How to design a classic bedroom furniture layout

By Lorena Fulgini
10 January 2023

Interior Design Items, Furniture


Over the years the classic bedroom has gone from being a small, anonymous space reserved for sleeping, to the most important room in the night area of the house, becoming a real luxurious area for relaxation of the senses.

Consumer needs for comfort and their desire to add a personal touch to furnishing have increased, and with them the practical and stylish needs for this room of the house.

Today, in fact, master bedrooms are larger, with an en suite bathroom, balconies and furniture that is both decorative and practical, to be able to carry out daily activities in this room in total comfort.

To allow yourself a unique, satisfactory experience, choose made in Italy furniture, in a perfect classic style, to elegantly furnish the space, paying the right amount of attention to the classic bedroom furniture layout.


A classic style is distinguished by its undisputed class and elegance, but a bedroom will only achieve its maximum expression of style, personality and above all practicality when the furnishings are correctly distributed.

The following is a detailed look at the style criteria for furnishing a bedroom in perfect classical style.

In particular, we will see:

How to design classic bedroom furniture layout: Dolce Vita collection


The new concept in classical style bedrooms

Over time, bedrooms have expanded their primary tasks to include other, secondary tasks that complete its living comfort.

From being a simple room dedicated to rest and regeneration, it has also begun to accommodate features close to those of the living and bathroom: areas dedicated to dressing and self-care or reading/study nooks furnished with a coffee table and two armchairs, as in the elegant Modigliani bedroom.

In those rooms with large square footage, real "rooms within a room" can be accommodated, with the creation of dressing rooms and/or en suite bathrooms.

This is especially true for rooms furnished in classical style, dominated by large, luxurious spaces, and less so for those with a contemporary feel, where minimalism and space-functional optimization still predominate.


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How to furnish a bedroom in classical style, while adding comfort and luxury

While it is true that this tendency to mix things up a little reinforces the idea of a room’s centrality (both conceptually and aesthetically), it is equally true that in designing classical bedroom furniture, it is necessary to start with the essentials.

What this means is all the furnishings that simply have to be present when it comes to ensuring the necessary comfort in the room where we sleep.

  • Bed
  • Wardrobe
  • Bedside tables
  • Dresser

As a rule, in a classical room, the choice of a stylistic common thread to bring together the central element - almost always the bed - with the other furnishings, to create coordinated furnishings of great charm and elegance.

Not to be excluded, however, are less conventional designs in which the bed does not coordinate with the design of the other furniture, but follows a style all its own and stands out as an element of uniqueness that underscores its prominence: a bright color, an unusual shape, non-standard size, or even just small details (a backlight, a perimeter shelf, or even a particular wallpaper that serves as a headboard).

Another basic aspect to keep in mind when designing a classical-luxury style room is the need to make "high standing" elements - fine materials, gleaming surfaces, iconic pieces, works of art, luxurious details - coexist with functional elements based on comfort and practical use.

In essence, it is about finding the right balance between the refined, elegant dimension of the aesthetic canons of Made in Italy and the "familiar" atmosphere that the bedroom demands  if it is to be warm and welcoming.

Atmosphere, as we will see in the next section, is built not only through furnishings, but also through the choice of color, the use of lights, and the addition of decorative accessories and objects.


How to furnish a bedroom in classical style, while adding comfort and luxury: Donatello collection


The materials to enhance the elegance of classical style

When we think of a bedroom furnished in classical style, the first material that comes to mind is probably wood.

In fact, wooden furniture is a must for the classical bedroom, mainly for two reasons:

  1. Wood is a material capable of making rooms warm and cozy: we know that, out of all the rooms in the house, the bedroom is the one where there is the greatest need for this feeling of warmth and familiarity
  2. Wood provides great stylistic versatility: depending on the essence chosen for furniture and/or flooring, classical style can take on different connotations

Fine brown woods, such as walnut, mahogany, and ebony, are those generally associated with classical Renaissance style, although other components, in addition to the type of wood, are also needed to achieve such an opulent setting.

The Donatello bedroom by Arredoclassic is a perfect example of Renaissance decorativism. The walnut-finish furniture features gilded friezes and decorations, lion's paw feet, chamfered corners, circle-turned knobs, and pendant handles, also with gold finish.

On the other hand, those who like light colors and understated luxurious atmospheres may lean towards lighter woods, such as oak, fir, elm or ash.

But wood is not the only material functional in creating the elegant mood of the classic Art Deco style, Art Nouveau, and Neoclassical styles.

Often other materials are combined with wood, such as MDF (medium density fiberboard), used mainly for furniture doors and headboards, and lacquer, both transparent and colored, used to create striking alternations of finishes and colors.

Indeed, in its various forms, classical style manages to dialogue very well with different finishes and materials, from glass to ceramics, and timeless wood (including the variants just noted) to marble-effect surfaces.

The dresser from the Leonardo collection features an ivory finish reminiscent of marble and is enhanced by chiseled and gilded finishes on the frames and corner decorations.

We also find the refined ivory finish in the Melodia nightstands, which feature a fairy-tale design characterized by gilded side columns and front decorations with friezes and arabesques.


How to arrange furniture for optimum comfort: Leonardo collection


How to arrange furniture for optimum comfort

There are no inviolable rules in interior design, but there are certainly guidelines that help define both the aesthetic criteria for a given style and the concepts attributable to ergonomics and functionality.

Indeed, in any environment, even the most refined and luxurious, it is important for the shape and size of the furnishings, as well as their arrangement, to respect the room's proportions, measurements, and architectural features to ensure user comfort, safety, and practicality.

The ideal location for bedside tables is on either side of the bed, so that there is a shelf on which to keep important things close at hand.

