Our first bedroom is such an important room in our lives—it’s where we take the time to unwind after a long day at school ( or work), where we dream about our futures, where we do so many of our best thinking. Though it may seem like a small room in your home, it can have a huge impact on the way you live in other rooms of the house—and how much time and energy you put into making them look good. think about how nice you sleep when your bedroom looks clean and inviting? It’s no coincidence. Just like you might make your bed every morning, (you are brewing a pot of coffee and checking emails on the way to do it, aren’t you?!) Interior designers know that making fast, easy updates can give a big boost to even the most tired room in the house.

The first thing you should do if your bedroom is feeling a little tired is to think about the colors. Do they seem bright and cheery or more moody? An easy way to freshen up a paint job or change out of one color scheme into another is by changing your headboard (or king bed). Sure, this can be expensive, but what if it’s not? You can take a quick trip to your local thrift shop and find a great headboard for cheap that will have such an impact on the look and feel of your room. Or, just purchase one from Target or West Elm—they sell really great ones at a reasonable price!

Style and taste is also important in the making of a bed. If you have a certain style or type of material in your room, then it’s important that you choose matching sheets to go on top of your mattress. For example, if you are having trouble sleeping at night because of everything being cold (cold feet especially), then a silk set of sheets would be perfect for you. Silk is a very warm material and helps to keep heat in the bed, thus making it easier to fall asleep and stay asleep.

For our design mix we used a light gray headboard from West Elm with black/white striped Duvet covered by an Ikea duvet cover that had been dyed black. We also have an IKEA white Bedding set with eggshell Pillowcases and a blanket from Ikea.

The trick to making any bed look like an interior designer made it is to make sure the pillows are properly fluffed. You can purchase your own or you can take them in after a night’s rest to a design studio and have them fluffed by an expert for $5.00 a pop. It’s easy to see how this is a good deal since it takes all the work out of getting your pillows to look like the ones in the Pottery Barn catalog!

You may seem like it's impossible to make your bed as dreamy and inviting as those created by a professional, but in fact, it can be faster than you think. It's time to change up your morning routine for making your own bed. These simple steps will make it look stylish and appealing with Ratliff's secrets for turning an average