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Bedroom styling: 6 steps for a beautiful finish

by Monika Bürger
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Bedroom styling is what makes a room feel beautiful, curated, cozy, unique, and, above all, your haven. Clever finishing touches can really make a space special – but they take the experience to get right. And, while they might be the last details to be added to a bedroom, they are best planned right from the beginning of your remodel.

If you are making a list of bedroom ideas for a remodel you’re planning now, these bedroom styling ideas by South Carolina-based interior designer Cortney Bishop – who is famous for her gorgeous, inviting interiors, and founder of Cortney Bishop Design – shouldn’t be missed.


For Cortney, designing a bedroom isn’t just about choosing colors – the finishing touches really come down to careful and clever layering. Here, she shares the secrets of bedroom styling that she uses when tackling new schemes for her clients.


Bedroom styling with lighting and made bed
(Image credit: Cortney Bishop)

Just as with Cortney’s living room styling tips, bedroom styling starts from the floor up. When choosing a rug, particularly for a bedroom, Cortney tends towards warm, earthy, and neutral shades that help create a cozy appeal in the bedrooms she styles.

A rug doesn’t have to necessarily fill the entire room – it can be something that lies under your bed and starts at least where your feet land before you get in and out of bed every day,’ she says.

It’s easy to get lost in sleep in our warm yet lightweight comforters. Colors pop on this bedding staple and they will surely be the focal point of your bedroom’s decor. Choose from either synthetic microfiber or our natural fiber cotton. Available in Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen and King sizes.

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Bedroom styling with lighting and made bed
(Image credit: Cortney Bishop)

Think about the extra comfort a great set of sheets brings, and invest in it. You sleep on them every night! I like to steer clients towards Matouk’s Lowell collection all the time, especially for the master bedroom. The Egyptian cotton is crisp and pristine, yet exudes ease and serenity the second you lay down.’

Add throw pillows to whatever room needs an extra dose of comfy. Individually cut and sewn by hand, each pillow features a double-sided print and is finished with a concealed zipper and faux down insert. Keeping an assortment of throw pillow designs on hand is the easiest way to give any space an instant refresh. Available in four sizes.

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Bedroom styling with lighting and made bedBedroom styling with lighting and made bed
(Image credit: Cortney Bishop)

The bed is obviously the focal point of a bedroom, so knowing how to style a bed is vital to the room’s success. Cortney explains:

There’s a bedding formula that we stick to pretty regularly: we begin with a crisp, white solid duvet, and layer a coverlet or blanket over that for color and texture

When it comes to decorative pillows, too many can be a drag, so I recommend a three pillow look – two King or Queen Euros (these pillows are the length of a king or standard pillow, but have the height of a Euro), and one lumbar or accent pillow. Simple math = simple style.’

Dress up your duvet with our eye-catching duvet covers. These ultra-soft duvet covers feature sharp, vivid prints on the front, with a crisp white on the back. Choose from either synthetic microfiber or our natural fiber cotton. Available in Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen and King sizes. Duvet insert not included.

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Bedroom styling with lighting and made bed looking towards doors
(Image credit: Cortney Bishop)

If you’re considering bedroom curtain ideas, Cortney has this advice:

I’m a big proponent of automatic drapery in bedrooms. Of all the window treatment ideas in your home, bedroom drapes are likely to get the most usage. Without automation, the drapes fall off the rings and look less refined over time – simply due to so much use.  

If the drapery is controlled by a remote, it seamlessly opens and closes, and looks good as new for years to come. Plus, it’s much more fun!  Automatic drapery is more of an investment, but choosing a ripple fold look will require less fabric.’

Our outdoor floor cushions are the super comfy and style-forward option for outdoor seating. They’re UV coated to protect against fading and water resistant so you can avoid scrambling to bring them inside whenever there’s a touch of weather. Grab a few to have on hand whenever seating is hard to come by or for a fun option for kids to use out in the yard.

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Bedroom styling with lighting and made bed
(Image credit: Cortney Bishop)

Known for her relaxed, bohemian bedroom ideas, Cortney suggests introducing personal touches through items you love.

Style your bedroom with your favorite art of any form – paintings, tapestries, ceramics, photographs – pieces that truly resonate with you

‘When you finally get to bed and take “a breather”, reflection begins. You’ll find yourself surrounded with reminders of what speaks to you, your past travels, love, and inspiration.’

Our blackout window curtains are a denser alternative to your standard window curtain, blocking out most light and proudly featuring your favorite designs. Whether you live in a busy apartment or a peaceful neighborhood, it’s always nice to have the option to shut out the sun and relax inside by the candlelight. Available in either single or double panel options. A double panel features the same design on both panels. The bottom edge of curtain includes a 2″ pocket that can be used as a hanging pocket, but beware that the artwork will be upside down for any non-patterned designs.

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Bedroom styling with lighting and made bed
(Image credit: Cortney Bishop)

Most of us are invested in cozy bedroom ideas, but it’s not just the colors you use that will help you conjure up the right mood, but great bedroom lighting ideas, too. 

Create at least two layers of lighting in your bedroom – bedside lighting ideas for mood, and overhead for tidying up (and packing for trips)

If you prefer a fan in your bedroom, look for one without a light if possible – there are so many great options out there. If you’re going the fan route, you can make up for the loss of overhead light by considering cans, but always on a dimmer switch.’

Our customers tell us ALL the time how soft and warm our Throw Blankets are (the secret: Sherpa fleece). Even better, they get softer the more you wash them. They’re a perfect addition to any living room couch. Featuring a crisp, vivid design on the front with a reverse white side.

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These are the basics of bedroom styling:

Choose a wall paint or wallpaper color that you love – but check how it looks in daylight and under lamplight at night – it will change dramatically under artificial light, usually deepening.

Focus on the bed – this is your central feature. Ensure it’s beautifully dressed, inviting, and crisp.

Invest in furniture and storage that will hide clutter – a bedroom should ideally be a neat, restful haven to allow you to fully relax.

Ensure lighting is restful – ceiling lighting must be supplemented with low-level lamp light so that the mood is right at bedtime.

Pick window dressings that look beautiful but that also keep out noise, light, and the cold – they are there for aesthetics but to shut out the world, too.

Add a chair if there’s space and light it so that you can sit and read – it will look inviting and be welcome if yours is a busy household.

Make sure the flooring is soft underfoot on either side of the bed – even if you go for floorboards throughout, a rug to put your feet on at night will feel more luxurious.

Surround yourself with your favorite finds – this is the space to indulge in art and possessions you really love to look at.

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