Interior Designers Always Notice These Bedroom Decorating Mistakes


We know it right away when walking into a great hotel room: Everything is perfectly proportioned, the bed is meticulously made, and the lighting casts a soft glow on attractive and functional furniture. The rug has the ideal softness under bare feet, and the artwork is eye-catching but not overpowering. Hoteliers craft their guest rooms so effortlessly, so why can it feel so hard to replicate the same look at home?

It may boil down to a few decorating mistakes designers always notice when walking into clients’ bedrooms. From ignoring clutter to failing to address mood lighting, these small errors can have a huge impact on the overall look and feel of a room. We tapped some of the best interior designers in the industry to share the mistakes to avoid at all cost when decorating a bedroom. Are you guilty of these decorating faux pas?

This post was originally published on February 9, 2017, and has since been updated.

You go to sleep and wake up in your bedroom almost every day—so why not see something wonderful on the walls?”

“We think it’s so sad when a bedroom ceiling is left bare or has a ho-hum flush mount stuck up there,” add the Massucco Warner Miller designers. “Have fun with lighting in the bedroom! There is no rule that says chandeliers are reserved for dining rooms.” For interior designer Tim Campbell, there is more to a bedroom than just overhead lighting—reading lights are also essential: “Add

Interior designer Trip Haenisch always notices furniture that is too large or small for the bedroom. “Properly scaled furniture is tricky,” he says. “Everything looks the same size online. If you lay out the furniture with blue tape, it can help avoid a lot of mistakes.” To do this, take the measurements of the piece you want to buy, and tape the width and length in a rectangle on the floor. You’ll have a much better sense of the piece in the space.

Wollack and Zwickl are also careful not to use too many bright colors in a bedroom. “

The designers at Massucco Warner Miller also suggest paying special attention to the headboard: “There’s no reason for boxy beige headboards. Do an offbeat fabric on your headboard, or choose an unusual shape.” The headboard covers such an important portion of the space and should be treated as such. “If an off-the-shelf headboard has uninspiring fabric options, have it recovered just like you would a chair—and don’t hold back with color!”

One of Haenisch’s pet peeves in the bedroom is a bed that gets swallowed up by pillows: “

Another mistake that Haenisch always notices? Neglected bedding: “

“When your nightstand does not have storage, things start to pile up and a create an unnecessary mess,” explain Wollack and Zwickl. “It’s best to have nightstands with drawers that can hold books, chargers, and other necessities. We try to only use nightstands that have drawers with built-in chargers so there aren’t a lot of exposed cords.”

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