6 Steps for Creating a Serene Primary Bedroom


Welcome to the world of possibilities! Your primary bedroom should be a haven, an escape from the daily hustle, and a reflection of your personal style. We have completed many primary bedroom makeovers, therefore we understand that embarking on a remodeling journey can be both exciting and overwhelming. Fear not, for we are here to guide you through every step, ensuring your dream sanctuary becomes a reality.

Step 1: Visualizing Your Ideal Bedroom

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The first and most crucial step in remodeling your primary bedroom is to envision your dream bedroom. Take some time to reflect on your preferences, design inspirations, and desired functionality. Are you drawn to a minimalist, contemporary style, or do you prefer a cozy, rustic ambiance? Do you want double doors to your room and high ceilings? Ponder over color schemes, different layouts, and lighting options that resonate with your personality.

Along with visualizing your bedroom decorating ideas, you may want to consider if you want to have an en-suite bathroom. Most older Seattle homes do not have a bathroom in the primary suite. Having a bathroom in your primary bedroom is a highly desirable feature for various reasons, such as increasing your resale value and providing complete privacy. It eliminates the need to share a bathroom with other family members or guests, providing you with a personal oasis within your home. Whether you're getting ready in the morning or winding down at night, having a bathroom right next to your sleeping area is incredibly convenient.

Additionally, an en-suite bathroom allows you to design and personalize the space to your liking. You can choose fixtures, tiles, colors, and accessories that align with your style and preferences. This creative freedom adds a touch of individuality to your bedroom and bathroom combination.

Step 2: Designing the Layout

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Ensuring a harmonious and functional primary bedroom layout is paramount. Collaborating closely with our team of skilled interior designers and architects, we'll cater to your desires and needs, both present and future. Careful consideration will be given to the placement of your bed, closets, windows, and doors to optimize the flow and utility of the space.

With countless primary bedroom design concepts at our disposal, we can make the most of every inch. In the absence of extra bedrooms, we can seamlessly incorporate a home office or a comfortable seating area into your spacious bedroom. Additionally, we can create a private sanctuary within your primary bedroom, or if needed, a small nursery space that can be easily transformed into an extra walk-in closet or a compact office once your baby has outgrown the nursery. Our goal is to create a personalized and adaptable space that enhances your living experience.

Here are some tips when it comes to layout - 

  • Adding a small window above each nightstand can bring natural light into your space 
  • If you want a TV in your bedroom, plan to have your bed on the wall centered across from where the TV will be mounted
  • Add outlets to your closet, it may seem unnecessary but can come in handy if you want to steam a garment or if you turn your walk-in closet into a nursery in the future

Step 3: Choosing the Right Colors and Materials

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Your bedroom is an extension of yourself, and the colors and materials you choose can deeply impact your emotional well-being. Whether you opt for a soft, neutral palette for a serene ambiance or bold colors to express your personality, be intentional with your choices. Embrace materials that enhance comfort and elevate the overall aesthetic. With careful consideration of colors and materials, your primary bedroom will become a haven that reflects your essence, providing you with a space to unwind, recharge, and find peace amidst the chaos of life.

When choosing materials, consider the following:

Hardwood Floors:

Hardwood floors exude timeless elegance and bring a sense of warmth to your bedroom. They are easy to maintain and work well with various design styles, from traditional to modern.

Plush Carpets:

Plush carpets add a touch of luxury and coziness to your bedroom. Opt for soft, high-quality carpets that feel heavenly under your feet when you step out of bed.

Textured Wallpapers:

Textured wallpapers add dimension and interest to your bedroom walls. They come in a wide range of designs, from subtle textures to bold patterns, allowing you to customize the level of impact you desire.

Statement Wall or Wallpaper Mural: Showcasing Your Personality

To make your bedroom truly unique and showcase your personality, consider creating a statement wall or using a captivating wallpaper mural. This focal point can be the backdrop behind your bed or an accent wall that draws attention. Choose a design that resonates with you, such as a nature-inspired mural, an abstract art piece, or a geometric pattern that adds visual interest and elevates the overall aesthetic of your bedroom.

Step 4: Illuminating the Space


Lighting can make or break the ambiance of your primary bedroom. It is a key factor in setting the feeling of any room, but especially important in the main bedroom since that is your own private serene space. Consider different lighting options, including ceiling fixtures, bedside lamps, wall sconces, and even string lights, to create layers of illumination. Dimmers can be particularly useful, allowing you to adjust the lighting intensity according to your mood and needs.

Natural light is a prized asset, so prioritize incorporating many windows into your bedroom. Also, consider maximizing it by using sheer window treatments like light-colored curtains or blinds. Complement the natural light with strategically placed artificial lighting, including bedside lamps, pendant lights, and wall sconces. Choosing certain paint colors can also help with illuminating your bedroom. For example, changing your gray walls to white walls might help the room feel larger if you have a small bedroom.

