5 Decorating and Organization Experts Share Their Tips for Creating a Calm, Clutter-Free Bedroom

Keeping your bedroom cool, dark, and quiet is great advice—but it’s also a little basic. If you’re ready to move on to bedroom décor 201, here’s some expert help.

We picked the brains of five genius interior designers and professional organizers to get their next-level tips for making your sleep space relaxing and ultra functional. (Because nothing will stress you out and wreck your sleep like walking into a crazy, messy room, right?)

Here are their favorite ways for building a calmer, clutter-free room—that you can start incorporating in your space ASAP.

Kymberlyn Lacey

If you’ve ever wondered what color to paint your bedroom to promote feelings of calm, the best hue is blue. The receptors in your retinas, called ganglion cells, play a role in controlling your body’s circadian rhythm to determine when you feel awake and when you feel tired. When your ganglion cells pick up the color blue, they tell your brain to lower your blood pressure and your heart rate—which helps you feel relaxed.

Kymberlyn Lacey is the Principal Designer at the design firm International Flair Designs.

Rebecca Torres

Lighting your bedroom for relaxation is one of the easiest and powerful ways you can decorate your space. It truly sets the tone in any environment. What tone is your lighting currently setting for you?

Do you currently battle with bright overhead lighting? Is it (gasp) fluorescent? Is it super white light? If so, here are a few remedies.

  • Put overhead lighting on a dimmer. Dimmers can help to create a relaxing environment with the adjustability of full overhead lighting for cleaning or finding things in the daylight hours.
  • Lamps are a designer’s wildcard. Placing lamps on nightstands are a great way to add a fun decorative element, and show off your personal style. The lighting from lamps are especially inviting and relaxing too!
  • Keep things warm. When choosing light bulbs for the bedroom go for “warm lighting” as opposed to “cool lighting.” Cooler lighting is far more bright and white. This is not especially ideal for resting.

Rebecca Gitana Torres is an interior and lifestyle designer and founder of Lifestyle Remix.

Melissa Michaels

One of the simplest tricks to make your bedroom feel softer and more cozy is by layering your bedding. The trick to layering with style is to give each piece a unique weight, texture, and varied pattern. A mix of crisp cotton patterned sheets topped with a lightweight textured coverlet and fluffy down duvet with a fur throw at the foot of the bed will feel really luxurious. Then add various pillows and shams for the ultimate in coziness.

If you want to up the cozy factor even more, take a look at what’s on your windows. Curtains soften the hard lines of windows and add a touch of warmth to balance the coolness of the glass. The fabric you select for your curtain panels will contribute to the style of the room, but any fabric or window treatment can make a room more cozy. If you want a lighter, more summery room white cotton panels can add just enough softness at the windows. If you want more sophistication, silk panels will add a luxurious layer to cozy up the room. Velvet curtains will cozy up a cold room for the winter.

Melissa Michaels is the author of the New York Times bestseller, Make Room For What You Love, and founder of the award-winning blog The Inspired Room.

Danielle Levenfus

The mere sight of messiness in your bedroom can stress you out and make it harder to fall asleep. To keep clutter at bay, get smart about organizing your stuff. The space under your bed is ideal for storing off-season clothes or shoes in bins or boxes. You can even invest in a headboard that comes with built-in storage shelves.

Danielle Levenfus is a professional organizer and founder of Organize Wizely.

Alison Kero

A comfortable, serene bedroom is one that’s free of stress and distractions. Keeping these three rules in mind while you decorate can help:

  • No personal photos. It’s literally like having your family and friends stare at you in your most intimate, private space.
  • No paintings or wall hangings that are stressful or depressing. Hang items you really enjoy seeing every day.
  • Do not keep files in your bedroom. If you must, store them in an attractive box or something you enjoy viewing.

Alison Kero is a professional organizer and founder of Guerilla Solutions.

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Marygrace Taylor

Marygrace Taylor is an award-winning health writer for Amerisleep. Somehow, she manages to get eight hours of sleep almost every night.