How to Make a Bedroom Look More Grown-Up

It's natural to want your personal surroundings to reflect your evolving mental and emotional state. If you're feeling more grown-up, your bedroom decor should mirror the change. The secret to making a bedroom look more adult is elegant simplicity; the design of your room should be both attractive and tranquil. Don't rush to purchase accessories because you're in a hurry to decorate. Leisurely shop instead, and fill your sleeping space with items that make you light up inside.

Things You'll Need

  • Bedding
  • Bed accessories
  • Framed prints
  • Nightstands with drawers
  • Table accessories
  • Window accessories
  • Storage

Cover your bed with a soft sheet, pillow and comforter set. It doesn't matter what colors, textures or patterns your linens are, but each piece must match or complement the others and shouldn't include any animated characters or youthful sayings. Add throw pillows for lounging around that complement your decor.

Include throw pillows and other bed accessories that are comfortable and visually appealing. Whether you stick to one type of design or go with a combination of colors, patterns, fabrics and textures, all of your pieces must match or complement each other.

Center one or two framed prints over your bed that make you feel peaceful when you look at them. If you're married or living with a partner, a loving photograph of you two together may be ideal.

Place small tables on either side of the bed, each with a small drawer. Put a lamp or candles on each table and perhaps a framed photograph and a book. Keep the surfaces free from clutter, and use the drawers to keep miscellaneous items out of sight.

Enhance your windows with blinds, fabric complementary to your room decor or dramatic curtains. Put an ottoman or chair and desk near your window to facilitate reading, writing or quiet reflection.

Keep your furniture, floor and walls clean, clear and organized. Allow your bedroom to be a place where you unplug and let your mind go blank. Busy walls, crowded tables, a messy bed and a cluttered floor will make it difficult for you to relax. Keep clothes neatly folded in your drawers or closet, and utilize hooks, hanging or stackable organizers and plastic bins that slide neatly out of sight for additional storage.


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