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Publication Date: 2015-08-20

Design Insights

The Biggest Bedroom Design Mistakes to Avoid

Seven interior designers weigh in on the most common bedroom design mistakes that they see and the ones they feel most compelled to fix.


1. Buying The ‘Bedroom Suite.’ “I see homes where the bed, nightstands, chest of drawers and mirror are all identical. It is very boring and looks like a sales special. Take a little bit of time and find ‘coordinating’ pieces vs. ‘matched’ pieces. Take a little bit of time and find special pieces you love for your bedroom. It's one of the spaces in your home that you spend the most amount of time.” — Sandra Espinet

2. Too Many Pillows. “The biggest mistake people in the bedroom is loading up the bed with too many pillows. That’s too much work twice a day, and it just looks fussy.” — Amy Mellen, Creative Director, Calvin Klein Home

3. Not Enough Lighting. “I often have two sources of light by the bed -- pretty lamps for aesthetics and ambient light. However, one still needs direct reading light as partners don't always go to sleep at the same time. Ideally, I also add small, flexible individual direct reading lights.” — Amanda Nisbet

4. Skimping On A Quality Mattress. “Everyone has become obsessed with the thread count of their sheets, often spending more than they do on their mattresses. A mattress is an investment and is the literally the core of a good bedroom and a good night's sleep. Invest in quality and take it for a test drive!” — Ken Fulk

5. Experimenting With Harsh Colors. “I love color; I use it a lot in my work. The bedroom is the one place in the house that should be soothing, relaxing and comforting. The bedroom is not the place to experiment with harsh colors. You want soothing tones that promote a restful night sleep and a sanctuary from the rest of the world.” — Nathan Turner

6. Mis-sized Art On The Walls. “I can't stand seeing a small image alone above a bed. The key to ‘finishing’ a room is to treat the wall behind the bed with a large piece of art or a gallery which addresses the space correctly." — Elizabeth Bolognino

7. Too Much Light. “It is really important to consider window treatments that can darken the room completely and look just as beautiful closed as they do open. Draperies with a thick inner lining are my favorites. They absorb sound and are so luxurious that you instantly feel cocooned when they are closed, and glamorous when they are sumptuously gathered at the sides when opened up.” — Annie Brahler

Bedroom design by interior designer Kate Hayes

Text by Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson


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