How to Create a Dream Bedroom

Make your bedroom the most special room in your home. Be forewarned: you may never want to leave your bed.

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Good bedding rules.

Keep a lookout for sales at your favorite retailers and invest in the most luxurious bedding you can afford. Since the most breathable material is cotton, try to stay away from polyester, synthetics, and synthetic/cotton blends (yuck). The higher the quality of your bedding, the longer it will last.


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Layer your bedding.

What's the most luxurious way to make your bed? According to Deborah Needleman, former Domino magazine editor-in-chief, and author of The Perfectly Imperfect Home, one method is to:

  • Use a generously sized flat sheet as your base sheet (it lies better than a fitted sheet).
  • Then, put down a top sheet so it's even with the very top of the bed.
  • Over that, lay a lightweight summer (or winter wool) blanket over the bottom three-quarters of the bed and tuck its bottom under the mattress.
  • Then, lay a quilt or duvet over the blanket, its top edge meeting the top of the blanket, and fold the top sheet over both. Let it hang on the sides or tuck it in.
  • Add a soft throw, folded in thirds at the base of the bed.
  • Your sleeping pillows and shams (to help prop you up when reading) are the final touch.

Go for an upholstered headboard.

Fabric-covered headboards create instant luxury and are really comfortable to lean against when you're reading. You can buy an entire upholstered bed, or just the headboard (the more economical choice), which attaches to a standard metal frame. Retailers like West Elm and Ballard Designs offer affordable options. There are also lots of DIY web sites that can show you how to make an upholstered headboard yourself.

Color me restful.

If any room needs the right paint color, it's the bedroom. House Beautiful has the scoop on bedroom color ideas—thoughts on everything from multi-hued bedrooms, yellow bedrooms, grey or white. We also like the idea of using wallpaper to create a bit of drama. Check out the sophisticated ideas on Houzz (best idea site ever).

Gentle lighting.

Follow one simple rule with bedroom lighting: Nothing harsh. Stick with table lamps on the bedside tables and dresser, and perhaps a floor lamp. Keep overhead lighting on a low wattage. A bright overhead glare is not helpful for reading, watching TV or romance. For bedroom lighting ideas, check out Apartment Therapy—they share some unconventional concepts we think are very cool.

Cozy extras.

If you have the room for extra furniture, consider a chaise with a reading lamp, or a bench at the bottom of your bed, which is ideal for putting on shoes. Fluffy rugs on each side of the bed are most lovely, so your feet don't hit a cold floor in the morning.

Ryan Homes Tip: Check out inspiring bedroom images on our Pinterest page.