Organize Your Life Beautifully
So it’s natural to say that your bedroom is literally the one place you should feel the most comfortable. For obvious reason … you have to be able to fall asleep in it, right? Then why do so many of us have poorly lit, badly designed and overly stuffed spaces? Here is my bedroom picture before I put into place my principals on each room in my home. These principals have helped me declutter, organize and create a lasting design that feels good year after year. My bedroom was dark and overly cramped. I think my dogs were the only ones really relaxing in it. I definitely didn’t have a space to put anything let alone organize it. So I took everything out and started from scratch.
Whatever the room, keep these 12 elements in mind …
My first principal, (1) whatever lives in your room must have a place. Don’t put stuff in your bedroom and expect it to organize itself. Just putting things in drawers will only lead to an overly stuffed, hard to open drawer. I like to bring in things that have multiple purposes: baskets, stackable boxes, shelves, hooks or door hangers can all serve both a beautiful and functional purpose in a space.
Next I pick a color, (2) use colors that soothe your soul. Close your eyes and think of a space you find relaxing, peaceful, happy and soothing … take colors from that space to paint your walls. If you thought of a garden with tulips then use that as your color palette. What if you thought of a mountain or forest; great. Those are the colors that calm you and that is your ultimate goal for your bedroom.
Then, (3) I transition to artwork. I try to find natural elements for the bedroom or a space that needs to have an element of tranquility. For me, I love rocky beaches with an endless assortment of sticks, shells and rocks to explore and collect. So I chose a waterscape wrapped canvas to bring in those zen-like elements.
Moving onto decorations … (4) I love to decorate and this is where I have learned to reassess my need for things and keep to a seasonal theme. I change up my decorations with the change of the seasons so that I don’t get board and buy more stuff. Overall, it needs to fit in with the theme of your room. I have an apothecary jar filled with shells I’ve collected or have been given. I also keep a few nightstand trinkets and a book I’m reading with jewelry dish.
Lighting, (5) is an essential part of any room, but I don’t like to work with it early on; mostly because I find myself changing my mind and having to remove a light that doesn’t work with my design once I start making progress. Have fun with this. A unique or repurposed piece from an antique or thrift store is a statement piece you’ll love for years.
Finally, number (6) is working with textiles. The final touch on the windows, chairs, pillows and of course bedding. Go back to your color pallet and really hone in what you love most and makes you the most relaxed about your choices of paint. Then find individual textiles for throw pillows and drapes or curtains. Keep in mind aesthetically, items in pairs or the odd number of sets (the rule of 3) works best because it won’t irritate the pattern recognition part of your brain.