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I asked an interior designer to critique my bedroom. She said swapping out just a few items would totally revamp and maximize my space.

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A side-by-side view of my bedroom and Shaw's rendering.Lauren Edmonds/Insider; Emily Shaw
  • I moved into a one-bedroom apartment during the pandemic but I've been too busy to decorate.

  • I asked Emily Shaw, an interior designer with more than 5.9 million followers on TikTok, for advice.

  • Shaw suggested using peel-and-stick-wallpaper to cover my bare white walls. 

I currently live in a one-bedroom apartment in Brooklyn, New York with my partner.

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A photo of me making pasta inside my New York City apartment.Lauren Edmonds/Insider

In July 2021, my boyfriend and I decided to upgrade from the studio apartment we holed up in during the COVID-19 pandemic for a larger space. Our current one-bedroom apartment is nestled in Bushwick, a neighborhood located in Brooklyn.

I had grandiose design plans when we moved in, but life got the best of me.

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A photo of my bedroom and closet.Lauren Edmonds/Insider

I thought years of watching HGTV had prepared me for the decorating project, but that wasn't the case. When we first moved in, I planned to completely overhaul our bedroom into the perfect space, but it never came to fruition between the COVID-19 pandemic and life events.

Instead, our room is filled with non-cohesive decor.

That's why I asked Emily Shaw, an interior designer making waves online, for advice on how to revive our bedroom.

Emily Shaw, 24, is an interior designer known for her eye-catching decor and for chronicling her projects online for millions of users. Shaw has amassed over 5.9 million followers on TikTok and gained over 626,000 subscribers on YouTube.

In July 2021, she told Insider what interior design trends made homes look outdated.

Shaw created a digital rendering to show me what our bedroom could look like, then explained how to maximize the space.

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A final look at our bedroom versus the suggestions Emily Shaw made.Lauren Edmonds/Insider;Emily Shaw

Shaw suggested I sell a few of our decor items – including the bed frame, curtains, desk, bedside table, and metal shelves – on Facebook Marketplace to help pay for new items.

First, Shaw said to replace our bedroom curtains and bed frame.

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A photo of my bedroom pointing out Emily Shaw's suggestions.Lauren Edmonds/Insider

Shaw suggested swapping the dark gray curtains out for a window shade "to keep it from being an obstacle with the bed."

"Then, I would get a bed frame that has storage underneath and place it centered on the window," she said. "A bed frame with built-in storage opens up the room for more space."

Next, she said to switch the white nightstand for two tall shelving units.

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The tall shelving units provide more space and take advantage of the apartment's tall ceilings.Lauren Edmonds/Insider

Shaw said IKEA or similar stores likely carry a version of the shelves.

"This will add a lot more storage space and emphasize the height of the room," she said. "Additionally, removing a shelf from the shelving unit will give you space to add lamps on either side of the bed."

Shaw suggested covering the white walls with peel-and-stick wallpaper, adding fun designs to the otherwise plain room.

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The apartment's white walls can be upgraded with simple solutions like peel-and-stick wallpaper.Emily Shaw

According to Shaw, she'd put the peel-and-stick wallpaper around the bedroom window.

"Although optional, adding a piece to the sides of the shelves and the ceiling would make the whole wall look like a built-in," Shaw told Insider. "

Shaw said to purchase a rolling bed table to replace the desk and a storage bench for additional storage.

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A bed table can replace my desk, which sits on the left side of the bedroom.Emily Shaw

If I don't want to buy a bed table, Shaw said it's an opportunity to tackle the project DIY-style.

"The bed table could be easily built as a DIY if you have them cut the wood for you at the hardware store," Shaw said. "This would allow you to use the table as a replacement for the current desk setup. Sit on the bench to use it as a desk, or roll it back and use it in bed!"

 

Lastly, she said to add a rug, wall art, and other items to finish the job.

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A side-by-side view of my bedroom and Shaw's rendering.Lauren Edmonds/Insider; Emily Shaw

Finally, she said to add a rug for a pop of color on the floor in addition to wall art, plants, and books.

"This new setup in the center of the room feels a lot less cluttered because things aren't squished up against the wall," Shaw said. "It also gives you some space to add a full-length mirror right next to the closet for easy outfit-picking."

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