Tobi’s Top Ten Tips for Creating the Perfect Bedroom

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Yesterday you saw the photos of my bedroom and it’s transition from 2007 to the present.

Creating a comfortable, beautiful and restful bedroom retreat can really happen on any budget if you pay attention to the details.

In Designers at Home, Ronda Carman’s goal was to capture the details that designers use in their own homes to live beautiful and well-lived lives. So what does that mean for me particularly in my bedroom, the place in my home where I spend the most time?

Well here are my Tobi’s Top Ten Tips for Creating the Perfect Bedroom and a few of my favorite bedroom spaces for inspiration.


(design by Greg Natale)

1. Comfy Carpet or Rug–Having the perfect texture under foot when you step out of bed or step in makes your whole bedroom experience better.

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(design by Bunny Williams)

2. Lighting Control is key–making sure you can go from a dark room just right for getting shut-eye to a room full of natural light is the best of both worlds. That way you can be happy and bright during the day and then perfectly cozy and private at night. Shutters, drapery, shades, or a combination, all help make a variety of light possible.

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3. A Soft Headboard–My bed is for rest, reading, working and more. For that reason a great comfy headboard is exactly what I need for leaning, propping and then a soft surface when I’m sleeping. Don’t you love this dramatic blue tufted version?


(design by Philip Gorrivan)

4. Tuck away your electronics so you can sleep–Nobody gets a good night’s rest with your TV, phone, or other electronics nearby with lights blinking all night long. Having a chest at your bedside to tuck away your phone or other favorite electronics is a perfect solution. And if you have a grommet in the back of your cabinet, you can even keep them plugged in while tucked away so they are perfectly charged when you awake.


(design by Miles Redd)

5. Perfect Pillows–We all have different preferences when it comes to pillows. But not having your type or enough of them can prevent you from getting your best rest. So whether down or poly, natural feathers or hypo-allergenic, king-sized or standard, knowing your pillow preference and how many you like makes for the best bed ever.


(design by Windsor Smith via Veranda Magazine)

 6. Cool Color Palette–I’ve had red bedrooms and I’ve had pale blue and I can truthfully say color psychology is real and a serene and cool color palette makes all the difference for relaxing in your room. So go soft and subtle with colors if you want a respite from the busy world outside.


(design by Tiffany Eastman )

7. Flowers and candles–Small beautiful touches like fresh flowers or a great smelling candle can up the luxury factor in your space. But that doesn’t mean expensive. I even pick up fresh flowers regularly at my local grocery market and have them at my bedside. Bringing nature indoors makes you feel alive, and enjoying fresh scents like lavender can help you relax.


(design by Bunny Williams)

8. Layered Blankets–Being able to control your temperature year round or during the night is imperative for a great night’s sleep. I change out my blankets depending on the time of year–cotton in the summer, wool or cashmere in the winter. But I need at least a light weight blanket on me year round. There’s something about being tucked in that makes me fall asleep and stay that way.


 (design by Nicole Cohen via Rue Magazine)

9. Layered Lighting–I love a bedroom that has ambient lighting like a lamp with a soft bulb, mixed with task lighting for reading a book, and then there is sometimes a need for an overhead light (but with dimmers), like when you are packing your suitcase or making sure you are dressing with 2 of the same colored socks. Layering the lighting in any room, particularly your bedroom, allows the perfect mix of function and comfort.


(design by Mary McDonald)

10. The Perfect Sheets–Oh the sheets! Maybe the most important part of the bedroom (possibly other than a comfy mattress), the sheets are key in your comfort factor. So whether you are a crisp cotton sheet person, one who wants a high-thread count for softness, or like me prefer my SDH Legna Cellulose sheets (they are made from Italian Wood Fiber and Oh so soft!), don’t downplay your sheets. I’ve even gotten high-thread count, super comfy sheets at target before. But our Legna sheets are so good, we often joke about taking them with us when we travel.

I hope these tips help you create your perfect nest right at home and assure you get an amazing night’s sleep! To see more of my favorite bedrooms, follow my Pinterest board called Beautiful Bedrooms.

And if you want to make your guest room just as perfect for those over-night visitors to your home, check out one of my most popular blog posts ever on making an experience special for your guests whether for a holiday, special occasion,  or any time of year.

See you tomorrow with more photos of my home.


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6 Responses to Tobi’s Top Ten Tips for Creating the Perfect Bedroom

  1. Franki Parde says:

    And…my perfect sleep mask that quotes, “Wake me With Coffee.” franki

  2. Donna Vining says:

    Great tips Tobi! Thanks!


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  5. Olya says:

    Love these tips, but even more I love the selection of photographs.
    Thank you!

  6. jay says:

    queen or king? in the process of deciding:) have any advice? thx!!