|The bedroom: interior advice|
About the bedroom...
De the bedroom, or sleeping room, or,¬†the chambre a coucher in French, is probably the room you spend most of your time. You spend your time reading, sleeping, and maybe a bit of working? Maybe you also watch TV in it, and maybe you even use it for eating and drinking!
Especially students, who have a little room in the city have to manage without much space, so that the sleeping room also becomes the living room, the study room and the dining room too! Students usually have to come with creative solutions to make it a nice and cosy place too.
They buy a bunk bed so that their mattress lies higher. The space underneath can then be used for all kinds of things this way. Another trick that can be used is to put big mirrors in your room, so that your room looks bigger (plus that you can make a mysterious work of art out of it, just like how David Drebin did it with his photographies). Don't it if you're Chinese though, because mirrors in bedrooms bring bad luck according to their tradition, certainly if you can see yourself sleeping!
Tips for¬†arranging your bedroom.
What are the tips to get the most out of your bedroom? Well, to start with, the basics need to be in order, otherwise there's no point in trying to put a flag on a mud vessel, like they say in Holland. So, have your bedroom cleaned up first! Throw away whatever you don't use or what doesn't do anything with you. Don't start a museum ather, because in the end, most of the things you keep for years will be of little or no value at all, unless you'll become 90, but by that time, it will probably be of little use to you.
Exception is maybe the money you saved up or your shares (if you picked the right company), but these assets are usually kept safely at the bank. Further, I would personally advise to keep all the furnitures at the side, because this usually takes up the least of space, just like cooking ranges, which is only suitable for the homes with larger kitchens/living rooms. Do you need more advice on cleaning up your room! Subscribe yourself to the newsletter of decoration-ideas.com! Anyways, if everything is all tidy, we can have a look at how we can arrange your bedroom.
Think of lighting your room!
Another reason why it's best to arrange your furniture to the side: it makes good lighting easier. Big pieces of furniture in the middle of your bedroom give a lot of shadow, blocking off the light, which is good against depressions!!! Lots of small homes don't have many big windows, so that it's always quite dark, so keep this into account for if a good mood is important to you. So, even if you're moreless locked up between three walls: make sure you have enough lighting!
Try to get as much sunlight as possible too, so have your bed and/or desk¬†near to a window, this also gives a relationship between the inhabitant and the outside of the house, like we say in architectural terms. Don't cover off the heater too much though! We don't want to waste too much energy in heating either! So, light colours will help well with giving a good mood, but it's not necessary: with enough lighting from either the sun or from lamps, you should be insured of a good mood without too many depressions!
Furniture for your bedroom...
The more you can concentrate the bedroom's function of that of a sleeping room, the bigger your house probably is. A bedroom that's purely meant for sleeping has a bed, a night table or nightstand, adresser (used to be a commode) for keeping clothes, and some lighting as a ceiling/hanging lamp, and oh yes: a table lamp. And the wardrobe? The real big houses (in the magnitude of these gigantic colosses which are impossible to maintain on your own) have an special room as wardrobe, but usually, this wardrobe is placed in the bedroom.
Some people also have a little table for writing down something, or for putting up make-up, but nowadays it's getting rather rare that people write down things with pen and paper. Many things happen digitally, combined within a desk, but OK, the ladies can make themself up to make an astonishing appearance ;-)
What could also deserve some attention in your bedroom are your curtains and the wallpaper. Wallpaper is something that can totally change the ambiance of your room, so that it feels softer and more cosy to be there. More about that on the wallpaper page!
Further, they say that no matter how poor or how rich someone is, he can only eat one meal at a time, and can only sleep on one place at a time. A bedroom doesn't need more. Yes, sometimes the bedroom has some overlapping functions¬†with¬†the living room or study room, so if you'd like to give your bedroom more functions than only sleeping, do feel free to have a look at these pages for more inspiration.
The interior decorator: make a moodboard first!
If you hire an interior decorator to arrange your bedroom, he will also have to think of what you want to do in this room. What kind of person are you? What kind of ambiance must there be in the bedroom? For this, we make a moodboard, which consists of a collage of pictures (usually from magazines) with some stereotypical images. For example, an advertisement from Gucci will have a totally different ambiance than for example Prada. Gucci would be more showy (bling bling), and Prada will be more minimalistic. the same happes with furniture.
Someone who finds perfection and abstraction important above everything else will like to have a Rietveld-Schr√∂der house, while an exuberant and¬†flamboyant person would like something with more decorations: Baroque, big, light-hearted and with lots of colours! A person who likes more something cosy and comfortable would appreciate something with a more warm character: lots of wood, leather as material and¬†not too many open spaces: Everything must by nicely cosy together! From this, an interior decorator can choose the types of furniture: modern? Retro? Trendy? Baroque? Art Nouveau?
Working according to a concept or theme.
What you can also do is to work according to a certain theme or concept for your bedroom, like the sea (bed in boat form and blue interior), or the moon (black, gray, interior that has something to do with spacecrafts). These are very explicit examples, but it can also be made more abstract, by only using the colours of the thoughts behind travelling to the moon: Arms race? Greatness? Adventure? Ambition? Or simple something from space itself? This is also a way of making art, although this could happen in a much more abstract way. That's also one of the reasons why people pay so much for art. You need to make it in a certain way, plus that it has to challenge the possibilies of what's possible and what's not in a certain context. This is also the way how a good interior decorator makes a work of art of your interior. Although less complicated, because it still needs to be inhabitable and comfortable... However... Gerrit Rietveld had other ideas on this with his chair...