I have cracked the code on designing your shoppable bedroom! Let me explain so you can be as excited as I am!
We are moving into a new place which means I have taken it on myself to decorate our new home! The first place I want to start? My master bedroom.
Designing your new bedroom can be a scary task. Especially if you are anything like me and spend a lot of time on Pinterest, it can be intimidating. I mean I know I want to design a Pinterest worthy room, but I don’t have that Pinterest worthy bank account. (Yet!)
So I decided to combine two of my favorite things: decorating and Amazon. With the help of my iPad, I came across an ingenious way to plan my new bedroom makeover. Best thing about it? Once I decided on my new style, I simply purchased the items directly from Amazon!
I went into my purchases knowing exactly what everything was going to look like all together. Not only that, but I had appropriately budget for the items, since I knew their price from the beginning!
Build your shoppable bedroom / mood board for your next room as I build mine throughout this article. I will show you each and every step!
Steps to Designing Your Shoppable Bedroom
Step 1: Find Your Style
This is a really fun part of the process! Take the time searching through your favorite social media and design inspiration sites to decide what it is exactly that you want your room to look like!
For me my favorite places to look for design inspiration are on Pinterest and Instagram. There are people, far more qualified than me, that come up with some beautiful (and rather expensive) designs. So instead of finding exactly what you want your room to look like, keep in mind the overall look of pictures that you like.
I like to find a few inspiration pictures that really speak to me, and compare and contrast what I like about each picture. Here are my two inspiration pictures:
Now that I have narrowed down the style I want our master bedroom to have, I can further pinpoint my new design by focusing on three different elements…
Things to keep in mind when looking for a design aesthetic you like:
- Color Scheme: this is essentially the overall color palette that attracts you to the picture. Simply look at an image, and select the main colors you see.
Your color palette can have as many colors as you’d like. Since I am trying a brand new design style, I tried to keep my palette to a good 8 solid colors – with white and cream being obvious additions later on.
With my original inspiration pictures, I created this overall color palette that I wanted to achieve in our master bedroom:
As you can probably tell, I am attracted to these dark and rich colors. I normally am drawn to very white and cooler tones in the bedroom, but for some reason I am wanting to go the complete other direction!
PS: Keep reading to get insight on how I created my color palette!
(this is another great reason why this process works for me – I am trying something completely new! This helped me create a brand new vision. Instead of buying a bunch of things that might not go together!)
- Major Design Elements: Another thing to keep in mind, are some of the bigger design elements that you like in your inspiration images.
This could be anything! Maybe you are drawn to the color and style of furniture pieces used. Maybe you like that the bed is the focal point of the room and want to focus your design pieces on! (this is my personal route I gathered)
- Minor Decorative Pieces: Once you have a very basic understanding of the overall color and look to your room, you can start to get more specific to your design wants!
For me in our room, I wanted a place to display all the polaroids that Brad and I take. That’s why you’ll see framed polaroids in one of the potential shoppable bedroom boards.
This can be a great time to think about the small things like dresser and nightstand hardware. Sometimes you can include a color from your color palette in an area as small as 6 dresser knobs.
Make sure you are keeping realistic goals in mind when you are looking for inspiration. Obviously if you live in a studio apartment, you may have different limitations than some of the mansions photographed on Pinterest.
Step 2: Find & Save Your Links
Now that you have an overall design that you are working towards, you will hopefully have in mind some potential shopping pieces to look for.
For instance, I knew I wanted to focus on a lot of pillows, fluffy bedding, and simple accessories.
So now… I search for lots of pillows, fluffy bedding, and simple accessories.
One place I obviously like to use, is Amazon. Not only is the shipping situation PRIME (quite literally), but I can find some pretty affordable pieces on there too!
Amazon is My Favorite Site to Utilize!
I like to utilize the List feature on Amazon. Over the past few months I have added some pillows, decor, and bedding options that I like to a Master Bedroom List. Now that I have collected a few items, I see if those items have color options that match my new color palette.
Now It’s Time to Save Those Pictures
This is the key part to creating and designing your shoppable bedroom board! With each image, simply save the images to either your phone or computer.
On Amazon I like to view the larger image, right click, and save. And make sure you save more than you think you’d need.
While I know I won’t buy 10 different pillows for my bed, it’s nice to have some different options when we get to the next step!
Step 3: Upload Your Items
So you have some pictures saved? Great! Don’t let the amount of design elements overwhelm you, this is the fun part!
Pick Your Digital Platform
There are a few different sites that you can use. As well as apps and programs on your computer, laptop, tablet, or even your phone!
If you have an iPad and don’t mind paying for this app, I highly recommend it!
