Does your bedroom lack style and personality?

No matter what you try it never looks pulled together like the pictures on line or in magazines. If so, the problem might be one of balance and scale.

Balance is the key that unlocks designer looks and scale is the tool that keeps it stable. People feel most at home in a room that is balanced. Two matching lamps, a coordinating pair of pictures a dual set of occasional chairs.

You adhere close to this theory in your living room but when it comes to the bedroom, function overcomes form and the space falls into disarray.

A bedroom needs a bed, tables to hold reading materials, lamps, etc. But these necessities need to be in balance and the proper scale. Start with the bed. Locate it on the major wall. This doesn’t mean the largest wall it may even be the smallest. The major wall is the one that allows the bed setting to be viewed in its entirety when you enter the room.

What makes up the “bed setting”? The bed, its linens, side tables, rug, lamps, artwork and if there is room perhaps a desk or bench at the foot of the bed.

CR Laine Pink Bedroom
CR Laine Pink Bedroom

If your bedroom is carpeted you don’t need a rug. In fact, a rug placed over carpet makes the room feel stuffy and overdressed. Tile or hardwood floors do need a rug to anchor the bed placement and be warm under bare feet. A rug can start under the bedside tables or at the tables front edge and be large enough to extend at least 18” around three sides of the bed. Another example of balance and scale.

When dressing a bed, keep your linens monochromatic. Soothing shades of cream, pink, gray, ivory and aqua are most inviting. Shocking colors like red, orange, and black interject too much static energy.

If you love prints, keep them soft and classic. Pinstripes, windowpane, paisley and florals. Don’t go overboard with pillows. Use enough to provide a balanced backdrop for the bed but don’t create a princess bed with tons of odd shaped pillows in various colors and patterns.

Bedside tables should match. I generally advocate not to be matchy-matchy. But when you are trying to create balance in a bedroom, two matching tables provides you a great balance to build on. Consider your bedside needs. Do you read, do you love coffee in bed, make sure the tables are sized appropriately and if possible get them with at least one drawer to stash away all the clutter.

Lighting is vital in a bedroom. It needs to provide light for reading, getting dressed, establishing ambiance and balance. If you have room, two matching table lamps are lovely but need to be the proper scale. You should not be able to see the bulb in the lamp when reclining to read.

Joel Kelly Designs
Joel Kelly Designs

Tight space? Consider a matching pair of wall mounted lights. They can be hardwired directly or plug in. Cloth shades provide better light for reading that exposed bulbs or glass shades.

Finding the right artwork for your bedroom is easy. Finding the perfect location and height to hang it, not so easy. That big open space over the headboard is just screaming to be adorned.

A set of three coordinating prints is more interesting than a pair. Hang them 3-4 inches above the headboard and space them 2-3 inches apart. No artwork should extend beyond the width of the bed.

If you decide to hang one larger mirror or art piece, center it in the middle of the bed and 5-6 inches above the headboard. Make sure the space above the artwork is larger than the space below.

Avoid choosing heavy out of scale pieces that appear a threat to your safety. Examples are old wooden windows, doors, iron gates and sculptures. They are too top heavy and throw the room out of balance.

A bedroom decorated with balance and scale is a room that is easy to maintain. It motivates you to keep it tidy. If this concept would only work with kid’s rooms. That would be a decorating masterpiece.