"Hit the hay. Lights out. Catch some z's." Your most important action of the day deserves a serene spot. Here, ways to tell a better bedtime story.
Interior design by Victoria Hagan
Add interest by mixing prints, like the stripe, coral, and chinoiserie patterns in this bedroom.
Design by Barclay Butera
Bedding is the perfect place to be daring, not only because it's easy to change out, but also because the options are endless. Don't be afraid to mix and match, as long as the sheets and duvet share a common color theme.
Spice up a traditional four-poster bed with a striped upholstered headboard and sunny nightstands.
Design by Tom Stringer
A pretty nightstand with enough storage space for all the necessities can be hard to find. This one conquers clutter with three roomy drawers and a pullout shelf. Plus, its clean white finish, classic molding, and square, tapered feet make it a nice fit with any style of decor.
Buy it: Wildon Home Glenmore 3-Drawer Nightstand, $293; wayfair.com.
The color blue has been proven to reduce stress and decrease blood pressure—both key factors on the path to a good night's sleep—so it's a popular choice in bedrooms. Choose a favorite shade of paint and pair it with a coordinating patterned wallpaper to adorn an accent wall behind the bed.
Buy it: Ropes Wallpaper in Navy, $250 per jumbo roll; claytongrayhome.com.
Decorating with ocean-inspired accents is a surefire way to create a calming effect in a bedroom. This bedside lamp base boasts a faux coral motif finished with white lacquer and topped with a silk shade for a sleek, simple look.
Buy it: Currey & Company Alicante Table Lamp, $560; redefinedhomeboutique.com.