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 alway 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.
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.)
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.
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 middleground, then a canopy-less canopy frame is a solid option.
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. It’ll add some much-appreciated weight to your room—and you’ll surely earn a few compliments for your daring choice.