Your bedroom is your most personal space at home. It’s the place you go to unwind at the end of a long day. It’s your sanctuary when you’re feeling unwell, your best friend on Sunday mornings. That’s why it’s so important to have all your bedroom styling bases covered, whether you’re a solo sleeper or you share your bedroom with a partner.
We’ve put together a little bedroom styling checklist to help you put your sleep sanctuary together, whether it’s for the first time because you’ve just moved out, or you’re just considering a bedroom refresh.
Header image: Alva Queen Bed in Light Grey from our exclusive Zanui collection.
Not to be captains of the obvious – but in a bedroom, you really do need a bed! This is bedroom styling 101.
Your bed is the centre of your bedroom universe; literally everything else you put in your bedroom will revolve around the placement of your bed.
Consider the size of your room before you decide to splurge on that King bed you’ve been dreaming of. If your space is limited, it’s probably best to go for the Double instead, or Queen if you’re going to be sharing with a partner. (Don’t let us crush your dreams, though!)
☑ Bed Head
If you have an ensemble-type bed, you might also want to get a bed head.
Bed heads sit in between your bed base and the wall. They’re a simple easy hack for better bedroom styling, as they add an extra decorative element to your bedroom, but they’re also practical. They stop your pillows from slipping down behind your bed overnight! Plus, they’re great for leaning back against when you’re propped up on your pillows in bed.
While not necessarily important to bedroom styling, per se, a mattress is nevertheless a key feature of a bedroom.
It’s so important to choose the right kind of mattress. A quality mattress can greatly improve your quality of sleep, eliminating back aches and neck aches and overnight disturbances. We highly recommend doing a little bit of research before selecting your mattress.
You’re going to want to dress up that lovely bed of yours.
Pillows have all kinds of different fillings, so it pays to shop around to get one that’s just right for your needs. Some are specifically targeted towards certain types of sleepers, such as side sleepers and back sleepers.
Feather and down pillows will give you a feeling of hotel luxury when you lay your head down to sleep. Memory foam pillows will contour to the shape of your body, and can provide extra neck and shoulder support. They’re a great choice if you’re prone to aches and pains in those areas.
In addition to your standard pillows, you might consider investing in some 65x65cm European pillows or even a boomerang, or U-shaped, pillow.
These offer extra support for your back when you’re propped up in bed, great if you’re a reader or you like to watch television in bed. They also look great when your bed is made, if you’ve ever wanted to get that professional, catalogue look.
Quilts & Coverlets
When choosing your quilt, take note of the weight and fill. A wool quilt, for instance, will be lovely and warm in winter, but might feel too heavy in summer. Duck feather and down can be both warm and cool, so can be a great filling choice all year round.
In the high heat of summer, a coverlet with a light, quilted fill can be a better alternative to a quilt. They can also be layered over your winter quilt like a blanket for extra warmth on really cold nights.
Bed Sheets & Blankets
In terms of sheets, we can’t recommend linen highly enough. While it can be a little on the pricey side, linen is well worth the investment.
Quality flax will last a lifetime, becoming softer and more comfortable with age. It breathes well, wicks moisture away from the body, and is naturally hypoallergenic. It’s great in any season, so you can use it all year round.
Other great materials for your bed sheets are cotton, by far the most common bedding material, and bamboo. They’re both natural materials with remarkable properties, similar to linen, that aid in sleep. Bamboo fibre sheets also have a beautifully soft, silken feel for that added touch of luxury.
If you live in a colder part of the country or your room just gets really cold at night, you can’t go wrong with flannelette sheets over the winter months. The brushed cotton feels so cosy and warm, you may find yourself never wanting to get out of bed on those really cold mornings…
For even greater warmth, you may like to get yourself a good quality wool blanket. These will last years and years! Plush mink blankets that feel luxuriously soft are also perfect for snuggling up under in the winter months.
Quilt Covers, Pillow Cases & Other Essentials
This is where you can really start to personalise your bedroom styling. A simple change in your quilt cover and pillow cases will give your bedroom a whole new look. Again, we recommend materials like linen and cotton ahead of synthetic materials.
It can also be a good idea to invest in a mattress protector and even some pillow protectors. These can save your mattress and pillows from accidental spills and stains, whether they’re from night sweats or drooling or something else!
Unless you’re lucky enough to have a walk-in wardrobe (if you are, we’re very envious), you’ll need somewhere else to store your clothes. A free-standing wardrobe or a chest of drawers will cover you here, so long as you have the space.
Free-standing hanging racks are also right on trend at the moment. These are great for providing extra hanging space for your clothing, and can be a space-saving storage option. You can plan your outfits of the week, keep the clothes you wear most often within easy reach, and swap out your winter and summer clothing to save space in your wardrobe.
Shoe storage is something else to consider. There are special cabinets and storage racks designed specifically for shoes, some small enough to be tucked away inside a wardrobe. Others look like chests of drawers and other standard storage furniture, so fit right in in any bedroom look.
A hanging organiser is another great option for shoe storage – you can hang these over the back of your door or within your wardrobe to keep your sandals, thongs, and other shoes together and out of sight.
A bedside table is also a handy thing to have. You can keep your night-time essentials, like medications, cosmetics, eye-masks, ear buds, and more within easy reach overnight.
Atop the bedside table you can have a table lamp – great for reading before you go to sleep, or just for providing ambient lighting to your bedroom in place of harsher overhead lights.
Elsewhere, you might consider keeping a hamper for your laundry. You can keep gym gear or accessories or general knick-knacks in storage baskets around your room.Look around for any extra storage space you might be able to take advantage of. If you have space under your bed or dressing table, for example, it makes sense to make use of that space. Unless, of course, you prefer to make use of the negative space to keep your room feeling uncluttered and spacious.
Here’s where we get down to the more personal side of bedroom styling. There are lots of different ways to put personal, stylish, homely touches on your bedroom to make it feel truly yours.
A rug is a great place to start, particularly if you have wooden or tiled floors. A plush, shag rug will provide a real treat for the feet any time you get out of bed.
Wall art can help you add some colour and personality not just to your walls but to the room as a whole. The right piece of artwork can set the tone of the whole room, and if you’re not sure of what colour palette you want to go for, you can use your wall art as a starting point and pull colours from there.
If you’re renting or simply worried about damage to your walls, wall stickers can be a great artwork alternative. They’re perfectly impermanent and specially designed to peel right off your walls without causing any damage.
A few scatter cushions on your bed can also add personality to the room. Stick to two or three max, otherwise the bed might look too busy (and it can be annoying taking them off your bed every night when you go to sleep).
A throw rug draped over the end of your bed also adds a really cute, casual touch to the room. Plus, it keeps extra warmth at hand if and when you need it, so it’s a practical bedroom styling choice.
Speaking of practical bedroom styling, how about a mirror? Whether you choose a wall mirror, a leaner mirror, or a cheval mirror, you want something that’s big enough to let you view your outfits and assess your overall appearance. Mirrors also reflect light, which can help to make a room feel more spacious.
Do you have any bedroom styling tips, tricks, or hacks? Let us know in the comments!