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Inspirational Bedroom Decoration For Creating Your Own Peaceful Haven

As the most private space in the home, the bedroom should be everything that you want it to be: a retreat, a cozy hideaway, a sleek and modern sanctuary, or anything in between. Quite literally, anything goes in the bedroom when it comes to creating a beautiful space that makes you feel at ease.

Inspirational Bedroom Decoration

Curtains, bedding accessories, furniture — all these elements play a role in creating the right atmosphere. It can be hard to decide what to do with a bedroom space, but here are examples of beautiful bedroom decoration that will inspire plans for your own haven.

How do I decorate my bedroom?

Bedroom decoration starts much like decorating any other room:  The first thing is to decide what style of décor you want to have. Obviously, you want a serene and restful refuge in your home, but beyond that it’s all up to how you want it to look. This will drive your choices for everything else in the space. Even though few people will likely see it, you still want it to look cohesive and stylish.

What’s your style?

Picking a style can sometimes be a challenge, especially for people who tend to like more than one type of décor. This is a critical step before you buy anything for your bedroom because it will help narrow down what types of elements you should buy.

The easiest way is to create a Pinterest board of all your bedroom décor ideas, from rugs and furniture to paint, bedding and accessories. Once you’ve amassed a collection of images, a particular style will likely emerge. If not, there’s nothing wrong with going for an eclectic look that mixes styles to create a space that really reflects your personality.

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Start with the big stuff

This rule holds true for every space: Start with the biggest pieces of furniture first, so that you can work around them with everything else. Before you go shopping, be sure to make a scaled floorplan of the bedroom to be sure the furniture you’re considering will fit comfortably. This will help you accommodate doors and windows in the layout too. No matter what style you’ve decided on, there are basic elements every bedroom needs:

  • The bed
    Figuring out the focal point in a bedroom is easy: It’s generally always the bed. This is the main feature that you’ll design the room around, whether you’re buying a new bed or working with an existing bed and headboard. A few things to consider when choosing a bed include:
  • Pick the correct size. We all have a preferred bed size but you can’t squeeze a king-sized bed into a room made for a double. There must be space to walk around the bed at a minimum, as well as something next to the bed to hold a clock, a book or your glasses. Plus, most people want some sort of dresser or storage piece in the bedroom too.
  • Consider the headboard. Your choice of headboard will make a big impact on the room, If you can’t afford a headboard, you’ll want to plan some sort of wall décor that visually acts as one, whether that’s something painted onto the wall or installed on the wall. The color and finish should go with the overall style of the room.
  • Storage
    A bedroom needs some type of storage, at a minimum to hide away clutter and small items that you need to keep handy. That said, don’t overload the bedroom with furniture because a cluttered room will not be restful. There are several pieces of furniture that can solve your bedroom storage needs:
  • A dresser
    This is probably the most common choice because it offers plenty of drawers for smaller items of clothing as well as a surface to hold décor items, a jewelry box, or other pieces that you like to have close at hand. Dressers are also ideal to pair with a wall mirror.
  • A chest
    Opting for a chest of drawers is a good move if space is tight. It offers the same storage benefits as a wide dresser but has a smaller footprint. A chest can also be paired with a dresser if you have lots of room.
  • Nightstands
    Bedrooms that need some extra storage can sneak in a good bit of extra space for stuff by choosing nightstands instead of bedside tables. Drawers and a concealed shelf space offer a handy location for all kinds of necessities. 
  • Accessories
    Small spaces – or big ones – can squeak in more storage using decorative baskets, trunks accent shelving, etc.
  • Seating
    Even a modestly sized bedroom can benefit from a place to sit down for a moment while donning socks. (It’s not good for your mattress to always it on the edge of the bed!) If you have the space, a seating area that includes a small table is a great addition for private, quiet time. Pick a chair that you find comfortable – anything goes, from a stool to a set of deep armchairs of even a chaise longue.
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Set your bedroom color scheme

After you select a décor style, decide on the color scheme you want to use. Even if you want to have a neutral color palette, with just some accents of color, you need to plan ahead. 

  • Some neutrals have warm undertones while others have a cooler feel, so keep this in mind as you create a cohesive look all your own.
  • Your choice of style may help direct some of your color choices. For example, dark and moody walls won’t be a good base for an English country cottage-style bedroom. 
  • Using lots of bold color in the bedroom doesn’t create a restful vibe.
  • Consider how much light your bedroom gets and whether you want to lighten the feel or take advantage of a dark and moody space

Consider Wall Coverings

Once you’ve set the style and the color palette, you may want to consider wall coverings to add pattern or texture to the space. Unlike the rest of the house where durability is a major concern, the bedroom is a spot where you can add a wall covering that might be a little more delicate because the bedroom walls typically don’t see as much wear and tear. Textured grasscloth, suede-like finishes or silk options can make the bedroom special.

