Are you designing a bedroom for yourself or for a client? Sleeping quarters are one of the most important parts of a house, since they will contribute to determining the quality of your sleep, rest, and relaxation. For this reason, you need to choose every detail with great care, so as to create a welcoming and relaxing atmosphere that is also perfectly functional. Here are some suggestions to help you design a functional and comfortable bedroom.

How to Design a Functional Bedroom: Some Things to Keep in Mind.

A comfortable and esthetically pleasing bedroom is the result of the harmonious combination of different elements. In particular, when designing a functional sleeping area, you will have to consider:

1. The Size of the Room.

The first crucial aspect to keep in mind is how much room you have for your project. A project for a small bedroom will focus on space-saving ideas and on choosing lighting solutions and furnishings that will make it look bigger. If, on the other hand, you have plenty of space, you will have to avoid its looking too empty, without leaving areas that are too dark or poorly heated.

2. The Best Furnishing Solutions.

The furnishings of the sleeping area will have a critical bearing on the final result of the project. This means you have to keep it in mind from the very beginning, considering things like style, size, appearance, and functionality. In making these choices, you will also have to consider the end-use of the space you are designing and avoid fashionable but unsuitable solutions. The way the furniture is arranged in a master bedroom will surely differ from the setting of a teenager’s room or the nursery. Putting yourself in the shoes of the people who will be inhabiting the bedroom will help you avoid any mistakes.

3. Lighting.

The choice of the light sources and their arrangement can make a huge difference to the outcome of your project. Are there any sources of natural lighting? How many light sources will you need for a pleasant and functional lighting, considering the size and shape of the room? What kind of lamps should you choose? How will the lights be turned on and off? What tonality should the bulbs be? How bright? Managing the lighting when you are designing a functional bedroom requires great care and sensitivity, as well as a clear overall vision of the project.


4. Materials and Colors for the Bedroom.

The style chosen for the sleeping quarters will determine the materials and colors you will select for floors, walls, furniture, and textiles. Whether classic or modern, hi-tech or eco-friendly, what matters is that your bedroom design should consider its comfort as well as its esthetics. This goes for the materials, which should withstand wear, heat, and dampness, but also the colors, which should inspire calm, intimacy, and wellbeing.

5. Wiring and Heating.

All too often when designing a bedroom we don’t consider the importance of where the electrical outlets and the radiators will be placed. The risk is creating a beautiful bedroom that doesn’t have enough electrical outlets or an adequate energy efficiency. You should pay attention and not make this mistake when creating your project, bearing these crucial variables in mind.


Designing a Bedroom with an En Suite Bathroom: Some Ideas and Suggestions.

When you have enough room for it, an en suite bathroom will certainly add value to the bedroom you’re designing. Especially if it’s the guest bedroom or if it’s on the second floor, the fact of having an attached bathroom can make the room more comfortable. If you have plenty of space, you could even consider adding an antebathroom, which could be used as a dressing room, to separate the two areas. If you have a limited amount of space, you can resort to suspended fixtures, wall cabinets, and broad mirrors. Study the lighting carefully, especially if the bathroom is windowless, and choose halogen or LED bulbs to mimic natural light. As for the furnishings, you have plenty of options, and there are many possibilities when it comes to separating the bathroom from the bedroom too: from a classic plasterboard wall, to frosted glass that will let light in. You can also choose to have the shower or the bathtub right in the bedroom, or visible but separated by an elegant, transparent glass wall.


Designing a Bedroom with a Walk-In Closet: What You Need to Keep in Mind.

Including a walk-in closet in the sleeping area is a very esthetically pleasing solution that often appeals to clients and designers alike. However, before surrendering to this temptation, you should always consider whether there is enough room to move around comfortably. Some rooms have recesses or niches that will suggest the ideal position for a walk-in closet. Otherwise, depending on the shape of the room, you can use a passageway or a strip cut along the length or the width of the room. A space-saving idea can be to build a corner walk-in closet. Aside from bricks and plasterboard, you can choose to separate parts of the room with disappearing walls, invisible solutions, or even sliding glass doors. Inside the walk-in closet you should make good use of the available height, employing modular shelving or closets without doors. Always keep in mind the style and bulk of the shelves you are planning to use, so as to create a comfortable, practical, and elegant atmosphere.

The Best Software to Design a 3D Bedroom.

As we have seen, a good bedroom design should be led off by a careful study of the space and its potential. However, it is impossible to plan all aspects of your interior design project beforehand. Some solutions which may have seemed ideal on paper can turn out to be unpractical or underwhelming when put into practice. We recommend you use a 3D design software to create your bedroom proposal. This way, you will be able to insert all the components and evaluate the overall effect. ArredoCAD Designer has all the instruments you’ll need for your project: you can create floorplans, insert finishes and flooring, choose colors and materials, and furnish the room with thousands of modular 3D elements. Its library includes furniture from all the major Italian interior design brands. Furthermore, you can manage the lighting with advanced instruments that will help you define the exact level of brightness required.


Learn to Design Sleeping Quarters Like a Professional.

Do you want to master the secrets of designing a functional and stunning bedroom? Thanks to the Bath&Bed Room: Projects and Trends course held by Marta Paganotto, you will discover how to design sleeping quarters down to the tiniest detail: from the master bedroom to the children’s rooms, with or without bathroom and walk-in closet, including colors, finishes, and lighting. Create your unique proposal for a sleeping area with the help of an experienced teacher and art director.
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