Bedroom Design Ideas: 12 Design Mistakes & How to Fix Them
I may look perfectly normal, but in my mind, I'm always redesigning every single room I'm in. I just can’t help it. It’s something I really enjoy, and I’m good at it, especially when it comes to creating new bedroom design ideas.
Take my current bedroom, for example. It's a perfectly fine room, but all I can see are things that need improving. I'm working on all of that but, in the meantime, let me share 12 common bedroom design mistakes I see again and again.
Bedroom design mistakes
1. Poor bed positioning
When it comes to interior design for bedrooms, accessibility should be at the forefront of your mind. As adults, we don’t want to climb over other people to get to the perfect sleeping spot, so make sure your bed is accessible from all three sides.
You should make sure the foot of the bed isn’t facing the door and the head of the bed isn’t directly next to it. These positions can make you feel vulnerable and anxious.
2. Hanging items over the bed
For good bedroom design, you should also avoid hanging a chandelier directly over your bed. It may look fancy, but you'll always have this nagging feeling that one day this chandelier might fall down on top of you.
Another thing to avoid is having a lot of open shelves.
Or, gallery walls positioned right above your head.
Instead, opt for something soft and soothing on the wall behind your bed.
3. Wrong furniture proportions
Buying furniture that's too big for your space so everything is squeezed in actually makes your room feel a lot smaller.
If you have a small room, don't pick chunky, bulky furniture. Instead, go for pieces that look visually light.
On the other hand, if you have a large room, be cautious of buying too many pieces of furniture that are too small. This can create a cluttered and scattered look where your room lacks a focal point.
Lastly, try not to buy bedside tables that are too low. A good rule of thumb is to have them around 4 inches higher than the mattress.
4. Insufficient space
One of the most uncomfortable experiences in a home is to feel like you're squished in, and there's just no space to move. You should leave at least 16 inches, ideally 30 inches, between your bed and the wall. And you should leave 40 inches between the wardrobe and the bed.
Lastly, aim for 3 feet of space in front of the dresser, so you can open your drawers and move around comfortably while getting ready.
5. Matching furniture sets
Matching furniture may seem like a safe choice, but it can leave your room looking a little bit flat and uninspired. It'll look like you literally just picked your furniture out from a catalog.
I mean, have you noticed that in design magazines, all of the furniture looks cohesive but not completely matching? Instead, it looks like a carefully curated selection of design that somehow just fits together.
If you already have a matching set, don't fret. You can always spread it out across different rooms.
6. Wrong wardrobe location
Whatever you do, please don't put your wardrobe directly in front of your door. When you walk into a room, you should feel welcomed into the space and not be walking into an obstruction.
7. High-energy distractions
Having exercise equipment and work-related items in the bedroom is sometimes a necessary evil, but having them right next to where you sleep is not relaxing at all.
So you keep them out of sight by using curtains, folding screens, or bookshelves as dividers.
8. Bed-facing mirrors
You want to avoid placing mirrors directly facing the bed because reflections at night can be distracting and make you feel uneasy.
Instead, position the mirror indirectly at the foot or side of the bed, hang it over the wall, or put it on the side of your wardrobe.
9. Only one nightstand
Two nightstands are always better than one since it's visually asymmetrical without it.
So if you have space limitations, there are alternatives for creating a sense of visual balance. You could have a nightstand and a chair, a nightstand and a very big plant, a nightstand and a little shelf, or a nightstand and a floor lamp.
10. Bright saturated colors
While bright colors work well in high-energy spaces like shops or fast food restaurants, they are not ideal for creating a relaxing and calm atmosphere in your bedroom. Bright, saturated, neon colors are way too visually stimulating for you to be comfortably sleeping in.
Instead, opt for neutrals, pastel colors, or rich, earthy tones. They have a tranquil and timeless quality.
11. No headboard
A solid headboard that's securely attached to your bed is important for providing a sense of security and support. However, if space or furniture prevents you from having a traditional headboard, there are some alternatives.
You could hang a piece of tapestry behind your bed. You can paint the wall behind your bed by choosing a contrasting color or creating a unique design to create a focal point.
You can use oversized large pillows against the wall.
Or, you can get creative and use recycled materials such as reclaimed wood, fabric, or even repurposed doors.
12. Wrong rug size
Avoid rugs that are far too small and fail to adequately cover the area beneath the bed because they can make the space feel incomplete.
You should try to have a rug under your bed that extends 24 to 28 inches out on each side.
Alternatively, if you really prefer to have smaller rugs in your bedroom, you can use runner rugs on either side of the bed.
Interior design for bedrooms
Those are the 12 common mistakes I see most often when it comes to bedroom design ideas. If you enjoyed learning about them, please be sure to comment down below on your own most cringe-worthy mistakes and how you plan to fix them.