Your bedroom is arguably the most personal room in your entire house. So why not treat it like the special retreat that it is? With a few simple design and decor tips, you can turn your otherwise generic bedroom into a place that exudes your personality and charm.
What makes a Bedroom Great?
No two bedrooms are the same, but all great bedrooms generally share three common characteristics. They are:
- Comfortable. Your bedroom is a retreat – a mini oasis in a world of chaos. Thus, it needs to be a comfortable space where you can relax with ease.
- Private. A bedroom should be separate from the main living areas. While you’ll obviously be limited by the architecture and floor plan of the home, try to tuck it away as discreetly as possible to give yourself maximum privacy.
- Personal. When it comes to main living areas and highly-trafficked rooms, most people feel some urge to satisfy basic norms and trends. With your bedroom, you can buck conventional design principles and do your own thing. Make it yours!
In this article, we’re going to focus on this latter point. Because when lead with personalization, the other two elements tend to follow.
5 Bedroom Personalization Tips
All you have to do is scroll through Pinterest or check out your Instagram feed and you’ll quickly see the latest home design trends for kitchens, living rooms, and even bathrooms. But when it comes to the bedroom, things are much more fluid.
The bedroom is such a personal space that everyone seems to do their own thing. While there are certainly trends, they aren’t very hard and fast.
There’s room for flexibility and creativity. Of course, a great place to start is with your bed, get some good bamboo sheet sets, nice pillows, and a throw to start with.
Here are some specific ways you can personalize your bedroom and make it look like you:
- Buy Custom Canvas Prints
Nothing personalizes a room quite like family photos or pictures from your past. And one of the best ways to display photographs is to create a custom canvas print. They’re easy to make, incredibly cost-effective, and can be designed in virtually any size (which allows you to carefully fit it to your space).
- Design a Gallery Wall
A canvas print is just the start. Try using the canvas as the focal point for a gallery wall. But rather than only using pictures and prints – which is what most people do – design your gallery wall with a mixture of elements and mediums.
For example, you might include a combination of pictures, artwork, antiques, vinyls, old windows, deer antlers, maps, or even plants. Play around with some different combinations and find one that suits your eye.
- Make an Accent Wall
Maybe the gallery wall isn’t your thing. Instead, you could try integrating an accent wall into the bedroom.
An accent wall is basically one wall that’s different from the rest. (It’s common to choose the wall behind the headboard, but you’re obviously free to do whatever you want.) Generally speaking, three walls of a room will be painted with a consistent color, while the other wall will be painted a different color. You could also finish with shiplap, reclaimed wood, or some sort of board and batten design.
- Integrate Plants
Most people don’t think about plants in the bedroom, but they can bring an added layer of dimension and liveliness to this space. If you don’t have the time or skill to care for needy plants, a few succulents or hardy houseplants will hold up without much fuss.
- Try an Area Rug
Regardless of whether you have hardwood floors or carpet, an area rug can be used to transform your bedroom and add new layers of depth and warmth.
“If you go big in your bedroom rug, go neutral. You don’t want a giant swath of fabric so glaring that you don’t need an alarm clock to wake up in the morning,” Overstock.com advises. “Take cues from your bed frame’s upholstery, your nightstands, or your bedding.”
If you have a smaller rug, you can afford to be a bit bolder. Stripes – or even lively patterns like you’ll find in Paisley and Oriental designs – can create a unique aesthetic.
Show Your Bedroom a Little Love
Don’t put your bedroom on the back burner any longer. Even if it doesn’t get the same visibility as your kitchen or living room, it’s still worthy of attention. Hopefully this article has armed you with some useful suggestions to get you started.