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10 Essentials For A Fall Bedroom Refresh

OCTOBER 16, 2019
Photo credit: Lesley Unruh for One Kings Lane.

With fall in full swing, it's the perfect time to cozy up your bedroom for the colder months ahead. For us, that goes beyond merely switching up your bedding. It's about setting up your bedroom to be a calm and inviting oasis that you look forward to starting and ending your days in during winter. That means layering in plenty of texture, warm accents, and comfy furnishings as much as opening up your space to lots of natural light.

To help you get started on your seasonal refresh, we've rounded up ten stylish essentials that will transform your bedroom into a luxurious retreat for fall and beyond. 

Been thinking about a bedroom makeover but need help getting it off the ground? Now's the perfect time to start your project with one of our Decorist designers for a makeover before the holiday rush.


1. Upholstered Bed

If you're looking for a piece that adds major cozy vibes for fall and winter but still has stylish appeal year-round, invest in an upholstered bed. It's a versatile foundation piece that works surprisingly well with many different styles of furniture. Our pick is one with fine details, such as button tufting, nailhead trim, and a winged headboard, which make for warm finishing touches. Also, choose a bed with a tall headboard that lets you sit up and lean back comfortably with a book.

2. Sculptural Mirror

The space above your bed is an ideal spot to hang a large mirror. It turns the empty wall space into a focal point that also reflects light and opens up the room, making it feel larger than it is. And the bigger the mirror, the better. Try one that has sculptural appeal, such as beveled or jagged edges, for a statement piece. Or, when in doubt, you can't go wrong with a massive round mirror.


Photo by Reid Rolls.

3. Brass Lighting

A beautiful brass lamp or sconce lends incredible shine and warmth in a bedroom. A brass table lamp by the bed not only adds practical light, but it also stands out as a captivating accent piece with visual height. If you're unsure about brass lighting, opt for hardware, like drawer pulls, in the material for a more subtle approach.

4. Drinks Table

You heard it here first: The drinks table is a bedroom essential—and a very chic one at that. This piece as been coming up as a must-have beyond the living room in homes. In this bedroom, a marble-and-brass drinks table takes up minimal floor space and provides a convenient mini surface for holding everything from books and glasses to a candle and a cup of tea. And with all the gorgeous options available now, you're sure to find one that suits your space and style at an affordable price. 


Photo by Lesley Unruh for One Kings Lane.

5. Luxurious Curtains

Hanging beautiful drapery always brings an elegant tone to the bedroom. Layer heavier curtains, such as wool or velvet drapes, with light sheers, which lets you stream in natural light. Window treatments also help add architecture and visual appeal in the room. An excellent place to start? Pick neutral or solid-hued curtains that tie back to the color palette of your bed and bedding.

6. Moroccan Rug

In our books, a shaggy Moroccan rug belongs in every bedroom. It's soft on the soles, and its graphic diamond design adds just enough glam style in a bedroom without feeling overwhelming. But handwoven Moroccan rugs can be expensive, so also consider a high-pile carpet that has a similar black-and-white geometric design. It will provide the same stylish appeal and cozy texture underfoot minus the high price tag.


Photo by Kristen Loken. Interior by Decorist Celebrity designer Will Wick.

7. Natural Accents

When it comes to accessorizing in the bedroom, natural materials and earthy elements can go a long way, especially if you take a glam approach. Think agate bookends and sconces, rock sculptures and rose-quartz spheres, and even feather wall decor and juju hats. Similar to greenery and plants, these infuse life into the bedroom.

8. Statement Dresser

Like your bed, your dresser should be as much of a showpiece as it is functional storage. Look for storage pieces that feature beautiful details, such as one with nailhead trim or lacquer finishing, which will give it a timeless quality. The idea is to have it be a functional piece that can stand alone as a captivating companion to your bed.


Photo by ©AlyssaRosenheck. Interior by Decorist Celebrity designer Jessica McCarthy.

9. Textured Pillows

A cozy bed isn't complete without a pretty pile of plush pillows, naturally. Be sure to aim for a mix of textures, materials, and embellishments in your pillows. And play with different shapes, sizes, and styles—think pillows sewn with ruffles, pleats, and pom-poms to lumbars in leather and velvet shams. Just remember to keep to a tight color palette that relates to your room, as in the blush, white, and gray scheme in this bedroom.

10. Sheepskin Bench

Speaking of playful textures, nothing says cozy and chic like a sheepskin bench. Even in the most minimalist of spaces, one placed at the foot of a bed adds warmth instantly. If it feels like a big commitment, a classic sheepskin draped over an accent chair or layered on top of a rug can provide the same fluffy soft texture. But if you ask us, we say it's time to go big. 


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