Reflect on This: 3 Things You Should Never Do With Mirrors—and 5 Things You Should

Terraxplorer/iStock In the world of home decor, mirrors can be a magical design tool. They can brighten a dark room. They can make a tiny space look much bigger. And they can add an affordable touch of glamour to even the most ordinary of spaces. But you shouldn’t hang mirrors just anywhere. Decorating with mirrors comes with […]

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How to Clean a Bedroom (Because It’s Filthier Than You Think)

vadimguzhva/iStock Determining effective strategies for thoroughly cleaning your bedroom probably isn’t the kind of thing keeping you up at night. But maybe it should be. Because this all-important room in your home gets seriously gunky.  And even though you spend roughly a third of your life there, the bedroom likely lingers low on your list of housekeeping priorities—all […]

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8 of the Year’s Dreamiest Bedroom Paint Colors

dmitriymoroz/Vasko/ istock When it comes to sprucing up your home with the latest design trends, the general rule of thumb is that more visible spaces often take first priority: the living room, the kitchen, the patio. But plenty of us throw out that conventional wisdom when it comes to the bedroom, which we often push near the bottom of […]

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Guests to Impress? 7 Tips to Make Your Spare Bedroom Shine This Summer

Solidago/iStock With summer vacation season in full swing, chances are good that your guest room will see its fair share of traffic. If you haven’t stepped foot in that space since Uncle Humbert’s visit last Christmas, you might be feeling a little uncertain: Does your guest bedroom say “budget motel” or “five-star getaway”? Will your loved ones actually look […]

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The Force Is Strong in These 4 ‘Star Wars’-Themed Bedrooms

IP Galanternik D.U./iStock; realtor.com The Force is a big deal. No one sees it, but it’s everywhere—especially today. May 4 (or May the Fourth) has been bestowed the moniker of Star Wars Day, thanks to its similarity to one of the movie franchise’s most famous lines. Fourth, force—get it? While we couldn’t book the cantina band, […]

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How to Clean a Mattress (Yes, You Can—and Should)

FotoDuets/iStockl Among the most-used household items, the mattress is one that doesn’t get cleaned nearly as often as it should. Think about it: You use it nearly every day—for sleeping, for sitting, for jumping, for, uh, other activities—yet many of us think just changing the sheets is enough to keep it clean. Beyond that, you might be stumped on […]

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6 Coed Design Ideas for Boy and Girl Siblings Who Share a Bedroom

Milenko Bokan/iStock Many families have their kids share a bedroom—whether they like it or not. But when it comes to brothers and sisters living in the same space, getting the decor right can be tricky (as is figuring out the privacy issue, a subject we’ll tackle in a separate article). You’ll likely avoid gender-specific colors […]

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6 Dreamy Bedroom Decorating Ideas

JaCZhou/iStock Bedrooms aren’t just for sleeping—they’re also your private retreat from the harsh world. And that’s why the way this all-important space is furnished should exude calm and tranquility. But how do you pull that off, exactly? If you need some inspiration, look no further than these bedroom decorating ideas to turn this space into the sanctuary of your […]

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