Bedroom Design And Lighting
Lighting has a massive effect on atmosphere. In fact, it has the greatest effect on mood. If the lighting is not
right nothing else you do will salvage your design, so when it comes to redecorating your bedroom, you should spend
some time thinking carefully about what you want to achieve. Do you want a sexy boudoir or do you want a functional
It matters a great deal whether you are married or single. Many married people do not want a sexy bedroom,
mainly if they have children, whereas single people, especially women, prefer a sexy boudoir. Single men are
inclined to go for a functional bedroom with a computer desk in the corner.
There are three ways you can go about designing your bedroom: You could use pen and paper; you could use
software or you could plan it in your head. Whichever way you decide to go, you will need to think about style and
lighting. Let's say that you will be using pen and paper to sketch out your design, because that is what most
people would do.
Graph paper is the simplest to use exactly. Pick the largest scale that will allow your longest wall to fit on
the page. So, if your sheet of paper is 12x7 inches and your room is 5x3 yards, then your scale would be 2 inches
to 1 yard or 2:36, which is 1:18. Draw in the walls of your bedroom.
Next draw in fixed objects like windows and doors and then electrical points and light fittings. The rest is
yours to do with what you want. At this juncture, you may want to make a dozen photocopies of your sheet of graph
paper, so that you can outline several ideas.
Draw in where you want large furniture to go - things like the bed, wardrobes and the dressing table. Now mark
in where you need extra electrical sockets to go. Next job is to clean everything from the room, lift the carpets
and strip the wallpaper. Now what colours do you want?
Red or pink is sexy, blue or green is more neutral. Black is weird. Dark grey would be depressing, but a very
light grey might be all right. Go down to the paint shop and try to get some sampler tins so that you can paint
small patches on the walls. Or borrow a wallpaper catalogue to take home.
Put in the extra sockets before you start decorating. The woodwork is normally painted white or off white; cream
or rose white are nice warm colours; apple white is a little colder. After painting and decorating move your
carpets and furniture back in along with any new furniture you have purchased.
Install your new lighting. Table lamps, wall sconces and floor lamps can be a lot more effective than ceiling
lights. They also allow you to highlight certain areas of your new bedroom. Table lamps allow one person to sleep
while the other reads. A desk light will permit one to work and the other to sleep and a floor lamp will provide
general lighting so that you do not trip over if you need to get up.