Designer Tips for an Ideal Bedroom Layout

Where to place furniture in the bedroom can be a tricky dilemma, especially if your room is long and narrow, has an abundance of windows or is a tight fit. Four designers share tips for making the most of the space you have.
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Bright Patterned Bedroom With Zebra Rug and Colorful Coverlet

Bright Patterned Bedroom With Zebra Rug and Colorful Coverlet

This bedroom is decorated in a variety of patterns that creates a busy yet restful feeling.

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From: Shelly Riehl David

Maximize the View: Floor-to-ceiling windows in this urban bedroom offer a breathtaking view of the city and are the room's best asset. Rather than arranging the furnishings to compete with the windows, designer Shelly Reihl David planned the layout around them.

Simple Uncluttered Bedroom

Simple Uncluttered Bedroom

Designer Ammie Kim creates restful bedrooms by limiting furnishings, accessories and patterns. She recommends maximizing a room's visual space by minimizing details. Ammie's Tip: Don't fill the room with unnecessary items or let it become overly decorated with fussy window treatments or a plethora of busy patterns as seen on HGTV.com.

Keep It Simple: Designer Ammie Kim creates restful bedrooms by limiting furnishings, accessories and patterns. She recommends maximizing a room's visual space by minimizing details. Ammie's Tip: Don't fill the room with unnecessary items or let it become overly decorated with fussy window treatments or a plethora of busy patterns.

Bedroom With Mixed Patterns from Designer Erinn Valencich

Bedroom With Mixed Patterns from Designer Erinn Valencich

A tip for mixing patterns in a bedroom: choose three or more patterns, says designer Shari Hiller from HGTV's Room by Room . Odd numbers, especially the number three, just seem to make things work, whether you're combining colors or planting shrubs. Three is the minimum number of patterns you should use, and the key to successful mixing is to vary the scale, from small to large, of the patterns. Pattern 1: Pick this pattern carefully because it will make the strongest statement in your room, says Shari Hiller. It should be a large-scale pattern. Pattern 2: Select a very different pattern that's half the scale or size of the first pattern. If your first pattern is a large floral, the second pattern could be a plaid or geometric shape that has some of the same colors. Pattern 3: The third pattern can be similar to either of the other patterns and use two or three of the colors in the other patterns. A smaller floral would work well, for instance, with a larger floral and a plaid. Pattern 4 and more: Shari suggests that a fourth pattern, such as a tiny check or a printed texture in a small scale, could be used as a complementary pattern. Bedroom design by Erinn Valencich

From: Erinn Valencich

Mirrored Reflection: Make a tight bedroom feel open and spacious with properly placed mirrors. Designer Erinn Valencich disguised closet doors with massive mirrors to visually double the space in this bedroom.

Downplay Odd Angles

Downplay Odd Angles

With unusually angled walls, this bedroom made space planning difficult. Rather than have a custom rug created to fit the space, which would also emphasize the room's angle, designer Ammie Kim opted to showcase the hardwood floors. Ammie's Tip: Sometimes it's good not to have a rug under the bed: it creates spaciousness as seen at HGTV.com.

Think Outside the Box: With unusually angled walls, this bedroom made space planning difficult. Rather than have a custom rug created to fit the space, which would also emphasize the room's angle, designer Ammie Kim opted to showcase the hardwood floors. Ammie's Tip: Sometimes it's good not to have a rug under the bed: it creates spaciousness.

Chic Suite-Like Bedroom & Sitting Room

Chic Suite-Like Bedroom & Sitting Room

A long and narrow bedroom can be a challenge. Designer Angelo Surmelis created two distinct spaces: a cozy bed area and a separate entertainment area just for relaxing. Angelo's Tip: Create multiple functional zones in a large room for a hotel suite-like feel.

Divide and Conquer: A long and narrow bedroom can be a challenge. Designer Angelo Surmelis created two distinct spaces: a cozy bed area and a separate entertainment area just for relaxing. Angelo's Tip: Create multiple functional zones in a large room for a hotel suite-like feel.

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