How to Make Your Bedroom Cozy: 19 Easy Tricks
These cozy bedroom ideas on a budget will take your basic, boring bedroom into a calm, comfy oasis. You can even DIY it on a budget!
If you think about it, we spend roughly one-third of our life in our bedroom. It is our sanctuary; the place we go to unwind, de-stress, and (what many of us need most) REST.
In order to really enjoy this haven we retreat to nightly, we should set it up as an oasis. An oasis of coziness, if you will.
If that sounds good to you, here are some tips on how to make your bedroom cozy!
I hope these warm and cozy bedroom ideas inspire you to make a couple changes to your most lived-in room.
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How to Make Your Bedroom Cozy
1. Set the tone with color
A soothing color pallette is essential in creating a comfy atmosphere. Light or mid-tone greys, slate blues, or earthy beiges and browns are ideal.
Layering different tones of the same color can really amplify the soothing factor. Or an all white bedroom can look especially plush and spa-like.
2. Soothing Lighting
The way a room is lit really sets the ambience. Opt for a couple of lamps instead of overhead lighting. Using 15 watt light bulbs will ensure that the lighting is never too harsh.
If overhead lighting is your best option, use a chandelier, or get a dimmer switch for a more soothing environment.
To truly make your bedroom cozy, add some fairy lights or a set of flameless candles.
3. Decorative Headboard
A plush, upholstered headboard is definitely the way to go if you want your bedroom to be comfortable.
Adding a tufted headboard to your bed is one of the quickest ways to make your room look and feel luxe. Plus, it’s just far more comfortable to sit up against!
When it comes to feeling cozy, a fluffy throw blanket is pretty much a necessity.
Draped across the corner of your bed or armchair, it really makes an impact for very little investment.
Or put a few blankets in a lovely basket for another decorative option.
Throw blankets come in so many varieties! Choose one that suits your taste and decor best.
Here are some ideas:
Chunky cable knit
They also make a great gift for just about anyone on your list! You can literally give the gift of cozy.
5. Plush Mattress Topper
Putting a plush mattress topper on your bed is a total game changer.
Your bed will feel so much more plush while you sleep, not to mention that it even looks more comfortable!
Mattress toppers can make a big impact on your sleep quality, with the added esthetic benefit of cushiness.
Plus, it protects your mattress and keeps you cooler, which is ideal for sleeping.
Adding rugs (even over carpet!) will make your bedroom look cozier instantly. They can also help give your room a theme, which makes choosing decor easier.
A white faux fur rug amps up the glamour, while a morrocan style rug offers a more rustic look.
If you have hard-surface floors, it will make getting up on cold winter mornings a little more bearable too.
7. Throw Pillows
Having some throw pillows scattered (thoughtfully) around can go a long way to creating a comfy atmosphere.
Whether you layer them on your bed, on a chair or bench, or even on the floor in the corner, pillows can really amp up the softness factor.
I also suggest a body pillow for the ultimate sleep comfort. (I couldn’t live without mine!)
8. Personal Accents
Making a room your own is often key to how much you enjoy being in it.
Adding in some decor touches that are unique to you is sure to make your bedroom feel more cozy.
It could be a decorative sign with your favorite quote, souvenirs from your favorite trip, photos of your loved ones, or that great vintage item you found at an antique shop.
Whatever brings you joy, is a reflection of who you are, or will inspire you is exactly what you need.
Putting a canopy around your bed is sure to make you feel like you live in a palace.
If that’s not your style, a beautiful wall tapestry will add color and pattern, while adding softness and featuring your personality.
Both real and faux flowers can offer a more homey feel to any room.
These beautiful indoor planters are both decorative and functional.
Or these vintage-inspired macrame plant hangers will help keep your surfaces clear in a small room.
11. Create a nook
If you have the space, set up a little nook in one corner of your bedroom for reading, meditating, or relaxing.
A nice armchair, table, and lamp is all you need.
Set it up near a window if possible. Or get one of these fun hanging swing chairs to really be unique.
Nothing will make your bedroom feel cozier than a fireplace. If you aren’t lucky enough to have one already built in, you can get a faux fireplace.
Some of them look so real! All you have to do is plug it in.
No messing with firewood or real flames!
13. Don’t forget the foot of the bed
Adding a bench to the foot of your bed adds both a cozy look and a functional purpose.
And while they’re all decorative and able to be sat upon, some also have storage built in.
A pair of ottomans is another foot-of-the-bed alternative that looks really nice and cushy.
14. Display your books
There’s just something about books that makes a room feel more cozy. Even just a couple books stacked on a side table offers the possibility of relaxation.
Reading before bed is a much more soothing option than watching television or scrolling online. Having books nearby will remind you to read to unwind at night.
Related: How to Find Time to Read When You’re Just Too Busy
15. Keep your bedside table tidy
It’s really hard to relax when your room is a mess. Clutter just isn’t cozy!
If your bedside table is covered with electronics, cords, tissues, and water bottles, it’s time to tidy it up.
A nightstand organizer goes a long way in giving everything a place. It looks a lot cleaner, and takes no more effort from you.
Related: 6 Simple Ways to Keep Your Home Tidy ALL the Time
16. Hang curtains
Your bedroom will look so much cozier if you hang curtains by the windows.
Not only do you need it very dark to sleep well, but the fabric adds a softness to the room that blinds just can’t.
These room darkening curtains are both lovely and practical.
17. Calming artwork
Incorporating some peaceful, calming artwork to your bedroom wall will up the soothing factor tremendously.
Whether it be seascape canvas prints or a beautiful painting, whatever is most meaningful to you will be the best option.
18. Ditch the electronics
Unfortunately, electronics aren’t very cozy. In order for your bedroom to really feel like an escape, try leaving your phone, tablet, and television in another room.
You might find you fall asleep faster without having stared at a bright screen before bed.
And you’ll definitely rest more soundly without those pestering notifications.
If you’re a person who checks your phone as soon as you wake up, experiment with not bringing it into your bedroom.
Maybe you’ll ease into the day a little more calmly.
19. Make it smell nice
Certain scents are just more conducive to resting. Try using an essential oil diffuser to reduce anxiety and improve sleep and relaxation.
It’s like a natural air freshener, and also adds some cool mist humidity.
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Ready to make your bedroom more cozy?
See how simple it can be to change the atmosphere of a room?
Your bedroom should ideally be your favorite room of the house. It’s where you relax and recharge.
I hope this gave you some ideas for how to make your bedroom cozy and more inviting. It’s not only about decorating it.
In fact, it’s more about adding elements and creating habits that make you want to spend more time there.
Most people live in a state of sleep deprivation, and we should probably to work on that.
Try being more intentional about your bedroom and sleep routines.
It could pay off big time in the form of more energy and a more positive attitude!