Whether revamping or starting fresh, the first step in decorating is always the same: Take stock of what you have. Your existing furniture and accents will help determine your style, color scheme, and—most importantly—your budget.
If you have pieces you love, determine their style and stick with it. In this bedroom (left), the four-poster bed with a tufted headboard lends a traditional feel with luxurious linens, heavy window treatments, and a pair of chairs at the footboard.
Tip! Leaf through home decor magazines, search bedroom images on Pinterest.com, and get inspired by our editors' favorite Bedroom Decorating Ideas.
The bed is the focal point, so pick a bedspread you love and center your decor around it. Maybe you want to create an all-white oasis, maybe you prefer bold patterns, or maybe it's all about fun color. Whatever your style, start with bedding to help set the tone of the room and narrow down a color palette.
Need help picking a color? To create a calming retreat, opt for shades of cream, blue, green, and lavender. To energize the space, pick reds, yellows, and metallics.
Tip! You spend one-third of your at-home time in the bedroom, so it's worth it to invest in high-quality bedding. Read our Bed Sheets and Bedspread Buying Guides for more information.