When you walk into your bedroom, how does it make you feel? If it doesn’t provide a sense of calm, keep on reading.

Think of your bedroom as a personal retreat, a getaway. Your bedroom should not be serving as an extended pantry or office. Your bedroom is the one place in the house that can be totally yours (or at least it should be — and it should feature your favorite colors, artwork, and textures. Regardless of your decorating tastes and style, your bedroom should be simple yet cozy, sophisticated, and grown-up.

LET’S START WITH YOUR FURNITURE

Is your furniture overpowering the room? Do you have to walk sideways to make way from one side of your room to another? A cluttered, cramped bedroom isn’t the getaway you deserve.

Furnish your bedroom with only the necessities — a bed, nightstand, and dresser. If space allows, add in a chair and a floor lamp for a relaxing reading nook. If your closet is large enough, sliding a dresser into the closet space is an instant space-saver.

When designing your bedroom, think function, form, and storage. A roomy bedside table with drawers will help you capture that true Zen feeling by keeping your essentials out of sight, yet handy. If you have room at the end of your bed, a hope chest is an ideal place to store linens, as well as add dimension to your room.

FLOORING MATTERS

When it comes to your bedroom floor, you have many options. You want your bedroom floor to be comfy to your bare feet, but attractive, durable, and complementary to the overall aesthetics of your room.

Carpeting is soft, available in a variety of colors and patterns, and is budget friendly. For the classic look, real wood flooring will add depth and warmth to your bedroom decor. Area rugs will add the final touch and come in many shapes, colors, patterns, and textures.

FINISH WITH COLOR

Color your way to peace. Did you know that subtle shades of blue, lavender, or green exude calmness? If cozy and comfort are more your jam, choose rich, jeweled tones like chocolate browns, topaz, or a warm red.

Spend some time exploring color combinations to find your perfect blend for your preference and style.

When you’re painting, don’t forget that fifth wall, better known as the ceiling. When you paint your ceiling a lighter color, it will make the walls of your bedroom feel higher, thereby making your space feel larger.

Carry that color into your bedding, wall, and window coverings. Don’t be afraid to mix and match with accent pieces. Consider a cashmere throw on the arm of your reading chair.

Textured tapestries make beautiful wall coverings and add dimension to the room. Window coverings provide additional ways to add color, pattern, texture, and personality to a bedroom. Try sheer curtains that filter light combined with opaque blinds to deflect morning sunlight.

If you have something particular in mind, chances are it’s out there! With so many big-box and online options, you’re certain to find the color and design you want at a price you can afford.

Remember, your bedroom is your sanctuary. You don’t need to change it overnight. Little by little, you can create a retreat that will tuck you in and provide countless hours of relaxation.