6 Things All of the Best-Decorated Bedrooms Have in Common
These are the secrets to a beautifully styled bedroom.
If you were to peek inside a variety of gorgeous designer bedrooms, you would quickly start to notice some trends. While the colors, patterns, and furniture styles would vary greatly, you'd start to find some themes that tie all of these well-designed bedrooms together. Little designer tricks, like using alternative lighting to set the right mood and layering window treatments that can be used for either day or night, add up to the ultimate bedroom. Think back to the best hotel room you ever stayed at (you know, that one where you enjoyed the best night's sleep of your life), and you'll likely find it followed the same principles. Want to make your bedroom feel more like that 5-star hotel? Follow these design guidelines to turn your bedroom into a calming oasis for sleep.
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If your bedroom currently only has an overhead light, it's time to mix up your bedroom lighting. Depending upon the size of your bedroom, there should ideally be at least three sources of light: an overhead or floor lamp, a small lamp or sconce beside your bed, and if you have a desk or workspace in the room, a desk or task lamp. Think about your favorite hotel room again, and you'll probably notice that this room used several light fixtures to set the right vibe and separate areas of the room based on activities (spots for sleeping, working, watching tv).
When you switch off the floor lamp and turn on a bedside sconce, you're signaling to your brain that it's time to read, relax, and get ready for sleep. In this way, lighting isn't just about creating a bedroom that's pretty, but also one that sets you up for the best night's sleep.
In designer bedrooms and luxe hotel rooms, layered window treatments are common. One layer is a heavy curtain with a blackout lining, while a second gauzy curtain hides behind. This way, you can close the blackout curtains when you want to take a midday nap, or choose the translucent sheers if you want sunlight, but also want to block the glare on your computer screen.
To get this multi-layered effect, you'll either need to install a double-curtain track, or for an easier fix, order a double curtain rod (such as this one from West Elm). Then, invest in heavy curtains (like these velvet drapes) that will keep the room dark and the drafts out, and opt for less expensive sheers that can be found at Target or IKEA.
One of the most impressive parts of any perfectly-styled bedroom is the well-equipped bedside table. To get the look in our own homes, the first step is to tackle the clutter that inevitably (and quickly) builds up in this spot and relocate it. Depending upon the amount of room you have, leave only a small bedside lamp, a glass for water, your latest read, and one decorative object or small bud vase. A clean, well-organized bedside table will not only make it easier to reach for your water in the middle of the night, but it could actually make it easier to fall asleep.
If your current bedroom design feels a little unanchored, the bed could be to blame. The easiest solution: Add a standout headboard to the bed you already own. For a luxurious-looking bed, look for a tufted headboard ($200, westelm.com) or an elaborate carved wooden one ($498, urbanoutfitters.com). A regal headboard creates the perfect backdrop for your bed, while drawing the eye to this focal point in the room.
Unless you have a carpeted bedroom, area rugs are essential to warm up the room and provide a soft landing when you step out of bed. An area rug that's large enough to extend a couple feet beyond the sides and foot of the bed is ideal. If you have a queen size bed, choose an 8-by-10-foot area rug, which would leave a foot and a half on either side of the bed.
Because the bedroom is a personal, private space, it can be easy to put off finishing design details in this room in favor of perfecting other, more public spaces. But for this same reason, it's so important to invest in this space that's just for you. Since this room is truly yours, choose art you actually love. The bed is the focal point of the room, so be sure to hang art above it. Just as important: remember to hang art on the opposite side of the room, too, so you can admire a favorite work from the comfort of your bed.