Mirrors perform several important functions in a bedroom. They let you check your appearance before you head out the door in the morning. They also bounce light—daylight or lamplight—around a space, which can make a dark bedroom brighter and livelier. If the mirror above a bed faces a blank wall or something rather drab, hang it at a slight angle, tilted out from the wall and it will reflect the colorful bedding below instead.

Though we often think of displaying collectibles in the living spaces of our homes, we don't always think of them for the bedroom. But collections that are personal and meaningful are at home in this private space, too. An assortment of blue-and-white plates or framed vintage hankies can become a pretty array above a headboard. By mounting shelves, cubbyholes, or shadowboxes to the wall, you can show off any three-dimensional objects, from teacups to retro clocks to rare books.


Yes, a nightstand with all the necessities looks lovely, but it can also be a way to showcase your personality. The more idiosyncratic and "you" it feels, the better it will work and the more it will be a testament to your personal style. In Megan Mullally's room, her and husband Nick Offerman topped their Holly Hunt nightstands with vintage mercury-glass lamps and fresh flowers.

You want everything in your bedroom to exude comfort, and the color palette is no exception. Whether you're a fan of warm or cool shades, pick colors that you naturally gravitate toward and give you a sense of calm. This home in Mexico opted for organic colors like ocean blue and deep brown. The statement wall is painted with Patagonia by Comex and the Eames chair and ottoman are by Herman Miller.
Typically, the palette for modern rustic décor is a neutral one, heavily dependent on the warm tones of natural wood, along with lighter colors on the walls, bedding, window treatments, and accessories. This stylish ​bedroom by Metropole Architects puts a fresh twist on traditional, rustic decorating with a stunning dark blue wall. It is the perfect backdrop for the brown and blue colors used throughout the room. Another good looking trick worth stealing is the wood feature wall, which is actually wallpaper. ​
The last step to DIY bedroom decor is lighting. Our first tip is not to use overhead lighting in your bedroom. It is harsh, unflattering light that is the farthest thing from relaxing. Install sconce lights, use reading lights on the nightstand, light pretty scented candles, and please, oh please try this DIY fairy light canopy idea from ‘Mr Kate‘! Go check out their tutorial and tips!
Mirrors perform several important functions in a bedroom. They let you check your appearance before you head out the door in the morning. They also bounce light—daylight or lamplight—around a space, which can make a dark bedroom brighter and livelier. If the mirror above a bed faces a blank wall or something rather drab, hang it at a slight angle, tilted out from the wall and it will reflect the colorful bedding below instead.
Instead of sticking with plain white walls, considering another neutral that adds a subtle yet bold twist. "Responding to an unusual Y-shaped floor plan required a strategy to pull light from all directions to create a range of shifting light experiences: Moody and subtle to the south; bright and open to the east," explain the designers behind Arent & Pyke. For a moodier bedroom that isn't full-on dark, try a steel blue gray like this one. And then lighten things up with colorful linens and keep things streamlined with bright a white ceiling and modern bedside sconce.
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