Bedroom Secrets Revealed

We polled HGTV fans to find out what goes on in the bedroom, from how often they change the sheets to what their favorite color scheme is. How do your answers match up?

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Survey Says ...

We surveyed 2,543 adult home enthusiasts between the ages of 18 and 64 on the Scripps Networks Interactive consumer panel, Under One Roof. Sixty percent of the sample was female and 40% was male.

We asked them 12 questions about their bedroom habits and distilled our favorites into a questionnaire. Here's how it all played out.

Contemporary Bedroom With Serene Art

Contemporary Bedroom With Ocean Art


Tara Benet

Designer Tara Benet uses low-profile furniture, a minimalist color palette and sleek accessories to create this calming New York City bedroom.

Playing It Safe With Bedroom Colors

We started with a big question: What's your bedroom color palette? Forty-five per cent said they played it safe and went neutral, while only 7% went bold. The others split almost evenly between warm and cool palettes.

What’s on the Walls?

When adorning the vertical surfaces of their sleep space, most of our fans prefer family photos (33%). But mirrors (29%) and art purchased from a retailer (27%) ran close behind. The smallest percentage (6%) went to 3-D wall art often made of wood or metal.

Master Bedroom With Upcycled Dresser

Master Bedroom With Chevron Dresser

Josh Goleman View original photo.

Josh Goleman

A bedroom basic, the upcycled dresser doesn't have to look, well, recycled. Stylist Halligan Norris shows us how she gave hers panache with some tape and a little spray paint.

20% Have Upcycled Furniture

One-fifth of the people we polled have repurposed furniture for the bedroom. When we asked about the benefits, you told us that upcycled furniture gives you a sense of responsibility and allows your family to reuse meaningful items.

What's Your Decorating Style?

For flooring, you are evenly split between carpet and hardwood. And for bedroom sets? A whopping sixty-four per cent prefer the furniture to match.

When lighting the space, you like lots of natural light (70%) and 65% welcome tech, like phones and tablets in their sleep space.

Honestly, How Often Do You Change Your Sheets?

The majority of our fans changed their sheets every couple of weeks, though a third change them every week without fail. When we informally polled our staff on this question, one superstar changed them twice a week. The rest of us were slackers, choosing every 2-4 weeks as our comfort zone.

What's On Your Nightstand?

No surprises here. Top items include: lamp, alarm clock, tv remote, phone/tablet, book. Nineteen per cent admitted to their nightstand being a catchall for "random stuff I don't know what to do with."

Shih Tzu Dog Laying on Rug

Female Shih Tzu Dog Laying on Rug

Dennis Guyitt View original photo.

Dennis Guyitt

This Shih Tzu dog lays her head on the rug. A small pink bow is in her hair.

Really, How Bad Is It?

What are your rules for keeping the bedroom a peaceful haven? Here's what you said:

  1. Eating midnight snacks in bed: pretty/super bad
  2. Sleeping on the same sheets for a month: pretty/super bad
  3. Letting the dog/cat sleep in the bed: It’s fine!
  4. Using an old pillow: Not too bad
  5. Putting your shoes on the bed: Super bad
  6. Leave the TV on all night: Super bad
  7. Clipping your toenails in bed: Super bad
  8. Not rotating your mattress: Not too bad
  9. Sleeping with the door open: It’s fine

What’s your bedroom theme song?

Our fans love romance, as evidenced by your choice of bedroom theme song. You were pretty evenly divided between two classic ballads by Randy Travis and ONJ.

  1. "Forever and Ever Amen" by Randy Travis - 23%
  2. "Hopelessly Devoted to You" by Olivia Newton John - 22%
  3. "Let's Get It On" by Marvin Gaye - 18%
  4. "Lay, Lady, Lay" by Bob Dylan - 15%
  5. "Single Ladies" by Beyoncé - 11%
  6. "You Shook Me All Night Long" by AC/DC - 10%

Glam Up Your Medicine Cabinet

Yellow Medicine Cabinet Wallpaper

Go out and grab some gorgeous papers to line your cabinet. The fancy heavy wrapping paper at your favorite stationary store will work great, but you can also use wallpaper or contact paper for a more durable install. Cut your papers to fit the back wall spaces on the medicine cabinet.

How would you create the bedroom of your dreams?

When it comes to doing it yourself, you're pretty handy with a hammer.

38% would totally DIY

39% would hire some out

23% would hire out the whole project

Who Did We Survey?

Under One Roof is an Internet-based consumer panel of self-selected lifestyle enthusiasts hosted by Scripps Networks Interactive that includes approximately 19,000 U.S. residents ages 18-64. Panel members are recruited based on their interest in the home, food, and travel categories. This panel is not recruited to be nationally representative.

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