How to decorate a bedroom in 9 simple ways as a peaceful, relaxing retreat to awaken the senses and promote well-being
This post is sponsored by Better Homes & Gardens at Walmart.
New Year, new projects!
I’ve been ITCHING to dive into a big room makeover the last couple of weeks, so for this one, Robert and I pulled it off in a single day! (New record, for sure.)
And we managed to stay within a fairly reasonable budget to gift a master bedroom makeover to a very sweet friend of ours.
This year I’m giving myself grace in my usual resolutions. My attempts to get organized and live a healthier lifestyle are my usual go-to goals every January. Yes, I’m going to sometimes fail, but I will always keep trying at those, New Years or not.
For this year’s resolution, what I’ve really had on my heart is to love on others through acts of service. After the year we’ve had, I think that’s a pretty good resolution, to simply show people you care about them through action. So we partnered with Better Homes & Gardens at Walmart to make it happen.
Back in August, we gifted our friend Kristina a powder room makeover, but while we were at her house doing that makeover, she showed me this pretty teal color she had just painted her bedroom.
I knew right then I wanted to give that room a quick makeover too because it was such a great space, and there is seriously no one more deserving.
Kristina was Regan’s preschool teacher last year before the pandemic hit. And since then, she’s become the sweetest friend who is also a cancer survivor, single mom, and gives so much to our kids’ school and our community.
She FOR SURE deserves her own little bedroom oasis that feels like a spa retreat.
In about 5 hours and for under $1,400, we turned it into this:
Bedroom Decor Ideas That Feel Like a Spa Retreat
(Taking these before photos with the blinds closed really didn’t do the room any justice. Oops. Bad photographer award on my part.)
Opt for light, airy textiles
Just by replacing the blinds with woven shades and hanging these gauzy curtain panels, this room already felt so much larger! I couldn’t do my usual hanging curtains “high and wide” because the window butted up the neighboring wall on the left side. But hanging them high made the window feel more like a statement.
I love light curtains against a dark wall color to keep a room feeling airy and bright.
Kristina already had a good bed and dresser, so we thankfully had a good starting point for furniture.
Hang Up Nature-Inspired Art
I hung up a couple pieces of abstract waterscapes I already had (saved from the McNay makeover where the art didn’t quite fit) to add some interest to the space.
Go for the Super Soft Bedding
I used my inexpensive fluffy bedding tricks to make the bed feel extra comfy.
This comforter set and sheets are so soft. I just paired them with these neutral gray throw pillows and this striped lumbar pillow.
Place Mirrors on Windowless Walls to Reflect Light
This gold mirror created a simple focal point above the bed and bounced light from the window to brighten the darker side of the room.
Incorporate Textured Wood and Woven Baskets for an Earthy Vibe
We brought in these two wooden nightstands to add a little bit of earthiness and warmth and to give Kristina some extra storage with the drawers and these baskets.
Don’t Forget Cozy Lighting
I loved these marble and gold lamps for a little bit of glam. 2700-3000 lumens (soft white) is the best light bulb temperature to use for ambient light to create that cozy feeling because it has that slightly yellow hue to add warmth to a room.
Diffuse Essential Oils to Awaken Senses
I’m a big believer in placing essential oil diffusers on nightstands (especially during the winter months when fighting a cold), so this rattan diffuser was perfect. This trio of oils is a great starter set. I like using eucalyptus to open up airways, lavender to relieve anxiety and insomnia, and peppermint for an energy boost.
This little marble tray is handy for corralling jewelry, remotes, and any other trinkets. And this gold float frame is so pretty that I bought one for our house too.
Place Photos That Tug at Your Heartstrings
Whatever brings you joy, frame it. This black marble picture frame added some interest added some interest on the nightstand along with a little potted plant and candle.
If you really want a spa-like space, opt for no TV in the bedroom. But if you love having it, frame art like botanical prints behind it so that it’s not the main focus.
To add some height and distract from the TV, I hung up 6 of these matted frames. They’re my favorite frames that I’ve used in lots of different spaces for creating groupings of art. I found this set of six floral prints in an art shop to pull in more blush tones.
Add botanicals in the form of potted plants and flowers to bring nature indoors too.
I added potted succulents, a candle, and a couple of baskets for more warmth and texture.
We are SO thrilled how it all came together! And it makes me even happier to know it will be a peaceful escape for Kristina.
If you want to know about any of the sources we used, you can find them all here:
Gray throw pillows
Striped throw pillow
Gold float frame
Black marble frame
Potted faux succulents
Essential oil set
Sheer curtain panels in beige
Matted wood picture frames
And just for fun, I think it deserves one more before and after. Ya think?
I’ll be sharing more details and sources for the rest of this space in my Instagram Stories today too (and I’ll make it a highlight on my Instagram feed as well), if you want to know more about it.
Cheers to peace, renewal, and ALL THE GOOD STUFF for 2021!
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