We're in the process of redoing our guest house, which has essentially become a dumping ground for everything from G's bike gear and Sloan's old clothes to extra fabric and broken chairs. But after one of my parents' recent stays in which I managed to pass along my cold to the entire family, we realized that we really should be utilizing the separate room in the back. It's a teeny tiny space, which makes things a bit challenging, but I can't wait for it to be done in time for summer guests (I'll be sure to share before and after pictures soon). Here are some of the styling tricks I've picked up from hours spent in a Pinterest wormhole, for how to elevate the look of your entire bedroom.
I've always positioned rugs so they hug the wall and the bed essentially floats on top of them, with lots of room on all sides. It's not to say that this doesn't work, it simply looks a little dated. Instead, scooch the rug about 1/3 of the way down the bed for a slightly more imperfect look that still softens the room.
If you don't have room for two flanking nightstands with lamps on top, wall-mount your lighting. Not only does this save space, but it looks polished and clean as well. I used to think wall-mounted lights had to be hardwired by an electrician (something I would have never done while renting), but there are also great plug-in options that you can install on your own in a few minutes.
The quickest way to transform your room is to make your bed looks as crisp and clean as possible. All of the 'before' pictures in bedroom makeovers involve a messy bed, with wrinkled duvets thrown haphazardly across the mattress. Invest in a nice bedding set and actually take the time each morning to make your bed look hotel-worthy. That means tucking the flat sheet and coverlet under the mattress, folding a duvet at the foot of your bed and positioning pillows properly. And though it may require a bit more upkeep, absolutely nothing beats the look of white bedding.
Adding plants around the house is a no-brainer, but bringing plants into the bedroom is not something a lot of people think to do. Not only does incorporating greenery add a shot of color, it creates a nice, zen-like atmosphere for where you sleep. Store them in pretty pots for an art-like effect, or hang from the ceiling for a cool look that's also space-saving.
Adding a large piece of art (or two smaller pieces) directly above the headboard adds a level of sophistication to a bedroom. Make sure it's big enough (at least 2/3 the size of the mattress) so it doesn't get lost, but no wider than the bed itself. Pick something soothing - I love photographs that include water - and complement the piece with pillows or a throw in similar colors to create a cohesive environment.
I love a crisp bed with minimal furniture, but that look alone can feel a bit sparse and cold in a bedroom. In order to create warmth, add pieces in varying textures - a sheepskin rug, a soft throw or a nubby-knit pillow.
Adding seating to the end of a bed grounds the space and offers a convenient place to sit while putting on your shoes. Whether it's in the form of a long bench, chest, poufs, x-benches or chairs, having an extra spot to sit (that's not your bed) adds nice dimension and practicality to a room.