Good Questions: Ideas for a Rental Bedroom?

Hi Apartment Therapy, My boyfriend and I just moved into our new one-bedroom rental two weeks ago. Most of the boxes are now gone and we're ready to start making it our own — starting with the bedroom. We would love to read your ideas...
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The main thing we want to do with the room is make it our sanctuary, so we are trying to keep it pretty bare. I'm almost happy the way it is now, but when I lay in bed and look at the empty white walls it reminds me of an insane asylum (the metal bars on the windows don't help). How can I achieve a bare and tranquil mood/look, without making it look/feel like we're in a loony house?

The desk chair, dirty carpet, orange/white drapes and two tables at the foot of the bed can/will go (they came with the apartment so we will have to put them on storage).

I was planning on painting the desk and dresser, but have to admit that they are growing on me just as they are. I am now thinking of buying some wrought iron knobs for them. Also thought of getting a three-way mirror (maybe something like this but simpler and hopefully much cheaper) to place between the bed and my closet, getting a blue drape to replace the orange one, and buying a new white carpet.

But I'm pretty clueless otherwise, so let us have it! Thanks in advance, Rosaleen

P.S. I know the floor is not in great shape, but since this is a rental I'm willing cover some of it with a nice carpet and live with it.

Keeping the furnishings to a minimum is really going to help this space in the long run. We like the desk chair and we like that you've added some plants. We also like the worn wood of the dresser and desk — we'd leave it alone. We agree that the walls need something! We'll leave the suggestions for the community — anyone?

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