If you don’t like prints, there is a wide range of wall coverings that provide texture without bringing added colors or prints to the space.

Or Maybe Some Wood?

If it’s texture you’re after, wood might be the look you want. Options range from rustic and reclaimed wood materials that add a rustic or casual feeling to the bedroom to more refined wood panels that work with formal styles. These types of wall coverings are best used for an accent wall rather than for the entire room, which would be overwhelming. The key is to look at all the options and see what works for your space, 

Incorporate Artwork

Bare walls do not a cozy bedroom make so plan to hang some art in the bedroom. Use your favorite poster – properly framed, please – or a prized painting. Of course, art isn’t just drawings and paintings and there are all sorts of ways to add personality and pizzazz through art:

  • Highlight a collection by showcasing select pieces on the wall.
  • Create a gallery wall of favorite photos, prints or botanical elements.
  • Hang a wall sculpture that adds depth and texture.
  • Opt for a quilt or special textile work.
  • Paint a wall mural.
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Add a Rug

If the bedroom floor is tile or wood, you’ll want some bedside rugs to provide a soft landing for your feet when you get out of bed. If you have wall-to-wall carpet, adding a rug is an opportunity to insert some texture, visual interest and perhaps another pattern to the space.

Another option is to go big if your budget allows: Choose a really big rug to go under the bed and extend out. Ideally, the rug is wide enough to extend at least a foot on both sides and even more than a foot at the end of the bed. 

Consider the size of the room. Although you want enough of the rug to stick out from under the bed on the three sides, you still want to have enough flooring visible around the periphery of the room. This ensures the rug is more than padding for your feet and provides color and texture to the overall space.

Plan the Lighting

The bedroom might look cheery and bright during the day, but honestly, you’ll be spending most of your time in it after dark. This makes the lighting in the bedroom very important. Of course, it needs to be bright enough for you to get around and find things, but you generally don’t want a level of light that is glaring. The bedroom lighting should also contribute to the décor. Generally, these are the kinds of lighting you’ll want to consider.

  • Bedside lighting
    This is the light you will need in order to see as you’re settling in for the night and for reading. It should be a soft but effective light that you can control from your spot in bed.
  • Overhead lighting
    General overhead lighting is good when you need to be in and out of the room and you need function over ambiance. That said, it should still be soft and warm, something you can control with the types of bubs you buy. You can have both function and mood if you install a dimmer switch for the overhead lighting.
  • Accent lighting.
    Accent lighting encompasses everything else. If you have a seating area in the bedroom, you’ll want to have a table lamp or a floor lamp nearby. Or, you may choose to add decorative fixtures in the bedroom that simply provide extra décor and mood lighting. Finally, underbed lighting or lighting under shelving are also options.

Dress up the Bed

The bed needs sheets, blankets and pillows, but since the bed is the focal point of this space, it’s important to focus on what you’re purchasing. Depending on the style and your bedding references, get the best that you can afford. This isn’t just for decorative purposes: Sleep is vitally important for health so you want the most comfortable and restful bedding possible.

  • Sheets are the base layer. The way you make your bed may or may not expose the sheets, but in general, stick to solid colors that will match whatever you put on top of them. Choose a material, thread count and type that you find the most luxurious.
  • The duvet or duvet cover has to match the style. Whatever you choose – slouchy linen duvet cover or more formal bedspread style – this is your statement piece for the bed. 
  • Throw pillows are the icing on the cake. If you stick with solids or neutrals, the throw pillow you use can add color and texture to the bed. Just don’t go overboard with too many as most people did a decade or two ago. These are the elements you cans witch out seasonally to give the room a whole different vibe.
  • A throw blanket adds texture. Artfully tossing a throw across the bottom of the bed adds color and texture but also makes a nice piece to grab and snuggle in for a quick nap or for reading in a seating area.

Cover the Windows

Even if you want to capitalize on a view outside your bedroom windows, you’re going to need something to cover the windows for privacy and for darkness. Assess what you want to achieve with the window coverings. 

In a minimalist approach, some sheers and blackout shades can do the trick. Otherwise, add drapes for a décor element because they also soften what can be an otherwise boxy space. Most important: Banish the idea of short curtains because they do nothing to improve the look of a room. Floor-length drapes add the most style to the bedroom. If the configuration of a room makes these impossible, you’re better off sticking with binds.

