What One Interior Designer Says You Need to Know to Create Your Dream Bedroom


A bedroom isn’t just a place to sleep: it should be an oasis of serenity and rest. Just stepping through the door should make you feel calmer. That’s exactly what Amanda Elser Murray, POPSUGAR’s director of branded content, and her husband hoped to create at their Pennsylvania lakehouse: somewhere they could leave the day-to-day worries behind and just relax.

The tricky part? Their bedroom doesn’t get much natural light during the day, leaving it feeling dark and dismal — not exactly the relaxing vibe they’re going for. To deal with this design challenge, we asked interior designer Kate Rumson to share a few expert tips that Amanda — and all of us, really — can use to decorate a dreamy bedroom. Ahead, find out how Kate would approach Amanda’s space and the decor pieces from HomeDepot.com that she’d use to make it happen.
Though designing your ideal bedroom can seem like a high-pressure task, Kate explained that it’s actually a lot easier than most people think. “Bedrooms are usually some of the easiest rooms to design,” Kate said. “The entire room is designed around the bed, so I would recommend focusing on finding the most fabulous bed that has your wants and needs and reflects your personal style, and designing the rest of the space around it.”

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