5 tips for making your bedroom feel complete

A few weeks ago I did a guest blog post for Bliss At Home. I really enjoyed collaborating with Kristin, so in case you missed my post over on her blog (which you should totally check out if you haven't yet)... here it is again.

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Let's say you are moving into a new bedroom, or maybe just rearranging the one you have. The furniture is in place and the bed is made.... now what? One of the trickiest things about creating the right look for your house is actually finishing it. It takes a while to pull all the details together, and sometimes you can't always put your finger on what a room still needs before it will feel complete. I have been there, I feel you pain.

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Today we are talking bedrooms. The bedroom should be one of your favorite rooms in your home, not just the place that you crash at the end of the day and where you keep that pile of clothes on the floor. Your bedroom is where you start and end your day everyday. It should be a safe haven. A place to go relax and leave the worries of life behind you. So it is important that you LOVE your bedroom and that it feels comfortable to you. Here are some tips for pulling those final details together for your bedroom:

1. Lighting is key. I know that sounds like a given... but it is a detail that often gets taken for granted. Overhead can lights are very functional, but a bedroom needs lamps and natural light. Indirect lighting is soothing and flattering. Make sure to get lamps that not only look pretty but will provide enough light that you can use them without needing to turn on the overhead lights. If you dont have very much natural light to work with, try positioning a mirror somewhere in the room where it can reflect off of a window to maximize the natural light that you have to work with.

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2.Window treatments are a must. Again, this seems pretty straight forward, but I am not talking about dollar store metal blinds here. Curtains and shades not only provide privacy (which is absolutely necessary to have in a bedroom) but they also create an atmosphere. Curtains soften windows and walls to make any space feel more cozy. If you are going to use a roman shade, make sure that it fits the inside dimensions of the window (inside the outer trim). If you want to go with curtains, place the rod about 6" below the ceiling or crown molding (even if your windows do not quite go that high... this trick will make the ceiling seem higher) and make SURE that the curtains fall all the way to the ground. Nothing looks worse than high-water curtains.

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3. Dress your walls. Nothing screams unfinished like naked walls. Am I right? I think the walls are one of the hardest places in a room to finish. Hanging art, personal photographs, or mirrors on walls can take a room from "something is missing" to finished. When choosing art or mirrors for your walls, first decide where you want to hang them. Which wall do you want to make a focal point? Hanging art over the bed or dressers is a great place to start if you are unsure. Just be careful not to fill every wall in a bedroom with something... it will look to forced and overdone that way. A good rule of thumb is to fill about half of the walls. Once you decide where to hang art, make sure that your frame is big enough to fill the space well. If you think your art is too small, then choose a different piece or try adding a couple smaller pieces to join with it in a gallery set up.

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4. Grab a throw blanket. I love having extra blankets around in a bedroom. It might seem excessive to have a throw blanket since you already have a bed full of sheets and blankets, but a throw can add just the right touch. A throw blanket can be used at the end of the bed, folded in a basket under a bedside table, or draped across the back of a chair. Having something soft like an extra blanket will make your room feel warm and inviting. Plus I think you will be surprised at how often you will use it.

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5. Add some personal touches. This is the most important step. Your bedroom should look and feel like YOU. Even if you are styling a guest bedroom in your house, it should feel inviting to your gusts but also represent you or your family. Adding personal touches is fun and easy too. Try adding small framed photos of your loved ones, or framing prints that inspire you. There are some great prints on Etsy that are really affordable, or you could make your own. Add pops of color and prints that make you feel happy. Take your time and collect items like vases, candles, books and other accents. When you take your time to collect these things you will be able to find items that inspire you and bring memories to mind.

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I hope these tips will help you finish out the bedrooms in your home! I am starting on a gust bedroom make-over in my home, so stop by my blog, Sarah Barksdale Design, later on this fall and see how things are going!

xo, Sarah