Your bedroom is one of the few rooms where you don’t have to consider kids or guests. It’s all about you. You want your bedroom to be a cozy, comfortable place. Follow these 10 bedroom decorating tips.
1.) Add curtains AND blinds – More texture tends to make a room look more cozy. I like curtains in a bedroom that aren’t meant to provide privacy, they are only meant to look nice. Blinds or shades are easier to move and can be used to darken the room at night and make it private during the day.
2.) Get a big rug – It is so nice to step out of bed onto a soft rug, especially in the winter. If you have wood floors and can afford a large rug it will make your room feel much more comfortable. A rug that is large enough is one that goes under part of the bed and provides a landing on both side. If you have a king bed, try a rug that is 9×12 or 8×10. If you have a queen bed you can get away with 8×10.
3.) Choose two coordinating fabrics and add in multiple places. Fabric makes a room look cozy. It’s good to choose more than one fabric and use each in multiple places. For example, I have curtains that are a large floral pattern and two pillows that have this fabric on them. I have navy ticking striped fabric on two chairs and in the doors to my armoire.
4.) Get a good mattress. This doesn’t make the room look more cozy but it makes you sleep better and feel more cozy in bed. If your mattress is more than 10 years old it might be time for a new one. There are so many great online manufacturers. We bought a purple mattress and it’s very comfortable.
5.) Add lighting. You want the lighting in your bedroom to make it feel warm and inviting, not super bright. This is easier to do with lamps vs. overhead lighting unless it’s a chandelier. Chandeliers can add a romantic look to your bedroom. I have a lamp on each nightstand and a reading lamp by my chair.
6.) Hang personal artwork – I love photos of my son, but not so much in my bedroom. I don’t really want giant photos of my family hanging over my bed for obvious reasons. I like to put artwork that is more peaceful or romantic.
I listen to a great podcast called Big Design Small Budget and Betsy, the designer who hosts it, recommends not putting images of anyone that you wouldn’t want to sleep with. So, no photos of your in-laws.
7.) Mix up the finishes of your furniture – If your bed is wood, don’t use wood night stands, try a metal stand. Another example, if you have a padded headboard pair that with wood nightstands. There are lots of ways to add different finishes in addition to beds and nightstands such as dressers, mirrors, chairs and lamps. Another example, if you have a wood nightstand pair it with a porcelain lamp. Don’t let every piece in your room be the same material mix wood, metal, glass and upholstery.
8.) Add plants. Plants add warmth and texture to every room. If your room is very dark (like mine) get a plant that can tolerate very low light. My go-to potted plants for dark spots are the snake plant and pothos. I have the windows open in this photo, but the reality is that most days I don’t open the blinds.
9.) Neutral paint color – I like neutral paints because you can do so many things in the room without repainting. I have my room painted Repose Grey (by Sherwin Williams). This color really lends itself to blue tones. If you really want a more colorful wall color, I recommend not using red. Red is not a restful color.
10.) Padded Headboard – I am a huge fan of padded headboards because they are comfortable to sit up against. I like to read in bed. I bought this one from Ballard Designs because it’s not too expensive and I can change the cover. The fabric underneath started to look dirty so I bought a white neutral slip cover. If you have the cash, a tufted headboard is even more luxurious.
These are my top tips for a comfortable, cozy bedroom.