Bedroom design mistakes to ‘avoid at all costs’ for a more ‘serene’ feeling space

Bedrooms are a place to unwind, practice self-care, and get a solid night of sleep. But, if the space is not designed well, it can do more harm than good, often contributing to a sense of imbalance and unease. From ignoring clutter to failing to address mood lighting, there are “small errors” that can have a “huge impact” on the overall look and feel of a room that needs to be “avoided at all costs”, according to award-winning designer and property developer at Landmass Alan Waxman.

1. Not considering scale 

The expert claimed that interior designers always notice the furniture that is too large or small for the bedroom. 

While purchasing properly scaled furniture is tricky as everything looks the same size online, Alex explained: “If you lay out the furniture with blue tape, it can help avoid a lot of mistakes.” 

To do this, take the measurements of the desired piece, and tape the width and length in a rectangle on the floor. 

The designer guaranteed: “You’ll have a much better sense of the piece in the space.”

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2. Ignoring clutter

As previously mentioned, a bedroom is supposed to be relaxing and breathable. To ensure this is the case the expert suggests “eliminating unnecessary items” and making sure the furniture is not too large for the room. 

Having all types of furniture in one space like a desk, bed, wardrobes, drawers and even bedside tables can become a handful to look at and can often make the room uncomfortable – something that a bedroom should not be.

He said: “Adequate storage can help minimise clutter. For the items you want to keep in sight, small trays and catchalls can help everything feel more organised.”

3. A lack of regard for mood lighting

While more creative lighting is typically reserved for dining rooms and kitchens, there’s no rule saying that they can’t be included in bedrooms.

Alex said: “There is more to a bedroom than just overhead lighting – reading lights are also essential.”

If households want to include them they can add indirect and task lighting that keeps the glare of light away from the eye.

4. Decorating with bright colours

Rather than using vibrant colours in the bedroom, it is recommended to opt for calm, natural colours to keep the space “serene and timeless”. 

Alex suggested: “To add a sheen texture that is not overpowering, we suggest a natural grasscloth wallpaper. 

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“Warm, light neutrals work beautifully in the bedroom, and a variation in textures helps the space feel softer and more inviting.”

5. Overlooking the headboard 

The expert suggested paying special attention to the headboard rather than going for simple boxy beige headboards. 

He said: “Do an offbeat fabric on your headboard, or choose an unusual shape.”

The headboard covers such an important portion of the space and should be treated as such. 

Alex suggested: “If an off-the-shelf headboard has uninspiring fabric options, have it recovered just like you would a chair or opt for a beautiful wooden one.”

6. Going overboard with pillows on the bed

Many love covering their bed in pillows and cushions, however, the expert says that it’s best to keep this area minimal. 

He said: “We prefer using four regular pillows, two on each side, and only one or two decorative pillows maximum. 

“When it comes to decorative pillows, it’s all about quality, not to do with quantity.”

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