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How to Design a Bedroom Inspired by Your Favorite Movie

Your bedroom should be a sort of sanctuary within your home. Throughout your lifetime, you’ll spend a good portion of time in your bedroom, whether you’re sleeping, getting ready for your day, watching television, or just relaxing.

Not only should your bedroom be a direct reflection of your style and personality, but it should be relaxing. Many people focus on the larger, more communal areas when redecorating or designing their home, but renovating your bedroom can have an even more profound effect on your day-to-day life. What’s better than a bedroom design that makes you feel good?

If you’re not sure where to get started when it comes to designing your bedroom, consider taking some design tips from your favorite movie. Movies have inspired interior designers and decorators for generations. So, whether you want to get creative with colors or go for a casual-cool look from one of your favorite gritty city movies, knowing how to bring the feel of a film to life in your bedroom can be a lot of fun.

How to Transform Your Bedroom

The hardest part of designing a room is often where to start. If you’re struggling with coming up with a design that’s right for you, try thinking about your favorite movie or your favorite director. Many film directors have a unique style that’s easily recognizable.

One of the most notable directors known for a certain “look” in his films is Wes Anderson. Anderson often takes a whimsical approach to the settings in his movies, using vibrant colors, mismatched decorative pieces, and a mixture of vintage and modern design. Wes is sometimes referred to as the “King of Symmetry,” which is another important aspect to keep in mind as you put your room together. Clean lines, framed artwork, and painting/wallpaper designs that pop will make your bedroom feel like a scene from The Royal Tenenbaums.

The Royal Tenenbaums Ballroom
The Royal Tenenbaums

Another famous director with an original sense of style is Sofia Coppola. Coppola’s movies have distinct visual patterns. It’s hard to ignore the beautiful scenery she often chooses for each scene, though the colors are more subdued than that of a Wes Anderson film. She often uses soft, natural light and pastel colors to create a warm feeling in each of her scenes. A bedroom inspired by a Sofia Coppola film should have things like pastel-painted walls, light-colored pillows and bedding. It should feel almost ethereal and warm in nature.

You don’t have to follow the theme of a specific director when looking for bedroom design inspiration. If you just happen to like a specific movie, base your designs off of it. Teenage bedrooms from classic movies are often a great way to gain inspiration. Hang up band posters and mix and match colors and designs for a 1990s bohemian look, like in 10 Things I Hate About You. Or keep things pastel, pretty, and pink like Drew Barrymore’s bedroom in Riding in Cars With Boys.

Kat's bedroom in 10 Things I Hate About You
Kat’s bedroom in 10 Things I Hate About You

How to Keep Your Bedroom Looking Good as New

Once you’ve put together the bedroom of your dreams, it’s important to keep it that way. Again, your bedroom should be a safe haven within your home. Keeping it clean and updated will help you to feel more relaxed and able to enjoy the space even more. Keep these simple bedroom maintenance tips in mind to ensure your bedroom stays looking great:

  • Control the humidity levels in your room: If the humidity levels get too high or low, they can cause damage to the structure of your home (or the things in your home), as well as increase the risk of bacteria and allergens.
  • Keep your bedroom clean: A buildup of dust and dirt can end up harming the finishes on your furniture and also increase allergens.
  • Upgrade your insulation: If you have an older home, there’s a good chance you could use an insulation update. Keeping your home properly insulated regulate the temperature, lower your utility bills, and will help to maintain proper oxygen levels (it will also keep you more comfortable while you’re sleeping!).

Designing your bedroom the way you want it is just the first step. Keeping it updated and well-maintained (as well as other areas of your house) will help you enjoy your hard work for years to come.

The Importance of a Comfortable Bedroom and a Good Night’s Sleep

One of the main reasons your bedroom design should be something that makes you comfortable and relaxed is so you can get a better night’s sleep. The average person needs about 7 hours of sleep each night. Investing in a room that creates a welcoming and comforting sleep environment will make it easier for your mind and body to get the rest needed to function properly.

Even just one night of poor sleep has negative effects. It can affect your mood, your reaction time, and even your cognitive ability. Your performance will likely be worse in every area of your life. Unfortunately, sleep deprivation is a problem for a lot of people, which is why the right sleep environment is so crucial. On the other hand, the benefits of getting enough sleep are practically endless. They include:

  • Boosted immune system
  • Easier to manage mental health
  • Can help with weight loss/maintenance
  • Better decision making
  • More energy

Using your favorite movie or director to inspire your bedroom design is a great way to showcase your creative personality and have a room in your house that is specific to your wants and needs. When you’re able to create something like that, you can experience better sleep and comfort in your own home.


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Written by Frankie Wallace

Frankie Wallace is a freelance writer from Boise, Idaho who contributes to several pop culture blogs online. Wallace currently resides in Boise, Idaho and is a recent graduate from the University of Montana.

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