Shop Like a Decorator for Your Bedroom
Ever wonder what designers and decorators look for when outfitting their own bedrooms? Jessica McCarthy, creative director at Decorist, shares her shopping list and top tips.
Skyline Furniture Tufted Wingback Bed
I always opt for a bed frame that doesn’t require a box spring—it’s one less piece to deal with, so it simplifies everything. I love how this bed frame could fit easily into a more traditional or more contemporary setup—it’s got the tufted back but clean, minimalist legs. And the neutral color makes it a match for any furniture you already have in the room.
Sorelle Finley Ready to Assemble 6-Drawer Double Dresser in Weathered Grey
Drawers are the biggest factor in a dresser—you want ones that are deep, with a smooth open-close action. I love the versatility of this dresser. The color wash really gives it some visual interest and the bun-styled feet are a charming throwback design detail. Bonus: If you use this in a nursery, it’s sophisticated enough to carry you through childhood and into the teen years.
Modway Remark Armchair
I always set up a separate space in a bedroom for chairs or a bench. At the very least, that’s where you’ll sit down to put your shoes on in the morning and to take them off at the end of the day. If there’s room, consider two chairs and a side table, a settee, or a bench at the foot of the bed. The lines on this mid-century-inspired accent chair are gorgeous—I love the little swoop on the arms and the really comfy cushion on the seat. For a little oomph, try it in a breakout color like chartreuse.
Stockton Velvet Rod Pocket/Back Tab Window Curtain Panel
Bedrooms are all about the sleep, of course—and you can’t sleep if you aren’t able to block the light. The other thing is this: Your room will always look unfinished if you don’t hang window treatments. I’m a big fan of the embossed velvet on these plush curtains, and the pattern is understated and elegant.
Bebe Comfort® Wyatt Nightstand in Classic White
A campaign-style nightstand always looks chic. This one has cool brass hardware and a wide-enough surface to hold a lamp, a pile of books and a glass of water.
Frette at Home Creta Coverlet in White
You can find bedding in every color and pattern, but I tend to gravitate toward white bedding. First of all, it’s practical—I can wash it in hot water and bleach it so it stays fresh and clean. Second, white bedding lets you play with different hues or unusual fabrics elsewhere in the room. And you can change out decor elements without having to get new bedding (since white goes with anything!). So it’s an all-around win-win.
Oriental Weavers Andorra Medallion Rug
I love layering a rug under the bed (even if there’s wall-to-wall carpet in the room!). It adds warm and intimacy and softens the look of the room, and it can also help define a seating area in your space. This one is phenomenal—the medallion pattern gives it a beautifully aged look and the jewel tones are rich and eye-catching. (Tip: Measure well before choosing a rug; the bed should cover only about half of a rug when centered on it.)