Though in some ways a boring bedroom could be a good thing — after all, a lack of distractions could calm, which might be just what you need to fall more soundly asleep at night. But a boring bedroom is well, boring, and it might not be the kind of place you want to wake up in and get your day going in. So if you're feeling like your bedroom is looking particularly boring lately (or you're just on the hunt for ideas to freshen up an old design), see if it's because it's missing one of these dynamic design elements!
As we've seen a few times over, painting your bedroom's walls dark colors has a calming effect that can rival the peacefulness of a bedroom with soothingly light walls. Wrapping you in a cozy paint hug, dark bedroom walls mimic more successfully the dark environment needed to sleep, but then excite in the morning when the light hits the color by being bold and dramatic to help you kick off the day. If you can't paint because you rent or aren't ready to slap black paint on your walls, go for dark colored curtains which will add drama and help block light at night, too.
Cool light fixtures — or cool light fixture placements — aren't just for other parts of the home. Whether you want to see two pendant lights flanking your bed or a big floor lamp in the corner with a chair, there is no type of light fixture that is off-limits in the bedroom, and they'll always add interest and warmth to a space.
Many people already know about the life-giving and delightful feel plants in your bedroom can add to your life, but for others, grab your favorite kind of plant and add it to a barren corner! I've just recently added a beautiful leafy big plant to a corner of my bedroom and it's made me wonder what I was thinking waiting so long!
Pattern can be a tricky thing to incorporate into a bedroom, because you don't want to add a pattern in there that's so wild you can't sleep well at night. So add that pattern behind your head — think about the wall your bed is up against, your headboard or your curtains behind your bed — all great places to add pattern that can spice up the space without being so loud and busy they excite you too much to sleep. And don't forget that you can find patterns in soft, soothing colors without a lot of contrast that can add interest without too much excitement.
While a sleek, minimal bedroom is certainly easier to clean, don't forget to make sure you add coziness into your mix. It's the kind of thing that doesn't immediately scream excitement, but it is the sort of element that can make a room feel more welcome and full, which can have a big effect on it feeling interesting.
A dynamic bedside
If the bed is the most important element in a bedroom, the bedsides are the next vital spots to design. They not only have to be areas that function for what you need for a bedside, they've also got to be dynamic, too. So play with scale, play with weird elements used as nightstands, incorporate cool lighting like suggested above. Just don't let these two prime spots in your bedroom be an afterthought.
Personal, unique touches
It's human nature to spend a lot of time and energy on decorating the more public parts of our homes — the spots that guests will see and love more often. But the bedroom is the place you start and end each day, so it's important you save some of your favorite design elements for that spot, whether it's an art piece you love or a collection of items that's meaningful to you.
Since bedrooms are so utilitarian, they tend to be the places where we only perform functions like sleeping and picking out clothes. For some reason, they tend to be places that, like personal, unique touches, we overlook when it comes to humor. But it's really one of the best places to get funny with art and objects. So let your hair down and play around with taking design a little less seriously in this space.