Bedroom Decor Inspiration

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Due to my possible upcoming move, I’ve been thinking a lot about giving my bedroom an update. Naturally my tastes have changed a little over the years. Also, here in the city, I’m always trying to figure out how I can fit the maximum amount of stuff in the minimum amount of space. Here are a few changes I’d like to make to my room.

white sheets, pink chair, sleeping nook


When I moved into my first proper apartment in the city, I painted my walls a pale yellow. When I moved into my current apartment, I painted them yellow. Back in the day, I never thought I’d choose yellow, but I liked how warm and inviting it made my room feel. Now I’d like to switch to a blank canvas and insert accents of color elsewhere.

white sheets, cozy bed, cozy sheets, white bedroom


I made the move to white sheets last year and it made my bed look much lighter and airier. My duvet cover and shams are a set I’ve had since 2011 and the pattern on it contains gray, yellow, and white. I’ve been thinking about getting a textured white duvet set (although that seriously means no eating on the bed) and I’ve also got my eye on this chunky gray knit blanket at H&M.

The Gallery Wall


Starting a washi tape gallery wall was a way to display images I find inspirational, without having to spend a lot of money on frames or making lots of holes in my wall. I still love the idea, but I’ve had these images on my wall for a while now. I’d like to change the pictures and incorporate more prints. Also, I’m thinking that if I do paint my walls white, gray and black washi tape borders would look really graphic and cool, with perhaps a few blue borders too.

white shelves, floating shelves


I have one bookshelf in my room and one in my bedroom. Both have been with me since college and they’re starting to fall apart after a few moves. The bookshelf in my bedroom has three shelves and of course it’s stuffed to the brim with books. I’ve thought about buying a really tall bookshelf, but I worry that it would shrink my already small room. I’m also considering getting a four-shelf bookshelf, so it’s a bit bigger, but not too much. I’m thinking that floating shelves could give me some more book space too, but then of course you have to deal with drilling holes in the wall. I’d also like the new bookshelf or shelves to be white to match the rest of my furniture (the shelf in my bedroom used to be light “wood,” but at some point I painted it a light gray).

marble contact paper, diy marble desk, marble, marble decor


I’ve got a tiny little desk from Ikea, but it’s actually the perfect size for my room. When I first moved here, I didn’t have a desk, but then I realized I missed having that surface to work on and keep office supplies. The surface of my desk has gotten some nicks and scratches over the years, so I thought it might be nice to cover the top with marble contact paper. Not only would it hide those scratches, but I think it would look really cool and add a bit of pattern to my room.

open bedroom, airy bedroom, bright bedroom


I still don’t know if I’m moving or not, but if I’m giving my bedroom an update, I really need to take this opportunity to get rid of some stuff. I did some spring cleaning and donated items, but I kept putting off the major overhaul because I knew it was likely I was moving this summer (it’s so much easier to purge when you’re packing because then you have to go through all of your stuff anyway). Whether or not I move, I need to take a hard look at all of my things and decide what I’d really like to keep.

I’m already a rather neat and organized person, but I can definitely do some more streamlining. The other day I bought a small tray to hold some of the bits and bobs on top of my dresser. I was surprised by how much of a difference it made Everything looked much neater placed in the tray, rather than scattered in a little corner of my dresser. Also, my closet has pretty decent storage, so I should take better advantage of that space to store things that I don’t need regular access to.

Have you made any changes to your bedroom recently?

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  1. ShenDove wrote:

    I’m definitely on the same wave length as you. I’m focused on bedroom decor too. I find all white bedrooms so calming. After living in a studio apartment for two years, it feels so great to have a separate room to decorate.

    Posted 6.12.15 Reply
    • Nnenna wrote:

      At first I was scared to go all white with my bedding, mostly because of maintenance. So far, I’ve found that the upkeep isn’t so bad and I just love the way it looks. I think painting my walls white would make a huge difference in my room!

      Posted 6.15.15 Reply
  2. sartorialsidelines wrote:

    These are all such good idea (I love rooms that are blank canvases with little accents of colour). I can’t wait to see how you translate these into practice.

    Courtney ~ Sartorial Sidelines

    Posted 6.12.15 Reply
    • Nnenna wrote:

      Thank you! I’m really excited to switch up my room, but first I should probably focus on making sure I have a place to live ;)

      Posted 6.15.15 Reply
  3. Lyddiegal wrote:

    I love your idea of going all white, and a move is the perfect opportunity for reinvention. Of course I’ve been saying that for years and I still haven’t moved, which means my space has been pretty stagnant. Hopefully that will change soon!

    Chic on the Cheap

    Posted 6.14.15 Reply
    • Nnenna wrote:

      I’ve been living in my current apartment for nearly 3 years and my living room has barely been touched. Whether I move or stay, decorating the living room is another project I want to tackle! Are you planning to move soon?

      Posted 6.15.15 Reply
  4. Eli wrote:

    We got rid of tons of junk recently. It’s so liberating – I had a bookcase full of crap and I finally made room for what’s supposed to be on there…books! I bought this bookcase at Ikea a while back , it’s really sturdy and beautiful in person. It might come in handy when you move, but it’s large. But the price for that size is better than what I found at other places where they got $$$ for larger sizes

    Posted 6.16.15 Reply
    • Nnenna wrote:

      It really does feel great to get rid of things you don’t need. I really like the bookcase you linked- thank you for the suggestion!

      Posted 6.18.15 Reply
  5. I’m about to move as well and just was thinking just yesterday that my room need a makeover! This is great inspiration :)

    Posted 6.17.15 Reply
    • Nnenna wrote:

      Thanks Maru! When are you moving and are you staying in the same city?

      Posted 6.18.15 Reply
      • I’m moving in one month! I feel like there’s so much to do and not enough time, haha. I’m staying in the same city for now, but to a different area. How about you, when are you moving?

        Posted 6.18.15 Reply
        • Nnenna wrote:

          Good luck with all of your preparations! I’m still not sure- I’m hoping that I can stay in my current apartment, but we’re waiting for approval!

          Posted 6.23.15 Reply
  6. heather wrote:

    My husband and I were thinking about moving out of our apartment in August. We recently decided to re-sign our lease for one more year to save money for a bigger place. Since we are staying at our current apartment we are totally re-decorating and making our apartment more functional. Which also means DEEP cleaning our apartment. I LOVE all of this. Esp love bookself/desk. Multi purpose and functional. LOVE!


    Posted 6.19.15 Reply
    • Nnenna wrote:

      Other than my bedroom, we never really got around to making our apartment feel like a home, so if I’m staying, I definitely want to do that. Thank you! I’m so ready for a little refresh around here!

      Posted 6.23.15 Reply
  7. SHE Jenmarie wrote:

    You’re killing me with all this fabulous decor! I definitely like the idea of using a blank canvas and adding bits of color and texture where you like. Plus, it’s a lot easier changing things up that way too :)

    Posted 6.26.15 Reply
    • Nnenna wrote:

      Haha :) I painted my room white over the weekend and I’m loving it- it feels totally different! I figured I’d have to go back to white anyway as I was moving and I’m excited to redecorate.

      Posted 6.30.15 Reply