i took a marriage prep class in college and one of the tokens i took from it had to do with creating a peaceful, calm bedroom. my professor told us to never have a tv in the bedroom and to keep your sleeping space clean and serene, a retreat of sorts.
we live in a tiny bungalow by the beach and space is limited, but we love it here and we've managed to create a little getaway of our own.
(ps. please don't let me fool you, our room rarely/never looks like this...it took me maybe an hour to clean up all the laundry/diapers/discarded forever21 bags scattered around. oh you're the same way? glad i'm not alone.)
beautiful bed-making 101:
be consistent with your color palette. choose to use either clear colors or muddy colors. muddy colors have tiny touches of brown or grey in them, clear colors do not. don't mix the two for this particular look. i like to stay in the same color family, and i wanted a muted, soft, neutral palette. however, if you wanted a pop of color, you could add a flashy pillow or a bit of glitzy trim.
choose high quality. but don't pay for it. i am the ultimate cheapskate, but i'm also kind of a snob. homegoods and tuesday morning are favorites of mine because they offer high end brands at unreal prices. in some cases (like sheets), you get what you pay for and you need something that is going to last the long-haul. thread count is key here. the higher the thread count, the silkier the feel, and longer they will last. always always check the thread count before you buy a set of sheets. pillows too fall into this category of "buy quality." higher end pillows, stuffed with goose-down give a more luxurious feel and look. nothing worse than a cheap pillow. in this house, pillows are usually thrown on the floor, stepped on, chewed on by babies, etc and they need to last (but also look good!)
look for details. see the pretty buttons on the pillow and the fun pink piping on the other? these details add dimension and a designer element to an otherwise bland pillow. these were purchased at homegoods, for not very much money. their high quality is showing loud and clear with the fabric used and even the stitching detail.
use a tray on your bedside tables. it makes all your knick-knacks look put together and like they are supposed to be there, kind of on display. i put my jewelry in an antique crystal tray used by my great-grandma, probably for pickles and olives on thanksgiving. instead i use it as a designated spot for my valuable jewelry. no more missing earrings or jewelry which gets accidentally tossed on the floor.
use a pillow spray. this is my favorite. it adds a touch of pretty scent when your head hits the pillow, and especially nice to spray on a bed which is ready to receive house guests. it's a blend of lavender and chamomille and i guess it's clinically proven to help you sleep better. i don't know if that's true for us, but it smells gooooood.