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Fix the flaws: How to make your bedroom look its very best

Here are 6 design ideas for achieving a flawless bedroom.

It's important to make your bedroom as beautiful and as comfortable as possible. After all, it's the first thing you see in the morning and the last space you see before you go to sleep – so it should look its best. Here's how you can improve your bedroom by remedying some common design errors.

We started off with a bedroom that didn't reach its design potential and made a few changes. Can you spot the flaws?



Here's what we changed to make this bedroom look its best.


A headboard creates a natural focal point in the bedroom. We purposely chose this tall and padded headboard so that it could make a statement. Because of the height of the headboard, there is no need for art to be hung above. Most importantly, a headboard holds the pillows, reinforces the bed, and it is very useful as a support mechanism for leaning and relaxing.


There is a reason we have all these pillows that your husband complains about. Euros add height to the bed and they add comfort – they're the perfect support for when reading in bed. Decorative shams fill out the bed and conceal most wrinkly sleeping pillows and some decorative pillows add personality.


Layered lighting in a bedroom is important creating different moods. In our "after" room, we downsized the chandelier size but up-sized the table lamps. There is no standard height rule, because beds and mattresses vary widely. To find the ideal lamp height for your bedroom, start with the height of your mattress top.

First, your nightstand should be about the same height as the top of your mattress, give or take a few inches. When choosing a lamp, you want the bottom of the shade to be about even with your chin level when sitting up in bed. That provides ideal reading and task light without glaring in your eyes.

Furniture selection

We removed quite a bit of furniture from the space in order to improve circulation and make it feel a lot more airy and bigger. We used the writing desk on one side of the bed so that it can also double as a nightstand as well as a vanity with the added LED vanity mirror. This works because the style, height and depth of the desk are very similar to that of the chosen night stand. We've also placed the same lamps on both pieces to unify the two different types of furniture. 

Eliminating visual clutter

It is so important to have storage solutions in the bedroom so that we can put product out of sight and make the space feel much cleaner. We also added a tray – placing things on a tray unifies the multiple items into one unit and automatically feels more neat and tidy.

Floor covering

And finally, we added a large 9 x 12 rug to the room to ground the space and unify all the furniture.

Resource guide:

Union Lighting and Furnishings

AU Lit


Bed Bath & Beyond