One of the prettiest homes to decorate and stage is your master bedroom. It’s rewarding to try doing this long before you get your home ready to sell, because it’s the most enjoyable room to make-over. Imagine turning your bedroom into a sanctuary or retreat and you’ll see what I mean. Who wouldn’t want to have a room like that all the time?
First things first, you need to declutter, as I’ve mentioned before, minimal is always the way to go when staging a room for sale. Simple clean lines just feel calming to a perspective buyer, sometimes they won’t even know why, but they’ll feel drawn in by the simplicity and the beautifully made up bed. So.. out with the piles of clothes strewn around, out with any extra bags, boxes and baskets. In fact, it’s not a bad idea to take everything out of the room until it’s completely bare, then begin bringing items back in, but in a deliberate manner. Most headboards look great with two or three pieces hung above like the bedroom above. If you have a rug, keep it in your room for warmth and try to match your bedding colors to it.
So you’ve got an unmade bed, a side table or two and perhaps a dresser. If your walls looks a bit shabby or banged up, get out some paint and tint those walls a lovely, calming and tranquil shade.. like a soft white, light blue or cream. Think of the last spa you visited and you’ll get the idea.
If you’re lucky, you’ve already got coordinating sheets. If not, pick up a set at an inexpensive shop like HomeSense. If you think you can’t work out a color scheme, stick to pure white. White on white is definitely an appealing, very clean way to finish a bedroom. The pieces you need to be thinking about are:
- a sheet set that comes with pillow cases (make sure you buy the size that matches your bed.. no tiny pillows on a king sized bed!) I almost always keep these white because they can go with any duvet cover
- one duvet cover (or one coverlet/quilt if you don’t use a duvet) usually this is in a pattern or colored design
- two to three (some beds have 6!) coordinating decorative pillow cases with pillow inserts
- one or two “jewel” or smaller show-case pillows for the front, often these come pre-sewn and filled
- one throw, often in a solid color, large or small
- a bed skirt if needed for your bed.. **put that on first, as you’ll need to lift your mattresses to do so
Make your bed with freshly washed sheets, some will go as far as ironing them and others will get them dry cleaned. I just wash mine, but would probably iron them if I was getting my house ready to sell, it would depend on how much time I had! Fold the top sheet down so that the trim faces up then tuck them firmly in. Put the cover on your duvet, fluff and lay on top, then fold about 1/3 down. This makes the bed look fuller.
Next, put the pillow cases on your pillows, place the ones you sleep on at the back, decorative in front and finally, the pretty, smaller pillows in the front and center. Some will stack their pillows horizontally, if yours look better that way by all means do so. Play around with your pillows until they look pleasing to you. I’ve seen pillows fanned out across the entire top of the bed. I’ve also seen just one decorative pillow on an angle.. and it looked pretty! This is where you want the bed to look inviting and interesting.
Finally drape your throw on an angle across one side of the bed, usually the side where you come in the room. If your throw is large, fold it in thirds and lay it across the entire foot of the bed.
The side tables should be kept decluttered, a reading lamp, a small vase of flowers, a tiny stack of books in jack covers that could coordinate with your bedding, or decorative objects. Pretty boxes in different colors or a small stack of magazines can look prettyPerhaps lay one book open on the bed as if you were going to read it there. You can also put a tray on the bed with a book, cup and saucer, and a small bud vase. I’m not a fan of clock radios, you can pick up a pretty decorative clock that looks much more interesting.. and use your phone as your alarm clock!
If you don’t have a side table, look at how pretty this little piece below is! I think the coordinating salon wall of pictures add so much!
The chest of drawers is more of a feature piece in a bedroom. Sometimes you’ll have a coordinating upholstered chair beside it and this is another place you can have a cozy throw and a book laying open to read. If you have a ton of clutter, think about using boxes to hide everything away. The photo below looks more appropriate for a home office or studio, but I liked the use of boxes to stash away visually distracting clutter. You could use a soft palate of white and gray boxes quite effectively in a bedroom on a side table or chest of drawers that has open shelving.
Because these drawer chests are much heftier in weight, this is often where you can hang a larger mirror or painting. Even leaning a large painting is an easy way to keep the walls unmarked. Then add a bouquet of flowers, one lamp, a pretty box or two.. you get the idea.
If your furniture is looking a bit shabby, there are all sorts of DIY ideas online that show you how to paint and add new hardware to create a piece that is more visually appealing. If it suits your home, shabby isn’t necessarily a bad thing as seen below:
You don’t have to spend a lot on a chest of drawers, simple IKEA pieces can be dressed up to look lovely! This one has new hardware and the gold is picked up with the two little accent pieces on top.
Last but not least, look online, browse google images and Pinterest to get inspired!
Good luck and remember to do this room first, you’ll love it so much you might not want to move!