I did a post on 10 steps to a Stylish and Functional Entryway last month and heard from a little bird that she found it to be helpful in organizing her home, so I thought I'd finish off this month with a list of Must-Have's for a bedroom.
Hint: It doesn't have to be your bedroom, this list is also great for guest rooms!
To me, your bedroom is a place in your home you can escape to; whether it be from work, your family or roommates, or even your own over active mind. I believe this space should be your ultimate happy place!
Here is my list of Must-Have's for every bedroom.
10 Must-Have's for a Bedroom
1. Great Bedding - I feel like this is something you grow to appreciate as you get older. College is long gone and along with it should be sheets that feel like sandpaper. Yuck! Treat yourself and invest in some higher quality linens. I prefer a crisp white sheet set, it's easy to keep clean and it allows for some variety in your duvet cover if you like to switch it up throughout the seasons.
2. Bedside Lighting - key word on this one is BED. SIDE. How do people ever find their way back to bed in the dark if the only light switch is all the way over by the door? Save your toes some pain and make sure you and your guests have a light nearby. It's also great for reading in bed! (because you're already one step ahead and you don't have a TV in your bedroom :)
3. Area Rug - All I'll say is this, a few months ago I invested in a pair of faux fur area rugs to place on either side of my bed and my outlook on early mornings have changed significantly for the better. Whatever your texture of choice may be, an area rug adds warmth to any room.
4. Mirror - Unless you're one of the lucky ones who are fortunate enough to have a separate changing room, most likely you also get dressed in your bedroom. You'll need to make sure you look your very best to tackle whatever the day decides to throw at you. A mirror will also reflect any natural light the room gets- place opposite a window for maximum effect. Just remember to open your blinds every once in a while!
5. Bedside Surface - This doesn't have to be a table or traditional night stand, just something off the floor for a book or a glass of water to rest. I've seen a lot of cool rooms that take a unique approach to this bedroom staple. An old trunk, a small chair or a stool are all great substitutes in my book.
6. Window Treatments - The darker the better. I love natural lighting as much as the next girl but, Sun, please do not interrupt my slumber! I'll wake up and appreciate you when I'm rested and ready, thank you very much.
7. Seating - Whether you're reading, talking on the phone or putting your shoes on, I think it's important to have somewhere other than the bed to sit. I'm a big fan of a bench at the end of the bed... Or bonus points if that bench is actually a chest, then it doubles as storage!
8. Catch all tray - Just a little something to place on your dresser or nightstand to keep yourself organized. Like I mentioned in my 10 Steps to a Stylish and Functional Entryway post, your clutter can look a lot more intentional if it's organized and displayed the right way.
9. Art / Inspiration / Books - This is your space so let it reflect what you love. I say you can never go wrong with a well executed gallery wall. If that's a bit too busy for you try just a few special pieces spread throughout the room that hold sentimental value. But be careful with pictures of family! You and your honey are okay, but no one wants Aunt Maude staring at them while they sleep.
10. Pillows - The more the merrier. And in contrasting colors, prints and textures, please! I know some people are probably thinking "What do you need all those for? Half the time they end up on the ground!" But I love the way it looks with rows upon rows of pillows, all plush and fluffy. It just makes my heart happy to see a beautifully made bed!
* bonus tip - Do you want to know how you can take a great thing and make it 1000% better?! (I'm talking fresh sheets, people!)
11. Pillow Spray - Go out and get yourself a tiny bottle of this stuff, it's about $10 bucks, or make your own, but the next time you change your sheets spray a little between the top and fitted and again on your pillows and I guarantee when you crawl into bed that night you'll think you've died and gone to heaven!
And because it might be hard for some to see what's stopping you from having that calm, serene oasis I thought it might be helpful to include a small list of what to keep out of your bedroom.
1. Television - I'm confident enough today to say I used to be one of those people who "thought" I needed the TV on to fall asleep, but ya know what? It's just not true. It's a nasty added distraction that keeps you up way later than you should be. I challenge you to remove it from your bedrooms for a month and see if you miss it! Read a book, talk to your bedmate, sing a song for crying out loud, just get rid of it!
2. Desk / Work Space / Computer - I'll be a little more lenient with this, mostly because Pintrest, but honestly work has no business being a part of your "happy place" and I'm someone who loves what I do for a living! Unless you're putting pen to paper and writing actual letters to loved ones, I say keep desks and work stuff out of the bedroom.
3. Exercise Equipment - I've seen it all. Treadmills and gym equipment should not be in the same room where you lay your head down at night. Pee-yew!
4. Food - Pretty self explanatory, but try and keep the midnight snacks in the kitchen.
5. Clutter - Look around, if there is anything in there that doesn't bring you 100% happiness and joy move it to another room. Your bedroom is a space to clear your mind and recharge, how can you do that when you have piles upon piles of nonsense stacked up against the walls.
I hope this helps, just remember your bedroom is an oasis, a place to rest your feet and an escape from the day. And if you have any suggestions of topics or need help with rooms in your home please let me know in the comments, I'm always listening!