How to Decorate and Design a Bedroom

Bedroom should be a sanctuary—a place of quiet retreat amidst a busy day; a spot to unwind while changing out of work clothes; or even a relaxing room in which to watch the evening news. Most of all, a bedroom should be the most comfortable and calming place to rest a weary body after the close of a long day.

However, many of us do not know how to decorate a bedroom. Many times our bedrooms receive our leftovers. We often focus on our living rooms or kitchens, places that the guests can see, and neglect the room where we will spend more than one-third of our lives!

How to Decorate and Design a Bedroom

Below you will find steps for decorating your bedroom along with tips on how to decorate a beautiful bedroom with style

Lay a Foundation With Furnishings for Bedroom

  • A common problem in most rooms is too much furniture or furnishings that are too large for the space—or both. Give yourself room to breathe in your living room by carefully choosing bedroom furniture that fits the scale of your bedroom, and decluttering often.

Invest Wisely on your Bedroom furniture

  • You can skimp on your comforter, rug, and curtains, but don’t try to go cheap on your mattress, pillows or sheets. Paying a bit more for these foundational items will help you have a good night’s rest and may save you from neck and back pain, headaches and more.

Decide on Color that’ll suite your bedroom

  • If you are a morning person, try choosing a lighter color scheme for your living room. The less you enjoy the early mornings, the darker and more sophisticated you can go with your color palette, which may feel oppressive to early risers.

Layer Your Lighting

  • Lighting is a very important consideration in a bedroom. Overhead lighting in a living room is fine, but don’t forget to add bedside lamps and other task-specific lighting. If you work the daily crossword puzzle in bed or always put on makeup in your bedroom mirror, be sure to add specific lighting in those areas to suit your needs.

Choose Soft Furnishings and Decor

  • Throw pillows and blankets are kind of like icing on a cake—not necessary but certainly a bonus if you have them! Don’t feel pressured to spend a lot of money on these items. Throw blankets usually need to be replaced every few years and pillows patterns often become passé.

Add the Final Touches

Buying small décor and artwork is where most people tend to begin decorating, but it is actually where one should end the decorating process. Choose accessories to compliment your space, and be careful to not overdo it. One beautiful painting or a perfect scattering of small photos atop a dresser is often all one needs to add a finishing touch to a bedroom.

5 Tips to Refresh Your Winter Bedroom

Bedroom is your personal world and it shouldn’t be ordinary. Winter can be cold and dreary but that doesn’t mean your bedroom interior space needs to be! Want to keep your bedroom cozy for winter? Here are five tips from a Common Place Life. Read on for how to decorate your bedroom for winter.

Bedroom Decorative ideas

1. Add Cozy Color Balance to Bedroom

Bedroom Decorative ideas

Adding bright colors (reds, oranges, & yellows) in contrast with winter’s cooler colors (blues & greys) helps to distribute warmth throughout your bedroom. This also creates movement to guide your eyes around the space. You might tie in these colors with a rug or pillow covers.

Consider refreshing your lighting. Choosing a new pendant or nightstand lamps can reinvent your winter bedroom by creating warm ambient lighting. When evening comes, light a few candles and rely on your nightstand lamps for a snug, homey vibe.

2. Play Up the Soft Stuff in your bedroom

Bedroom Decorative ideas

We all crave comfort in winter. Mix hard metals, like nightstand lamps, with soft, welcoming touches, such as bedding or an upholstered headboard. Contrasting items help your pieces stand out and not compete against one another. Another winter bedroom idea? Try an updated bench at the foot of your bed. It’s a cost effective way to cozy up your bedroom and make it feel new. A cushiony upholstered top paired with iron legs will show how opposites attract and adds more seating options.

3. Mix In Luxe Textures is vibrant in

Bedroom Decorative ideas

Using a variety of textures creates interest for a cozy winter bedroom. A basket woven pendant mixed with the hard textures of metal and wood adds softness to your room. Luxe fabrics, like velvet, linen, and flannel, make your space more inviting and keep your bedroom warm in winter.

One way to bring in these textures is by adding a reading nook in your bedroom. By layering a new texture, such as a fur area rug, you create a new section of your room that feels separate but still a part of your space. It’s the perfect place to curl up on a snowy day. Check out our guide to Reading Nook Ideas for more.

4. Get Artsy With Proportions

Bedroom Decorative ideas

No wall space for art? No problem. Smaller art pieces leaned on top of a large dresser adds depth and personality. When you’re decorating your bedroom for winter, choose one oversized piece. This creates a focal point. It can be a large pendant or an oversized art piece leaning against the wall.

5. Switch up the Seasons

Bedroom Decorative ideas

Just like your wardrobe, it sparks joy to transition your bedroom from winter to spring. Take away the heavy flannel duvet and add a light quilt for those warmer spring nights. Fold up your fleece blanket and start playing with pastel colored blankets to create a fresh color scheme. Check out our guide to the Best Bedding for Every Season for spring colors and materials to consider.

Now for my favorite part, adding fresh flowers! Bringing a natural element into your space creates softness, warmth and seasonality. For instance, tree branches for a winter and ranunculus for spring. Silk plants make an excellent substitution.