Your bedroom should be a calming space to help you relax and recharge after a long day, but if it feels cluttered or doesn’t reflect your tastes and personality, it may be a source of stress rather than relaxation. There are endless possibilities when it comes to redecorating, but it doesn’t have to be complicated. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when planning your dream room.

Comfort First
From your mattress and bedding all the way down to floor coverings, even the smallest details can make a big difference when it comes to comfort. Make sure you invest in a good mattress and get a mattress topper if you prefer a softer bed. Choose soft sheets and a quilt or comforter that will keep you at a comfortable temperature. If you spend a lot of time reading in bed, consider an upholstered headboard and make sure you have plenty of pillows. A fuzzy area rug beside your bed will keep your feet warm on cold mornings.

Set the Tone
Decide what sort of atmosphere you’d like to create and choose your colors accordingly. Keep in mind that neutral colors tend to be more calming, and are easier to coordinate with when it comes time to select things such as curtains, decorations, and accent pillows. Choose furniture in a style you enjoy, from your bed frame and dresser to mirrors and shelves.

Lighting is another significant factor, both natural and artificial. It’s best to avoid harsh lighting, but make sure it’s bright enough that you won’t strain your eyes when reading. A dimmer switch or a lamp with multiple brightness options can be helpful. You’ll also want to decide what kind of window coverings to use. Do you prefer curtains that keep the room dark, or do you prefer to have natural light?

Cut Down on Clutter
Make sure you have plenty of storage, so your belongings don’t end up scattered across your room. Get bedside tables that have drawers underneath, and put up some shelves to store books and other items. If you’re low on space, consider a bed frame with built-in storage underneath. If you have a closet, try to maximize the space by purchasing racks, shelves, or over-the-door hangers for shoes and accessories. You also may want to consider extra seating, so your bed isn’t the only place to sit if you have visitors.

These are just a few ideas to help you create your perfect room. Feel free to get creative, and remember, the only” right way” to decorate your bedroom is your way. Keep that in mind, and you’ll be on your way to creating a room you can truly enjoy.