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.

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.

Mirrored Closet Doors

Mirrored Closet Doors

Mirrored closet doors reflect off the natural light from the windows, making this bedroom feel even bigger and brighter.

Photo by: Braun + Adams

Braun + Adams

Mirrored Reflection: Make a tight bedroom feel open and spacious with properly placed mirrors. Disguise closet doors with mirrors to visually double the space in a 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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