How to decorate bedroom with simple things?

Each day begins and ends in the same place: the bedroom. This space can affect your entire day, for better or worse. I had the realization a few years ago—when laundry was piled up on the chair in the corner and my laptop was perched on my nightstand—that I was setting myself up for extra stress. When “tasks” are the last thing you see before drifting off to sleep and the first thing you see when you open your eyes, you never really feel that sense of accomplishment. The bedroom should be relaxing, and the decor you bring into the space can deeply influence how rested you feel.

Did you know that a beautiful, tidy bedroom actually can affect our mental health? When I was a moody teenager, my mom got on my case every single morning, insisting that I needed to make my bed. I’d chirp back, “Why would I make it if I’m just going to ruin it again in a few hours?” Much to my chagrin, she was right. Studies show that making the bed each day can spark joy, improve productivity, and lower stress. By kickstarting your day with this simple chore, you’ll feel accomplished and in control, which in turn can encourage a more-structured routine. A clutter-free space leads to a clutter-free mind. Yep. Turns out making the bed is a bit of a mind game.

When designing a bedroom, think about the elements of your favorite hotel room. There is a comfortable mattress, cozy bedding, and window coverings that block out everything. If you’re like me and love to stay in bed late on the weekends, multiple types of window coverings are a key; just as in a hotel, you can have blackout shades for your most restful sleep and sheer panels to create a bit of ethereal ambiance.

This room should be grounding, allowing you to fully reconnect with yourself and completely recharge.

To maximize the ocean views beyond the sliding barn doors, designer Max Humphrey chose to “float” this bed in the center of the room. “Logistically I would have put the bed on the wall adjacent to the bathroom, where it would fit, but then you’re waking up and looking at a wall instead of waking up and looking at the ocean,” he says. Behind, there’s a slim console table with plenty of convenient plugs.

Though it’s not the tidiest option, pooling the linens at the base of the bed is a fashion-forward way to “make the bed.” Plus, it’s a lot easier than folding hospital corners each morning! Here, to avoid looking sloppy, the window coverings barely kiss the floor.

Using an iconic teak and cane V-leg armchair, originally designed by Swiss architect Pierre Jeanneret in the 1950s, as a nightstand is an unexpected choice. But it’s a great solution if you’re like me and can’t stop collecting chairs. And as a nightstand, the chair offers just enough room for a few books and a stylish catchall to keep jewelry.

No room for a nightstand? Mount everything to the wall! A small box offers a tabletop and room for books, while the light offers a lovely glow.

This bedroom is composed of similar neutral shades, so it feels as if you’re sleeping in a cloud.

If you’re in a rental and can’t do a thing about your bedroom’s carpeting, it’s no biggie. A small scatter rug at your bedside achieves the same look as a full-size rug and gives your feet a plush landing pad each morning. If you want to make other changes to your rental, like painting a room or swapping out light fixtures, show your landlords an inspiration image! If your landlords can see your vision, they’re more likely to green light the changes.

Ever wonder what type of bedding you should order? To be honest, Rue could probably publish a trilogy on the matter. The most common sheets on the market are percale, sateen, linen, and brushed cotton…and at the end of the day, it comes down to personal preference. In short: Percale is cool to the touch with a matte finish. Sateen is buttery soft and has a slight sheen. Linen is light and airy and often has an effortless (aka slightly wrinkled) look. Brushed cotton has the softest pile, almost like your favorite T-shirt.