If you returned from a nice vacation to a disheveled bedroom and couldn’t help but yearn for your plush hotel digs, cloud-like pillows, and fluffy robe, don’t book another getaway just yet. Achieving a luxury look at home is easier (and less expensive) than you think.
If you only make one tweak to upgrade your bedroom, it should be the way you style pillows. A considered bed is always topped with a handful of precisely layered accent pillows. Practical pillows, the ones you sleep on a night, should sit propped against the bedhead, overlaid with decorative pillows in height order. The color of the pillows are like the cherry on top of the sundae, so pull the accent color from the overall color scheme of the space to create the focal point of your room. One basic rule is also that sleeping pillows and decorative pillows shouldn’t take up more than a quarter of the total bed length.
Looking for an affordable way to give existing décor a fresh look? Replacing lampshades is a simple way to give your bedroom a look luxe for less. Chances are the ready-made lamp you choose comes with a basic, uninspired shade, so upgrading it can have a big impact, since the shade can really make or break the lamp. Opt for color or a cool fabric choice and choose a shade that’s taller than expected.
Keeping a bedroom mess-free can feel like an insurmountable task, so it’s lucky that “organized clutter” is the design trend of the moment. The key is knowing how to distinguish between good clutter and bad. Examples for good clutter are stacks of books and magazines, art resting up against the wall, or bedside table trays filled with objects. What you don’t want are dirty clothes on the floor, unopened mail and paperwork, and unmanaged electrical cords.
Create a Multipurpose Space
Yes, the main function of a bedroom is to be a haven for sleep, but the best rooms are multipurpose. A simple, low-cost way to tweak your space is by rearranging furniture and introducing décor from other rooms in the house. Adding a chair in some coordinating fabric dressed with a fun throw pillow is the one piece many people forget about. Even if your space isn’t very big, a small, cozy chair adds to the feeling of ampleness and getaway to your room. If your living room has a statement chair that is rarely used, experiment by moving it into your bedroom with a discreet side table to create a reading area. It’s also fine to mix and match décor. The accent chair can be vintage, modern, or anything in between. It’s basically acting like a piece of art for your room.
Dress The Bed
Luxury hotel rooms all share one feature: a perfectly made bed. Most people tend to underplay the importance of dressing their bed and rely on the same rumpled duvets they sleep with nightly, which are barely pulled up during the day. This never gives a finished look. To make a Ritz-Carlton–grade bed that’ll instantly upgrade your space, opt for two sheets and fold the edge of the top one over the duvet for a polished look.
If you’re looking to go one step further and invest in new sheets, look beyond classic white sets. Bedrooms and bedding don’t have to be all white anymore—it’s all about the mix. Shades of gray and taupe can be just as classy as all white, and it’s much easier to upkeep.