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7 Things You Should Have in Your Bedroom

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07.07.15

Photo: West Elm

You’re going to spend about 200,000 hours of your life in your bedroom. Just to put that in perspective, get this: if you spent all that time walking instead, you’d circumnavigate the earth 25 times.

But, since you’re not Forrest Gump, and will be snoozing all that time, you might as well have an awesome bedroom! Here are seven things you need:

1. Artwork, Placed at 57” from the Floor

A bedroom without artwork on the walls is like a blank canvas of boring. If your bedroom is lacking, it’s time to change that. Almost any type of artwork will do, except for family photographs – this is actually a feng shui no-no! When it comes to bedroom decor, family photographs are considered too “emotionally charged,” and can disrupt intimacy.

Tip: Hang each piece of artwork at 57" on center, meaning the center of the artwork is exactly 57” from the floor. For more tips, read about how to properly hang and frame your artwork.

2. A Comfortable Rug

Sinking your toes into a cushy rug can make any morning awesome. Basically, if you don’t have a rug in your bedroom, you’re missing out. If you already have carpet, but it’s not as luxurious as you might have hoped, add a smaller, plush rug by the bed.

3. A Place to Sit (That’s Not the Bed)

Extra seating is good to have in your bedroom for a few reasons: it can be a place to read (that’s not the bed), a place to put on shoes, check your email in the morning or even just have a conversation with your partner that you’d rather not have in bed.

If you’re tight on space, consider getting a storage ottoman (that doubles as a seat) or a small, upholstered bench at the foot of the bed.

4. Quality Bedding

During sleep, your body is working to support healthy brain function and maintain your physical health. Basically, a good night’s sleep is really important, and nothing helps you sleep better than luxurious linens with a high thread count. If you’re overdue for an upgrade, but not sure where to start, read this guide on navigating the different bedding types in most home goods stores.

5. The Right Scent

Whether you prefer candles, reed diffusers or all-natural air fresheners, a fresh-smelling bedroom can go a long way when it comes to enjoying this space. We recommend trying lavender linen spray for a mellow, floral fragrance. Bonus: Lavender can actually improve your sleep. (Yes, really!)

6. A Full-Length Mirror

Not only will a full-length mirror let you double-check your outfit every day, adding a large mirror to the space will help make your bedroom feel more spacious.

7. Wall Hooks or Shelves

There is nothing more valuable in your bedroom than vertical wall space (especially if your room is lacking in square footage). Add wall hooks or shelving to hold scarves, jackets, books, plants and whatever else you want to display in your bedroom.

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