The bedroom. Sanctuary, keeper of journals, sleepy heads and our dream factory. We rejuvenate, procreate, begin everyday here. A well designed bedroom has the potential to make or break a day. How do you stage and photograph a room capable of so much?

Although not the big money makers for home builders, the bedroom is one of the last private rooms left in a modern house. With the popularity of open floor plans where the kitchen, dining room, and living are all open to each other, where can you go to read a book, or try to get that meditation thing figured out?

Or when you have company, can you steal away to the bedroom, take a shower, put yourself together, and then present yourself refreshed. What does the connection from the bedroom to the bathroom look like?

The master bedroom is the most important, but if you are documenting a home to attract second home buyers or families, the secondary bedrooms are just important. Often the reason people are building second homes is to have a place to gather their family. The picture of bunk beds for the grandkids is an image that has no other comparison. It is the pictures that says summer get-away, vacation, it says, we’ve carved out a special place for you.

Bedrooms are the last bastion of privacy; documenting them in the best light is must-do for design portfolios, real estate listings and vacation rentals.

3 key ingredients for great bedroom photography:

1. Organization. The closet is a huge deal. People are looking for spaces where keeping things organized and cleaning is not just easy, it’s effortless. Highlight features like built-in drawers and shelving. Of course if the closet is nothing to talk about, you may want to skip it.

2. Relaxation. Luxurious pillows and sheets that you can swim around in. The bed doesn’t necessarily need to be perfectly made. There is something about having the bedspread pulled back that says, relax, we’ve got a spot for you.

3. Soft lighting. There are different opinions about whether to use the lights in the room or not, but it really depends on what you’re looking for. If you want a warm feeling, I like to turn on lights, especially lamps. However, if you’re looking for something more architectural, using a tripod with all natural light may be the best. I’m not a fan of flash for interiors because the light and shadows the cast look unnatural.

Cheers, Melissa Lind

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