Create & Style Your Dream Bedroom

You spend a lot of time in your bedroom, and it should be a space you look forward to seeing—one that's pleasant and soothing, that invites sleep and relaxation. No matter how big or small it is, you can turn it into your favourite room in the house with careful attention to design details.

Here are a few things to consider when designing your dream bedroom.

Set the Mood

Hudson Bedhead - pictured here

How do you envision your space? Cool and dark? Warm and cosy? Classic or modern? Think about the bedrooms you've seen in magazines or hotels you've stayed in. What did you love about those spaces?

It can help to create a mood board, either virtually or on a piece of poster board with images you cut out of magazines. You may include swatches of colours or patterns you like and photos of your favourite spaces and pieces of furniture.

Start With the Bed

This is the centrepiece of your bedroom—indeed, its namesake! Since you'll be sleeping in it for years, it's important to start with your ideal mattress and pillows. From there, your style can shine through with a fully upholstered bed in your chosen fabric. Upholstered beds create a cosy, luxe look, and they can be designed to suit your preferences. For example, set it against an accent wall that features vibrant mural wallpaper or a bold piece of art and to let your bed steal the show.

Bedheads are also a popular way to make a statement, and a custom bedhead gives you the opportunity to choose your favourite colours, patterns, shapes, and fabrics to create a one-of-a-kind piece that defines your bedroom style. Finish it with high thread count sheets and a fluffy comforter or quilt, to entice a peaceful nights sleep.

Dress the Walls

Your walls hold so much potential. You could paint them in a warm, subtle colour to help you greet the morning. Or wallpaper them in a statement-making pattern. Then, adorn them with your favourite artwork.

Even painting one accent wall creates a dramatic change to your space that may be exactly what you're looking for.

Create a Cosy Corner

You'll love having a nook for reading, meditating, or simply unwinding after a long day. Depending upon how much space you have, you may choose a sofa or a soft chair that invites you to curl up with your favourite blanket and some pillows or cushions. Add an ottoman or a stool where you can rest your feet—or a few books and a cup of tea. Add a bookcase to hold meaningful volumes or keepsakes. Two or three custom benches of different heights give you a place to sit or display decor while bringing visual interest to what may otherwise be a blank area.

Find the Light

Start with your windows. If you're a morning person, you may want to welcome the light through sheer curtains. If you prefer to sleep in, heavy drapes or blinds may be your new best friends. Either way, you can choose designer curtains to customise your look and match your bedroom style.



Make sure you have the right overhead lighting and bedside lamps. Lampshades and unique lighting fixtures are a great way to add a pop of colour to a neutral space. You may even want to have options for ambient light as well as practical reading or getting-ready-for-the-day light.

Think About Fabric

Rugs, curtains, bedspreads, and even decor can add texture to the room—and create a mood all by themselves. Think about the feeling you'd get from a room featuring velvet, versus a room full of linen or wool. Those textures and patterns will contribute to your overall theme. If you want a light, airy space, you're not going to go for heavy felt curtains. If you want a rich, cosy environment, linen may be too casual. Layering your bed covers can be a great way to mix colours, patterns, and textures.

Add Stylish Storage

A bedroom needs to be both practical and plush, and storage is a significant consideration. A well-designed closet—even a small one—can give you lots of nooks and crannies for clothes and more, but you may need additional options that can become a part of your room design. Consider an antique vanity or a sleek modern dresser, stack shelves upon shelves to house both decor and necessities, or find a vintage trunk for storing extra blankets and pillows.

Find the Balance

Our biggest interior design tip is to start with the big things, like the bed, additional furniture, and the walls, then supplement them with fine finishing touches. Take care not to overdo it—minimalism is as sophisticated as any complicated design, and frequently more so. In the end, your bedroom should be your private getaway, a place that offers you the right balance of form and function in a style that's uniquely yours.

Before you get overwhelmed with the design process, we break it down for you into a few simple questions:

  • How do you use your bedroom? What type of lighting and storage does that require?
  • How much space do you have?
  • What design elements or features of the room are most important to you?
  • What are your favourite colours, shapes, patterns, and textures?
  • What's your overall style preference?

With professional guidance and bespoke furniture, creating that ideal bedroom is easy and fun. At Zenn Design, we specialise in creating spaces you love to live in. Contact us to learn more about our wide range of customised furniture and upholstery, or book your free in-home consultation today.


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