Creating a relaxing, romantic retreat of a bedroom is the goal, but it's not as easy as just loading the furniture in and making the bed. Many people find that even with beautiful pieces and great space, their bedroom is still lacking that something special. A few tips and the right mix can make you feel more serene, help you sleep better, and even make you feel more amorous in your private sanctuary.
Get the lighting right
You don't want to feel like you're being interrogated in the bedroom. Super bright lights don't set the mood, nor are they useful for helping you to relax. But, you may need bright lights for function if you don't have a space that gets a lot of natural light. The answer: a dimmer. Reading lights you can place on nightstands are also key for adding function and style without blasting the whole room with light.
Choose the right color
Fire-engine red walls will create energy, which could be helpful to your love life, but might keep you up at night for all the wrong reasons, too. Use the principles of Feng Shui to choose colors that will help "bring the best energy into your space," said MyDomaine. According to certified Feng Shui expert Laura Cerrano, earth tones, beige, and cream are "ideal for someone looking to create a restful bedroom," while colors like blue, blue-green, and black "can translate into a deeper connection between you and your partner."
Indulge in a luxurious headboard
A headboard isn't just a finishing touch to the room. It's an essential part of the space that gives it a well-put-together, finished look and that also make the bed feel plush. "An attractive headboard will really make a statement in your bedroom and transform the space," said Houzz. "It will also make your bed a much more comfortable place to be. When choosing a headboard, think about the size of your room and the height of the ceiling to get the proportions right. If you have a really high ceiling, you can afford to scale the headboard accordingly to create a real impact."
Pick cushy sheets
There's just no reason to live with scratchy sheets. High thread counts matter, and they can get expensive. But the weave and fabric of the sheets can also help them to feel more - or less - comfortable. Business Insider's exhaustive test of the best sheets came out with a clear winner: "After reviewing dozens of contenders, our top pick for bed sheets are the 280-thread-count Pima Cotton Percale Sheets from L.L. Bean," they said. "Crisp, cool, and comfortable against your skin, these sheets make bedtime a treat."
Creating any stylish space is about layering, and the bedroom is no different. Start with the bed. "Don't be that person with just a top sheet," said Elle Décor. "Okay, we know you'd never commit that cardinal design sin, but in our opinion, layering is key to a beautiful bed. Throws, bed runners, the works! It will give your space an instantly glamorous upgrade, plus you'll be beyond cozy in the wintertime."
Wallpaper or a feature wall behind the bed and accessories like cushions and decorative items sprinkled throughout the room can add another layer of interest.
Written by Jaymi Naciri