Your bedroom should be comfortable—a retreat, an escape, a manifestation of your style. Your bedroom can, and should inspire happiness.
As Carrie Eddmenson of artisan denim brand imogene + willie puts it, “It’s age-old. Your bedroom is your room…it’s a place to be yourself.”
So we curated tips from a handful of tastemakers on creating a space that is all about you, bringing comfort and happiness into every day.
1) Invest in your bed
A happy bedroom starts with a bed that you absolutely love. You spend about one-third of your life in bed, after all. It’s the foundation of comfort in your bedroom. So invest in a quality bed that’s just right for you, a bed that’s suited to your preferences whether you love a soft or firm feel. You’ll thank yourself later.
As Hannah Crowell of Crowell + Co. Interiors told us, “my bed is my favorite place on the planet because it’s the one place where I can be peaceful and calm…You spend a lot of time in your bed, so I always say invest in your bed.”
“There’s nothing better than a cozy bed to get into at the end of the day,” adds Elise Joseph, multi-talented curator of the stylish blog Pennyweight.
2) Find your style
How would you describe your style? Minimal? Eclectic? Colorful? Traditional? Modern? Whatever it is, embrace it, find inspiration and bring it to life in your bedroom space.
“I try to be very intentional with my style. I prefer pieces that are really beautiful but also functional, so I’m always trying to find the right balance of the two. I also tend to keep things minimal. I choose quality over quantity. I like having clutters of books and that kind of thing, but in general I like a more minimal, serene, peaceful environment.” –Elise Joseph
“I would say that my personal style is pretty laid back and comfortable. I’m Southern and I think I do carry a little bit of that into my style. But I think it’s pretty modern, clean and comfortable. Simple and relaxed.” –Hannah Crowell
“I think that a lot of times, our style comes in from what we grab at flea markets and things like that. But mostly I think that our style comes out of function more than anything else.” –Matt Eddmenson of imogene + willie
3) Surround yourself with inspiration and meaning
Art, keepsakes, heirlooms, photos—they all add to the comfort of your bedroom. Keep them close as daily reminders of great memories, inspiration or just to add more life and character to the room.
“Everything that we consume is very visual. So we’re constantly surrounded by, and are creating visual stimuli.” –Carrie Eddmenson
“I look at your bed as the centerpiece of your bedroom, and then you need to surround yourself with little small pieces of beauty—having fresh flowers, candles and pictures of my children—all of those little sentimental pieces are really important to me.” –Hannah Crowell
“It’s really important for me to keep art around—photos, paintings, whatever it may be, because I have a connection to either the person that made it, or where I got it. Surrounding myself with art continually reminds me of how important it is to constantly be creating.” –Levi Maestro of Maestro Knows
4) Bring your styles together
Combining styles as a couple can sometimes prove difficult, especially when it comes to the bedroom. But the process should be fun. Find some common ground, display the things that tell a story of your relationship and create a space that’s as Matt Eddmenson put it, “a hodgepodge collective of all the things we are in love with.”
“Every piece in the bedroom has a story to me. That’s really special. It’s something that I love about our space. Our room kind of has a little bit of both of us. So it’s just been a really sweet thing to do together.” –Elise Joseph
5) Set a mood
Beyond how your bedroom is styled, what kind of mood do you want to set? Candles, lighting and music can all help add comfort to the room and set the right vibe.
“I think of our bedroom as a place really just for us—no judgment, no rules, and pretty much the only place in our house that is simple and clear.” –Carrie Eddmenson
“We listen to a lot of cinematic music at night, very moody and soft. It sets a nice tone for winding down at the end of the day.” –Elise Joseph
6) Cozy up with comfortable bedding
The bed is the foundation of a happy and comfortable bedroom, but bedding can help bring it all together, adding both style and comfort to your space.
“I am such a sucker for good quality bedding. It’s worth the investment to me, and that combined with the Cocoon bed, it feels like I’m sleeping in the clouds every night. I love mixing different textures, having different layers of sheets, linens, and blankets, and sheepskin, thrown on the bed just to kind of wrap up in.–Elise Joseph
“I think it’s really important to invest in your bedding. It doesn’t have to cost a fortune but it needs to be good quality and it needs to be comfortable.” –Hannah Crowell
7) Establish a routine (or lack thereof) that works for you
Whether you’re more of a night owl or morning person, embrace what works for you. Some people do better with a rigid routine; others need to let the day come to them. Know how you function best and plan accordingly, it will only lead to a great mindset while increasing your daily productivity.
“In the morning, I need to do only what I want, when I want. I don’t like being rushed. Because if that’s the first immediate thing in your day, it’s going affect your whole day. So I don’t have a routine, and I think that’s actually quite important to the way I’ve lived thus far…I just like the first few activities of the day to kind of come to you, or let you go your own way” –Levi Maestro
“The first thing I do when I wake up in the morning is press snooze. I love having slow, lazy mornings. I usually try not to schedule any meetings until later in the day because I find that I’m more productive in the afternoons. So the mornings are usually spent just catching up on email and making coffee.” –Elise Joseph
“I am very much a morning person. I wake up quickly and I’m incredibly productive in the mornings.” –Hannah Crowell
8) Consider ditching screens
We all do it. Screen time invades our daily routine, making a place to unplug and relax all the more important. It might not be a bad idea to lose screens from the bedroom altogether, as Elise Joseph has:
“We kind of have this ‘no cell phones in the bedroom’ thing, which is very tough because I feel like I’m constantly glued to a screen. So it feels very peaceful and serene to not really have electronics in the bedroom at all. I like to reserve a space for it to be calm and to be present and peaceful.”
9) Relax and spend time together
The bedroom is a personal space, a place to share special moments, whether it’s camping out in bed all day on lazy Sundays or just finding the time to ease into the day together.
“I would say the perfect Sunday is the kids crawling in bed with us, we have a little family ‘cuddle puddle,’ we watch movies and just all four of us and our dog in bed. That’s my favorite thing.” – Hannah Crowell
“I love the ritual of making coffee every morning. I do my pour over and Dan and I spend time kind of catching up on the week, listening to music, making to-do lists, reading the paper—just giving ourselves a little time before the craziness of the day begins.” –Elise Joseph
10) Get plenty of rest
Rest is health. Never underestimate the power of sleep!
“It took me several years of living by myself and maturing to realize how important sleep really is. I used to think it was admirable to be staying up two days in a row, or working late nights. And I finally came around to understand that sleep is probably the most important thing for your health.” –Levi Maestro
“My personal key to a productive and inspired day is a good night’s rest, I make sure I always have that.” –Hannah Crowell
Transform Your Bedroom™ with a bed you absolutely love.