For the other furnishings - closet and dresser - there are no definite rules.

The important thing is that the available space is used to distribute the various pieces of furniture in a logical, practical way so that movement within the room is smooth and safe.

The closet generally occupies the wall opposite the bed, as long as its depth does not obstruct the passage.

But, as mentioned, it can also be placed elsewhere in the room. For example, if the closet is a corner model, it might occupy part of the wall in front and part of the wall parallel to the bed.

If the classical bedroom has a large square footage, it will be possible to include, in addition to the main furniture, accessory elements that help define the style and make the room even more cozy and functional.

We have already seen that in a large and luxurious bedroom, for example, there is space for a reading chair. But if the square footage allows, it is also possible to insert a chaise longue at the foot of the bed, such as the model from the Fantasia collection by Arredoclassic, or a full-fledged sofa, such as the Melodia sofa.

Both seats, with their wrap-around design and fine details, add comfort and elegance to the classical style bedroom.


Creating the atmosphere of a classical bedroom: the color palette, lights, details. Melodia collection


Creating the atmosphere of a classical bedroom: the color palette, lights, details

As we have seen, in the world of furniture there is no one way to interpret classical style.

On the contrary, the fact that we can combine different materials, each in turn available in infinite color versions, gives us the opportunity to increase stylistic versatility and range from one atmosphere to another, while always remaining within the criteria of classical style.

In the case of Arredoclassic, elegance, luxury and precious details are complemented by fine materials and the quality of the great Made in Italy furniture tradition.

That is why, starting with the expressive potential of the seven Arredoclassic collections, it will be very easy to shore up the style of the bedroom and customize it with the colors, lights and accessories best suited to create the desired atmosphere.


Choosing the color palette

The color palette of a room should be chosen according to its characteristics.

So, in the case of the bedroom, the most suitable shades are "restful" colors: neutral, muted tones that are not too dark.

In particular, for walls, the most functional colors are white, beiges and pastels, which convey a feeling of calm and relaxation.

To break the monotony of the monochromatic look, you might consider covering a portion of the wall (for example, the one behind the bed) with a wallpaper, as long as it is also delicate and restful.


The complements and accessories for the classical bedroom: Fantasia collection


The complements and accessories for the classical bedroom

A mirror is a piece of furniture that every bedroom absolutely needs.

In the classical bedroom we often find it above the dresser or dressing table cabinet. It can be either a "stand-alone" model or coordinated with other furnishings.

In the former case, it may be a mirror of a particular shape, color, or material, chosen precisely because of its original design; in the latter case, however, stylistic uniformity and visual continuity are preferred, giving the room a clean, harmonious, and elegant look.

The mirrors in the Fantasia collection are both original and coordinated. In fact, the sparkling glass frame (also available in wood) catches the eye for its appealing design, and, at the same time, creates stylistic references with the other furniture in the collection.

Soft furnishings are no less important in defining the atmosphere of the room: the curtains, pillows, and carpets.

A must-have in the classic luxurious furniture style are valance curtains, with a heavy fabric ruffle that is overlaid on top of the curtains, embellished with cords and tassels.

Velvet curtains are widely used in the bedroom, where in addition to decorating, drapes also serve to create the right darkness to promote sleep.

However, if the room is not particularly large or bright, velvet may not be the best choice. In such cases, it is best to go for fine but lightweight fabrics, such as linen or satin.

The choice of pattern and color of curtains depends on one's taste. There are those who wish to create color contrasts by playing precisely on the color and graphic diversification of soft furnishings, and those who prefer a uniform and consistent overall view by choosing the same type of fabric to coordinate the curtains and decorative pillows on the bed.

Carpets are also a feature that can make a difference in completing the look of a bedroom in classical style.

You can choose a sophisticated Persian rug or a simple solid-color rug, but what is important is that it is beautifully made and can fit naturally into a carefully designed decor.

What will affect its aesthetic performance, then, is not so much the shape, style, color or pattern, but the quality of the material and workmanship.


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Lighting systems

A light fitting, if luxurious and flashy in design, can become the focal point of the bedroom.

In classical-style rooms, light fittings with crystal arms or with fine finishes (gold leaf, silver, etc.) are popular, and, in general, all models made of precious materials: the same crystal, blown glass, brass, or copper.

In the bedroom, like in other rooms of the house, it is important to diversify the lighting system, not limiting it to the ceiling fitting alone.

The following are perfect for creating a soft atmosphere, for example. Wall sconces above the bedside tables, on either side of the bed, or floor lamps with adjustable intensity.


The bedroom as a work of art: choose Arredoclassic collections

To furnish a home is to give substance to a vision that, at first, exists only within the imagination.

In this, then, decorating is not that dissimilar to devising and creating a work of art, be it a painting, a sculpture or a poetic composition.

As in art, it is a matter of dosing the elements well - the materials, colors, finishes, decorations, shapes, and sizes - to create a harmonious, finished composition.

Each element, without overpowering the others, should help to define the main style of the room: classical, contemporary and so forth.

The next step is to personalize the environment with a few secret "ingredients" to achieve the atmosphere closest to your personality and taste.

The elegance, luxury, and formal sophistication of the classic Italian style are the basis of the Arredoclassic collections, each of which embodies a precise stylistic connotation.

You can choose from the Art Dèco atmospheres of the Dolce Vita collection, the Empire style of Modigliani, the Neoclassical of Fantasia, Leonardo, and Melodia, and the classic-contemporary of Liberty, or the Renaissance pageantry of Donatello.

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Lorena Fulgini

Co-founder, Marketing Manager and Sales manager, Lorena loves the elegant design of furniture and precious details.
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