If you’re an adult with a family, your bedroom is often your only haven, yet usually it’s one of the last rooms people decorate or renovate. Your living room and children’s room might be decorated to a T, but your poor, retro bedroom may still house furniture from 10, or even 20, years ago. Yikes!

Instead of waiting for when the time is right (it never will be), it’s time to bring your bedroom into the 21st century. By
adding some contemporary accessories, quality furniture and comfy bedding, you can quickly turn an embarrassing room into your favorite go-to hideout.

Pick out timeless furniture. Don’t get caught with old-fashioned furniture ever again. When picking out larger pieces, don’t get too roped in by the new trends, since a popular look today will date your bedroom tomorrow. Stick with trends that keep coming back, like platform beds, fourposter beds and wingback headboards. Solid wood dressers, armoires and nightstands are always popular, though you can stray from the traditional a bit by picking out ones with metal legs or fun hardware.

Take advantage of accessories. Unlike some other rooms in the house, a bedroom is an easy place for adding fun, quirky accessories. Throw pillows, throws and curtains help add pops of color, and table lamps, while practical, can also help enhance the room’s decor. Bedding is the easiest way to make an impact; by updating your comforter, pillows or duvet cover, you can make your bedroom instantly feel more current. 

Add a little something extra. If you have room to spare, bring in a few more small furniture items to really personalize the space. A vanity table is a great way to make your beauty regimen fun, and a bedroom bench or an upholstered ottoman helps bring a hint of romance. A chaise longue, lounge chair or daybed can help turn a dull bedroom corner into the ultimate reading or napping nook.

Set the mood with lighting. In a bedroom it’s important to use just the right amount of light; after all, you want to give off a soft, romantic vibe while still avoiding any trip-and-fall-type accidents. Placing table lamps on nightstands is often the go-to option, but wall sconces with soft lighting are a great alternative. If you’re a fan of practical over beautiful, ceiling fans are the way to go, especially if you live somewhere with warm summer months, when the temperature can make it hard to sleep.