We spend so much time in our beds, it's curious to think of how little attention we pay to our bedroom's energy and the role it plays on our mood and well-being. For instance: Messy bedrooms make it virtually impossible to maintain a sense of control and gain peace of mind when trying to fall asleep at night. Similarly, a bedroom too traditional or modern can affect our ability to relax, stay organized, or wake up in the morning. Do you need a clean bedroom in order to feel in control? Do you prefer a pitch-black bedroom in the morning or one flooded with light? Do you feel secured by sentimental mementos, or do you live by the belief that accumulated clutter is destructive to everyday efficiency?
Whatever your bedroom style is, there are ways to optimize it to make it more inviting and more adapted to your way of life. To showcase this, we identified five distinct bedroom personalities and the styles that should go with each one. Are you sentimental or minimal? We show you how to get the bed of your dreams, with quick and easy instructions.
You're a sentimentalist with a traditional heart. You love ruffles, patterns, and mementos. A cabin in the woods is your idea of heaven. For your restful bedroom, pick ruffled bedding and a traditional motif like toile, clouds, or waves. Finish off the look with a bamboo side table and an oil painting.
Your style is clutter-free and organic. You love texture above color, and you believe that each item you possess should serve a purpose or tell a story. To satisfy that practical nature, surround yourself with furniture in organic shapes or useful accents like worldly pillows purchased during travels, a pile of novels you've been wanting to read, or luxe bedding.
You are bold, in aesthetic and in life, and you go after what you want. If what you want is a mustard-yellow velvet headboard—that's what you'll get. Match your color, bedding, and art—and keep everything else neutral. Statement lighting will steal the show, as will your selection of graphic prints. As for the art—choose it first and design the room around it, not the other way around.
You are a minimalist at heart, and you praise function over form. You don't believe in clutter—in fact, you live a life so organized that Marie Kondo would be proud. You're also a high achiever, and things need to be efficient at all times. Make your bedroom a sanctuary by adding dark, moody felt upholstered walls, and finish the look with low-maintenance slate gray linen bedding.
You're the type of person who's always cold. While others are in sundresses in mid-July, you are wearing jeans with a sweater and boots. Because of this, you always need multiple layers of blankets on your bed. Choose your bedding wisely—and in large quantities. Use a vintage trunk as your bedside table, so you'll never run out of linen closet space.