12 Essentials Your Bedroom Needs Now

Your bedroom. It’s a refuge from daily stress, a place to hide from the kids and a nighttime sanctuary designed to encourage total rest and relaxation. But is your bedroom really all that? If it is lacking in any of these of these areas, your bedroom is not living up to its full potential. Don't worry, we have some clever and easy ways to transform your bedroom into the ultimate retreat that you’ll never want to leave!

1. A Distinct Personality
A theme is perfect when you’re decorating a child’s bedroom, but adults need to steer clear of kitsch and instead focus more on creating a particular mood or style for the space. Your bedroom is the one room in your entire home that should reflect who you are and what you like. Flip through design magazines and find elements and inspiration to create your personal haven. You don’t have to go overboard or spend a fortune—by adding a few simple items you can easily make your bedroom an extension of your personality.

2. Piles of Pillows
The exact number will vary from person to person, but a bed layered with beautiful pillows looks comfy and welcoming if arranged properly. Obviously, you’ll need at least two bed pillows. Beyond that, it’s totally up to you. The next layer is typically two bed pillows outfitted in shams that either match or complement your comforter or duvet cover. These can be stacked flat on top of your bed pillows.

Next are two or three square European pillows propped against the bed pillows and again, dressed with decorative shams. The final layer consists of several smaller decorative pillows in a variety of shapes: bolster, oblong, square or round. These are arranged neatly against the Euro pillows.

3. Cozy Seating
Sure, you could perch on the edge of the bed, but wouldn’t it be nice to have a dedicated spot to take off your shoes at the end of the day or curl up with a good book? Better yet, if your bedroom can spare the space, create an intimate seating area for taking afternoon tea, watching a movie or having a private chat with your significant other.

4. Zero Tech Distractions
In order to make your bedroom a place to rejuvenate, it makes sense to keep modern technology completely out of the picture. You should have at least one room in the house to get away from everything—including texting! Besides, technology is not terribly attractive. A television and computer in your bedroom will most likely ruin the overall design aesthetic. Spend your newly-minted free time meditating or reading a best-selling novel. It will do wonders for your psyche.

5. Warmth Underfoot
These days, many homeowners are opting for solid surface flooring like hardwood and tile throughout the house. So, how can you warm up your bedroom without installing carpet? Position a beautiful area rug under the bed. A stylish rug can add color and pattern to your bedroom and keep your tootsies toasty on cold winter mornings. If you don’t have the budget for a large area rug, purchase two smaller rugs and place them on either side of the bed.

6. Accessories You Love
Nothing is more comforting than surrounding yourself with the things that have a personal connection to your life and make you smile. Remember to keep bedroom accessories simple and uncluttered. Resist the urge to display an extensive collection of family keepsake. A few curated pieces are actually all you need to make the space your own. If you’re a globe trekker, include cherished pieces from your travels to remind you of exotic locales you’ve visited.

7. Functional Nightstands
Nightstands are a must for your bedroom, however nightstands that serve multiple purposes are best. Look for attractive pieces that match the style of your room. Nightstands with a small drawer and a cabinet or shelf below provide storage for jewelry, tissues, a flashlight, books and beauty products.

Keep the surface clear for your alarm clock, glasses, a water carafe and bedside lamp. Create a sense of balance by placing a nightstand on either side of the bed. Your nightstands don’t have to match—in fact it’s more fun to mix things up. Just make sure they are roughly the same height.

8. A Comfortable Mattress
Nothing on this list means a thing unless you have a comfortable bed to sleep on. Think about it—if you’re not getting a good night’s sleep, you won’t even be able to appreciate your beautiful bedroom. Waking every morning with a variety of aches and pains definitely means you need a new mattress.

Choose a mattress that keeps you cool in the summer and warm in the winter and one that offers the right amount of support. Do your homework and research the different types of mattresses including inner spring, latex foam, memory foam, memory foam hybrid and air chamber systems.

9. A Killer Headboard
Once your find the mattress of your dreams, you’ll need to pick out a fabulous headboard to frame your new purchase. While tufted upholstered, reclaimed barnwood or weathered iron headboards make striking focal points, they can be quite expensive. You can recreate the look of these trendy headboards for a fraction of the price.

--Run a curtain rod along the wall at the head of your bed. Sew a rod pocket onto pillow shams. Insert your pillows and hang them from the rod to create a faux upholstered headboard.

--Purchase hardwood flooring planks on closeout and install them directly onto your wall or a piece of plywood cut to the width of your bed. Mount the headboard to the wall via a cleat system.

--Find a salvaged metal gate and hang it on the wall to replicate the look of an antique iron bed. Leave it in its distressed state or paint it to coordinate with your bedroom’s color scheme.

10. Sumptuous Bedding
Build your luxurious bed by starting with a mattress pad and the best quality sheets you can afford. Choose from pure cotton, cotton-poly blends or microfiber depending on your preference and budget. Check out our comprehensive post about selecting the perfect sheets here.

Layer on a lofty down comforter with fill weight suitable for year-round use. If you don’t want to bother with a comforter/duvet cover combination, purchase a stand alone decorative comforter in a solid color or pattern. In colder climates, you may need a secondary blanket between the sheets and comforter. The result will be a sumptuous bed you can’t wait to crawl into.

11. Layered Lighting

If you are going to all the trouble to create a comfortable and stylish bedroom, don’t you dare skimp on lighting. Subtle lighting layers will add the right touch to your relaxing boudoir. Start with general illumination such as a gorgeous chandelier positioned above your bed.

Bedside sconces or table lamps provide targeted task lighting for reading or computer work. Accent lighting can really set the mood. For instance, consider installing dimmers on your overhead fixtures to soften the look and create a peaceful feel.

12. Eye-catching Artwork
Choosing artwork for your bedroom may seem like a daunting task, but we’re here to tell you it’s really a piece of cake! Pick the wall spaces where you would like to display artwork. Measure those areas before you go shopping to ensure the artwork is the right scale for the space.

Use artwork to add a pop of color to a dark or monochromatic color palette. Add interest to neutral walls by coordinating the colors in the art with colors found in the bedroom.

Keep artwork calm and sophisticated to promote restful sleep. If you can’t come up with specific subject matter, think about using an abstract image to convey a relaxing mood through color and design. An alternate approach is organic artwork that expresses a natural, rustic feel.

Maegan Tintari
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