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How to Create a Cozier and More Inviting Bedroom

Welcome to the next installment of "How to Make Your Bedroom Better (And Cozier)". In this article, we will explore some simple yet effective ways to transform your bedroom into a calming and cozy sanctuary....

Welcome to the next installment of "How to Make Your Bedroom Better (And Cozier)". In this article, we will explore some simple yet effective ways to transform your bedroom into a calming and cozy sanctuary. Your bedroom deserves to be a space where you can relax and recharge, so let's get started!

1. Add a Textured or Patterned Bed Blanket

One great way to instantly make your bed more inviting and cozy is to add a bed blanket as the top layer at the foot of your bed. Opt for a larger blanket with either a textured or patterned design. This not only adds an extra layer of warmth for those chilly nights but also brings visual interest to your bedroom decor.

Bed Blanket Left Blanket (similar) | Right Blanket

2. Try the Single Long Pillow

If you're tired of spending too much time arranging decorative pillows on your bed, here's a simple bedding hack for you. The single long lumbar decorative pillow is a modern and time-saving alternative. It instantly adds a touch of elegance and minimalism to your bed without the hassle of multiple pillows.

Single Long Pillow Look at these beds and tell me that your bed-making stress level didn't just go down 7 points.

3. Choose the Right Sized Rug

A well-sized rug has the power to transform your bedroom. Ideally, your rug should have at least 24" on all three sides of your bed. Depending on the size of your bed, recommendations include a 5'x8' for a Twin, 6'x9' for a Full, 8'x10' for a Queen, and 9'x12' for a King. Remember to consider your room's size when selecting a rug, and consider taping out the dimensions to visualize it before making a purchase.

Right Sized Rug Left: Design by Julie Rose for EHD, from: Julie's Bedroom Reveal | Right: Styled by Emily Bowser, from: How to Design Your Bedroom for the Best Night Sleep

4. Get a Functional Nightstand

While pedestal nightstands may be visually appealing, they often lack functionality. Opt for nightstands with drawers or a combination of drawers and shelves to keep your essentials organized and reduce clutter. Choose a nightstand that complements your bedroom decor while providing practical storage solutions.

Functional Nightstand Left Nightstand | Right Nightstand (unavailable)

5. Don't Skip the Window Treatments

Window treatments not only provide privacy but also add a touch of elegance and warmth to your bedroom. Consider using curtains or roman shades to create a cozy atmosphere and control the amount of natural light entering the room. Curtains can add dramatic flair, while roman shades offer a more subtle and versatile option.

Window Treatments Left Photo: Design by Julie Rose for EHD, from: Julie's Bedroom Reveal | Right Photo: Design by Ginny MacDonald and Melanie Burstin for EHD, from: Eclectic Traditional Bedroom Reveal

6. Always Have 2 Different Types of Light Sources

Proper lighting is crucial for creating the desired ambiance in your bedroom. Aim to have at least two light sources, such as a pendant light and a table lamp, to provide flexibility and allow you to create various moods. Consider using warm light bulbs and adding shades or coverings to diffuse the light and create a cozy atmosphere.

Light Sources Example A: Two table lamps, one floor lamp, and one large chandelier. | Example B: One large and one small sconce, one table lamp, and one floor lamp.

7. Use a Mirror to Bounce Light Around

Mirrors are a simple yet effective way to make your bedroom feel more spacious and bright. A full-length mirror can add dimension to your space and serve as an elegant focal point. Alternatively, you can hang smaller mirrors on walls or create a gallery wall for a unique and personalized touch.

Mirrors Left Mirror | Right Mirror

8. Personalize with Art

Artwork adds personality and a sense of calm to your bedroom. Choose soothing and calming art pieces that resonate with you, such as landscapes or simple line drawings. Consider the colors and how they contribute to the overall peaceful atmosphere of your bedroom.

Art Here is Bowser's beautiful guest room with a serene diptych from Minted.

9. Create a Cozy Sitting Area

If space allows, having a bench or chair in your bedroom can provide a cozy spot for reading or simply relaxing. A bench placed at the foot of the bed or a plush reading chair in a corner can enhance the comfort and functionality of your bedroom.

Sitting Area Left Photo: Emily Bowser's Bedroom Reveal | Right Photo: Veronica Crawford, from: Our Bedroom Update

10. Bring in Plants

Plants bring life and freshness to any space, including your bedroom. Whether you prefer real or faux plants, they can add a touch of nature and create a calming atmosphere. Incorporate plants in beautiful planters to enhance the visual appeal of your bedroom.

Plants Left Photo: Design by Malcolm Simmons, from: Malcolm's Primary Bedroom Reveal | Right Photo: Sara Ligorria-Tramp, from: Mountain House Primary Bedroom

11. Organize with Trays

Trays are a practical and stylish way to keep your essentials organized and add a touch of elegance to your bedroom. Place a tray on your dresser to corral items like candles, jewelry, and reed diffusers. They create a cohesive and intentional look while keeping your space tidy.

Trays Left Photo: Design by Emily Bowser, from: Emily Bowser's Bedroom Reveal | Right Photo: Veronica Crawford, from: Our Bedroom Update

12. Set the Mood with Candles

Candles are the ultimate cozy accessory for your bedroom. Not only do they provide warmth and soft lighting, but they also create a soothing and relaxing ambiance. Choose scented candles with calming fragrances to enhance the peaceful atmosphere of your bedroom.

Candles Left Photo: Sara Ligorria-Tramp, styled by Emily Bowser, from: Target's New Threshold Collection Is Hitting the "Elevated Prairie" Trend | Right Photo: Tessa Neustadt, from: Master Bedroom Refresh with Parachute Home

Honorable Mention: Fresh Sheets and Pillow Covers

Don't underestimate the power of fresh sheets and pillow covers. If you're in need of a little bedroom refresh, investing in new bedding can make a world of difference. Choose soft and high-quality materials that make you feel luxurious and well-rested.

With these 12 tips and an honorable mention, you can transform your bedroom into a cozier and more inviting space. Remember, even implementing a few of these ideas can make a significant difference in the overall ambiance of your bedroom. So go ahead and create your own personal oasis for relaxation and comfort.

Opening Image Credits: Photo by Sara Ligorria-Tramp | From: Mountain House Primary Bedroom