Ideas for Decorating Your Bedroom

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Decorating the bedroom can be a tough task. Designers usually advise to make one piece of furniture the focal point of a room, and in the bedroom it can be hard to make anything but the bed become the focal point. However, there are countless ways to make your bed become more interesting, and you can also make an effort to center the room on a piece of furniture other than the bed. Read on to learn how to transition your bedroom from boring to beautiful.

Create a canopy

Canopy bed frames make it easy to create a canopy of curtains and color around your bed. If you don’t have a canopy frame, you can make one by installing curtain rods in your ceiling, and hanging draperies from those rods. Don’t think you have to use full-length curtains, create a canopy around the entire bed, or keep the curtains either open or closed all the time. Some of the most interesting bedrooms feature partial curtains or curtains cleverly pulled back when the bed’s not in use. A canopy is a particularly great option for a small studio apartment or efficiency, as it helps divide the bed from the rest of the apartment. You can also create a crown canopy, which highlights the bed instead of surrounding it. Canopies can be whatever you (and the fabric you use) make them—heavy and formal, light and lacy, bright and uplifting, or dark and somber—so make sure you plan the rest of your room to enhance the canopy. A beautiful canopy that’s not supported with complimentary colors in the walls, furniture, and carpet is not being used to its fullest potential.

Think different

But why spend all your time emphasizing your bed with a canopy if it’s not what you want the room to be about? Sure, the bed is the heart of the bedroom, but it doesn’t have to be the heart of your decorating scheme. If you have an exciting piece of furniture, like an antique chaise lounge or an attractive vanity set, focus some attention on that piece as well. You can do this by planning the rest of the room’s colors to enhance those of the main piece—if the piece is dark, make other items light to create an unobtrusive background for the item. Make sure to add some accent pieces, like a throw rug, small chair, or colored molding, in the same color as the main piece. This will help keep attention focused on the central item without overwhelming the room. If the piece is light, you can make the rest of the room darker in color so the focus item really pops.

Get walled in

Your walls can also become a focus in the bedroom. Murals of animals, ballerinas, or trains belong in kids’ rooms, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have vibrant walls to attract attention. Wallpaper has become somewhat passé, though you could still use a border or wallpaper a single wall to create a focal point in the room. Vinyl wall adhesives are a great alternative to wallpaper, and though vinyl may sound unattractive, these decorations can produce beautiful, subtle results. A large painting or a creatively painted wall can also lend interest and attractiveness to your bedroom. Enhance your wacky wall by picking up its colors in the bedspread and with accent pieces (vases, clocks, picture frames) elsewhere in the room.

Love it or leave it

Every decorating scheme needs to please those who need to live with it, but your bedroom is a particularly important and personal space. If you don’t love the way it’s laid out, you won’t want to spend time in your bedroom. Additionally, design the space with comfort and relaxation in mind—the bedroom should be a stress-free zone, not yet another place to cram in “just one more” work-related phone call or check your stocks online before going to bed at night. Leave work and chores at the door (within limits, of course; you’ll still want to vacuum the bedroom and do your laundry!), and make your bedroom a space for you. A small sitting area where you can read, knit, do yoga, or engage in whatever other activity relaxes you can be a good addition to the bedroom. Keep it simple and focused, and your bedroom will become a place where you love to be!

11 Responses to “Ideas for Decorating Your Bedroom”

  1. July 31, 2006 at 3:31 pm, Guest said:

    I’m thinking of installing a curtain rod behind my bed and putting up a unique curtain – kind of like a mural – is that acceptable?


  2. November 02, 2006 at 6:42 pm, Anonymous said:

    I love that idea and I have always wanted to try it myself. I would just make sure it is the right size not to small that would not look good. I have seen it done on Debbie Travis’s show on HGTV and it looked really good. If you do give it a shot I would love to see it, I think it is a unique,cheap and fun alternative then the normal wood headboard.


  3. November 26, 2006 at 9:42 am, Guest said:

    If either of you have done this, would it be possible for you to post a pic? I have seen it done before and it looked really good, so Ima trying collect ideas. Thank you.


  4. December 22, 2006 at 4:29 am, Guest said:

    My daughter has bad allergies and a bad cough. Her walls get lots of dust on them that cling. I want to put sheet vinyl or tiles on them so that I could wash them down better.


  5. February 18, 2007 at 6:24 am, Guest said:

    I want to paint a mural or pattern in the wall space above my bed, in a hope to inject some new colour into my fairly boring lilac room. I then want to buy matching accessories, to co-ordinate everything. But I am stuck on what to paint, it needs to be simple, but effective, maybe I could use stencils, any ideas? thanks


  6. June 02, 2007 at 11:35 am, Guest said:

    my house is getteng remodeled and the room that is under construction will soon become my parents and the room that they have now will become mine and i dont know how i want to design it. i have some ideas but i want more.i was thinking that i wanted stars and moons with wizzards and my own little peace corner w/ a bing bag a little coffee table that had candles on it to sit and relax after a long day.but i dont know so if you have any ideas mail them to me

    with thanks, me


  7. October 23, 2007 at 9:59 am, Guest said:

    my bedroom has a funny shape, it’s kind of round at one side. that is to say it has a curved edge. how do i start decorating n where to place d bed n every other thing. it’s nt a big room


  8. March 11, 2008 at 6:43 pm, Guest said:

    I need some ideas for my bedroom my room is so dull. Half of the time I don’t even want to be in there. What kind of thing should I do in my room. It is a really big room so I need something that will be like a WOW kind of thing.


  9. July 28, 2008 at 12:29 pm, Guest said:

    I did that in my old apartment and it looked great!


  10. October 05, 2008 at 11:26 pm, Guest said:

    i hadn’t thought of that but that sounds like a neat idea. sort of like a headboard type of thing. good starting point for decorating a room. thanks!


  11. April 15, 2009 at 3:04 am, guest said:

    i am trying to make my room beautiful and pleasent. How can i arrange my things in order and well organised?


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