Bedroom Curtains

Bedroom curtains are a great decorative element. Firstly, a curtain when used around a window greatly increases the importance of the window opening and defines its existence firmly.

Curtains can be primarily divided into three major categories.

Window Curtains

The primary function of these types of curtains is to minimize the intensity of direct sunlight the enters from the window in the indoor space. In certain geographical areas where sunlight is in plenty amount, window curtains play a major role. I such types of interiors the curtain as a decorative element forms a major source of beauty element. 

Door Curtains

Curtains when used around the door opening have a very limited function of just defining the opening or for the identification of the entrance of the space. For achieving a clear and unobstructed entry or exit through the door the door curtains are designed with more decorative elements (such as folds) near the top edge of the door. This keeps the bottoms of the curtain easy to operate.

Partition Curtains

The name itself suggests that these types of curtains are primarily used for defining two spaces out of a large space. A good example is living room and dining room. A big living room can be easily separated visually a large top hung curtain with suitable color scheme. Many types these types of curtains when

used in large spaces are never operated but are for decorative purposes only. I bedrooms however such types of curtains can be used to separate the main bedroom space and the walk-in wardrobe. Such types of curtains are operative and short in size so that they are light weight and easy to operate.

Apart from above mentioned types curtains can be categorized according to colors, fabric, shapes, which can create an ambience in the bedroom.

Bedroom Lighting

Bedroom lighting plays a major role in the final appearance of the bedroom after the decorating is complete. If used creatively it has a capacity to create wonderful atmosphere. Some techniques are so simple that you can achieve a mood in the bedroom just in minutes. Mood creating bedroom light can be achieved using various lighting accessories apart from just sunlight. Some of the elements that can be used are: Lampshades, Spotlights, Chandeliers. Let’s take a closer look at these bedroom lighting accessories.

Lampshades

Lampshades are used primarily to create a focal point and direct the source of light in a restricted circumference of area. depending upon the nature of material used to build or design the lampshade the outcome of light will vary. Very creative uses of the lampshades can be done depending upon the shapes of lampshades. If brighter colored lampshades are use the light coming out of the lampshade create a wonderful mood in the surroundings of the bedroom.

Spotlights

Most of the times spotlights are used in multiple numbers when used for lighting purposes. Simply because the area covered by these kinds of light is very limited and focused. Spotlights are normally used to “enhance” a particularly decorative element such as ceiling, or a painting on the wall. When spotlights are used in multiple numbers, they can greatly add interest in the bedroom creating visual diversity.

Chandeliers

Chandeliers are a very common decorative element when the decorative theme of the bedroom is of oriental style. In the oriental design, much greater attention is given to the details of the patters. That’s why a chandelier can be a great way to add extra interest in the bedroom. Most chandeliers are top hung from the ceiling with single or multiple lighting arrangements. Chandeliers because of their heavy workmanship can cost thousands of dollars.

Apart from above mentioned types lighting fittings natural light is another great way to create a mood in the bedroom. The direct sunlight that falls in the room can be redirected using reflective colored walls to create a wonderful mood in the bedroom. Also use of colored semitransparent curtains on windows create a mood in the interiors depending upon the fabric of the curtain.

Guest Bedroom Design

According to me, a guest bedroom is the hardest to design. A guest is a guest! This type of room has got a slightly different approach in the entire home. While designing a room for guests is not just providing the basic amenities and furniture. He/she must feel homely in this space. Just imagine a hotel room and your own room in your home, what’s the difference? Homeliness, of course.

Aspects of designing a guest bedroom

It is difficult to achieve this in a space which shall be used by an outsider. Since a guest is not here to stay forever, it is the duty of the designer to see that his stay becomes comfortable and he/she should enjoy the show.

This space should ideally have an attached toilet. If your home is a two story structure, preferably it should be on the ground floor. This does not disturb the privacy of the remaining house members.

Guest Bedroom Furniture

When it comes to picking up guest bedroom furniture many interesting design are possible. Firstly it must be noted that guests are not going to stay in your forever and this makes it possible for you to pick up furniture which is modular in type.

This is because depending upon how many people are going to occupy the guest bedroom you can quickly alter the form of the furniture and make space for extra people. One of the best ways to use modular type of furniture is to use folding types available in the market today.

If you do some research in the online marketplaces you’ll notice that there are many great and amazing designs available in the modular types of furniture units. One such cool design is the “futon bunk bed”. In this there are two layers of beds just like a normal bunk bed.

But one unique feature about this is that the bottom full size beds gets folded into half to form a sofa. So during day hours you can safely convert this into a sofa and use as a possible seating arrangement. This type of bunk bed is great for a family of four who is visiting your home as guests. In this way the children will feel safe that in the new space their parents are always with them and at the same time parents will be happy to have kids with them.

