1. Turn the lights down low
A bedroom is a place to unwind, so you want to be able to control the intensity of the room’s lighting as much as possible. Try to avoid overhead lighting as it can be harsh. Table lamps and/or swing arm lamps on either side of you bed can provide a warm and flattering second source of light. Dimmers will help to control lighting as the day progresses and the function of the room changes.
2. Create a unique olfactory experience
No one wants their bedroom to smell stale (quelle horreur!). Bedrooms should have a subtle signature scent. Mix candle scents to create a fragrance that is all your own. My favorite combination is Manuel Canovas’ Fleur de Coton with Diptique’s Lilas.
Don’t limit this trick to the master bedroom. When you have guests, create the same experience for them. Since everyone has different taste, guest rooms should have a variety of candle options. The easiest way to do this is with a selection of small votives scattered around the room. Your guests can mix and match scents based on their preference.
3. Color Therapy
The color of your walls has a huge affect on your mood. Choosing a color that inspires tranquility is essential in bedroom decoration. Soft colors create an airy feel, while darker colors have a cozy one. Before committing to a color, test a large patch of it on your wall. Live with the color for a while to see how you respond to it.
Create a soft place for your feet to land when you get out of bed. This can be done with carpeting or with smaller rugs placed on either side of your bed. Wood floors can be great, but tend to feel a bit cold in a bedroom.
Curtains provide another means of controlling light in the bedroom. Keeping your bedroom dark while you sleep is essential to a good night’s slumber, and as such, curtains are an important investment. While custom curtains can be pricey, there are plenty of affordable ready-made options. The Decophile will be scouting for the best take-and-hang curtains this week. Check back soon for our finds!
Set a neutral palette with your bed linens that allows you to play with pillows and accessories. If you are on a budget, pillows are the easiest and least expensive way to spruce up your room. Mix textures and patterns to keep thing interesting.
Proper care of your bed linens demonstrates an attention to detail and shows that you care about your home. Iron your sheets weekly, make your bed daily, and sprinkle them with linen powder from time-to-time!
If there is space in your bedroom, a chaise longue or day bed is a great addition. It’s also nice to have a vanity table. Nothing feels more feminine than dressing at a beautiful table. While those pieces are not necessities, a headboard and bedside tables are a must. Headboards absorb sound and provide something to lean against. You can use almost anything as a bed side table. In one friend’s house, Louis XVI side chairs flank the bed. Books are stacked on each, which creates a casual elegance.