- Upholstered headboard
- Nailhead trim
- Chests as nightstands
- Creamy tones and black accents
- Round mirror
- Bench at foot of bed
You might find an upholstered headboard and pick up a bench or chest with nailhead trim, for instance. Or the marble lamps shown in the room here may translate into a marble-topped dresser in your finished room.
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3. Decide what to keep, what to revamp and what to buy. Most of us cannot feasibly go out and completely redecorate a room in one go, and you may not want to anyway. Try to look at each item in your bedroom with fresh eyes (sometimes taking photos helps) and decide what you can work into the new scheme. Some pieces can be used as is; others may be moved (for example, use an old dresser as a nightstand); and some pieces you may want to alter (repaint an armoire and line the glass doors with burlap). Once you have your list of keepers, make a fresh list of what you still need, including supplies for refurbishing your old stuff. And don't forget, you can always shop other rooms in your house, too.
Plug your measurements into an online tool (search for “free floor plan tool") or make a sketch on paper and play around with potential furniture arrangements. It’s much easier to move or swap out furniture on paper or onscreen than in real life — so do some virtual lifting before you plunk your money down on new stuff.
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If you like to read in bed, consider an upholstered headboard or a wood headboard with an ergonomic shape. Try to see the bed you want in person before buying it. If that's not possible, at least be sure to check the return policy in advance.
The ideal nightstand height for most people is mattress height or a few inches higher. The tabletop should be no lower than your mattress, but up to 6 inches higher can work. The reason: It's easier to reach up than to reach down when you are in bed.
In a tiny space, hang a shelf or bracket on the wall, a few inches above the level of the mattress.
If you move frequently, consider a tallboy style, since it will fit into more spaces. If you plan to revamp an existing dresser, look at potential paint colors and finishes, and choose new hardware if desired. Mark a calendar date for working on your project.
If you want to cover more of the floor, go for a really big rug — we're talking big enough to extend several feet on each side of the bed. At the largest you want a rug that lies within a foot of the walls on all sides.
If you choose a large rug, you can still layer small bedside rugs on top. Kilims are great over natural-fiber rugs, and sheepskins (real or fake) can work with any color or pattern.
Draperies are a classic choice, and their fullness and softness look right at home in the bedroom. Roman shades are another classic, and may be the best choice if you have radiator covers beneath your windows that prevent you from having long curtains. Of course, you can also layer window treatments with drapes over shades or blinds. If you have trouble sleeping, be sure to have your shades or curtains lined with blackout fabric.
If you are looking for something a little different, consider adding a pelmet or valance above your windows. These frames (a pelmet frame is made of wood; a valance is fabric alone) lend structure and elegance. Place them over the windows with drapes flowing out beneath or, as shown here, create a custom canopy over the headboard.
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Finish everything off with a throw at the foot of the bed.
Have extra space at the foot of the bed? Place a love seat there, with a coffee table in front. Have a free corner? Try filling it with a comfy armchair and a reading lamp. Just a smidgen of wall space left? Use it to house a dressing table or writing desk.
You can't go wrong with a single oversize piece or smaller pieces hung in a grid, but if you live in earthquake country, you may want to find another wall for framed art.
Tell us: Are you currently revamping your bedroom or thinking about it? Share your progress and decorating quandaries in the Comments!
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