Bedroom Accessories

Give your room a complete look

Since bedroom furniture is a big investment, decorating a bedroom (or redecorating one) could simply mean changing the accessories. Switching out the smaller details of a room can have as big an impact as buying new furniture, especially if you combine it with a new coat of paint. So what accessories can make the most impact on your bedroom decor?

Think Style

Fashion in bedding is just like fashion on the runway – always changing. There are so many new styles and designs available every year that even changing only this element of your room can have a big impact. An old comforter can be given new life with a duvet cover and matching pillow shams for decorative pillows. Add a throw pillow in a contrasting color to make a striking impact, and back it up with an accent pillow on a chair or bench, and your bed will look brand new!

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For more bedroom decorating ideas, think about sprucing up some of your everyday items. Replace an old clock radio with a funky and modern digital alarm clock or faux antique clock. Add an accent curtain to an existing slat blind, or trade in outdated globes for more exciting lighting fixtures. Any everyday object can be turned into a beautiful bedroom accessory if you make the right style choices.

Common Bedroom Accessories:

Mattress

A new mattress is the ultimate bedroom accessory, especially if you haven't upgraded in a while. These days, mattress technology has advanced, with the memory foam mattress and latex mattress leading the popularity pack. These variants of the foam mattress conform to your body, which can help relieve pressure points. (An older luxury, the water bed, is still available, but be cautious of using one of these if you have back pain or like lots of support in a mattress.) And don't forget, you can also upgrade your mattress in size – just going from a full size mattress to a queen size mattress can make all the difference in luxury!

If you can't quite afford a high-tech mattress, or you're looking for a backup mattress for a spare room, a comfortable yet affordable option is a pillow top mattress. You could also add a mattress topper to an existing mattress, which can make an old mattress feel like new again. If you want an easy guest sleeping option to tuck away when not in use, an air mattress is still a great choice. These days, you can even find spring air mattresses for extra support.

Pillow

Pillows can be as important as a mattress in a good night's sleep. The right pillow depends on your sleeping style – if you like firm support while you sleep, or if you have neck or spine issues, a memory foam pillow or contour pillow (orthopedic pillow) is probably the best option. However, if it's luxurious softness you're looking for, feather pillows (also called down pillows) are for you. Allergies may also play a factor in your decision, as many people experience breathing trouble when using synthetic or feather pillows.

Buying an individual pillow form is a good idea if you need to replace only one, but if you want to save money on replacing all your pillows, go with a pillow set. These will come with two standard pillows and often a body pillow. Pillow sets are available with feather pillows or foam pillows, as well as synthetic materials.

Think Luxury

If you've got more to spend on bedroom accessories, think about pampering yourself – after all, you'll be the one counting on this room for a good night's sleep and an escape from the everyday world. Add a CD player to your room (or try a CD alarm clock for two accessories in one) and also add some tranquil CDs to your collection that are great for both falling asleep and waking up gently.

Don't forget about your feet when it comes to treating yourself – a luxurious rug on your bedroom floor is a great way to rejuvenate the look of your carpet or flooring without having to start from scratch.