By Becky Harris, Houzz
When looking at 6 of the most popular bedrooms on Houzz during the last three months (as measured by the number of people who have uploaded them to ideabooks), it’s easy to see what makes them so crowd-pleasing. They’re the kind of rooms where we can picture ourselves diving into bed and having a wonderful night’s sleep. So let’s look at what we can take away from each to help make our own bedrooms the ultimate comfort zone.
Sarahliz Lawson Design, original photo on Houzz
1. Layer Textures in a Neutral Space
I’m not sure how many times I’ve called a bedroom a “relaxing retreat,” but I wish I had a nickel for each one. Even though it’s a cliche, it’s still what we all want! The bedroom is the place to shake off your day and get a good night’s rest. Where better to do that than in a relaxing retreat?
A neutral color palette is a good strategy for creating a calm atmosphere. But you don’t want it to be so boring that you fall asleep before you even crawl into bed. By using a thoughtful palette of textiles, other textures (check out that grasscloth-wrapped nightstand) and metal finishes in this room, the designer made it feel relaxing yet interesting.
\Marker Girl Home, original photo on Houzz
2. Calm Things With Symmetry
Using symmetry is another good way to make things feel calm. Here, matching bedside tables and lamps, wallpapered panels and a flower over the center of the headboard make it easy to tuck in and fall asleep.
Paint color: Brittany Blue, Benjamin Moore
Peace Design, original photo on Houzz
3. Pay Attention to the Ceiling
The bedroom is the room where you notice the ceiling the most, of course, since you spend so much time lying down. Here, rustic wood adds a touch of a cabin vibe to the contemporary space. For different styles, consider finishing the ceiling with tongue-and-groove paneling, coffers, a different paint color or wallpaper.
AVID Associates LLC, original photo on Houzz
4. Consider Proportions
A high ceiling in a bedroom is a nice attribute, but if you have low-slung furniture it can make you feel Lilliputian. Note the way the tall headboard and large mirrors in this popular bedroom stand up to the height of the ceiling.
Another way to handle a high ceiling’s proportions is by adding a large light fixture.
Freestyle Interiors, original photo on Houzz
5. Extend Your Drapery Rods
Going floor-to-ceiling with your drapes is another way to create pleasing proportions and minimize visual clutter. Here, a floating ceiling provides a recess that hides the rods, making for a clean look. And the extension of the draperies up to the ceiling makes the window appear taller.
Note: You certainly don’t have to go rodless. Check out the first photo to see how you can employ the same strategy without having a floating ceiling.
French Connection Home, original photo on Houzz
6. Hang Pendant Lights
Using ceiling or wall-mounted lights is a great way to save space on your nightstand and provide yourself with ample reading light. And don’t forget to use dimmers so you can change up the mood in your bedroom.