Most of the people have a chaotic life filled with work, errands, and chores that must be done. A good bedroom design plays a major role in giving your body the rest it needs.
You don’t have to be a professional decorator to have a basic understanding of the key elements of home décor. Knowing what these elements are before you decorate a bedroom helps to ensure that you achieve two of the most fundamental elements when it comes to successful interior design – balance and symmetry. Here is how with better bedroom design you can make your space more harmonious:
Balance and Symmetry
Balance and symmetry are the elements that achieve an overall harmony within the design choices made when decorating a bedroom – or any room.
When we use the term “balance”, it means that no one area or element of the room overpowers, or is “more important” than other areas or elements. This does not imply that having a focal point in your bedroom is “wrong.”
A focal point is an element in the room that the eye is drawn to first. In many cases when decorating a bedroom this will be the bed. It could also be a dynamic, colorful mural on a wall. Perhaps it is an ornate dresser or mirror. It could be the view out of the bedroom window. Understanding the element of balance when decorating a bedroom assists you when making choices outside of the focal point.
Symmetry impacts this overall sense of a balanced, unified visual impact when decorating a bedroom. There are three types of symmetry:
- Rotational Symmetry – A simple example of rotational symmetry is a flower. In a flower, the petals rotate around a central point. How you might use rotational symmetry when decorating a bedroom would be to place a grouping of mirrors on a wall with smaller mirrors encircling a larger mirror.
- Reflective Symmetry – If you place an object against a mirror, the image is reflected – in other words, a “mirror image.” When decorating your bedroom you would be using reflective symmetry by placing the same bedside tables at either side of the bed. Another example of reflective symmetry can be two, same size pieces of framed art hung on a wall. A further example is placing two of the same vases at either end of a dresser.
- Translational Symmetry – This type of symmetry repeats a specific element in a pattern where the element is repeated at equal distances, or distances that are different, but keep to a repeated pattern of the same sequence of distance. Think of patterns on wallpaper and tile patterns.
The Usual Suspects: Line, Texture and Color
Now that we’ve got a basic grasp of the importance of balance and symmetry when decorating a bedroom we are ready to talk about elements of décor that most of us are more familiar with: color, texture, and line. We now know the importance of considering how particular choices we make as to color, texture, and line must relate themselves to the balance and symmetry within the room.
Lines Aren’t Always Straight
When we think of a line it usually brings to mind straight lines, such as lines that form a square or a box. However, there are many kinds of lines and they certainly are not all straight. Lines on your designer quilt covers can be horizontal, vertical, parallel, diagonal, curved, wavy, zigzag, dashed, or dotted. It is important to recognize that the impact of line in a room should also take into consideration that lines are not all one dimensional. The edges of particular items in a bedroom create lines.
Texture: Can you feel it?
When you decorate a bedroom you will create surfaces. A table top has a surface. A wall has a surface. Even curtains and quilt covers have a surface. There are many types of surfaces. Surfaces are most always categorized as either smooth or rough, however, there are many gradients of what can be called smooth and what can be called rough. When you decorate a bedroom you have the opportunity to use texture as an element that creates a particular character or “feel” to the room.
Color My World
Color is perhaps the element most of us think we can deal with no matter how much, or how little, decorating experience we have. At the same time, once you’re staring at paint chips, choosing what color (or color scheme) you want to use when decorating a bedroom can be a daunting experience.
Hopefully you have found the inspiration you need to come up with the right combination of ideas for you to transform your room into the oasis you need and desire. Remember, you can achieve a creative bedroom design that is fun and exciting as well as restful, all you need to do is start!