white chair next to bed

A Place To Sit

Whether it’s a giant chaise longue or a mismatched side chair, you’ll want something to sit on. It’s nice to have a place to perch while tying your shoes so you don't mess up the bed you just made. This is a great opportunity to rehab a flea market chair or use a couple of yards of beloved fabric.

Curtain panels, paired with shades on the window
Jean Allsopp

Window Treatments

In a bedroom, window treatments that can be closed to darken the space or opened to let in plenty of light are ideal. Curtain panels, paired with shades on the window, offer versatility. When lowered, the shades offer privacy but let filtered light come through. For added luxury, add a blackout liner to the curtains.

pair of lamps flanking the bed
Jeff McNamara

Stylish Lighting

A good-looking pair of lamps flanking the bed is an instant style update that’s practical, too. A classic pair of ceramic lamps is a great choice, but we also love wall-mounted sconces -- especially for late-night readers. A three-way bulb is a considerate touch.

Upholstered headboard and Chesterfield sofa
Lisa Romerein

Adequate Bedside Storage

Closed storage by the bed is essential. One small drawer will hold hand creams, reading glasses, a television remote, and anything else that might litter your bedside table. In lieu of a drawer, try a pretty box or basket -- anything that will clear the clutter.

Jean Allsopp

Upgrade Your Pillows

If you don’t have a small fortune to spend on linens, start with your pillows. Buy one for both you and your partner that fits the way each of you sleep. Then, upgrade the pillows in your shams. You’ll be amazed at how much more neat your bed will look with a new pillow that has a nice shape.

And while we’re at it, lose the superfluous throw pillows. A pair for sleeping, a pair of Euro-size shams, and a pair of standard-size shams is all you need. Add a bolster or lumbar pillow in a contrasting fabric to give the bed some interest.

white bedding with pops of color in room
Tria Giovan

A Pretty Color

Experts are divided on this subject. Some say a bedroom should be a restful color, while another school of thought suggests a bedroom is an appropriate place for colors that create a cozy cocoon. In any case, the color scheme of your bedroom should be one that you enjoy and that inspires happy thoughts as you drift to sleep.

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