Step 5: Customizing Storage Solutions

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A clutter-free bedroom is the key to creating a serene and relaxing atmosphere. Customizing storage solutions ensures that every item has its place, leaving your primary bedroom neat, organized, and conducive to restful sleep. Here are some creative and practical storage ideas to optimize your space:

Custom-Built Closets:

Custom-built closets are a game-changer when it comes to maximizing storage in your primary bedroom. Unlike standard pre-fabricated closets, custom-built ones are designed to fit your specific needs and space. Work with a professional designer to create a system that accommodates your wardrobe, shoes, accessories, and even extra linens. Incorporate shelves, drawers, hanging rods, and pull-out organizers to make the most of every inch of the closet.

Hidden Storage under the Bed:

The area under your bed is often an overlooked storage opportunity. Consider investing in a bed frame with built-in drawers or opt for under-bed storage containers to store out-of-season clothing, extra bedding, or personal belongings. Utilizing this often-unused space keeps items neatly tucked away while freeing up precious closet and drawer space.

Wall-Mounted Shelving:

Wall-mounted shelving is an excellent way to add both storage and style to your primary bedroom. Install floating shelves above dressers or desks to display decor, books, or sentimental items. Consider incorporating open shelving in empty wall spaces for a functional and aesthetic display of your favorite belongings. Additionally, wall-mounted shelves can replace traditional bedside tables, providing a minimalist and clutter-free alternative.

Built-In Cabinetry:

Built-in cabinetry offers a seamless and elegant storage solution. Work with a skilled carpenter or remodeling company to design and install custom cabinets that blend seamlessly with your bedroom's aesthetics. These cabinets can serve multiple purposes, such as housing a media center, displaying artwork, or providing additional storage for clothing and personal items.

Vertical Storage Solutions:

Make the most of your vertical space by installing floor-to-ceiling storage units or wall-mounted cabinets. Vertical storage utilizes the height of your room and offers ample space for storing clothing, accessories, and other items you wish to keep organized and within reach. Opt for adjustable shelves to accommodate different-sized items and allow for future changes in storage needs.

Step 6: Adding Personal Touches

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To truly make your primary bedroom feel like a sanctuary, add personal touches and sentimental items. Hang artwork that speaks to you, display cherished photographs, and incorporate decorative elements that evoke fond memories. Personalization transforms a simple bedroom into a space that nurtures your spirit.

Selecting Comfortable Bedding:

Investing in high-quality, comfortable bedding is an investment in your well-being. Choosing a mattress is a personal decision because you have to find one that provides the right level of support and pillows that cradle your head just right. Soft, luxurious sheets and cozy blankets will cocoon you in comfort and enhance the overall experience of your dream sanctuary. Add a personal touch to your bed with custom-designed bedding and accent pillows, or opt for the standard crisp white bedding that many enjoy.

Meaningful Artwork:

Art has the power to inspire, comfort, and uplift our spirits. Choose artwork that resonates with you on a deep level. Whether it's a serene landscape, an abstract painting that sparks your imagination, or a print of your favorite quote, the right piece of art can set the tone for your entire bedroom. Frame and hang the artwork in a prominent place, such as above your bed or on a wall that catches your eye as you enter the room.

Cherished Photographs:

Surround yourself with cherished memories by displaying photographs of loved ones and happy moments. Create a gallery wall with a mix of framed photographs and mementos that tell your life's story. These personal snapshots not only add visual interest but also fill your bedroom with love and nostalgia, making it a heartwarming space to retreat to.

Decorative Elements with Sentimental Value:

Incorporate decorative elements that hold sentimental value to you. It could be a vase handed down from a loved one, a quirky trinket you picked up during a memorable trip, or a beautiful crystal that brings a sense of serenity. These small touches weave a tapestry of memories and emotions throughout your bedroom, making it uniquely yours.

Sentimental Books and Collections:

If you're an avid reader or collector, showcase your favorite books or items on a dedicated shelf or in a glass display case. These items not only add a personal touch to your bedroom but also serve as conversation starters and a source of joy whenever you see them.

Meaningful Quotes and Wall Decals:

Incorporate motivational or inspirational quotes that hold a special place in your heart. You can use wall decals, framed prints, or even handwrite them as part of your bedroom decor. These affirmations will serve as daily reminders of the values and beliefs that guide you.

Collaborating with CRD

Remodeling your primary bedroom is an exciting journey that allows you to transform an ordinary space into an extraordinary retreat. By visualizing your ideal bedroom, setting a budget, choosing different design elements, lighting, storage, and personalization, you'll create a dream sanctuary that truly reflects your personality and soothes your soul.

Collaboration is the cornerstone of any successful remodeling project as the knowledge and experience of those working on your team will save you time, money, and unnecessary stress. Let us help you craft the perfect space for relaxation, rejuvenation, and blissful slumber. Our team will provide expert guidance, creative insights, and valuable suggestions to optimize your bedroom's potential. Reach out today to set up a complimentary introduction call to discuss your ideas and discover if CRD Design Build is the right fit for you!


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