20 Decorating Tricks for Your Bedroom
A gallery of simple ideas to make your slumber zone dreamy.
Pile on the Pillows
Pile on the pillows, and don’t shy away from mixing patterns. Combine large prints with small ones, florals with geometrics.
Hanging a graphic quilt is an easy solution to the “big blank wall” issue. Complementary bed linens pull the decor together.
Put Pattern to Work
A printed bedspread, like this distinctive botanical design, does a lot of the heavy lifting when it comes to décor.
Incorporate Prints on Accent Pieces
But prints aren’t reserved for the bedcovers. They’re just as arresting when set on a modern-shaped lampshade.
Work the Walls
Nightstands and adjustable lamps affixed to walls smartly save space in a small room.
Reveal a Personal Side
Your bedroom should express your personality (not just design principles), so feel free to go a little off-center, as with the art here.
Decorate With Consistency
Note that the soft curves of the headboard are echoed by the feminine details in the bedding.
Make Your Bedroom Comfy
Top your bed with covers made for snuggling, like a down comforter. For total indulgence, choose ultra-soft eiderdown.
Choose a Focal Point
A beautiful piece of furniture becomes the focal point when embellished in gorgeous hardware and leather. Try positioning your bed at an angle to save space in a tight room.
Keep Scale in Mind
Gauge the size of your bedside lamp by the scale of your bed: A four-poster would call for a big fixture; for a low bed, choose something smaller.
Introduce Pops of Color
If you want color without an all-out commitment, inject hits of it with your art and accessories.
Pay Attention to the Floor
A cheery striped rug is like a burst of sunshine in a low-key room. For most bedrooms a four-by-six-foot rug by the bed is ideal.
Layer With Color
At the bold end of the scale, go for saturation with a favorite color. Use a variety of tones and textures to give your room a layered feel.
Add Warmth With Neutrals
That idea works just as well with neutrals. Here, the neutral duvet and natural-lit room creates a cozy atmosphere.
Don't be afraid to use color
According to lifestyle expert Oh Joy!, "A good way to give your room a fun splash of color without being too overwhelming it is to color block the wall by painting just the lower half of it. We chose a happy banana yellow and left the top half white to keep it bright and simple."
Reinvent Your Safe Haven
Tuck a chair into a corner seat for an instant resting spot. Lush silk draperies turn the room into a cocoon.
Personalize Your Space
Mix in offbeat pieces for an eclectic look, like an shabby-chic headboard in an eye-catching gingham print.
Turn Photos Into Art
Make your most personal space even more so with artwork of those you love, whether photographs…
Transform Photos in Meaningful Ways
…or framed cameos of your favorite memories.
Make Rest a Priority
Your bedroom should be your retreat, a sanctuary for peaceful reading, writing, studying, as much as a resting place. Set fresh flowers on your nightstand to boost your mood, as pictured here.