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Every Detail Counts: The Trained Eye Guide to Designing a Bedroom

A serial renovator who knows how to make any space more beautiful – and more livable – Annie Selke shares her tips and tricks for a successful space. As she embarks on a full-house renovation of her bougainvillea-covered home designed by Hollywood Regency architect John Elgin Woolfe in Palm Desert, California, we’ll go room by room to share her expert insights and product picks:

Go big with your bed. If you’ve got the space, opt for the biggest bed that will comfortably fit in the room (trust us, you won’t regret it.) A California King is the recommended size for couples who sleep with their dog(s).

Choose a soothing color palette. Color impacts the way we feel in a room, so be sure to opt for colors that you find soothing to create a restful vibe in your bedroom. (You might want to save that zip of cherry red or lime green for another room!) Annie opted for a tight palette of neutrals and blushes, including our Lush Linen Slipper Pink bedding paired with our Flora Pink fabric and bedskirt.

Enclose your bed for maximum cozyness. In a bigger bedroom, consider a four-poster or canopy bed to envelop you at night. Being tucked inside curtains feels cozy and safe: A perfect recipe for a good night’s sleep.

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Build a layered lighting scheme. Lighting is especially important in the bedroom where you don’t want things to be too bright, but you still need enough light to read. Annie’s vintage bedside table lamps provide task lighting while the Halcyon Table Lamp by Kelly Wearstler gives a soft, luminous glow.

Create a spot to read. A bedroom should be a place to relax–not just sleep. So create a corner to enjoy a book in the afternoon. Start with a good chair like the Astoria Swivel Chair and a reading lamp—and don’t forget a place to rest your cup of tea.

Add character with finishes. To give your bedroom personality without overwhelming the space, bring in texture and interesting finishes. Annie loves to include pieces with a touch of patina, like the antique mirror and gold-leaf Coletta Chairside Table.

Double down on storage pieces. If you want your bedroom to have that calm, collected look, you’re going to need places to hide your stuff. Adding a large storage unit like Bernhardt’s Adagio Buffet is a good way to supplement the usual dresser drawers.

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