7 bedroom design tips to note

bedroom design tips Katie Ridder

Katie Ridder

7 bedroom design tips to note is part of a series of helpful decorating tricks and design tips that I’ve collected from various sources – including House Beautiful magazine – and organized them into themes.  I’ve published tips for the kitchen and bathroom, living room and dining room.  And while these opinions are not the last word on the subject, they at least get you started when the need for a makeover arises.


Bedroom design tips of the Trade


“A bed should be 23” off the floor, no higher” (Katie Ridder)

“A bench at the foot of the bed should be no less than 2” shorter than the mattress width” (Tobi Fairley)


bedroom design tips

Katie Ridder

“Every room in the house should be such that when you enter it and scan the space, your line of sight is broken by things of different heights and volumes.  It makes for a more interesting room” (Richard Rabel)

“Always use white linens and towels.  Never cross the line – always use white.  They’re bleachable and send a message of cleanliness, refinement, and order” (Myra Hoefer)

“The days of twin beds are over.  When twin beds are required, first consider a pair of full-size beds.  They’re only 15” wider than twins and much more comfortable “(Betsy Brown)

“Bedside tables should be 36” to 38” tall.” (Ginger Barber)

“To create the most serenity in a bedroom, use a tone-on-tone palette of blue and green, then make it dynamic by using a wide variety of textures” (Celerie Kemble)


bedroom design tips Celerie Kemble

Celerie Kemble


Richard Rabel is a New York Interior Designer and Principal at Richard Rabel: Interiors+ Art, a design studio offering residential design, decorating and art advising services.

image credits from top to bottom: Katie Ridder (top 2 images);  Celerie Kemble