Signature Scents, Homemade Headboards & Beyond: 5 Ways to Customize Your Bedroom

published Oct 10, 2016
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Of all the rooms in your home, your bedroom is arguably the most personal. Don’t let it feel bland or generic—read on for some tips on creating a unique oasis which satisfies all the senses.

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Make Your Bed a Nest

Every kid loves a bed fort, and the big kid version is a DIY canopy bed. Canopies are whimsical, elegant, and can be yours with some curtain rails or industrial pipe, and a few yards of fabric. Nothing ordinary here. (Image via This is Glamorous)

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Create a Cool Headboard

If a canopy isn’t your style, look to your headboard. You don’t need to purchase a whole new bed—if you have a divan or box frame, the possibilities are endless. Use paint, art, furniture or even salvaged building materials (a painted door in the room above, via My Domaine, steals the show) to give presence to your bed. When you’re bored of the look, simply switch it out for something new.

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Piles of Pillows

If you ask me, the best thing about sleeping in a hotel is all the pillows. Bring that luxury to your bedroom with an abundance of them, and don’t be afraid to mix colors, patterns and textures (like Lovely Little Rants’ bed above). It’s an easy addition that can entirely change the look and feel of a bedroom, and can be switched out seasonally.

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Do a (Grown Up) Photo Wall

Nope, not just for teenagers. The bedroom is prime location for displaying personal photos, and I love the look of a wall plastered in then. Instead of Blu Tak and polaroids, consider a more designed variation on the theme—a grid of framed pictures, an ixxi collage like the one above (I’ve got one of these myself, which displays most-beloved Instagram photos), or an oversized frame to be filled and hung.

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Have a Signature Scent

If you’re not into scents, feel free to ignore this advice. Those of us who love them know that nothing transports the mind and creates a sense of place quite like scent (like the crisp scent of Diptyque Baies, as seen above in the vignette via
The Everygirl). Consider giving your bedroom its own via candles, reed diffusers or wardrobe sachets. I change mine up every so often, but no matter the time of year, I love to open that door to that lovely aroma of home.