Bedrooms are incredibly personal things. They reflect more about who we are, and our likes, dislikes, preferences, and even how we live than many of us are probably comfortable with. However, there are a few design tips and tricks that you need to follow when you first move in or are looking to redesign your space.

Size of Your Furniture

If you aren’t careful, your bedroom furniture could crowd out everything else, and when this happens, it doesn’t matter how much you donate, your room will always look cluttered. To avoid this, try:

1.    Using a measuring tape and marking tape

If your bedroom is empty, then you need to visualize the furniture that you want to get physically. Using the diameters outlined in the product description, use a measuring tape and then masking or painters’ tape to create outlines. If you’re having trouble, work backward. Start first with your bed, and, more particularly, your mattress. There are plenty of options out there including a few eco-friendly mattresses for the eco-conscious. Once you decide, you can then work out how these sizes translate to your room. If you want a large bed, then see which of the larger sizes – queen, king, or California king – fit best. After the bed, you’ll want to add at least one side table, and then a dresser.

2.    Think Vertically

Where furniture sits on your floor is essential, but if it’s too tall, then no amount of maneuvering will make it fit. A loft bed can be a great way to have a living space and a bedroom, for example, but they require very high ceilings. Always check tall furniture for their height.

Light and Brightness

Now that you have worked out the layout and sizing of the furniture you look at, it’s time to think about the brightness. Light is key to our health and wellbeing, and unless you are lucky enough to enjoy a massive room with even bigger windows (or more than one) then you will need to pull out every trick in the book to make it brighter:

1.    Use Mirrors

Mirrors are one of the best ways to bounce light, so find a big one and place it near the window to brighten your room.

2.    Reflective Items

Reflective items can be your furniture, artworks, or anything else that helps bounce light. If it looks glossy and is reflecting the overhead lights in the store, you are good to go.

3.    Light Colors

Dark colors make spaces cozy, but they aren’t that great at bouncing light from the window to the darkest corners of your room. If you want your space to be bright, you should use lighter colors or whites for your walls and furniture.

No one should tell you the color of the wall, what style sheets you should have, what to put on your walls, or even what style of furniture you should choose. Those should all reflect you and your personal tastes. Your bedroom is not a showroom, and it is your most private and sacred space. Use this guide to make sure that it is functional and supports your health and wellbeing, yes, but for everything else, have fun!