Depending on your aesthetic of choice, a bedroom could be bold and eccentric, dark and sophisticated, or bright and utterly pared-down. One thing a bedroom should always be, though, is cozy. We humans spend one-third of our lives sleeping, and those of us who love the snooze button log even more time in bed. So having a cozy bedroom isn’t just nice—it’s nonnegotiable. How could we possibly skimp on comfort when it’s central to our entire bedroom experience?
The foundation of any cozy bedroom is, of course, the bed. If your mattress is flat, or lumpy, or shockingly springy, no amount of decor can save you. A cozy bedroom can’t just look plush and inviting—it has to envelop you in a sensory hug. Every glance, smell, and touch should drip with snuggly warmth. And nothing ruins a mood like flopping onto a fluffy mattress only to discover it’s really, really hard.
Once your bed is in place, there’s room to get creative. And you can start to imagine what kind of cozy space you want to cultivate. Does comfort, for you, mean a collection of sweet, woodsy candles? Or a blanket that feels like a big old hug? Is it a veritable forest of lush plants adorning every corner? Or a rug so shaggy it softens every step you take?
A cozy bedroom can’t just look plush and inviting—it has to envelop you in a sensory hug. Every glance, smell, and touch should drip with snuggly warmth.
As you begin to assemble your excessively cozy bedroom, you’ll realize that what you’re curating isn’t just a cute aesthetic—it’s an absolute haven. You’re piecing together what feeling good looks like. Thankfully, feeling good happens to look pretty darn good, too.
Start by establishing the palette for your cozy oasis. Set the mood with a collection of rich, neutral-adjacent tones, or opt for something bolder. The color scheme that feels good is the one that’s right for you, no matter how light, dark, or vibrant it is.
Stock up on blankets that are excessively fuzzy. They can transform your bed from simple to sanctuary-worthy, and they’re excellent snuggle partners.
Natural light is one of the most romantic features of any room. Unfortunately, it’s not particularly conducive to catching Zs. Invest in a set of thick curtains that can let the light in when you want it and shut it out when you don’t. And be sure they’re easy to open and close. (Convenience is key.)
In our quests to load up on pillows and blankets, many of us neglect an equally important textile: the carpet. Cover your floor with a rug that you love sinking your toes into. It’ll greet your feet every morning, and it’ll keep you feeling cozy, even when you’re not in bed.
Opt for a headboard that’s as plush as your bed is. It’ll add another layer of coziness to your room. And it’ll leave your decor scheme feeling a touch more statement-making.
Not sure how to lay out your bedroom? Take advantage of its built-in cozy corners. Walls are natural boundaries for beds. And if your goal is coziness, don’t be afraid to pull off a tight squeeze—it might leave the space feeling surprisingly snuggly.
Maximalism lends itself well to coziness. It brings the walls closer to you—almost like an aesthetic hug. But that doesn’t mean a pared-down approach can’t be just as cozy. Minimalism—with all its clean lines, peaceful palettes, and calm clarity—is its own kind of relaxing. If it’s your go-to, embrace it.
Pillows are always a good idea. (And no, we’re not just saying that to excuse your favorite decor splurge.) A bed covered in pillows looks endlessly inviting—the kind of thing you can’t help but flop onto the moment you see it. Lend your bed this air of fantasy by stocking up on pillows in an array of shapes, sizes, and shades. And make sure they’re exactly as comfortable as they look so you can actually nap on them whenever you feel like it.
Don’t be afraid to go weighty with your furniture—even if your space is small. Normally, we aim to keep rooms feeling as spacious as possible. But when coziness is the goal, snuggly isn’t a bad thing. A heavy bed frame can lend a room structure and make it feel a little more secure.
We tend to equate darker palettes with coziness, but lighter color schemes can be just as inviting. Focus on defining comfort for yourself, rather than trying to recreate someone else’s idea of it.
Invest in textiles you love touching. Because you will touch them, and it doesn’t matter how cute they look if they’re itchy, scratchy, or otherwise uncomfortable. And really, why opt for something rough when plush velvets and soft chenilles are so abundant?
Art can be a great way to keep a room feeling grounded. Don’t be afraid to hang it above your bed, by your nightstand, or anywhere else that feels a little too bare. And consider finding a piece that echoes some of the shades in your favorite pillows, linens, and throws.
A canopy frame can be a great way to make a room feel cozier—without leaving you feeling cramped. It’ll lend the room a little snuggly structure without cutting down on its airflow or breathability. Of course, if you want to go full haven, you can always drape a canopy over the metal frame. But if you’d prefer a middle ground, then a canopy-less canopy frame is a solid option.
Don’t shy away from texture—it’s inherently snuggly. Opt for pillows and throws that you love running your hands over. Even a single textured accent piece can go a long way.
The bed may be the centerpiece of any cozy bedroom, but every bit of furniture and decor contributes to the atmosphere of the space. So consider investing in all of your furniture—not just your textiles. Nightstands, mirrors, and lighting fixtures can be just as special and inviting as a cozy throw.
When many of us decorate a room, we avoid doing anything that will make it feel smaller. But we don’t have to take that approach with our bedrooms—especially if we’re trying to curate a snuggly, serene space. So don’t be afraid to buck go-to decor rules. Cover your space in boldly cozy wallpaper if you feel tempted to do so. It’ll add some much-appreciated weight to your room—and you’ll surely earn a few compliments for your daring choice.
Many of us equate peace and calm with cooler colors, but more vibrant tones can be just as inviting. Take advantage of how comfy warmer shades can feel by coating your room in an enticing (but still veritably cozy) palette.
Plants have a way of making any room feel homier—and frankly, a little more special. When your oasis isn’t feeling quite as idyllic as you’d imagined, consider adding some greenery to the mix. A cute succulent or lush tree could be the peaceful touch you’ve been looking for.
When in doubt, invest in one of those seriously heavy knit throws—you won’t regret it. They’re inimitably cozy. And since they’re available in an array of colors, you’re bound to find one that suits your palette.
A canopy will add a touch of cozy romance to any room. And if a traditional canopy feels a bit too constricting, consider draping a curtain behind your bed, instead. It’ll offer you a similarly luxurious feel, without cutting your bed off from the rest of your room.
Remember, all of your linens, throws, and pillows can be crafted from different fabrics. Mixing and matching textile can create a seriously sensory experience—one you’ll love snuggling up in whenever you need a little respite.
Keep extra pillows nearby—just in case you need them. Put a basket at the foot of your bed, and fill it with all the throw blankets and pillows you couldn’t help but stock up on. The next time you’re craving a little extra fluff, you’ll be glad you did.
The classic cherry on top of any cozy bedroom? A seriously snuggly throw. Once you’ve curated your bed to perfection, top things off by draping a fluffy blanket over the foot of your bed. It’ll pull your entire space together—and keep your toes warm on particularly cool nights.