Styling & Design Tips For Your Bedroom

Whether your bedroom is large or small make sure you have the basics covered. A bed, nightstands and a place for your clothing. Once you’ve got the essentials you can personalize with bedding, art and accessories.

– Spruce Up Stylist, Fiona Kelly of Fiona Finds

Furniture Scale

Consider furniture proportions and scale when putting your room together. A bed frame can easily make a room feel cramped and uninviting if it is too large for the space. The same goes for dressers and accent furniture. Check measurements! There are many streamlined furniture options available that won’t eat up much more space than necessary. Also consider multi-purpose furniture pieces like a storage bed or dresser that doubles as a nightstand to use your space efficiently. Open space is just as important as filled space when designing a room. 

Light

There should for sure be a light that you can reach from the bed. Who wants to get out of a warm bed after reading to flip a light switch? Or walk across a dark room in search of the bed. No one, the answer is no one. Though practical, a center overhead light in the bedroom rarely adds ambience. Instead, consider for a floor lamp in the corner that directs light upward and a pair of great bedside lamps for ambient and task lighting.

Flanking Surfaces

The bed should ideally be flanked by something with a flat surface.  Depending on the space you have, you can choose matching nightstands (with or without storage), small tables or use a dresser on one side of the bed and a small table on the other if you have limited space.  The idea is to have a place for water, your glasses, reading material, a lamp and such.

Storage

Unless you have the luxury of a separate and distinct dressing area, you’ll need clothing storage in your bedroom. Hopefully you have a closet. If not (so sorry), an armoire, or a rail for hanging clothes will likely be needed. You will also need a dresser or chest of drawers for folded clothing and likely shelves of some sort. Basket, bins and organizational pieces like small boxes, trays and jewelry storage will also prove useful.

Color

A calming color palette in the bedroom will encourage relaxation and restfulness. After all, this is where you need to catch your z’s! Earth tones work well as do light colors like ivory and off white. Blue is another good option. Your calming color palette can extend from wall color to bedding, textiles and accessories. Pick one color and use shades from light to dark or pick 3-5 distinct colors that complement each other.

Texture

A rug adds coziness to any room.  Choose one soft to the touch that extends beyond the bed at both the bottom and sides. That way, bare toes won’t touch a cold floor when you hop out of bed. Sheep skins are nice for layering and adding texture. If the room had a solid monochromatic look you can stick with a solid rug or use this as an opportunity to add an accent color or bring in a little pattern.

Bedding

Quality bedding will help you get a good night’s sleep. It’s just a fact. You’ll be glad you made the investment. Beware that not all linen is the same. Or cotton for that matter. The best quality linen is made in Belgium and has a feel and quality that is second to none. 100% linen bedding from a big box retailer is not equal to higher cost options. This is 100% a case of getting what you pay for. Organic cotton with a high thread count is another solid choice. Check out our top seller for sheets here!

Art

Get creative by hanging a piece of artwork, a wall-mounted headboard or wallpaper to act as the backdrop for your bed. If you are hanging multiple art pieces side-by-side, leave about 3-5″ between them, depending on the size of each piece.

Use our tips to help you pull ideas together and create a bedroom oasis that works for you. Shop your personalized boutique after you take the style quiz to get products selected just for you!