10 Things Every Bedroom Needs

From left: bloglovin.com | burkatron.com | showhome.nl

Your bedroom is your personal sanctuary, so why give it the short end of the stick when it comes to design? A few simple tweaks will leave you with a bedroom so dreamy you won’t even want to fall asleep.

A COMFORTABLE RUG
Nothing ruins a happy morning (or makes a crabby one worse) like stepping out of the bed onto a cold, hard floor. Do yourself a favor and make sure your first step into the day is cushy and comforting.

Elle Deco SA
studio-mcgee.com

A THEME
It’s the first thing a child will consider when putting together their first bedroom, but adults tend to shy away from decorative themes. But even when it’s not Spiderman or Princess-powered, a theme can be a powerful unifying device, not to mention calming.

ELLE Deco SA
loomandkiln Instagram

THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF THROW PILLOWS
How to figure out this number: It should be enough pillows so that your bed looks sumptuous and inviting when properly made…yet not enough that getting in bed requires 10 minutes of excavating. The sweet spot is usually between 2-6, depending on the size of your bed.

ELLE Deco SA
designlovefest.com

A PLACE TO SIT
A good spot to sit down will serve you well when you’re reading or need to have a conversation with your partner. It’s also great for putting on shoes, or checking email so you can leave tech out of your bed.

ELLE Deco SA
interiorsyum.tumblr.com

NO TECH IN SIGHT
“The bedroom is about sleeping. What do you need when you’re sleeping? Not a smartphone,” says designer Aurélien Gallet. And that goes for a television as well: It will keep you up later than necessary and consequently keep your minding churning longer before you can drift off to sleep. It’s hard, especially in an increasingly-connected world, but if you leave your i-everything at the door you’ll be happier. Another perk? More room for furniture and accessories you love.

ELLE Deco SA
dotandbo.com

A COLLECTION OF THINGS YOU LOVE
It doesn’t have to be an entire étagère-full, but a cluster of pieces that make you smile will go a long way in making a bedroom feel just right. Bonus: This is also a great way to incorporate pieces you’ve acquired over the years but can’t quite figure out where to put them. Make sure they’re in your line of sight upon waking up and their true purpose will be revealed: Making you happy.

ELLE Deco SA
bloglovin.com

WELL-STOCKED NIGHTSTANDS
Yes, a nightstand with all the necessities looks lovely, but that’s not the only reason you see it so often in magazine spreads and on blogs. The combination of a carafe of water, a great book, a plant or flower, and lamp is essentially a kit for pre-, post-, and interrupted-sleep comfort. So as you’re putting your own “kit” together, don’t feel like it has to be stunning to be perfect. The more idiosyncratic and “you” it feels, the better it will work and the more it will be a testament to your personal style.

ELLE Deco SA
brit.co

A GREAT MATTRESS
You could have every item on this list but your bedroom wouldn’t be complete without a perfect mattress. After all, if you’re not getting enough quality sleep, you can’t fully appreciate a beautiful room. “You want a mattress that keeps you cool and gives you great lumbar support,” says Ron Rudzin, CEO of Saatva Mattress. And of course, one that looks great in your room. He recommends choosing a mattress- and foundation-height based not just on your bed frame and headboard, but also the height of your night tables and window sills.

ELLE Deco SA
vtwonen.nl

PHOTOGRAPHS – BUT NOT OF FAMILY
You should have as many family photos as you wish in other rooms in the house, but it’s best to keep the bedroom’s artwork less emotionally loaded. Elegant and calming photographs evoke good feelings much like family snaps do, without reminding you of specific people while you’re trying to fall asleep.

ELLE Deco SA
myparadissi.com

DRAMA
Even the brightest, most cheerful bedrooms need an element of dark, sexy glamour. Moody wall paint, a theatrical chandelier, or even an oversized headboard does the trick. Clean lines and touches of white keep it from looking like a bordello: That balance is key. Stick with one or two dramatic pieces and you’ll be golden.

ELLE Deco SA
cocolapinedesign.com

As seen on elledecor.com


Like This?

Then you may enjoy reading Not Your Average Baby Room and Transform Your Bedroom From Cluttered To Cosy


For More ELLE DECO Design Inspiration

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram 


The Africa Issue is a celebration of the future of design in Africa and its potential to drive change. We explore the concept of ‘Africaness’, what this means for our aesthetic. We also  dream big with bedroom inspiration and take you on a tour of homes that truly embrace the spirit of the continent. Pick up your copy today and tell us what you think on Twitter @Elle_Deco using #AfricaIssue
Tags from the story
, , , , ,
Written By
More from Sam Evans

Folkloric Fashion Fantasy By H&M Studio Kids

There’s a folkloric world of fashion fantasy for the first ever H&M...
Read More