Things Every Bedroom Needs

Your bedroom is your personal sanctuary, so why give it the short end of the stick when it comes to design?

A few simple tweaks will leave you with a bedroom so dreamy you won’t even want to fall asleep.

A Comfortable Rug

Nothing ruins a happy morning (or makes a crabby one worse) like stepping out of the bed onto a cold, hard floor. Do yourself a favor and make sure your first step into the day is cushy and comforting.

A Theme

It’s the first thing a child will consider when putting together their first bedroom, but adults tend to shy away from decorative themes. But even when it’s not Spiderman or Princess-powered, a theme can be a powerful unifying device, not to mention calming.

The Right Amount of Throw Pillows

How to figure out this number: It should be enough pillows so that your bed looks sumptuous and inviting when properly made…yet not enough that getting in bed requires 10 minutes of excavating. The sweet spot is usually between 2-6, depending on the size of your bed.

A Place To Sit (That’s Not The Bed)

A good spot to sit down will serve you well when you’re reading or need to have a conversation with your partner. It’s also great for putting on shoes, or checking email so you can leave tech out of your bed.

No Tech In Sight

“The bedroom is about sleeping. What do you need when you’re sleeping? Not a smartphone,” says designer Aurélien Gallet. And that goes for a television as well: It will keep you up later than necessary and consequently keep your minding churning longer before you can drift off to sleep. It’s hard, especially in an increasingly-connected world, but if you leave your i-everything at the door you’ll be happier. Another perk? More room for furniture and accessories you love.

A Collection Of Things You Love

It doesn’t have to be an entire étagère-full, as seen in this bedroom by LA-based designer Kelly Sutton, but a cluster of pieces that make you smile will go a long way in making a bedroom feel just right. Bonus: This is also a great way to incorporate pieces you’ve acquired over the years but can’t quite figure out where to put them. Make sure they’re in your line of sight upon waking up and their true purpose will be revealed: Making you happy.

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