Your bed is not "where the magic happens"—that phrase died with MTV Cribs—but it is the visual centerpiece of the bedroom. As noted interior decorator Lil Jon once said: Get low. Start with a knee-high platform frame, treat yourself to a good mattress (we're partial to Shifman Mattress Company), and toss the box spring out on the street. What you'll end up with is the opposite of the fusty four-post Victorian sleeping throne of your parents' bedroom—and that's the idea.
See, once you get low, the room opens up. It feels a little sexier, a little bigger, and a lot more impressive. Keep the ball rolling with a ground-hugging dresser, nightstands, and chair. And now you've got yourself a bedroom with a point of view.