The bedroom is one of the most difficult spaces in the home to decorate. This is largely due to the fact it is an intimate area; and is the one space that we are allowed the absolute freedom to decorate in a way that reflects our true style and personality. Instead of sticking to trends and fashions, the bedroom is a personal oasis, a place where we can strip back the layers and expectations that are bestowed upon us from daily life. Perhaps our jobs dictate that we wear designer fashion and make-up everyday, whereas our real personality craves hooded jumpers and jeans. Whatever the reason, you should design your bedroom to accommodate no one other than you - but you should take the following advice into consideration to make sure you decorate the space the very best of your ability.
1. Make the most of available space
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Sometimes inner city living and a budget means we are given strangely shaped rooms and oddly organised apartments to work with. And actually, this isn't necessarily a bad thing, it's quite the contrary! It invites us to critically think about the space we DO have, analysing every square metre and nook to see what bests fits where, what we should throw away and to assess what we really, really need. Loft beds are great for studio apartments with high ceilings, as they give occupants additional floor space to incorporate a home office, living area or the like.
2. Incorporate a view
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If you are blessed with a view, even if you don't have access to a window as large as the pictured image, you should orient the furniture in your bedroom to support and highlight the scenery in the best way possible. You don't need much, minimalism in this sense is a great style to work with. Let the furniture be the supporting act, and the view be the main event. Simplicity is key - it's not often in life we're afforded a stunning scenery at our fingertips, so make the most of it while you can!
3. Stick with a theme
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Sometimes it's easy to get roped into wanting a whole range of different decorating styles in your home, but you have to make sure you don't get too carried away. Eclecticism will only get you so far, as there will come a point that the space will just look mismatched and confusing. Clearly define the style or decorating trend you wish to follow, and stick to it as much as possible. If need be, ask for the opinion of a third person or design professional. It's very easy to get weighed down and transfixed by your own wants, but don't let it be the end of you!
4. Choose your storage options wisely
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When decorating or redesigning your bedroom, be sure to consider the storage options in the initial stages of the concept. You absolutely do not want to get to the point that you need to start buying other additional, albeit, unnecessary elements of furniture to house your collection of socks and intimates. Built-in wardrobes or cleverly designed shelving units will be your saving grace when the time comes that your possessions begin to outweigh and overtake the space you have.
5. If all else fails; keep it simple!
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Lastly, but definitely not least, the best way to ensure your bedroom decorations will transcend various eras and fashion decades is to keep it simple - you've probably heard that rule a thousand times before, but there is a reason for it! Avoid over-dressing the space, and add gentle touches or "pops" of colour that can easily be updated when your mood, life circumstances or tastes change. Simple linens and muted colour palettes will go a long way, not only in terms of longevity, but will turn out be much friendlier on your hip pocket.