four essential factors of a good bedroom design

By Roelf Nel

Four Essential Factors of a Good Bedroom Design

Successful design is a relative term. What is good or successful for one may not be so from your point of view. When it comes to interior design, there are certain factors which are always present no matter how the room is used. Here is a checklist of the bare minimum design factors to incorporate to have a comfortable bedroom.

1) Natural light entering the room.
Naturally lit spaces are always the primary goal. Incorporating the sun as the strongest source of light is very necessary for the interior spaces. Studies show that natural light can penetrate an interior space up to approximately 7 meters. Position your windows and sliding doors to get the maximum light into your room.

2) Natural Ventilation
A free and unobstructed flow of air can be a great way to keep the atmosphere cool and clean in an interior space. This is possible where bedrooms are located at the corner of the building where two sides of the bedrooms have external faces.

Where it is not possible to provide windows on adjacent faces or opposite faces, a ventilator above the window is used. The concept behind the ventilator is simple. The occupants use the lower half of the bedroom causing the air temperature to rise and the air becomes lightweight.

This hot air rises above and needs an escape. The ventilators above the window play a major role of circulating the flow through the room in an upward direction. When the lower portion of the room is empty fresh air from window circulates, thus maintaining a balance.

3) Clear Movement Patterns.
Master bedrooms have certain exit points attached to it. Such as

  • Exit to balcony/ terrace.
  • Exit to toilet block/ walk-in closet
  • Exit to backyard (if on ground floor)

If we draw an imaginary line from the entry point to all these exit points, ideally they should not intersect. Since all other areas are already occupied with furniture, keeping the inside circulation space clear, helps to achieve a comfortable space.

4) Good Provision for Inclusion Of Accessories.
Accessories in a bedroom have equal importance. When all other factors mentioned above are considered, what remains is the using accessories to make a difference in the comfort levels of the occupants.

  • The first and the most important is a good provision of artificial lighting. This includes basic lighting as well as special decorative lighting for decorative purposes.
  • Special provision for upholstery and linen. Small details such as curtain rods, provision for bed canopies can make the room extra decorative.
  • Use materials that are easy to clean and maintain. For example, if you are using PVC flooring sheets on top of the standard tiled flooring, is it washable? Think of what will happen if your child uses it as a painting canvas.

The above is an attempt to look for some universal factor that can affect the comfort level of the users in a bedroom. Finally, the feeling you get when you use your bedroom is most important and is a good measure to decide the success factor of the design project.

These are starting points you can factor into your bedroom design. You can decide on your style. Is it Shabby Chic, French Cottage, Tuscan, or something else?

Visit our Pinterest Board and get some fabulous ideas of bedroom design elements.  When you are ready to build your dream home, contact us. We work with talented architects who can help you create your dream home.

By Roelf Nel

Room designs for teenage boys

The teen boy’s bedroom serves multiple purposes. It is his refuge when he needs some space alone, his office, and social area. The décor for his room not only reflects his personality and style but also needs to be flexible and multifunctional.

Tips for creating a teen haven:

  • Be creative and come up with space-saving storage solutions.
  • Take into account his favourite elements and hobbies and design a room with his involvement.
  • Have a chalkboard that covers one wall. If he likes graffiti or doodling, or just needs space to remember formulas, he will love the wall.
  • Alternatively, graffiti against a minimalistic white room looks brilliant in a teen’s room.
  • Colours to look at can be black, blue or brown but try some fresh colours as well.
  • Earthy hues such as pale grey and charcoal combined with striped bedding creates a mature, yet timeless feel.
  • Some distinctive teenage boy elements to include can be a punching bag, miniature planes, or a gaming device.
  • Consider a themed room, if he loves surfing, then surfboards on the wall with a wave on the adjacent wall. Visit our Pinterest board for this idea.

Spend some time with your son and design a room that you both agree with. A perfect space for hanging with his friends, or just goofing around.

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By Roelf Nel

Concrete design countertops

When considering counter-tops that are highly customizable, then the versatility and design of concrete is a good choice. Concrete tops create a simple clean look that is not formal. Whether you want a more traditional style or sleek, polished surfaces, then concrete tops offers you a range of options to choose from.

You don’t have to settle for the popular stony gray look. Concrete tops can be made in virtually any colour. A white concrete counter-top provides a crisp, clean look that is appreciated by many home owners. If you would prefer a more traditional look, then brown is a good option. Brown concrete creates a similar look to natural stone, bringing warmth to your home. Concrete offers limitless colour possibilities. If you are wanting to add drama to your home through colour and design, concrete can help you achieve this.

Concrete is a natural material which is porous and needs to be sealed to prevent staining. Ask your contractor if the sealant they use will discolour the surface. Concrete counter-tops offer minimal maintenance. Regular cleaning with non-abrasive cleaners is recommended, and periodic waxing if you have opted for a polished finish.

Benefits of Concrete Countertops
• Concrete counters can be designed to fit your space.
• It is available in a wide variety of colours to match you palette.
• It provides a textured, soft natural feel to counters.
• Properly sealed and maintained concrete tops will wear well for years and can be used indoors and outdoors.

Problems of Concrete Countertops
• This porous material will stain if not sealed properly.
• They develop minor hairline cracks which are non-structural because of the natural shrinkage of the material.
• It’s hard to control concrete’s natural variation in colour and texture.

If you are looking to design with an eco-friendly material that is durable, and will last a lifetime, consider using concrete for your counter-tops.


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By Roelf Nel

Add the Marsala design touch to your home

Marsala is the 2015 Pantone Colour of the Year. This colour is warm, rich, natural and pleasant. It is the perfect shade for natural interior decorating colour schemes. The modern colour is inspired by pomegranate, rich, deep and soft pastels of plum juices, red wines and autumn leaves.

The reddish wine colour hues can create dramatic accents and add a peaceful look to modern interior decorating. This colour can transform interior design and bring coziness into your room decorating. The Marsala colour combinations can include bright rooms colours, cold colour tones, warm colour shades, pastels and neutral colours, and look attractive and inviting.

How can you introduce Marsala into your home?

  • The sharp contrast in Marsala colour walls again white paint trimmings offers a fabulous finish. From creamy shades, vanilla and pearl to pale gray colour tones, these colour combinations feel warm and stylish with the Marsala colour. Black and white decorating ideas, gray and pale beige can be mixed with the modern colour for schemes that are contrasting, dynamic and harmonious.
  • Create a retro feel in the kitchen featuring a Marsala coloured stove or Marsala coloured drawers with a white or stainless steel contrast. For a cottage styled feel paint a featured wall with Marsala colour.
  • Create an elegant and sophisticated feel in your living room boasting modern marsala coloured couch set against a neutral background.
  • In a small space like a guest bathroom, create the contrast with white porcelain against a Marsala backdrop creating a rich luminous feel yet cozy as well.

The options are endless. This modern colour inspired by sunsets and elegant roses, is elegant, sophisticated creating a modern home with impressive finishing’s. Sip on a glass of red wine, and get inspired by the rich colour.

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four essential factors of a good bedroom design
Four Essential Factors of a Good Bedroom Design
Room designs for teenage boys
Concrete design countertops
Add the Marsala design touch to your home