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Understanding the psychology of bedroom design.

Bedrooms are unique places. Providing us with the space to rest, unwind and be our truest, most natural selves, this room deserves careful consideration when it comes to interior design. After all, how you decorate this part of your home can have a significant effect on how you feel and behave when you’re in it. To get the most of this area, let’s explore some fundamental tenets of good bedroom design.

Space-time relationships

In The Emergence of the Interior, Charles Rice argues that in the fast-moving modern world, we are becoming disconnected with tradition. However, he claims that we can create a sense of connection with times gone by through objects around us. For example, he says that a mantelpiece might ‘encode the mythical fireside and the situation it provided for the telling of stories’. Harking back to the past in your interior design can evoke a strong sense of rootedness, connection and belonging. To summon up a fragment of history in your bedroom, consider furniture styles that are reminiscent of long ago. For example, it’s possible to get luxury beds that are inspired by different historical periods such as the Victorian era.


Balance is an important concept in interior design, and the bedroom is a space where it is particularly important to feel balanced and at one with your environment. After all, this is where you’re supposed to be able to relax and let go of the worries of the day.

Gestalt psychology, a school of psychology concerned with perception, contends that our brains reduce the single pieces of information we take in with our eyes down to a simple pattern. In real terms, this means we see the bedroom as a single entity before we can perceive the specific design features that make up the room. With this in mind, to make a room really come together, developing a sense of symmetry is key. Creating balance doesn’t have to be complicated. It could be as straightforward as placing a bedside table next to each side of the bed or hanging complementary artwork in matching frames on opposite walls of the bedroom.


The psychological effects of colour are well documented. According to colour psychologists, some hues are better at encouraging certain activities than others. As the primary function of your bedroom is rest, it’s a good idea to use a colour that’s believed to have a soothing effect. It’s thought that cooler shades are better for aiding relaxation than warmer colours, so blues or greens may be the perfect choice for this area of your home.

If you follow these basic design principles, you are more likely to end up with a bedroom that has a positive effect on your mood and helps you to wind down and rest.

It was with all of this in mind, that we set about redecorating our bedroom at the beginning of the summer, and we are so delighted with how it has turned out.  Our colour / mood board consisted of grey, white and a very soft pink, with the aim to create a calm, relaxing room that also suggested romance and elegance. I’ve shared some pictures below.












What do you think? Have you any plans to redecorate? Let me know, I love to hear other peoples ideas!

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