Bedroom Ideas: Decorate Like a Pro


Does your master bedroom just feel like a space where you store your stuff, or is it a place you love to relax in? The difference between the two comes in all the little bedroom decorating ideas that can transform a space. If your bedroom is beginning to feel more like a bedroom storage room and less like your zen sanctuary, take a page from the styling book interior designers use. 

Establish the framework of your bedroom design, consider the dimensions, prepare the walls, keep the space neat and tidy, and start working with color schemes and textures. When all the small design ideas and details come together, you'll be surprised how new, fresh, and chic your new beautiful bedroom feels. Start the makeover with your furniture and move forward from there!

Start with the Skeleton of Your Bedroom

Decorating begins with your bedroom furniture. These large pieces are typically the most expensive, so it's best to decide on their aesthetic first. All the smaller things you love, like table lamps and wallpaper, are going to cost you far less than an entire set of bedroom furniture. If the furniture clashes with everything around it, you don't want to go back to the drawing board.

Do you want simple, modern furniture for a minimalist bedroom? Or do you want ornate upholstered headboards and elaborate wooden furniture for a Victorian inspired bedroom? Do dramatic and moody dark finishes appeal to you, or are you more inclined to gravitate towards crisp and modern light finishes? Commit to your inspiration with your large pieces. Everything thereafter is just a matter of filling in the blanks. 

Work With the Dimensions of the Room

Small bedrooms and large bedrooms both present the same amount of opportunity. It's just a matter of how you utilize the space, especially a small space. That being said, it's also important to remember that bigger spaces don't necessarily need to be jam-packed with stuff. 

Small things, like area rugs, can fill empty spaces without overcrowding them. Just make sure that the area rugs are sized appropriately for their intended location. A good rule is to choose rugs large enough that the front feet of each piece of furniture within the immediate surrounds of the rug can comfortably sit around the perimeter of the rug.

Before you start picking out decorative pieces or elaborate furniture, make sure it's all going to fit properly. Smaller rooms do better with taller furniture, rather than wider furniture. Using the dimensions of the wall for your dresser is better than using the dimensions of your floor, especially if you're very limited on floor space. Don't plan for large or obtrusive pieces or decorations if you won't know how they would fit without overcrowding the space.

Let Your Walls Do The Talking

A richly decorated room with bare white walls will always feel like something is missing. If you can paint or use wallpaper, do it. You may feel tempted to go with a neutral-toned color palette on the bedroom walls. Neutral tones do match just about everything. If you're a little too afraid to pull the trigger on an exciting shade of teal or purple, you don't have to. You can incorporate brighter shades in other ways. If you really want to liven up the space, go ahead and start by putting color on the walls.

Wallpaper is a bit controversial. A lot of people find the prospect of putting colors and patterns on the walls to be a bit scary. Wallpaper has come back into fashion recently. If you have the gumption, pick up a few wallpaper samples to refer to while you're shopping for decorative accents or bedding. You might find that you just can't pass up a gorgeous wallpaper that seamlessly (pun intended) ties everything together.

Your Bedding Plays an Important Role

Your bed is most of your room, especially if it's a queen or larger. The way you design your bed is going to dictate the way you design the rest of your room. Your bedding gives you a great chance to decide your room's accent colors with your sheets and pillows, and the bolder statement of your room with your comforter. If plain white bedding isn't for you, you have the option of trying something a little more creative with a contrasting or complementary duvet. 

The best thing about bedding is that it isn't a significant commitment. If you feel like the colors or patterns are too loud, it won't break the bank to buy a new set of sheets. You can also get a secondary sheet set and comforter that brings forward different patterns or accent colors. This will allow you to change things up once in a while, and buy you some time if you're too busy to wash your sheets and remake your bed with the same set as often as you should. 

Even if you decide to keep things plain, try to create a contrast between your sheets and your comforter to keep your bed from looking one dimensional. A crisp white down comforter would look beautiful with pearl grey sheets. The contrast would be just enough to add interest to the area without being loud or busy. 

Create a Beautiful Focal Point

Your bed will typically be the focal point of your bedroom since it takes up the biggest footprint. Your bed all by itself may not be enough to create a focal point. Instead, focus on the area around and beside the bed to draw interest to that area of the room.

One way to do this is by using an oversized headboard. Large wooden headboards have a rustic, homey feel. Upholstered headboards are a little more modern, and they're comfortable. When you're sitting up in bed, the soft padding and upholstery on the headboard are a lot easier on your back and neck. On this note, framing the headboard or bed with drapes around nearby windows is another good trick to frame and create a flowing focal point. 

Your bedside tables will play into the way your bed acts as a focal point. They'll create symmetry while better defining the sleeping area. Pendant lights hung over nightstands or wall sconces hung above them will illuminate your bed while adding a decorative touch. These lights are more than decorative. They're a must for people who like to read or sip tea in bed, unless they have impeccable night vision. 

Using the wall behind the headboard as an accent wall will draw even more attention to the space. Painting that wall a complementary or contrasting color or using wallpaper exclusively on that wall will serve as a beautiful backdrop for your big, comfy bed. A difference in color or pattern will capture the eye, drawing more attention to your focal point. Even if you don't have much going on in the rest of the room, a well dressed focal point will speak volumes. 

Declutter the Space

The secret to perfect interior design is to remember that less is more when it comes to furniture and decorative accents. Packing your space with beautiful things won't make the space feel beautiful. Instead, the space will feel overcrowded and lack direction. You'll want to have a few decorative touches that serve a function, like jewelry trays. Just be sure that everything in the room has a clear purpose for being there. Keep that in mind before you make any purchases for your bedroom.

Go through what you already have to create four piles: keep, donate, sell, or dispose of. Most things, including old televisions, can actually be recycled. Items in good condition can be sold or donated. For things that aren't in good shape and cannot be recycled, they'll have to be thrown away. If you're an environmentally conscious person, seeing how many things wind up going to waste might impact the way you shop. Keeping this thought present in your mind will make you less likely to drag clutter home.

Play with Colors and Textures

Playing with colors doesn't have to immediately mean going on the hunt for new paint colors. Interior decorators use bright pops of colors and interesting textures to make a space unique. If you're less bold with your choices in other areas of your bedroom, try some smaller embellishments that are non-committal and can easily be swapped. Bedroom decor like accent pillows, throw pillows, and throw blankets can be a little loud and busy if the rest of the room has a very calm vibe. These small things however do add character and warmth to a room. 

Texture is an aspect that is often overlooked. Texture adds dimension to a room, but most people would never think to get furry area rugs or sequined pillows. When used in small amounts, these textures can make a space come to life. 


Decorating a bedroom like a pro doesn't need to be a difficult venture. While decor ideas like a canopy bed or a chandelier may not be right up your alley, looking at home decor magazines that feature bedroom design ideas can give you inspiration to help your bedroom feel more luxe but still comfortable. Copy a little bit from the pros, but consider your own personal touches you'd like to add like your bedroom wall decor and other wall art. After all, while not unattainable or applicable to your own design, those all white bedrooms with gallery walls and golden bed frames were designed for other people who have different tastes and lifestyles, and like we mentioned earlier, you want your bedroom to be specifically tailored to you and your own room feel. 

Whom has nearly every kind of furniture and hundreds of decorative accents to suit a wide variety of tastes. You're bound to find a few pieces you love in our collection. 


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