Bedrooms can sometimes be one of the most difficult rooms to decorate. Odds are you’ve been swooning over home tours and Pinterest boards, but may not know where to add the finshing touches. While some of your dreams may involve a few purchases, don’t be fooled. Most of these ladies with fabulous homes are also pros at styling. Keep reading to find out how to style your way to a better bedroom!
This may seem obvious, but your bed should always be the first thing you see when you walk into your room.
The basic formula for styling your bedding: 2 bed pillows plus throw pillows plus 1 decorative pillow.
On top of that add a cozy throw or more decorative pillows, if your heart desires. If you have a pretty bed frame, keep it exposed and the floor underneath clear. Some of us who are tight on space might need that extra room for storing out-of-season clothes. If that’s the case, you need a pretty bedskirt to hide away those off-season bins.
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The Bedside Tables
Your bedside tables should always coordinate—and bonus points if they match! You’ll need a sconce or lamp for reading, a candle for coziness, a jewelry dish for your studs and rings, and a few personal pretties like books or fresh flowers. READ: 30 Seriously Chic Table Lamps Under $100
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The Dresser or Drawers
Your dresser or chest of drawers is another place to display finds that are characteristic of you. Because this area is most likely involves getting ready, you’ll need a mirror above for one last look before you head out for the day. This is also a great place for your jewelry box and perfume. Check out two ways to make the most of styling your dresser here.
Not every house has pretty windows, but odds are there are times during the day when you’d rather tame the light coming in. The best way to do this? Hang long curtains close to the ceiling and let them trail down to the floor. Make sure they hang not too wide and not too narrow. Remember, they’re beautiful open or closed. We love Emily Henderson’s complete guide to hanging drapes.
Even when all the furniture is in place and every surface is styled, a room can still look visually empty. Spruce up your walls with art, whether framed or something a little more three dimensional. If you live in an earthquake zone and you’re an art-over-the-bed kind of gal, make sure you’ve hung your art accordingly. Wouldn’t want to wake up with a sore head!
The best way to ensure a good looking closet is to keep it tidy. An easy way to do this is with uniform hangers. You’ll avoid them getting all tangled up. You can also use your closet door as an opportunity to display clothes that also match your decor. In the spirit of spring cleaning, here’s a quick guide to cleaning out your closet.
A room wouldn’t be complete without a few personal touches. A pretty sitting chair to fill some wall space, a bench at the end of the bed, plants to bring the outdoors in, or a fashion mannequin to commemorate your days in fashion school—we all have a few extras that can contribute to our room in style and sentiment.
This article was originally published on February 17, 2016.