10 Ways to Personalise Your Bedroom
Your bedroom is your sanctuary, and it should be a space where you can practice artistic freedom so that you can create an area that you feel absolutely comfortable in. However, this section of the home can often be neglected because we don’t invite just any guests into our private quarters – leaving us with the thought: “why should we bother”.
We’re here to say “away” with this ideology and we’re going to encourage you to decorate a bedroom that’s personalised to your taste of perfection – just so that your happy place is that much happier. And remember, if you don't want to bother, you can always opt-in for bedroom sets and move on.
1. Start by Getting to Know Yourself
According to Debbie Wolfe and Samantha Allen, the first step towards creating a room that emanates your personality is to start with a self Q&A. Many of us are so caught up in the hustle and bustle of life that we lose our grip on what truly makes us tick. We forget what it is that makes us feel at peace, what inspires us, and what makes us feel safe.
Before attempting to personalise your bedroom, ask yourself the following questions:
- What do I desire most in life?
- What makes me feel happy, excited, and inspired?
- What activities do I enjoy or relate to?
Do you love cars, ’90s rock or travelling? Do you love hiking, yoga, or adrenaline sports? Maybe you’re inspired by different cultures, movies or books? Whatever appeals to you, connecting with the things you love is what’s going to help you to create an ideal sleeping space.
2. Create a Vision Board
If you’re not yet familiar with a mood or vision board, now’s the time to hop on this trending bandwagon. Creating a vision board is an excellent way to explore the things you like or aspire to be in a tangible way. When making a vision board for the bedroom you desire, the trick is to simply add images of items that make you feel good when you look at them.
Vision boards can be created digitally using platforms such as Pinterest, or you can go old-school and get sticky with glue and poster board.
***Don’t expect to complete your board in one day, this is something that takes time. Once you are happy with your collection of ideas and inspirations, then you can slowly browse stores for similar items – or you can try your hand at DIY.
3. Choose a Theme
A bit of self-reflection and a busy vision board will help you to pick a theme for your room. With a theme in place, the rest of your decorating ideas will come easily. Whether your theme is set on colours, artwork or nature, or your hobbies and interests; it will help you to narrow down your options so that your decorating decisions are less overwhelming.
Some creative and trending bedroom themes include:
- Nautical themes
- Jungle décor
- Country motifs
- Leopard print
4. Use Photos to Make Your Bedroom Feel Like “Home”
If you don’t have immediate access to money to start decorating your bedroom in detail, then adding pictures of family, friends, and pets is a quick, easy, and affordable way to personalise your room. Place photos in frames or hang a pin board where you can keep your precious memorabilia insight. You could even create a collage of all your favourite pictures to hang above your bed as your central artwork.
5. Add an Area Rug
“I always begin a room with the rug; it is literally the foundation of the space. I then go on to the furniture.” - Lee Radziwill, famous interior decorator
An area rug not only saves you from the shocking experience of putting warm toes on a cold floor in the morning, it’s also a way to bring design elements together. Rugs are relatively affordable, which makes them another attainable goal that can be placed at the top of your shopping list.
Rugs are available in an assortment of colours, designs, textures, shapes, and sizes – so, choose one that “speaks” to you. You may just find that the rest of your creative bedroom decorating ideas fall swiftly in place once the rug hits the ground.
As Lee Radziwill says – a rug becomes the foundation of your space!
6. Make Your Bed Your Safe Haven
Your bed is what you will sink yourself into every day and the more akin you are to its embrace, the better you will feel as you slip into blissful slumber.
Personalise your bed by selecting the type you’re most attracted to and then adorn it with linen and accessories that hint at who you are as a person.
- Your bed. Your bed should be comfortable in every aspect. It needs to fit your body size and it should be as hard or as soft as you desire it to be. As for aesthetics, decide whether you want a luxurious bedstand or a modest headboard – with so many options available, the bed can be hard to choose – go with what appeals to you, or let your rug do the talking.
- Linen and bed accessories. A duvet cover usually plays a central role in a room’s décor and this is something that can be easily personalised. Choose a cover that matches your preferred colour scheme or select a design that you find simply delightful. When in doubt, go for neutral-coloured linen that can be complemented with the cushions and throws that you love (you could always go traditional and look for something that matches the blanky your grandma knitted for you yonks ago).
7. Store Your Best-Loved Stuff with Finesse
Personalising your room doesn’t mean that absolutely every object you own and love needs to be on display. A cluttered bedroom may override any hints of character you’re trying to create, this means that adding storage solutions to your bedroom is something to consider.
Floating shelves are great for organising your stuff and keeping it neatly on display. Chests of drawers and wardrobes are a necessity if you want to tuck your belongings out of sight so that the rest of your bedroom has room to breathe and shine.
8. Your Walls Are Your Canvas
White space in a bedroom is important, it’s what creates a balance required for tranquillity. However, every room should still have space for a piece of your favourite artwork – or two. Adding art to your room that charms and inspires you is a big step towards creating a space that’s uniquely yours.
Not a fan of art? Add character to a wall with wallpaper or pin up a few posters of your favourite rock bands/movies.
9. Include Scents
Sometimes we get so fixated on what’s pleasing to the eye that we forget to appeal to our other senses, such as smell, for example.
If you have a favourite smell, one that makes you feel happy or calm, then place a candle or potpourri in your room that emanates this scent. This aroma will complete your room décor to create a space that hugs you with feelings of comfort and security.
10. Let’s Talk Curtains
Neat eyelet curtains complete the look of this neutral-toned room
Before we shut the blinds on this guide to personalising your bedroom (pun intended), let’s talk “curtains”.
The way you cover your windows says a lot about your character. People who opt for simple blinds tend to prefer a no-frills approach to their surroundings whilst those who go all out with drapes complete with block-out lining, netting, and tiebacks typically appreciate their privacy and like to have more control over their windows.
Reflect on your path to self-discovery to determine what type of curtains are going to set the mood you’d like to step into after a long and hard day at work. Perhaps you like your windows bear so that the evening sky enhances your drive? Give it some thought and then work on this finishing touch.