It’s a great way to upload your images and further manipulate them as you see fit!
Procreate is my favorite way to designing your shoppable bedroom board! – and will also be where the example images are from later on in this post!
Make sure to keep reading to see how I use my iPad exactly!
A great online option is at Canva! They have free and premium versions available – so you can test your design skills whenever you want!
You will simply upload your images that you saved from your online shopping session!
Look for a complete review of Canva and my favorite ways to use it, coming soon!
Some honorable mentions: Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, and really any art app or website where you can upload
It Doesn’t Have to be Digital!
This concept of a shopping and digital design board, is only made possible by the idea of the ever popular physical vision board!
Simply gather your images and print them on plain ole printer paper. Then you can cut out the images and organize them on a larger, and tangible scale!
Time to Upload Your Pictures
Now it’s time to take those pictures and upload them! On Procreate I simply uploaded pictures onto their individual layers. This allowed me to edit each image to make the design process better. (I’ll explain this in just a second!)
Whichever platform you decide to go with, make sure you are able to order, reorder, and reorder your images until you have created your finished project!
Here’s a quick view on how I use my iPad when designing your shoppable bedroom:
Step 4: How I Utilize My iPad
Here is a preview of what my Procreate project space looks like when I have uploaded each saved picture. Maybe you can tell how each image has its own page, and that is because I am utilizing the Layers Tool!
In the Procreate App, I upload each image into their own layer. This makes it easy to manipulate each image on their own.
It also has a great toggle feature where I can turn on and off certain images that will create the overall design that I am going for.
One thing I like to do, because I’m *extra* … is go in and remove the background on each of my images. For example, if I have a saved image of a pillow that’s on a couch, I remove the couch so I can only see the image.
There are 2 ways I like to do this on my iPad:
- Eraser Tool: This is the easier of the two options. Simply make sure your layer is turned on, and erase all the aspects of the image that you don’t want.
This can be the entire background, or maybe just part of the image. Just make sure on Procreate you are erasing all parts of the image.
When it comes time to designing your shoppable bedroom, this will make it much easier to move and organize images as you see fit.
- Selection Tool: My personal preference, is using Procreate’s selection tool! It takes a bit more time than simply erasing, but in my mind it leaves a far cleaner image.
There is a bit of a learning curve when using this tool, but it’s definitely learnable! I mean if I can do it, I promise anyone can!
With this method I simply trace around the image that I want, exactly, and then use the cursor to move the image to a different part of the screen.
From there, I simply erase and remove the “scraps” of the image left behind.
I also like to use the images I’ve uploaded to create a cohesive color palette! (or if I already have one, find images that fit in with my scheme.
To do this, I simply hold my finger above the picture until a dropper appears with the exact color code of the image. From there I simply create a few color swatches that fit the pictures I’ve already selected and started designing with.
From there, you can move on to the actual designing part of this process of designing your shoppable bedroom!
Step 5: Start Designing & Shopping
All of those years of watching HGTV are about to kick in!
Now that you have all your images, and some kick ass inspiration pictures… start designing!
I like to create a few different projects so I can move around images and change colors until I am happy with an overall color scheme! Here are how the first three runs of designing your shoppable bedroom may go:
As you can see, all three images have a similar design and color palette. This is proof that you are utilizing all of that work that you did earlier in this post!
Procreate Tip: Make sure you are paying attention to the layers of your images, and what order they are in. When you turn on one layer, it may appear behind an additional element. If that is the case, simply drag and drop the selected layer on top.
Again, this may take some practice, but you can get the hang of it! It actually made me feel like a real life designer playing around and reordering elements to create the perfect design!
The Final Product!
Here is the design I finally settled on. You can compare this design to the other three – they all kind of seem similar. I liked the way this seemed pretty even in terms of color tone!
As you can tell, I included the prices of each element on the second image. I took these prices directly off of my Amazon List, which brings me to my final step in designing your shoppable bedroom!
Once you have created your new bedroom design, you can go back and shop the links for each and every item you put in your perfect setup.
This is why it’s one of the easiest ways to shop for your new room! I simply find the elements I used in my design, and add them to my cart!
Every item is linked with a shoppable link that I already found on amazon. This can be done with any kind of website too, not just amazon! I like to pull in a few Target links here and there. It’s just easier for me to buy from Amazon because I mean you can’t beat that 2 day shipping!
Let me know if you’d be interested in seeing how I design each room of our new home! This is a new kind of style i just put together last week and thought it was a great resource I had to share!
That is how you can start designing your shoppable bedroom in five simple and super easy steps!
I really enjoyed the process of creating a master bedroom vision board that makes the buying process even simpler.
You can even shop my Amazon Store to find these exact items!