The most important thing a bedroom should convey is restfulness. There are several things that can enhance the restfulness and several things that can detract from it.
Here are some key points:
- Keep the palette simple. Too many different/jarring colors and patterns create a sense of liveliness. A simple, neutral palette is easier on the eyes and is more relaxed. I happen to be a fan of an all-white bed. It is so neutral and acts as a blank canvas for colorful dreams. Also, the color blue is notoriously soothing and a good color to use in a bedroom.
- Do not do work in the bedroom. Laying in bed with your laptop typing away work emails creates a working association with the bedroom and detracts from the restful atmosphere. Energy becomes embedded into environments. If you always work at your desk, sitting at it should inspire a feeling of productivity. Similarly, working in bed alters the true purpose of being there, and makes it harder to fall asleep when you're ready to.
- Do not have a desk in your bedroom. This is for the same reason as not using a laptop in bed. It brings work into the bedroom - the last place it should be.
- Be careful about what television or movies you watch in your bedroom, if you want to have a television in your bedroom at all. If you watch a scary movie in bed, and then go to sleep in the same room, I think the chances of having a nightmare become quite high! Again, this has to do with the atmosphere created in the room, so overall, keep it related to sleep.