"We have an Ikea Malm bed, something that was in our price range when we first bought it, but it never really stood out on its own," she said. "After making a custom headboard, it's like we have a brand new bed! It gave our bedroom so much character and the fact that it's handmade -- it was my husband's first attempt at a project of that scale -- makes it so much more meaningful."
The large headboard Browning created for her master bedroom reflects her personal style.
"Right now I am loving gray and silver. The corrugated steel roofing I used for this one is shiny and massive," she said. "It's not very feminine but it creates a soft, romantic reflection from the side lamps."
Clark also finds that lamps are an indispensable ingredient to an inviting bedroom.
"I recently moved the lamps in our bedroom to another room in the house, and we were with only an overhead light for a couple of months," she said. "It just felt so cold to me."
Soft light makes a bedroom cozier, she said. So, too, can black-out drapes, or even eye masks and white noise machines. Light-limiting drapes can come in handy for the occasional sick day, Brower said.
"There's nothing worse than being laid up in bed with a cold and it's sunny and wonderful just outside the window. I can pull my drapes shut and block out the sun and pretend I'm not missing out on a glorious day," she said.
The only thing it seems decorators can't agree on when it comes to bedrooms is whether to put a TV in the room. For some, like Berrey, it's a must.
"I know for so many a TV in the bedroom is a big no-no, but I have to have a TV in the bedroom. I love to lay in bed and watch TV until I fall asleep. It's really the only thing I need; No scented sprays or the sounds of crashing waves, just the sounds of the 'Real Housewives,'" she said.
Even if they think TVs don't belong in bedrooms, decorators confess to it apologetically.
"I know I'm in the minority," Baumgartner said, "but no TV."
"I'll be hated for this one," said Holloway, who says TVs destroy the cozy vibe of a bedroom. "Are we not bombarded by screens? If you can swing it, no home office or TV in your bedroom."