We could all use a place that envelops us and shuts out the outside world…so turn your bedroom into your sanctuary by creating a space that makes you feel relaxed, inspired and sexy! A note to my single friends…if you build it they will come!
Get started by creating a scheme for the space. Take a look on pintrest or flip through some design magazines to get a feel for what you like and what makes you feel good, before you start to make any purchases.
Consider installing wall covering, like the one I chose from Arte (which is a line do I represent) to add depth, texture and pattern to your environment. You don’t need to do the whole room in it…but an accent wall can create a stunning focal point. Don’t worry, even if you are renting your place wall covering can be easily removed when it’s time for you to go.
Use a complimentary color for the side walls. Choose colors that make you feel cozy and calm or fresh and vibrant… whatever you are going for, colors that compliment your skin tone are guaranteed to keep you feeling sexy!
For a real custom feel make your own headboard and upholster it to match the drapery. I used an extra panel from the velvet drapery I purchased at West Elm. It’s a super easy and inexpensive DYI project that delivers a high impact… see below for details.
Even if your using blinds, drapery is a wonderful way to add a luxurious feel and enhance the ceiling height of any room. Hang the curtain rods as close to the ceiling as you can to make the room feel bigger…they don’t need to be hung right at the window frame. Also, allow for a little fabric to brush or puddle a bit onto the floor.
As you start to pull your materials together, make sure to keep a piece of the wall covering, paint chips, drapery or other fabrics in your bag at all times, this way while your out shopping you don’t have to guess if things will coordinate with your scheme.
An area rug helps to ground the space and keep your toes toasty in the winter so choose something that feels sumptuous, whether in texture, color, sheen or all of the above. Rugs are an investment but when taken care of properly can last for years so splurge a little here. The rug does not need to go entirely under the bed, you can do something that just comes out the end and the sides, where your feet would hit the floor…also consider putting it on an angle.
Find a place where you can keep candles and flowers to help set a mood, and choose bedding that is soft, luxurious and feels great on your skin. It’s always nice to have a set for winter and summer, that way you can incorporate velvet, faux furs, or linen depending on the season and you can find some really beautiful bedding at stores like Pottery Barn and Restoration Hardware. Also, keeping the duvet cover simple, like the silk one I found at West Elm makes it so that you can switch things up by using different printed sheets when you want to change the vibe a bit.
Night stands with drawers are great for keeping things organized and personal items out of the way, and side lamps should not be so high that you cannot reach the switch when lying in bed. You can find some really great, inexpensive lamps at stores like Home Goods and TJ Maxx. Consider adding a silk or linen shade, or even choosing a color that works with your scheme… using shades that are not white is a really nice way to make a simple lamp extra special, Just Shades is my go to for lamp shades. Make sure to have plenty of storage so that your clothes and other personal items have a home…nothing takes away from the sexy like having a mess around.
Lots of pillows make everything feel delicious, so have fun with the shapes and sizes, from euro shams to that small sparkling jewel to place in the middle of the bed…not all of them will actually be used, some things are just meant to be admired.
How to make your own upholstered headboard:
What you need:
- Plywood ½” cut to size
- 1” foam
- Staple gun
- Spray Adhesive
Lay the foam on the floor and place the wood over it. Trace the outline of the board onto the foam, then cut the foam with a utility knife.
Do the same with the batting, leaving a few inches on each side so that you can pull the batting over the edge of the plywood when you secure it.
Adhere the foam to the plywood with spray adhesive and let dry.
Center the batting on top of the foam, then flip the headboard over so that the batting is on the floor. Attach to the backside of the plywood with the staple gun, pulling it taught as you go from side to side.
Flip the headboard over again so that it’s right side up. Be sure to iron fabric so there are no wrinkles. Center it over the headboard, if you need to use clamps to hold it in place. Turn the headboard over so that the fabric is on the floor. Staple the fabric to the wood, starting at the top center and pulling tightly as you go. After you have a few staples in the top do the same on the bottom and the sides. Keep stretching the fabric and stapling it on alternating sides. When you reach the corners, fold the fabric neatly, like wrapping paper. Once the entire headboard is covered, trim any excess fabric.
Attach the headboard to the wall by screwing two D-rings to the back of the plywood and hanging them from screws or hooks in your wall.