15 Soothing Decorating Ideas for Bedrooms

Updated: Feb. 08, 2024

Use these decorating and lifestyle ideas for your bedroom to create a retreat that's truly a relaxing place to wind down and end your day.

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Color Cues

Choose soft, relaxing paint colors for your bedroom walls, such as light blues, greens or grays, like this Blue Bird Day by Behr for soothing bedroom colors. And compliment this soothing color with soothing decorating pieces. Before laying down the tarps and painter’s tape, read the best-kept secrets of professional painters.

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While not exclusively a soothing decorating idea for the bedroom, a diffuser that looks as good as it smells. And wafts calming essential oil fragrance like lavender and ylang-ylang to help you relax at the end of the day. Did you know you can cook with essential oils?

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Calm Breeze

Install a sleek ceiling fan and let the lowest setting create a calm refreshing breeze throughout the room.

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Soft Light

For ambient light, keep a lamp with a soft, cloth-like shade bedside. And for extra Feng Shui and relaxing decorating ideas, keep identical, symmetrical bedside tables and lamps on both sides of the bed.

This viral Candle Warmer Lamp is a great pick.

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Warm Light

To help make all of these soothing decorating ideas for bedrooms work well together, replace light bulbs in ceiling fixtures and lamps with energy-efficient, soft-white, warm-glow light bulbs to create a cozy ambiance. Check out these easy ways to brighten your home in winter.

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Soft Textures

Decorate with soft textures, like knit blankets hung on a decorative ladder or woven wall art.

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Soft Sound

Consider a white noise sound machine to block out noises in the home and help you relax at night. And if the machine is an eyesore, and not adding to your soothing decorating, try hiding it behind a closet door or even under the bed.

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Flameless Fire

Candles have been a soothing decorating idea for bedrooms forever, but they can be messy and dangerous. So try a flameless, battery-powered version for soft candlelight without the worry. By the way, learn how to prevent fires in your kitchen.

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Fresh Linens
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Fresh Linens

Keep bed linens fresh and clean. And incorporate sheets and covers in neutral colors made from organic cotton or bamboo for the softest touch. Keep extra sets of sheets in order with our folding a fitted sheet how-to.

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Happy Sunlight

This soothing decorating idea for bedrooms involves maximizing natural light by hanging a mirror on the wall opposite a window to reflect sunlight. And this makes the room appear larger. We think this airy, geometric mirror would make a great choice.

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Hardworking Plants
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Hardworking Plants

Live houseplants add a pop of color and texture to your room’s decor and some. And aloe vera and spider plants work exceptionally hard to purify the air around you. Here are some more houseplants that will improve your air quality.

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Create Calm

Create a calming mood in your bedroom by using soothing bedroom colors and neutral styles, decorations clean and simple, and clutter to a minimum.

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Cut a Rug

Soften a hardwood or tile floor with a soft, neutral area rug positioned under the bed with a 12 to 18-in. perimeter on the sides.

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Soft Sleep

Make your bed an inviting space to wind down by upgrading to an upholstered headboard that adds a soft texture to the room.

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Wide Open

If weather permits open windows daily to freshen stale air and sleep with the curtains drawn so the sunrise triggers natural serotonin levels in your body, helping you sleep better the following night.

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