by Yaneli Avila
Your space is holy. It is where you come to wind down after a day full of tasks and responsibilities. When I first moved to Chicago I knew I was coming to a city where space is limited and that included my holy space, my bedroom. When I first had a chance to peek at my ‘future’ room I knew it was going to be a challenge due to its minuscule size. I measured out the room, opened a planner, and began space planning. I asked my landlord, if prior to my move, he could paint it white (it was previously painted pink). Choosing a light color in a smaller space is important. Lighter colors make spaces feel larger while darker colors make it seem smaller. When it comes to space planning, I knew a Queen size bed would be out the window and a Twin size would be unrealistic as I like to toss and turn at night. I decided on a Full-size bed and while it eats a whole chunk of my room, I wouldn’t have it any other way. When thinking about your space make sure you are not only focused on a pleasing look, but also functionality. Planning your space requires (1) measuring out architectural details (walls, windows, doors), (2) deciding on a color palette (boho, minimalistic, traditional), (3) choosing your essential pieces, and (4) the fun part - executing your plans!
Besides my bed, there are two main furniture pieces that I just knew I had to have; a dresser and a clothes rack. I bought these two items at IKEA and were easily assembled by my father (thanks dad) in one evening.
My current scheme is my signature minimalist neutral palette - gray, blush, and white. As I mentioned before, I opted for light pieces to make my space feel bigger than it actually is. While I feel like my bedroom already has enough features, as a designer there are always millions of ideas to attempt. Item E is wallpaper I'm considering applying (not finalized on my decision) to one of my walls to spice it up! Accessories also play a major part in what a space can look and feel like. I am working on finishing up each phase to share the details in this series with you all soon! For the next post, I'll be describing different types of design styles. If you'd like to follow along I would encourage you to start by measuring out your space and to start thinking about your unique style.
At the moment, I am a content being. If Chicago has taught me anything it is to really think about the pieces you are purchasing and making sure you are not just trying to fill up the space.
Remember, “less is more”.
A: IKEA / MALM 4 DRAWER CHEST
C: AMAZON / STELLA PLATFORM BED
D: RUGS USA / BOHMAN-OFF WHITE AREA RUG
E: TARGET / MIRAGE WALLPAPER