Bedrooms are one of my favourite rooms to design, as (I would argue) they have the most impact on our quality of life. So if you’re looking to create a space that is conducive to rest and relaxation, here are my top strategies for creating that warm and cozy bedroom:
1. Paint It Neutral
I am such a fan of painting a neutral shade in a bedroom as opposed to bright colours. The impact is not only visually striking, it’s cozy and creates a space that’s perfect for sleep. The key in painting a bedroom neutral and for it to not feel too drab is to ensure that it is well lit. I always prefer a layered lighting plan, with overhead lighting paired with wall sconces or lamps for function. The other key is to ensure there is an element of contrast, like white bedding and textured wall art.
2. Use Warm Woods
There is something about the natural texture and colour of wood grain that is so warm and inviting. For a lighter look, consider pairing a textured wood bed with painted nightstands. You can continue the wood trend with stained wood shelves, paired with a white and wood desk, and a mid-century modern desk chair.
3. Vary Your Textiles
One of the simplest ways to make a bedroom cozy is through textiles. Start with the bed. Layer softer fabrics like cottons and linens with textured furs, chenilles and velvets for variety. Don’t forget the floor too—a patterned wool rug or fur scatter rug creates a comfy place for feet to touch down first thing in the morning. As for windows—I love drapes with a black-out lining for uninterrupted sleep. Consider customizing drapes and using that same fabric in throw pillows on the bed for a cohesive look.
4. Create a Reading Nook
If space allows, a comfy chair to curl up in is another cozy element in a bedroom. If you have a small space, opt for a chair on legs with a compact silhouette. To keep the space serene, pick a chair in a colour close to the wall hue, and even consider keeping the neutral theme going with a dresser in a similar shade.
5. Make It Personal
To me, a cozy space is one that also tells a story of the people that live there. You can tell your story through art on the walls or through displaying trophies and personal mementos on floating shelves. These personal artifacts bring life and visual interest to a room’s design and are integral to creating a space that’s warm and inviting.