Your bedroom is where the magic happens (sleep, people!). Believe it or not, your bedroom design can have a direct impact on how well you are—or aren’t—sleeping. If you don't find your bedroom calling to you after a long workday, then it might be time for an interior design makeover.
Say goodbye to sleepless nights and bad feng shui. We’re going to show you how to transform your bedroom into a sanctuary so beautiful and zen that you’ll find yourself questioning whether or not you’ve stumbled into a 5-star hotel.
There’s no such thing as a design project without inspiration. When you think of your dream bedroom, what images come to mind? If you’re anything like us, you already have a mental checklist of the top best hotel bedrooms you’ve ever slept in.
Maybe your best shut-eye happened in a luxe canopy bed in Tulum, or perhaps it was much simpler: the guest room in your friend’s cottage that prioritized comfort. Think about what you love about your inspiration—whether it be something you have already experienced, a magazine clipping, or an image you found on Pinterest—and write down what specifically you love about it.
Color theory (the science behind how we interpret colors) plays a big role in any interior design project, but especially in the bedroom because it’s a room where we naturally spend a lot of time. Select a color scheme that reflects your desired atmosphere, and choose 4-6 colors to create a color palette that supports that. Remember that one of these colors will inevitably be your bedroom paint color, so choose wisely based on the vibe you’re going for.
Wondering what to do with all the inspiration that’s running through your head? Simple: add it to a mood board. Creating a mood board will help you organize your room ideas and put them on paper (metaphorically, if you’re using an online mood board tool) with the goal of outlining your bedroom decorating vision. You can combine full-inspiration images and product clippings with words and colors that speak to you. Let the designer in you run wild, and don’t worry too much about how the design styles will come together at this point.
Daydreaming is great, but once the big ideas are out in the open, it’s time to actually come up with a plan of how to make them concrete. There are many facets to consider at this stage in the process, and you might find yourself wondering:
Breathe! 🧘♀️ Let’s break down the questions one by one.
Yes, your bedroom is primarily used for sleeping, but consider how else you will be using the room. Are there other functions that your bedroom needs to serve? For instance, maybe you need to make room for a home office or create an area where you can take product photography for a side hustle. Whatever the functions may be, getting clear on them upfront will ensure that you’re making the best possible decisions for your bedroom to look and feel good.
Floor plans are where you start to get into the nitty-gritty. Assess your bedroom and take measurements of everything—really, everything! Measure your walls, windows, doors, outlet covers, and all the weird nooks and crannies. Your floor plan measurements will help you create the best possible room layout and understand the available floor space and any limitations (read: creative opportunities) you may have.
PRO-TIP: When creating your floor plan, take spatial planning into consideration (how people will live, function, and move through the space you're designing). If you’re designing your bedroom, then the person you’ll want to consider is you! Put yourself first. You’re the VIP here. 😏
We’ll be the first to remind you that you don’t need all the money in the world to create a bedroom that is well-designed and beautiful. However, it’s important to know how much money you can spend on your bedroom makeover before jumping into the project. The last thing you want is to be surprised when you didn’t allocate your funds properly. Find a budgeting tool that will help you organize your budget and track how much you’re spending throughout the duration of your makeover, that way, you can make any adjustments needed before it’s too late.
One of the most common questions we get when it comes to budgeting is knowing where to splurge vs. save. As with most things in design, this will vary depending on your personal needs, but generally speaking, we recommend splurging on the essentials, aka items that will enhance your sleep and quality of life (think mattress—California king-sized bed, anyone? 👀—bedding, window treatments, and pillows). You can save your money by hunting for stylish, lower-cost furniture and decor like nightstands, headboards, floor lamps, rugs, art, accessories, and so on.
PRO-TIP: Get on your favorite brand’s email lists to stay up to date on their big sales. Brands typically have 1-2 hefty sales a year, and these are great opportunities to splurge on a high-ticket item. Also, don't sleep on vintage or secondhand furniture!
Knowing what size furniture to buy and where to place it in your bedroom is a delicate dance. If your bedroom furniture is too big, things could feel cramped, and if it is too small, you could be swimming in your bedroom. Consider the scale of your furniture in relation to the size of the room.
Here are a few design tips we’ve learned along the way:
Now that you’ve got a plan in place, it’s time to visualize what your bedroom will look like and make some big decisions. Use an online design tool to create renderings of all your design ideas, try out different pieces of furniture, and play around with them until your room feels just right.
The physical feeling you have in a space is directly correlated with the lighting. It’s a fact! When you’re selecting your bedroom lighting, keep in mind the 2-3 adjectives you’d want guests (or yourself) to use to describe how the space feels.
While there’s no limit to the number of lighting sources a bedroom can have, you should have at least two to set your mood. Here are some considerations to think about when creating a lighting plan:
You sleep in your bed every night, so investing in a duvet and sheets that make you feel like you’re being hugged by a cloud is not a bad idea.
Do you prefer a softer feel when it comes to bedsheets, or do crisp sheets make you feel more rested? Do you run hot while you sleep? There are a lot of considerations when it comes to selecting bedding, but knowing the answers to these questions will lead you to the perfect bed sheet fabric. Here are some to consider:
Choose wisely. Future you will be thanking you!
It’s easy to focus on design elements like paint, furniture, and lighting in a bedroom, but wallpaper can also be a fun decorating moment. If you like the idea of trying out bold, loud patterns in your bedroom but you’re scared it will feel like too much, start with an accent wall in your room. Or, if wallpaper isn’t in your budget, you can DIY a pattern with paint, tape, and a little bit of creativity.
If you’ve made it this far, give yourself a pat on the back! Big design decisions have been made, you've ordered your products, and can install everything in your space. This is the step where you get to see the fruits of your labor, and there’s no better feeling than that.
We often hear about texture in interior design, but if you’re wondering what the heck that actually means… you’re not alone. Texture is, literally, the appearance of how something looks or feels. A room without texture often feels undone or like something is missing. An easy way to get ahead of that empty feeling is by layering texture to your bedroom sanctuary through textiles, like curtains (even blackout curtains can add texture), throw blankets, area rugs, and decorative pillows. The more, the merrier.
PRO-TIP: We probably sound like a broken record player by now, but use colors and textures to your advantage! If you keep the colors in your bedroom simpler and more neutral and vary the textures in the room, you’ll give off the illusion of an airier space. If you’re a color lover, try painting the ceiling a bold or dark color—this can make the space feel bigger.
Add a personal touch to your bedroom through artwork, photographs, and items that reflect your style and personality. Remember that this step takes time! You can go ahead and rush into accessorizing a space, but the joy comes with doing it over time. Here are some ideas:
We love a multi-functional decorating idea, and bedroom storage is top on our list. You can never have enough bedroom storage, especially small spaces, so consider finding unique storage solutions that will make your bedroom look nice and serve as an extra place to hide all of your dirty laundry. 😉
An upholstered bench with built-in storage will double as a seating area and piece of furniture that can live on the foot of the bed. Blessed with an en suite? We love using dual-use furniture to connect the bridge between two rooms.
And just like that, your bedroom design dreams have come true! The most important step in design is to simply enjoy the process. It’s easy to get caught up in the what-ifs and wonder if what you’re doing is right. You did it! Now we’ll leave you with some final pieces of advice:
PRO-TIP: Consider selling any used furniture items on Kaiyo or Facebook Marketplace to earn money back for your belongings. More money for future decorating!
The most rewarding part about designing your own space is that you got there on your own, so go ahead and do a happy dance and get some shut-eye for us all.