Designing and decorating bedrooms is overlooked and underrated. After all, most people spent at least a third of their lives in this room. We recently spoke with interior design specialists Stephanie Gauthier of Wisconsin Log Homes and Kimberly Ziesemer of Lonesome Cottage to get insight on recent ideas and trends in log home bedrooms.

Why should I spend time and money decorating my bedroom?
Stephanie: Your bedroom is the last place in your home for you to unwind, and also the first place you start your day. Often decorating a bedroom gets put off, as it is not a public space, but it should not be neglected. Designing a special retreat can be very rewarding and a place where you can really express your personal tastes. Bedrooms can be luxuriously extravagant or simple and chic. Even a few hundred dollars invested in a new coat of paint, some fresh pillows and accessories can really make an impact and increase your enjoyment of your space.
Kimberly: Your bedroom is your respite after a day in the busy world. Your bedroom should invite rest, harmony and peace — a place to escape the hectic pace you keep outside your home.

Should I consider going with one theme/motif to make life easy?
Kimberly: Not necessarily. If you like a “theme” type bedroom, by all means, go for it! Your bedroom should reflect areas of your life that bring peace and happiness to your state of mind.

Should I consider buying a “bed in a bag” to make life easy?
Stephanie: Yes and no. Some bed in a bag products are a great buy, but can take a while to find the “right one.” Some are made cheaply and others not. Sometimes you may not need everything that comes in a ready-made package so it may not really be a value to you. If you’re not confident in your design skills, they can be a safe way to coordinate a room.

Here are some tips:

  • If you like to change your look frequently, it’s acceptable to buy lesser-quality goods as they won’t be around long enough to wear out.
  • Look for 200-plus thread count sheets. You’ll be happy with the softness and quality, plus you can use them for a long time.
  • Look for washable fabrics. It’s not a great buy if you spill something and can’t wash it or you have to take it to the cleaners. Choose the luxurious delicate fabrics for accents that don’t get a lot of wear and tear.

Bed-in-a bag alternatives:

  • Choose a simple, washable spread in a neutral or solid color and liven them up with accent pillows and change them with the seasons/trends for less money than purchasing an entire set. Plus you will less likely tire of an all-over pattern.
  • Or if you have a colorful patterned spread that you love and is classic, you can mix it up with varied solid color pillows, lamp shades, rugs, etc.

What are some pieces that should or shouldn’t be in a bedroom?
Kimberly: Nightstands with drawers are a must to store personal items, journals, and private items. Lonesome Cottage offers three styles: one-drawer, three-drawer and one-drawer/one-door (enclosed). A lounge chair with a storage ottoman or a blanket chest at the foot of the bed are great bedroom pieces — for the “storage” of extra blankets, pillows, and kids’ toys (if you have little ones).

What about window treatments? Any suggestions for log home windows?
Stephanie: First, consider privacy, then light control. Then think about the architecture of the room and the windows. Consider inside mount treatments if you have beautiful trim. If you have French doors, this is also a factor in the type of treatments that are appropriate and user-friendly. Also, think, out of the box for window hardware. A hickory stick, length of bamboo, wood shelf, or even a fishing pole will make a drapery rod that is unique and aesthetically pleasing.
Kimberly: Sometimes no window treatment is best. However, bedrooms should have window treatments for privacy factors as well as sleep comfort. In general, use a bit heavier fabric to balance the scale of the logs. Place the rod above the window frame and outside the edge of the window frame, so that when the treatments are pulled back, the fabric does not take up any of the view from the window.

What are the advantages of wall-to-wall carpeting compared to a big area rug?
Stephanie: Wall-to-wall carpeting can be less expensive than an area rug because with an area rug you are paying for the rug and the hard surface flooring beneath it. Carpeting is also a nice sound absorber. One thing to consider, however, is that carpeting can harbor allergens, so if the occupant of the room does have allergies, hard surface flooring is recommended. If a rug is desired, it should be a short nap rug and not too large.
Kimberly: Really, it’s a matter of personal preference. Log homes often have a lot of wood, so sometimes wall-to-wall carpeting is nice to break up that feel. However, many log home owners love having all wood, so that is when a large area rug is a must in a bedroom. It adds warmth, color and visual interest to the room.

What should I start with first? Style, color or furniture?
Kimberly: I start with a favorite piece, usually a furniture piece, but sometimes it is a rug or bedding. Often, your favorite piece will give you a color base to work around for the rest of the room.
What are some forgotten little amenities that can easily be added to a bedroom?
Stephanie: Mirrors, organizing systems in closets, window seats and other seating, accent lighting, shelving, media centers … and color! A fresh coat of paint can really make an impact and change the entire feel of a room.
Kimberly: Candles are wonderful in a bedroom — they create an instant mood! Nightstand lamps with up to three light settings are very functional and also assist in creating moods.