May 30, 2023

Nate Berkus exclusively reveals his 5

Designer Nate Berkus has spent more than two decades shaping some of the most exclusive homes worldwide – but his tips translate to spaces of all sizes – including small bedrooms.

Lately, bedrooms have been on Nate's mind. He recently launched a premium line of bed sheets and pillows, the Nate Berkus Signature Collection with Bloomingdale's, which gave us the perfect opportunity to ask him exclusively about how he elevates small bedrooms.

'I love the idea of taking a smaller space and doing an enormous edit. Anything that isn't beautiful or practical has to leave. This is the most important thing in a small bedroom,' Nate says. After this, he says that bedroom styling comes down to five elements: our bed, bedding, bedside tables, lighting, and repeated motifs.

'In a small bedroom, you don't have the square footage to make a lot of decisions. There's no seating area for you to address, and there's typically not a working area or a desk. So, what you're limited to is your bed, your bedding, your bedside tables, and your lighting. You need to take your time with those four decisions.'

Firstly, Nate says that bedding should be the best you can afford (starting with picks from his Bloomingdale's line below is a failsafe place to invest). Meanwhile, when choosing a bed, we should look for something that isn't enormously scaled – but instead, opt for a smaller frame that won't overwhelm the room.

'I'd recommend going vintage with your night tables and bedroom lighting if you can,' Nate says.

'You can find a pair of beautiful bedside lamps or a custom shade in a design you really love from Etsy. How wonderful to have something that no one else has. You genuinely have four decisions to make about the pieces in that room (paint colors and window treatments aside), so go for luxury.'

Rule number five? Nate explains that we can elevate a small space further by repeating a textile around various parts of our room.

'I love repeating. Repeat a headboard – that is the same wallcovering – that is the same as the drapery in your window. It's a little bit of the granny in me. It may not be chintz or floral, in my case, but pinstripe or a flannel – something that gives texture. It's a classic and historical English decorating trick, and when paired with modern lighting, it's a real win.'

As promised, we've listed our top picks from Nate's collection (the perfect starting point) below.


Bouclé Euro Sham

This sham is as comfortable as it is stylish. The trendy bouclé texture adds an instant chic to your bedroom – and it's finished with a knife-edge technique for a premium, tailored look.


Waffle Collection Blanket

This blanket is a part of the Waffle Bedding Collection, featuring a textured weave for a lived-in feel. Woven with a cotton/linen blend, this textural blanket gets even softer and loftier with time.


Chunky Knit Throw

The textured yarn construction of this throw is said to add an immediate style boost to your bedroom (but it also looks great on a living room sofa).