How to design the bedroom as a couple
Enjoying a successful relationship is largely based on knowing the art of compromise, and this is never more important than in the bedroom. Just as you might have to compromise on which side of the bed you sleep, you may find that you have to concede some points when it comes to redesigning your relaxation and sleep space. Fortunately, however, there are things you can do to make sure that you’re both happy with the finished room – something that is incredibly important if you really want to enjoy spending time in the space.
You may love every tone of purple whilst your other half is firmly a green soul, so what do you do? Combine both, of course. Choose the right shades and tones and almost any colours will go together; just make sure you don’t overdo it with the brightest shades if you want to create a relaxing space.
That doesn’t mean that lime green can’t be on the agenda if that’s your favourite colour – just that you’d probably be better using it as an accent colour rather than as a main feature of the room. If even this compromise is proving difficult, choose a neutral tone that you can both agree on and then add both of your favourite colours in a minimalist way. By doing this, your eyes will inevitably be drawn to the hints of your favourite, but you won’t be offended by your partner’s choice if it is used in an appropriately subtle way.
Choose a Theme
Try to agree on a theme between you and you will at least be part way there in creating a cohesive design. This should allow you both freedom to choose aspects that you like whilst ensuring that you don’t end up sleeping in a shambolic space. You might choose a nautical theme, for example, which could make use of a whole host of blues and greens whilst still offering plenty of opportunities to inject a splash of a vibrant colour – or two – to give it a really modern twist.
This style choice also allows you to add other design elements, such as geometric shapes, which should give you both plenty of chances to show off your own unique style. There is also the opportunity to make use of lots of clean fresh lines, not to mention a fantastic statement bed.
Mix Masculine and Feminine
It might seem like a stereotype, but often design arguments can centre around traditional male and female preferences. The simple answer to this is to combine them both. When it comes to buying bedsteads for your bedroom, for example, you could choose a more masculine style of bed and dress it in a slightly more feminine way to soften the look.
This doesn’t have to mean lots of pink frills, however: there are many ways to inject femininity without creating a room where only Barbie would want to sleep. It is also possible to soften the look of a masculine bed with more feminine bedroom furniture, such as a great dressing table.
Personalise the Room
If you choose to go neutral, you don’t necessarily need to end up feeling like you’re sleeping in a hotel room. Each of you could choose some favourite artworks or photographs and decorate the space to make it feel truly yours. Alternatively, you could choose pieces that will satisfy you both – perhaps a canvas of your honeymoon location or your dream holiday destination?
You should both be able to agree on the fact that every relationship needs to include some romance, and where better to find it than in the bedroom? A canopy bed can be a great place to start to create this look, and it doesn’t have to be adorned with heavy floral fabrics. Floating white or cream curtains can look light and airy whilst still maintaining a romantic atmosphere.
If the idea of a four-poster simply would not fit in with your overall interior design aims, you can still inject some romance with the use of sensual fabrics and curvaceous lines. Aim for a room containing items you want to touch as well as those you want to look at to create a real sensory experience that both of you can enjoy.