6 Tricks Home Stagers Use to Make Your Bedroom Feel Way Cozier

published Oct 2, 2020
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Whether it’s wearing sweatpants to work, rocking the no-makeup look, or cuddling under soft blankets, 2020 has proved, among other things, that prioritizing comfort is an absolute must. Why not extend that self-care mindset into the bedroom?

If there’s any spot in your house that should be the most snug, it’s the place where you start and end your day. Here, home stagers provide ways to crank up the cozy factor in your bedroom.

Invest in a rug (or several)

A large area rug always brings a bedroom together. Kim Williams, co-owner of KJ Design & Mortar Styling, explains that rugs add dimension to a space. “They really give people an added level of comfort for them to be able to step down onto something soft,” she says. “Especially in the fall and winter, hardwood floors get cold, so rugs really help with buffering that, and they also add a sense of coziness to the space.”

Use lamps in addition to overhead lighting

Overhead lighting is functional during the daytime, but when it’s time to relax, it’s best to also have lamps scattered around. Lauren White, owner and principal designer at Ellen W. Interior Concepts, says additional lighting lets you set a mood. “Depending on the size of the room, you can have one nightstand with a table lamp on it and on the other side you can have a floor lamp,” she says. The different options allow for versatile, warm lighting at any time of day.

Create a cute nook with extra seating

A bench at the foot of the bed or a plush chair with an ottoman are functional when it comes to additional seating, but they can also serve another purpose: a reading nook. “It’s nice to have a place where you can read a book and chill instead of only being on your bed all the time,” White says. “It could be an accent chair, a smaller settee, or a bench that you can put your throw pillows on at night instead of laying on the floor.”

Layer your bedding and bring on the throw pillows

Layering your bed with quilts and throw blankets is key to it looking and feeling the most comfortable. According to White, the more overstuffed the better. When you walk into a bedroom, the bed is oftentimes the first thing that you see, so why not make a statement? White recommends adding six to seven throw pillows on the bed to make it look and feel as inviting and soft as possible.

For wall colors, the lighter the better

Williams recommends a soft color palette when it comes to your bedroom walls. Neutral colors allow for natural light to bounce off of the walls, and leave room for creative touches in the form of fun textiles and vibrant decorative accents. White, gray, and blush are your friends when it comes to finding soothing paint colors.

Dress your windows up with luxe curtains

Curtains help make a space feel more luxurious. “Even in a minimalistic space, they help add another layer of accessory or texture, but also just give you an extra pop,” Williams says. “But you don’t want your curtains to directly match the color of the wall, you want them to accent the wall.” Have fun with dressing up your curtains and invest in rods with an eye-catching finish, like a bold pewter.