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6 Ways to Add Texture to Your Bedroom

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I’m in all-out nesting mode for autumn – the house is decorated for Halloween, all of the plants have been brought indoors until spring, and I’m making a few changes in each room to add that cozy factor. You know what I’m talking about, that thing that makes you sigh with relief when you walk into your home and just feel good. My biggest focus is on the bedroom because it really is the ultimate nest and I tend to spend a little more time in their when it’s chilly outside. (You, too?) And the thing that makes the biggest difference is adding texture in droves.

#1 Bring in the plants
Maybe you’re a crazy plant lady and have a ton or maybe one large one will do just fine. Some plants – like lavender, ivy, spider plants, and snake plants – are even proven to help you get a better sleep! That bright green color is also sure to add some much-needed energy come cold winter mornings.

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#2 Bountiful blankets
It’s common sense to add an extra blanket or two to your bed come this time of year, but think beyond that. Mix different patterns and textures together to get those dive-right-in vibes. Choose something with a heavy knit or some fluff that begs to be touched to take things over the top.

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#3 The Headboard
If you don’t have a headboard consider adding (or making) one. Something like the tufted one above that simply hangs on the wall would make the perfect cushion to lean against while reading at night or enjoying a weekend breakfast in bed.

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#4 Purposeful baskets
Add some texture and practical storage at the same time by bringing in a few woven baskets. Put them up high on a wardrobe, under a nightstand, or at the foot of the bed. You could even use one to hide the pot of that big plant you’re going to bring in!

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#5 Change up the curtains
Maybe you have boring blinds (hello, renters!) or prefer no window coverings at all, but adding – or changing up – curtains for the cooler months has a money-saving benefit as well as aesthetic. Cover your windows to help keep the heat inside! The heavier the material you choose, the more of a barrier between the glass and your heating bill.

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#6 Add it to the walls
A piece of fiber art can add a pop of artistic interest to your walls or even double as a headboard. Consider stepping outside the box and getting really creative with a shaggy, patterned rug instead. This way you can always relegate back to the floor when you want to change things up or spring arrives, whichever comes first!

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Clean White Bedrooms

Francois Halard for Vogue
François Halard for Vogue

When you really get down to brass tacks there are a lot of positives to an all white space, particularly when it’s your bedroom. Lots of light, a nice airy feel, and a relaxing ambiance just to name a few. If you’re renting your home chances are you’re already stuck with a blank canvas, so take advantage of it!

Prue Ruscoe for Inside Out
Prue Ruscoe for Inside Out

Not only is white a great backdrop for all of your things (yes, STUFF is okay!), it’s also a fantastic gender neutral option that can result in a surprisingly dramatic vibe. Go all out with white everything or choose to accessorize with your favorite pops of color on the walls, floors, wherever you want to break up the colorless sea.

Elissa Crowe via Apt Therapy
Elissa Crowe via Apartment Therapy

Bring in various textures like quilts and rugs to roughen things up and add some visual appeal. Even if you opt to go with all white it’s important to make your bedroom cozy and appealing, and this is just the way to do it. Textiles will make your room feel less like a hospital room and more like home.

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White walls give any room a sophisticated art gallery feel. Add a piece statement art or create a gallery wall to take your bedroom to the next level and add more interest, a place for eyes to naturally land in the space. Your room will feel anything but boring as a result.

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5 Ways to Shake Up Your Bedroom

Benjamin Moore
Benjamin Moore

1. Paint the walls. Or maybe just one as an accent. Go with a really bold hue for impact, or go with something soothing to create a more relaxing space. Painting offers one of the biggest bangs for your buck, and when you’re ready for something new just cover it up and start over again.

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2. Hang some new art. Go oversized and replace your headboard. Consider a themed gallery wall. Or play with offsetting one smaller piece for some quirky flair. Whatever your preference, some fresh eye candy is sure to make your bedroom feel updated and ready for the new year.

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3. Bring in some plants. Add some hearty, oversized greenery behind the headboard or create a small tabled jungle in front of the window. Not only will a few plants add some great color during the dreary months, they’ll also help clean the air.

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4. Use a rug as your headboard. Textile art is having a huge moment right now, so if you want to ride the trend train consider this tip. Grab your favorite style of rug and attach it to the wall above your bed in place of a headboard, it will bring some texture into an unexpected area of your room. And when you’re ready to change things up yet again, you can simply place it back in its intended space – on the floor.

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5. Layer rugs. If you’re feeling especially eclectic or boho – or maybe your floors are just extra cold this winter – layer floor rugs on top of one another for a slightly overlapping look. Mix texture, color, and pattern to create the perfect look for your space.
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How to Create a Peaceful Bedroom Haven

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Winter is the perfect time to get cozy at home and even hibernate a bit — and what better place to create a peaceful haven than in the bedroom? Imagine a space that is free of clutter, light and airy, with an inviting bed, soft lighting, and a just a few artful accessories. Imagine coming home after a long day, setting down your coat and bag, and coming into your peaceful bedroom to change into a comfy outfit and slippers.

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To create a peaceful, soothing atmosphere in the bedroom, start with these 5 steps:

  1. Clear the clutter. A clutter-free space instantly feels more relaxing than one crammed with excess belongings, so make this your top priority!

  2. Limit the color palette. White, soft gray, and pale hues make the most peaceful palette, so try to limit your bedding and decor to a strict range.

  3. Layer in texture. Think nubby linen, fluffy sheepskins, woven wall hangings, luxe mohair, crisp cotton, and bare wood.

  4. Light up your life. Bedside lamps are a must, of course, but no peaceful bedroom haven would be complete without a few candles and a strand or two of white twinkle lights!

  5. Bring in something fresh. A potted plant, a vase of flowers — a bit of fresh greenery is cheerful, and cleans the air, to boot.

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A lovely, serene bedroom deserves an equally lovely rug on the floor. And the wonderful thing about the bedroom is, it typically does not get the same amount of foot traffic as other rooms, making it the ideal place for a lighter color like soft pink, or even white!

So, what about you? What is your favorite way to make your bedroom feel peaceful and cozy?

Rug Shopping Guide (clockwise from top left): 1. Surya Mirabella rug in Carnation 2. Loloi Rugs Phoebe animal shape rug 3. Safavieh Casablanca Rug in white and gray 4. Jaipur Rugs Scandinavia-Dula rug in natural white.

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