Since we spend all this time snoozing (and hitting the snooze button on our alarms—you know you do it, too), bedrooms are an important room in your house or apartment (or, if you live in a studio, they are your apartment). Thus, it makes sense that you should create a cozy, comfortable environment in your bedroom. Of course, you could also create a sexy, wild vibe too, depending on your taste. But even Hank Moody, the sex maniac main character in Californication, has a subtle, masculine bedroom. There is nothing wrong with subtle.
So if you need a little help or inspiration when it comes to decorating or redoing your boudoir, then take heed of these five tips.
5. Sneaky Storage
Like the Glamorous look, mirrors are a great addition for the bedroom as long as you keep it simple. You don’t need to line the ceiling with disco-era mirrors. Especially if your room is a little smaller, some strategically placed mirrors can add space and dimension and make your room appear a larger than it is. You can collect unique mirrors in different colors and designs as long as they form a cohesive look as a whole.
If white bedding with quirky colored accents isn’t your thing, darker shades are a great way to create a soothing, glamorous and more elegant bedroom. Look at dark grays, deep blues, and dark greens. You can have accents that bring in a metallic shimmer (remember keep it subtle, this is your room, not a Vegas hotel). Keep the furniture and patterns simple, yet elegant. A darker color scheme is actually warm, inviting and refined.
2. Quirky Color
This is a big trend—your bedroom does not have to be stark white and brown, unless that color combo really excites you to no end. “Quirky color” does not mean that you need to paint your walls violet and have a green and pink bedspread and blue carpet. Earthy colors can be accented by blues and greens. Think a pop of bright blue, yellow, or green (this doesn’t have to look like Willy Wonka’s Master suite). Bursts of color in the bedroom can lighten the mood and add style to a small space. You can also try painting just one wall of the room to break things up. If you paint one wall a darker color (dark grey for example), don’t leave it bare. You can break it up with wall art, furniture and accessories to add some color.
OK, don’t fear the word “antiques.” Some people run screaming when they think of antiques because they are picturing their Great Aunt Ida’s gigantic, ornate wood desk or their grandmother’s collection of ceramic chickens. Some antiques feel outdated, of course, but there are a lot of vintage pieces that can give your bedroom a unique look, and keep it from feeling like it was plucked right out of the Ikea catalog. Antiques can be retro pieces you find at a garage sale or flea market. They come in all styles—maybe you want a vintage 1960s film poster on the wall. It’s 2013, so that could be considered an antique piece. Finding older pieces for your bedroom can be a project you take a little time with. Keep an eye out for things the work for your space and your personality. A bedroom should not feel like a bland room at a Motel 6—it should feel like you. Simply put, older pieces are a great way to bring in some personality.