Bedroom Decorating Ideas & Tips

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From new throw pillows to a full remodel, redecorating and redesigning your bedroom is possible for all budgets. Use this guide to decorating your bedroom to find the best tips for your room.

Lighting

If you are remodeling your ceiling or roof, consider installing skylights over your bedroom. By increasing your natural light, you can lower your utility bills. Compact fluorescent and LED lights are also a generally environmentally friendly option for manmade lighting, and can actually mimic the look of sunlight. If skylights aren't in your budget, replace your standard light bulbs with daylight mimicing CFLs for an instant boost in bedroom brightness. Arrange your table, wall sconce and floor lamps at different heights and locations around the room. Mix and match the types of bulbs that you use to add some variety to your overall effect, giving you the option to have soft, bright or specially directed lighting when needed. 

Windows

When renovating or redecorating your bedroom, consider replacing your windows. Window designs can substantially impact a room's look and feel, especially if you want to install larger or additional windows. Expanding the size or amount of windows in your room improves lighting and increasing the view, giving your bedroom a brighter, more engging feel.

If you are in the market for new windows, keep your home's climate in mind. Double paned windows are advantageous because they provide additional insulation to regulate room temperatures, particularly in cold regions. In the summer, your room will feel cooler, and in the winter, your room will stay warm. Typically, double paned windows are spaced less than one inch apart. The space in between the two panes may be filled with a nontoxic gas in order to improve insulation. (For instructions on how to install a new window, see A Guide To Aluminum & Wood Replacement Windows). 

Bay windows extend from the walls of the home and form a polygon shape. The design can make a room look substantially larger and more luxurious, while providing a cozy spot to sit and enjoy the view. Because these windows are relatively large, more light can enter a room. Victorian architecture commonly includes bay windows. (For more information on Victorian bedroom design, see How To Design A Victorian Bedroom Theme).

If you have a patio or atrium outside of your bedroom, consider installing one or multiple sliding doors so that you can easily go outside. Don't forget to install a screen door to keep bugs and critters out of the bedroom!

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Décor

Think twice before going overboard on the décor for your bedroom. Decorations can easily clutter a room if they are not strategically placed. If you don't plan on cleaning and dusting your room often, you will start to accumulate dust - very quickly. Before you know it, you'll be sneezing and coughing, especially during allergy season. Do yourself a favor and keep your decorations to theme specific items and sentimental pieces. Your room will be easier to clean and will feel more spacious. For tips on how to choose decor for specific bedroom themes, check out these articles: 

House Plants

If you don't suffer from allergies, a houseplant or two may be what you need to complement the overall look and feel of your room.

If you don't feel like maintaining a real plant, consider buying a fake one. Many fake plants look real without causing allergies, and requiring a substantial amount of work. You and your guests will not be able to tell whether it's real or not. And realistically, who is going to be inspecting your plants up close?

Low-maintenance houseplants include orchids, cast iron plants, bamboo and cacti. Fresh flowers and lilies are also beautiful options for your vases. Plants look great on bedside tables, book shelves, and in corners of your room, especially if you're trying to create a symmetrical look and feel to your room's design.

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Organizing Tips

Few people are lucky enough to have a walk-in closet with shelves and shelves of storage space. For this reason, you need to make the most out of the storage space that you have.

Create space by eliminating what you don't need. Every season, go through your clothes and belongings, and make four piles labeled: keep, donate, discard, and store. Place your out-of season clothing in vacuum-sealed bags or plastic boxes, and store them in the garage until they are practical to wear again. Get rid of the stuff that you don't need, use or want.

Color-code your clothing so that you can see exactly what you have. Hang your blues with your other blues, and your black clothing with your black clothing. Organize by type of clothing so that you aren't tempted to go buy more of the same thing.

Keep closet organizers for your shoes, and accessories beneath your hanging clothes. If possible, keep a set of plastic or wooden shelves in your closet as well.

Don't forget to use the space under your bed as a storage option. Depending on how much space you have, you'll be able to fit drawers and stackable storage compartments. Just be sure to keep the area under the bed clean, or you might end up with large balls of dust.

Walls

Paint or wallpaper? If you're giving your bedroom an attractive makeover, you are likely grappling with this question. There are do's and don'ts for both options, so keep the following general tips in mind:

  • If you are the type of person who snaps in and out of trends, you may want to stick to neutral shades. You can save the trend-hopping for the items in your room that are less work-intensive, like linens.
  • For both paint and wallpaper, avoid using dark colors, especially if you have dark carpets. Dark colors tend to make a room feel smaller, and you may risk designing a room that looks old and cramped.
  • If you're worried about overwhelming your bedroom with colors and patterns, consider an accent wall to create some contrast.
  • Make sure that your walls or accent wall remain within the color scheme of the rest of your room. Consider your furniture, floors, linens and other décor.
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Decorating Your Bedroom

Your bedroom is the one place in the world where you should feel most comfortable. After a long day, coming home to a clean and beautiful room can make the difference between a relaxing night and a stressful one. To keep you feeling happy, your room should be an extension of your personality and style.

Regardless of whether you are planning a full-scale remodeling project, or just picking a few accent pieces like a new headboard or window curtains, decorate your room with comfort in mind. Unlike the living room where you entertain guests, or the dining room where the family gathers for meals, the bedroom is a place to call your own.

The bottom line is your room needs to do more than just look good, it needs to feel good. You don’t typically sleep in other areas of your home, so you don’t need to decorate them with absolute comfort in mind. Your bedroom is a different story. After a night’s rest, you need to be able to wake up refreshed and ready for another day. Think like an interior decorator to design a room that is practical, functional and beautiful.

Last Updated: March 21, 2013
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About Ritika Puri Based in California, Ritika Puri has worn a number of professional hats ranging from blogger to quantitative researcher, martial arts instructor, and cartographer. No matter what she does, she loves to write and specializes in topics related to home improvement, personal finance, and business. She writes regularly for Investopedia.com's Financial Edge section, and her work has appeared on SF Gate, Yahoo! Finance, and The Chicago Sun Times Online. She holds a B.A. from Claremont McKenna College and an M.A. in Demographic and Social Analysis from the University of California at Irvine.  

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