A COZY CORNER – If you have the room, it’s nice to put a comfy chair, side table and lamp ( just make sure it doesn’t turn into a laundry dumping ground)
LIGHTING – Lighting is key everywhere but particularly in the bedroom. I love to do an overhead light with either sconces or table lamps. A quick tip with table lamps is that the bottom of the shade should hit your shoulder for perfect reading lighting.
DON’T FORGET ABOVE OR BEHIND THE BED – I’m not usually one for focal walls — except in a bedroom. I love the idea of the wall behind the bed being painted a contrasting color, wallpapered or adorned with some art above the bed.
YOUR BED IS THE FOCAL POINT – This may seem obvious but I get a lot of questions about where to place the bed. Remember, it is the focal point and should be the first thing you see when you walk into the room.
BEDDING – Invest in what you love. I’m a big fan of linen but choose a material that feels nice for you. Also, you don’t need 50 throw pillows but a couple to give that added layer of color, pattern and texture can really feel nice.
RUGS – I love a rug under your bed. It doesn’t need to be the entire way. You can place it 3/4 under the bed as long as you make sure the rug is big enough that when you step off your bed, you step onto the rug. Another option is faux sheepskins on either side of the bed.
Photos by Janis Nicolay http://www.janisnicolay.com