This story was created in partnership with the Indiana Design Center.
You spend years of your life in your bedroom, so you deserve to make it feel like a comfortable retreat where you can relax. Whether you add some soothing greenery, upgrade to a high-tech mattress, or brighten your walls with an interesting pattern, we’ve gathered ideas from some of Indy’s top interior designers and home experts, all affiliated with the Indiana Design Center in Carmel, on the best ways to update your bedroom to take it to the next level of style and comfort.
REBEKAH PERRY CLARK, OWNER OF CLARK TEAM DESIGNS/DECORATING DEN INTERIORS
A rapidly emerging trend for an instant bedroom refresh is wallpaper. Wallpaper, also known as wallcovering (because not all are made with paper), can be a fast and effective way to completely change the look and feel of a room. It can be an affordable option, as often doing just an accent wall can make a grand statement. There are so many lively patterns and colors to choose from, so the sky’s the limit when it comes to being creative.
When choosing the right wallcovering, decide what type of impact you want it to have on the space. Do you want soft, simple, and inviting? Try using a textured or tone-on-tone pattern to complement a more neutral design. Perhaps you are envisioning a more luxurious and striking look? Try a dimensional contemporary pattern, contrasting the paper with the headboard for a more dramatic effect. Distinct patterns often look best with more simplistic bedding. Also, try adding pops of the same accent color used in the wallcovering around the room with throw pillows, draperies, or area rugs. Whatever your decorating goal, wallcovering can certainly be the difference between ordinary and extraordinary!
STACY MOLANDER, OWNER OF RUSTED WINDOW
Let your bedroom “fall” into autumn by sprinkling seasonal touches throughout the space. Taking your everyday decor out will allow your seasonal pieces to pop, while also giving you the distance you need to fall back in love with your year-round items once the season is over.
LAUREN TAYLOR, PRESIDENT OF HOLDER MATTRESS CO.
You spend the majority of your time in the bedroom asleep, hopefully. Sleep is when healing happens, and the amount of restful sleep you get impacts every facet of your life, so the most important piece to update in your bedroom is your mattress set. If you’re in the market for a new mattress, there are some things to think about.
Consider size: Is it time to upgrade to a larger-sized bed? Consider function: Would you benefit from an adjustable bed base that allows for maximum position control? Consider schedule: Do you and your partner have different sleep and wake times that would be less disruptive with reduced motion transfer? Consider sleep style: Are you a side, back, or stomach sleeper? Working with a mattress expert, like those at Holder Mattress who are all factory-trained, and communicating your needs will help you select the mattress set that is best for you.
ERIKA REIMER, SHOWROOM MANAGER OF DRAPERY STREET
We love to transform a master suite with window treatments, and our secret sauce is a layering effect. Try putting shades and drapery on your windows to achieve unparalleled style. For example, the PowerView Hunter Douglas Designer Roller Shades shown in this photo provide privacy and light control for the client, while the drapes add a sense of style and softness to the space.
STEPHANIE MILLER, OWNER OF GREAT GROWIN’S
The bedroom can be a place of peace and relaxation where we busy people unwind from our jam-packed days. Studies show that nature boosts our wellbeing and reduces stress levels, and you can incorporate nature into your bedroom to accomplish just that. Whether you add something as simple as a potted plant or make a significant change with a gorgeous preserved moss design from Great GrowIN’s, you can create a calm oasis that looks beautiful, and might just improve your quality of sleep—and life.
SUSAN YOUNG, OWNER OF COLOR JOY INTERIORS
When updating a bedroom, try creating a mood board for your room so that you can see how every element works together. Doing so can help you match colors, see what furniture coordinates with other pieces of furniture, and can inspire you when shopping to find accessories and decor. You don’t need to have a design program—just use a Microsoft Word document or spreadsheet template, or a free app such as Canva. Then you can swap items in and out of the plan to see if they work together, and you can even use photos of existing furniture and decor in your room design boards.
Stephanie Groves is an Indy-based freelance writer who annoys her husband with the amount of decorative pillows she piles on every bed.
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