When a prospective buyer walks into a house, it needs to be decorated in a way that they can imagine living there, but not so much that it feels like someone else is already living there. It should have style, but nothing is so polarizing that it alienates most buyers. It’s a difficult balance which is why the job is best left to interior design and decor professional Heimstager. But when you do it, not only are buyers ready to make an offer, but they want to buy all of the furniture. Even if you don’t want to sell your space, the lessons in staging can lead to tips for decorating your home, especially the bedroom. Take some cues from a home we’ve staged for inspiration to transform your bedroom.
There is something about an upholstered headboard that instantly makes a bedroom more luxurious. In this room, our designer chose a gray tufted version that indicates a calm tone. Choosing a neutral shade for an upholstered headboard is not only a good idea for staging but also for real life. Instead of going for a bold pattern that you could get tired of quickly, opt for a neutral headboard and experiment with colors and patterns in pillows and bedding instead.
The bedding also looks like what you could have in your home (or like the idealized version of your home). The white bedding looks inviting and there aren’t so many pillows that you feel like you’re in a showroom.
The area carpet
A key element of a cozy bedroom is an area rug. It not only anchors the space optically, but also has a practical element. When you wake up in the morning, swing your legs out of bed and get up, would you prefer to lay your senses on a cold, hard wooden floor or a warm, soft carpet?
Our designer went for a different neutral tone but opted for a soft, heavily textured rug that made the room feel layered. Choosing the right size rug is also important (and often done incorrectly). This rug is big enough for the bed and offers plenty of space. Use these proportions as a guide when choosing a rug for your bedroom.
The bedside tables
The main thing to remember when it comes to bedside table selection is that there should be two of them that should go together. Our designer opted for sleek metal bedside tables with glass frames that contrast nicely with the soft elements of the room. Cover the tables with lamps, which is a must for both symmetry and utility (why should only one person be allowed to read at night?). Decorate the tables with books, flowers and – if you get thirsty at night – a carafe of water.
To effectively design or stage a space, you need to think about how people actually use the space, or give them ideas on how they could use it. In this room our designer created a candy reading corner from the bed with a slipper chair with sheepskin and a floor lamp with a metal base. Try something similar in your own room. To make it even better, put a small end table next to the chair to rest with a book or a cup of tea.
The window treatments
Nothing says “nobody lives here” like bare windows. All you need is a pair of curtains flank each window. However, if you want even more light filtering options, add blinds, like in this bedroom. For curtains, make sure they are long enough to reach the floor. Anything shorter looks ridiculous so measure and measure again.