Designer Jo Alcorn creates a cosy bedroom

Decorating your bedroom last is a common faux-pas. Really, the opposite should be true. Your bedroom is the first thing you see in the morning, and the last place you curl up each night. So, it should be a space that makes you happy and where you enjoy spending time. I recently worked on a bedroom that completely lacked inspiration. In a house where the rest of the rooms were stylish, functional and inspiring, this revamp was long overdue. Read on to find out how I created a dream bedroom makeover.

To start, I always recommend a paint colour that you love; choose one that gives you a serene, relaxing feel and that speaks to you personally. For this space, I chose Benjamin Moore’s ( Wickham Gray HC-171. It was the base that started to bring this room to life.

Every room needs interest and dimension, and the bedroom is no exception. I made this room a designer’s dream by creating a wall treatment using great trim products from Metrie (, which gave the space an elegant feel.

A fireplace is the perfect addition to a bedroom setting and this electric unit adds the perfect ambiance. This fireplace is a Dimplex ( unit that took the homeowner only 25 minutes to unload, unpack and set up! While the fireplace alone is eye-catching, we didn’t stop there. We had a custom build-up created with a mantel, to make the fireplace really stand out. I used Metrie products again and matched the existing crown moulding to the new unit. The finishing touch on the mantel was to add some great artwork and accessories from HomeSense ( to really pull it all together.

No bedroom is complete without a bed – it is the most important functional piece in the room. In this space we used a Casper mattress (, which was delivered in a box right to the homeowners’ front door. It’s a great option for people without cars and city dwellers. Plus, it’s extremely comfortable! I paired that with the headboard and bed frame from my Jo Alcorn Collection (

This is where you can have some serious fun with patterns, colour and texture. I started with crisp white sheets, pillows and pillow cases from Casper and topped it off with a subtle duvet cover from HomeSense. From my Jo Alcorn Home Collection, I used pillows to incorporate the exact texture and finishing touches that are perfect for this room.

I often add a bench to the end of the bed. It looks great and is the perfect place to pile your decorative pillows and throw at night when you turn in. For this space I used this stylish white bench from Bouclair Home (, which fit perfectly into the space and budget.

Don’t forget about lighting… and darkening. You need to make sure you have the perfect lighting for reading and relaxing, but darkness is a necessity for sleeping. In this bedroom, the side table lamps and curtains were purchased from Wayfair ( A stroll through Bouclair Home ( found the perfect ceiling light. Sometimes a wander through a home store will inspire your creativity and help you find those unique pieces that can complete a room.








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