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7 Bedroom Design Mistakes To Avoid

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Ed Hawes
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If you’ve arrived here you might ask yourself, ‘How can I design my bedroom?’. If that’s the case, you are in luck. There is a multitude of bedroom design mistakes that are, unfortunately, common practice.

Here, we sat down with our interior designer, Kelly Collins, to get to grips with the biggest bedroom design mistakes to avoid and what you should do instead. From avoiding feature walls and not enough storage to the importance of lighting, here are our seven biggest bedroom mistakes: 

Avoid feature walls

Avoid feature walls. Too many people are still creating feature walls in the bedroom. Paint and, or wallpaper is thrown onto the back wall behind the headboard. Simply, do not do this. It makes the bedroom look messy and dated. Instead, paint all of the walls, or add woodwork to the walls and ceilings. 

bedroom feature walls

Don’t worry too much about making your bedroom look too dark, that’s the point. 

Don’t treat the bedroom like a normal room in the house 

When it comes to interior design, people often treat the bedroom like it’s a normal room in the house. It’s worth remembering how you use the bedroom the majority of the time. If the room is used for sleeping, then there is no reason for it to be so light. Treat the bedroom like a bedroom, make it dark and cosy – and more importantly, a place where you can relax. 

Too much open storage

Open storage is commonplace, many bedrooms have shelving units above the bed. The problem with this area of design is that open storage makes a space look untidy. Untidiness that clutters a space dedicated to relaxing is a contradiction. The bedroom is a place for sleeping, therefore, open storage might not only negatively impact your mental health and well-being, but it will keep your brain active at a time when you need to switch off. 

The importance of lighting

Another common bedroom design mistake is not considering the importance of lighting. Most bedrooms have two bedside table lights and a ceiling light. Think about whether you can add a dimmable lamp or a dimmer switch on a ceiling light. Add a lower light option to the bed or bedside table, so when you wake up the lighting isn’t harsh. 

bedroom lighting

Although it’s often forgotten about, lighting is incredibly important in the bedroom. Make sure it’s considered and the room is well-lit. 

Choosing on-trend fabrics

On-trend fabrics like natural fibers linen and wool, are beautiful fabrics, especially for sofas and upholstered furniture items. But are they right for the bedroom? On-trend fabrics are too harsh for a bedroom because of the textures. For example, soft or brushed cotton and soft velvet are much softer, creating a cosier feel. Think about the texture of the fabrics before adding them to your bedroom.


The layout of a room is another design mistake. Don’t buy a huge bed, unless the room is large enough to accommodate it.  

Often people add an oversized bed to a room without thinking about the flow of the space. Measure the room and think about how you will use the room: do you put on make-up in the bedroom, do you have an open-door wardrobe, do you have a desk, and work from home? There are many considerations to be made before choosing the size of your bed. 

Not enough storage

Think about how much storage space you need in your bedroom. You can make a room look aesthetically pleasing, but is it functional? Include storage ottomans at the end of the bed, built-in wardrobes instead of open ones, dressing tables with drawers, and bedside tables with shelving units.  

When it comes to bedroom colour mistakes to avoid, follow the three simple tips below:

  1. Avoid cold colours like blues and bright whites.
  2. If two of you are sharing the room, agree on the colours that make all parties calm and relaxed. 
  3. Make sure you don’t conflict colour tones. Don’t clash a cold tone with a warm tone because it’s going to make you feel uncomfortable. 

Are there any colour or shades you wouldn’t use in a bedroom? 

Don’t use dark purples, cold greys, browns, black, or reds – all of those colours have been. 

How can I improve bedroom design? 

Paint is a very easy and quick way to improve the bedroom design without breaking the bank. You can also add new bedding to create a new fresh design.

What impact does natural light have on a paint colour? 

Like any room, natural light will have a huge impact on the paint colour within that room. When picking a colour, get a sample pot or sample sticker, and put it in different sections of the room to see how it is affected by natural light. If you have got a lighter room, you can go a bit darker.

The bedroom should be a place to unwind, relax, and ultimately, sleep. So, make sure you put the time into designing your space right.  

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