Guest Bedroom Color Schemes

Color schemes for the guest bedrooms must bed charming and inviting. You can easily make use of bright colors that will help in easy dispersion of light across the guest bedroom. Apart from the bright colors if you use a darker shade as a contrasting color then it will enhance the original bright shade expressing an amazing effect.

Along with the bright shades you can use artificial lighting to make focal points across the room. To make the guest feel comfortable you can use indoor flowering plants to bring life into the bedroom. Using plants is one of the best ways to create healthy environments and pump life into any interior space.

Child/Kid Bedroom Design

While designing a bedroom for children it is very much important to remember that children are dependent on parents for almost their every need. The basic of a room for children is that it should become a place to have fun and at the same time a learning tool.

Aspects of designing a child bedroom

Consider the location of room in a home. Ideally speaking, this space should be close to a master bedroom. Children have a unique quality in them, and that’s curiosity and this should reflect in the child bedroom design.

Furniture

As said earlier, a space with enough to explore is the key to success with this kind of space. That’s why this can be attained using cleverly designed furniture. A furniture which creates lot of niche spaces to explore or keep things is best suited for such spaces.

The type of furniture includes bunk beds, writing tables, beds with lot of storage spaces above or below can be designed. Some pieces of furniture can be movable types which can also be used as a toy.

Furniture in the shape of cartoon characters is a great way to do this.

Color schemes

Use of basic colors is best suited for this type of space. Since the human mind at this age is under development, use of complex shades may not be a suitable idea. A cleverly worked out flooring pattern can serve a great way to stimulate the adventurous energy in a child.

Plain colored walls with washable internal paint is a good suggestion. Since children have a lot of energy in them are prone to writing on walls. This is a typical way of expression while playing with other fellow friends.

A good way to design a child bedroom

A unique concept can be used to decorate a child bedroom. The walls of the room can be painted with a story. the walls of the room can be painted with various natural elements such as a house, trees, river, pond, sky, mountains, clouds, animals, etc. All these elements are learning tools. The use of objects and natural elements in pictorial form helps the child to learn what’s happening in the real world.

Also, the proportions of the room create a kind of security and a personal feeling. The volume of the room also represents the user’s age group.

Teen Bedroom Design

A teen bedroom is the one which is used by the teenagers of the family. In some families a teen bedroom is shared by brother sisters. While designing a teen bedroom a very important factors is freedom of expression. What’s that? let’s see.

Aspects of designing a teen bedroom

A space to express freedom: The teenage is an age when a boy or girl is becoming a man or woman. This is the age when role models are set, heroes are selected and this reflects in their actions and thoughts.

This is also the age when the boy or girl finds his/her passion in life. Be it cars, bikes, music, sports or anything else, they spend their entire energy in finding a definition to their life.

That’s why their bedroom should give them enough freedom to do this with ease and a teen should feel comfortable while doing this.

Allow enough space to express

In this space heavy furniture should be avoided. This allows them to shift the arrangement of furniture in their own room the way they want it.

Enough empty wall surface should be kept. As said earlier a teen is trying to find his own identity find looking towards a role model in real life, so he/she uses this empty wall surface to paste posters, motivational messages, his own paintings etc…

Ideas that reflect a perception of more space

Let’s see an example of a sample bedroom layout. See the image below, it is a furniture layout of a bedroom. I first drafted this furniture layout in a drafting software and then converted it into an image format.

This furniture layout contains a double bed, a wardrobe in front, a dressing table just next to the toilet door and a study table along with a chair with it.

The double bed also has two attached side tables. After arranging this layout the bedroom looks quite occupied. Because of the comparatively small dimensions (11′ X 14′) the bare minimum furniture can be arranged in this way.

Now by designing the furniture in a certain way we can easily make circulation space left, look bigger than it actually is.

How? Let’s see these two sectional images below. These are the sections taken through the double bed, crossing the wardrobe in front.

The section shows that there is a 2’6″ (0.75 meters Approx.) circulation space available between the wardrobe and the edge of the double bed. This is the minimum amount of space any person requires to walk without any disturbance. This space will also be used when the person opens the wardrobe shutter.

If you can see in the first section the double bed is a normal one, but in the second section the base of the double bed has been recessed by 1 feet so that the actual circulation space is increased by 1 feet. See the 3D image of the double bed below to get the exact idea of what I am trying to say.

This is a 3D model of the double bed in the above sectional sketch. See how altering the base structure of the bed creates more usable space in a bedroom. When scarcity of space is an issue, these kind of techniques are excellent for small bedrooms.