Do you look forward to spending time in your bedroom or is it the living room couch the place to be? I was the latter until I put some effort into making my bedroom feel like a retreat. By making just a few updates, you can turn the room you loathe into a room you love and hate to leave! I’m going to share five easy bedroom ideas to help you make your bedroom a cozy sanctuary.
I’m a firm believer in switching out your duvet by the time of year and if you’re looking for the easiest of the easy bedroom updates, switching out your duvet cover is it. My organic cotton sheets from Boll & Branch are still my favorite (seriously, the best sheets I’ve ever owned), but a switcharoo of the duvet cover, shams and throw pillows are a great way to give your room a facelift instantly. One of my favorite scores was from my local west elm’s sidewalk sales. The material is a cotton blended with Tencel, and it gives the fabric a very subtle sheen. Right now, they are having a great sale online. Other places I love to look at are Nordstrom Rack, Kohl’s and T.J. Maxx.
Do you have anything on the walls of your room? If not, consider changing that! There are so many options, from actual paintings to posters, to textiles. The three larger prints that anchor the bedroom were actually from a trip to the Moorten’s Botanical Garden in Palm Springs. It’s ALWAYS a good idea to get those photos off of your laptop and phone and printed in a place that you can see them and be instantly transformed. I also have a couple of paintings, pictures of loved ones and one snap of my happy place: Sonoma Coast Beach. Worried about putting holes in the wall? Don’t forget about Command strips! They are a lifesaver!
Another easy bedroom idea: perk up the place with some plants! Having houseplants can help improve your mood and even purify the air we’re breathing. If you’re in the Sacramento area and you’re looking for the widest selection of house plants – and all other garden and nursery needs, Green Acres Nursery is your place. Their experts can assess your needs and lighting situation to find the perfect plants for you. Green Acres is still open so please practice good social distancing habits, and maybe call them for what you’re looking for so you can just get it and get out when you arrive. Follow them on Instagram for the most up-to-date information.
Pro Tip: Pick up some Schultz Liquid Plant Food Plus to keep your plants thriving. Green Acres carries it as well.
It is easy to fall into the trap of basic when it comes to curtains – and I should know! The curtains that I have for the living room are a soft gray and they let in enough light to keep the room glowing, but they also ensure privacy. I found my ombre curtains at one of west elm’s sidewalk sales – actually, the same day that I found the duvet. The curtains almost didn’t come home with me because of the pink. But, like I had a subtle pink accent wall in my living room, it’s just a hint of femininity in a space. This is an easy bedroom update because one, pink is not the dominant color, and second, when the sun comes through the curtains, a rosy hue fills the room, and honestly, it’s pretty dang sexy. If pink ombre isn’t your jam, maybe your curtains will have a different ombre effect, a pattern or you’ll find some in a fun color. If you’re a renter, don’t get sucked into boring. Curtains are a great way to have fun with a room when you may not have the flexibility to paint!
Pro Tip: Hang your curtains a little higher from the window to make them look taller. Not sure how high is high enough? 4-6 inches from the ceiling should do the trick.
If you only adopt one of my easy bedroom updates, let it be storage. Ain’t nobody got time to be worrying about where their favorite scarf, earrings, or shoes are. Invest in organizing your closet. If you don’t have a walk-in, consider adding a shelf or cube bookcase to act as built-in closet shelves. Adding the shelf that extends from the edge of the bed to the corner of the room opens up so many possibilities.
Last tip for storage: BASKETS! They are not just decorative, but perfect for storing items + keeping them out of sight. I use a variety of sizes, some on a shelf, and some on the floor.
Let me know which ones you implement, and which ones you think should be added.
Photos by Nicole Dianne