HGTV’s Tiffany Brooks Recommends Color and Texture to Turn a Bedroom Into a Cozy Kingdom

Interior designer and HGTV host Tiffany Brooks details how to make a bedroom as cozy as possible.

As the winter months start coming, it is more important than ever to create a cozy domain within the living space. For most, the coziest room in the house is the one where they sleep, relax and spend time with loved ones—the bedroom. Tiffany Brooks, HGTV interior design host and Season 8 winner of the competition show HGTV Design Star, shares some tips on how to use textures, color and layouts to create the most comfortable and winter-ready bedroom possible.

Brooks is an interior designer who started out in high-end residential property management and staging. After she designed an award-winning model home, she decided to quit her corporate job and focus solely on interior design. “With over 10 years of experience in residential real estate in Chicago and the North Shore, I launched my own interior design firm in 2007,” said Brooks. “In 2013, HGTV came knocking at my door and I ended up being the Now, in addition to being the Lead Interior Designer at my very own residential interior design firm located in the northern suburbs of Chicago, I also design HGTV’s Smart Home each year.”
Brooks’ style can be described as a personalized contemporary aesthetic, and the designer has a tendency to add a bit of out-of-the-box flair into mid-century and traditional designs. “Whether it be the bedroom or the kitchen, I always make sure to add an eclectic or bohemian spin to an overall classic vibe,” said Brooks.
When planning for the coziest bedroom design, Brooks recommends thinking beyond simple storage and layout concerns. “Interior designers are always thinking of color and texture first,” she said. “As a designer, we can find storage later through reimagining closets or other spaces.”
Brooks likes to stay away from overly hard surfaces in the master bedroom. “If the room calls for it, I like to feature a wood-piece dresser or an upholstered headboard, which can mix up the heaviness of the room by making the design more textural,” she said. “A great way to add texture is through drapes, wall coverings or paint colors. If a client wants to up the drama of the space, we use a dark purple or black, but if they want something airy, we reach for creamy whites and blues.”
Another expert tip that Brooks provides is to never forget about the ceiling. “When you are laying in the bed, the ceiling is what you are looking at. I always try to make the ceiling the same color as the walls to create a unified and comforting space,” she said.
“Lighting is also a key component of the coziness of any space, especially the bedroom,” said Brooks. “With general lighting—for when you are changing or picking out clothes—two task lights on both sides of the bed can be helpful. For mood lighting, I love sconces on the side of the wall or a lamp floating in the corner. Bedroom lighting should never be too intense, and overhead lighting can render a bedroom harsher. Always make sure to have those different light sources on different switches as well as dimmers for complete control.”
For Brooks, interior design is so much more than simply buying furniture because each client has different needs and desires for their bedrooms. Brooks makes sure to complete an in-depth questionnaire to get a clear understanding of what the client’s ideal space would look like and how to problem solve, plan and budget.
“Whether a client wants a more romantic bedroom, a place to study, or even a fashion-oriented bedroom, I make sure to plan the room in zones,” said Brooks. “For example, I always keep bed placement in mind—if the bed is near a wall that reflects light, I make sure to position it in such a way as to not keep the owner awake. If one member of the couple wants a television in the bedroom and the other doesn’t, I’ll figure out some television cover or method to fold it away.”
Brooks suggests that drapes can add a warm and comforting vibe to the bedroom and recommends some DIY low-cost alternatives, such as going to IKEA and ironing a ribbon onto the drapery to make it seem more luxurious.
“Painting is not necessarily easy but it is definitely something homeowners can do on their own to up the coziness of a space,” said Brooks. “In the bedroom, think about utilizing those deep charcoal, rich navy, or eggplant colors. Overall, the more cloth and material you can add to the bedroom—whether it be drapery, bedding or area rugs—the cozier it will be.”
One of Brooks’ favorite examples of her cozy bedrooms designs is from this year’s HGTV Smart Home that was just completed in Dallas, Texas. The bedroom featured white hardwood flooring, black accent walls, and high, electric blue-banded drapery in a nod to high-end couture.
As Brooks continues to make clients feel happy and cozy in their homes, it is the personalization and relationship-building that she loves most about the interior design world. “My favorite part is seeing how a well-designed bedroom can make a person feel,” she said. “Instead of just dealing with a floor color you hate, when you go in and decide to elevate your space, the atmosphere changes and the way people interact in the space changes as well. Sometimes, we don’t realize how much a living space affects our mood and comfort until we reimagine our home.”