With a busy life and endless thoughts, my bedroom is that one special place I go to unwind and unplug. At least, ideally speaking! When done the right way, a bedroom is a little sanctuary with soothing colors, plush pillows and a big blanket to wrap yourself in as if you were a giant human hotdog. #lifegoals.
What I’ve discovered about peaceful bedrooms
Setting that soothing tone, however, is where the challenge comes in. After careful observation while traveling (aka throwing myself on hotel beds and testing a new tiny shampoo bottle every day), I’ve come to the conclusion that (boutique) hotels often have that skill mastered.
Enter my latest and greatest interior mission (well, I did love my home office as well!): to hotel-ify my bedroom. The goal was to fine-tune the atmosphere and make the space more peaceful. Like I said, the key to why hotel rooms – and all of the amazing Pinterest photos I have collected over the years – work is in a) all the white and b) leaving out whatever isn’t strictly necessary.
So today, I’m showing you how all of that wisdom (ahum) was turned into practice: meet my new bedroom styling! I’ve teamed up with Dutch warehouse HEMA – who I’ve been creating interior posts for on their big HEMA blog platform – to add flavor to my existing base and I’m so excited to show you! These are the interior ingredients I’ve kept in mind along the way…
Start with soft, white bedding
A bed is usually the eye-catcher in a hotel room; an irresistible element, a small island just for you. In my bedroom I want to be welcomed by a big, fluffy bed, like a big cloud. But it shouldn’t take ages to put everything back in place in the morning. The basic is quality bedding. I often go for – what’s in a name! – the Hotel-series by HEMA that has an extra line of fabric next to the seam, just like hotel beds do.
Get a bunch of pillows
My pillows are organized like this: two big head pillows followed by two thinner white pillows in the same size, then two square pillows and a tiny decorative pillow in front to tie it all together.
Work with natural light
Hotel rooms are often light and airy and feature just a few characteristic pieces of furniture. My walls are white, so are my curtains, and I have big balcony windows. So I always try to let in as much natural light as possible. White is the perfect basic colour that instantly gives a room a peaceful Scandinavian feel, even with the tiniest bit of effort.
Subtly play with colour and print
As a basic colour – for pillows, candles and other accessories – I opted for various shades of grey and muted blue. For winter, these shades combine beautifully with ink blue, mustard yellow, nude or green. In summertime their brighter siblings like bottle green, white, coral and orange work wonders for a fresh touch.
Keep your nighttime essentials close by
A small nightstand is indispensable in any hotel room. It’s the perfect place for your ‘before-bed-essentials’, which in my case are notebook for thoughts, a glass of water, alarm clock and a little light or candle. Don’t have a lot of space? A small stool is the prefect nightstand replacement.
Opt for invisible storage
A wooden (army) chest keeps stuff close by yet out of sight. It’s the perfect way to store clothes or shoes that you don’t wear often, or to keep your bedding. Proudly display your most beloved jewelry in little glass treasure chests and hang favourite items on a clothing rack or wooden ladder. To combine functionality with looks, hang everything in order of colour to provide unity. I picked rose gold wire for both my hangers and storage boxes.
Accessorize with personal accents
Obviously, you want your bedroom to be cosy, not clinical. This is your personal domain and it should feel as such. Find ways to accessorize without overcrowding. Hang three similar white wooden photo frames, or go with one big image that is primarily white. Candles are an easy and affordable way to add personality and incorporate seasonal influences. Silver and gold are great sparkly options for the holidays – white, cream and nude are stunning for spring.
All that’s left now is to wish myself sweet dreams! Zzzz…
Items you see in my bedroom by HEMA
Hotel bedding Geometric pillows in grey or flamingo (6,00), Floating photo frame (12,25), White geometric vase (4,95), Star candle (5,00), Small letter notebook (0,95).
Rose gold baskets, coloured candles and blue pillow by Sissy Boy Homeland, Rug by House Doctor via Sissy Boy Homeland, Rose gold hangers by HAY, clothing rack by Ikea.
PS. For more of my interior projects, or to read this article in Dutch, visit HEMA Blog!