A bedroom isn't just a place to sleep: it should be an oasis of serenity and rest. Just stepping through the door should make you feel calmer. That's exactly what Amanda Elser Murray, POPSUGAR's director of branded content, and her husband hoped to create at their Pennsylvania lakehouse: somewhere they could leave the day-to-day worries behind and just relax.The tricky part? Their bedroom doesn't get much natural light during the day, leaving it feeling dark and dismal — not exactly the relaxing vibe they're going for. To deal with this design challenge, we asked interior designer Kate Rumson to share a few expert tips that Amanda — and all of us, really — can use to decorate a dreamy bedroom. Ahead, find out how Kate would approach Amanda's space and the decor pieces from HomeDepot.com that she'd use to make it happen.
Make Your Bed the Centerpiece
Though designing your ideal bedroom can seem like a high-pressure task, Kate explained that it's actually a lot easier than most people think. "Bedrooms are usually some of the easiest rooms to design," Kate said. "The entire room is designed around the bed, so I would recommend focusing on finding the most fabulous bed that has your wants and needs and reflects your personal style, and designing the rest of the space around it."
As with any room in the home, sticking to a cohesive color palette is a key part of designing a beautiful bedroom. Since Amanda's bedroom doesn't get a ton of natural light, Kate recommended she decorate with light neutrals. "We designed a serene and neutral bedroom with a light color palette to make the space feel lighter and brighter during the day," she said.Every piece Kate recommended for Amanda followed that color story, from the jute area rug to the architectural wall art to the gray nightstand. The cool undertone running through the wood, woven textiles, and natural materials makes the assortment of neutral colors look cohesive.
Add Your Personal Touch
Once you've chosen your large furniture pieces and overall color palette, Kate recommended bringing your personality into the bedroom through small accent pieces. That could be anything from family portraits to stacks of magazines to a jewelry box filled with your favorite pieces.