the day and night. We also like to include task lighting like bedside table lamps for added convenience and to avoid any eye strains from lighting that is too dim. Don’t forget to think about your window coverings as well because they help either block or let in natural light. Take advantage of your window dressings by choosing curtains, blinds, or shades that add interest to your space and match your design palette.
Our homeowners love adding storage wherever they can, but they often forget to do so in the bedroom. While rooms like your kitchen, living room, and hallways often take the cake for added storage, there are plenty of ways you can also create more space in your bedroom. After all, you can never have too much storage in your home. Since we want to keep your bedroom as restful as possible, we like to create adequate storage to keep clutter at a minimum. This includes more closet space with extra shelving, built in organizers, aesthetically pleasing nesting baskets, and more to keep your belongings from pilling up in the corner of your room. Sharp and hidden storage is your best friend when it comes to storing belongings that don’t necessarily need to be on display.
Trust CHART with Your Bedroom Renovation Projects
Do you think it’s time for a bedroom renovation that will help you get to bed easier and wake up happier? We have completed countless professional bedroom and interior renovations for our clients and have the experience necessary to help you make the right choices for your home. When beginning your home renovation projects, trust the Canadian Home and Renovation Team to make the right choices and help guide you through the process. CHART is proud to be celebrating 40 years as one of the most prestigious renovators in the Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge and Guelph area. Contact us to begin preparing your home for renovations and to get your projects started!