Decorating Tips for Creating a Cozy Bedroom by Vivienne Shen

Our bedroom is generally the first and the last place we find ourselves in each day - when we wake up and when we go to bed. What is, therefore, the best way to decorate our space and make it truly our own?

A little about myself – my name is Vivienne Shen. I am a full-time energy trader and a part time interior decorator. One of my favorite styles is vintage, with my favorite era being the mid 20th century. Like many Singaporeans, I love travelling and travelling has inspired my styling. My home was recently featured in Apartment Therapy, and today I wanted to share some decorating tips that you can implement immediately!

 1. Pick colours that calm you

Colour scheme is probably one of the most important factors in creating a relaxing ambience. Cool hues such as shades of blue, grey and green are proven to reduce stress and anxiety - my bedroom wall, for instance, is painted in a gorgeous shade of dark grey-blue (Jotun 4710 Dew Blue).

Do note however, that colour changes under different lightings, take that into consideration when choosing your paints. On that note, don’t be afraid of introducing a dark colour scheme into your bedroom - there are many ways to add accents to your rooms. White headboards, bedsheets or simply a white ceiling creates a wonderful contrast to the dark colour scheme. Similarly, reflective materials such as brass or mirror will also naturally illuminate your room. Don’t forget to add a splash of warm colours from wooden furnitures or decorative pieces such as rugs and throw pillows too!

2. Lighting is everything

Nothing is more important than lighting! It is your pick that determines if your room resembles a 5 star hotel or a hospital operating room. Lightings come with different colour temperature - so when it comes to your bedrooms, cool white is not very ideal as it is too harsh.

Multiple source of lighting also creates the ambience you love. Besides the main ceiling light, hidden lighting in the ceiling or even under the bed could add an extra drama and flair to your bedroom. Are you a reader? Bedside lights are useful for those who wants to curl beneath the sheets and not have to hobble out to turn off the main lights when sleep kicks in

3. Artwork injects personality into your space

Make your space your own by introducing art into your rooms. There are many ways, for instance, of decorating the empty wall above your bed. If you have chosen to paint the wall with a plain colour like I did, having a large piece of statement art is the perfect solution in creating a stylish and cozy look that showcases your individuality and personality. Just be sure not to pick garish or ostentatious art pieces for your bedroom. Each piece of art instills an energy in the space, so you may need to choose something that soothes the mind and soul for your bedroom.

4. Texture transforms your space

Here’s a secret - mixing textures turns your look from drab to fab. Think about mixing natural wood with brass for your furniture, marble and glass for your trays and vase, wool for your rug and throw and cotton or linen for your beddings. If budget allows, go for natural materials - they’re not only gorgeous but environmentally friendly as well.

5. Pick the right sheets to slip into

Select the right bedsheets for your lifestyle needs - it does wonders to the quality of rest. If you’re going to spend a third of your lives in bed, it makes perfect sense to create the most comfortable environment for it. Choose natural material that your skin approves of, be it cotton, linen or sateen and making your bedroom a sanctuary where you enjoy sleeping and waking up in.

6. Perk up with flowers and potted plants

What’s better than waking up after a good sleep? Why, waking up to some greenery and fresh flowers of course! Plants are great things to have around the house. Not only do they look good, they infuse the room with positive energy and make you happy. Literally. Besides being great decorative pieces, it also improves the indoor air quality. Jasmine, Lavender and Snake Plant, for example, may even help you sleep better.

 7. Personalise your space 

Your bedroom is your personal space and a safe haven from the outside world. Make it truly yours by putting pictures of your loved ones on the bedside, for instance. Light some candles with your favourite scenes and keep some books by the side to read before bed. Make it your little nook at home that belongs to nobody else but you.

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