Simplicity Rules

Throughout the planning process, keep the size of the room top of mind. The bedroom needs to be your retreat from life so that you can sleep soundly and that means not overcrowding the space. Cluttered spaces are never restful. 

  • For people in smaller spaces, this may mean foregoing a dresser and investing time and effort in improving closet storage. 
  • Modestly sized bedrooms may be able to accommodate the usual furnishings but on a slightly smaller scale.
  • In all cases, pick the minimum number of furniture pieces so that you have enough room to move around freely.
  • You should have some accessories in the bedroom – but not too many. Anything that borders on looking cluttered needs to be edited down.
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How do you decorate a modern-style bedroom?

Bedroom decoration for a modern style bedroom is not as hard as you might think. The basic planning steps and concepts are all the same. The difference comes in the choices you make for colors, furnishings and all the other elements in the bedroom. Here are some of the basic guidelines for decorating a modern bedroom:

  1. Let neutrals set the stage. You can never go wrong with a neutral palette and that is even more certain when it comes to a modern bedroom. Shades of cream, beige, white, brown gray and black form the perfect backdrop for a modern look and allow accent colors to tell the detailed story.
  2. Monochrome is always a good option. Whether you want a little more color or not, a monochrome palette always brings a modern style to the bedroom.
  3. Less is more when it comes to the décor. Minimalism rules and that holds true for everything from the window treatments to the artwork to the accessories.
  4. Opt for angles. Most modern-style bedrooms are clean-lined and angular. Stick to sleek lines for your furniture.
  5. Lighten the load. Lift things off the floor whenever possible. For example, wall-mounted nightstands and furniture on legs keep the space feeling light and help draw the eye upward from the floor.
  6. Hang the lights. Instead of a bedside lamp, try hanging a pendant or a wall-mounted sconce. Or, try a hanging pendant in the corner of the room or over a seating area to emphasize a modern look.
  7. Skip the drapes. Blinds are best for a modern-style bedroom because they emphasize the minimalist look. If you must hang something, go for light and billowy sheers.
  8. Go big when it comes to mirrors. Rarely do you see small mirrors in a modern-style bedroom. In fact, most elements work best when they are large or oversized. 
  9. Mix materials. When the color palette is neutral or monochrome, the interest will come from textures. Adding a rougher textile or a natural element adds a lot of interest.
  10. Add some edge. Metal elements add yet another texture to the space and can make it feel edgier. On the flip side, to add glamour, choose a glitzy metallic piece for a luxe feel.

What styles are in for bedrooms?

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The bedroom is your sanctuary so it should be done in the style that makes you feel most comfortable. That said, when it comes to bedroom decoration, there are definitely styles that are trending. Here are some of the current ones:

Natural materials and textures are in.

Not surprisingly, textural materials and elements from nature are among the top trends. After spending so much time indoors for the past couple of years, people are anxious to make their living space feel more connected to the outdoors. In the bedroom, think wicker and rattan, natural fabrics and earthy hues.

Everything sage green is popular.

This flows from the previous trend for natural materials and earthy hues. Shades of sage are calming and serene, so this color is gaining popularity in bedding, paint colors and upholstery. It complements the softer colors and neutrals readily found in the bedroom environment.

Peel-and-stick murals are easy

Whether you rent or own, a peel-and-stick mural is a fast and easy way to create some drama in the bedroom. Choices range from geometrics to full scenes and landscapes. Choose something that fits your style and complements the space. 

Canopies are making a comeback

If you’re looking to add some easy drama to the bedroom decoration, opt for a canopy bed. These are not the canopy beds of your childhood with frills and lace. Today’s canopies can be found in a number of styles and may or may not actually have fabric across the top. Metal and iron minimalist designs are particularly popular right now.

Mixed bedding and textiles are a must.

Just as the matching bedroom sets of yore have fallen out of favor, so too go the bed-in-a-bag sets of matching duvet, pillows, curtains and dust ruffle. Collect the styles and complementary colors that appeal to you because they shouldn’t all be the same.

Bedside lamps are moving onto the wall.

In a move toward a less cluttered bedroom space, bedside lamps are being passed over in favor of wall sconces. This frees up room on the nightstand and lets you opt for a smaller version of the bedside furnishings. 

What decor should I put in my bedroom?

As we already mentioned above, you need some décor in the bedroom – but never too much. Whatever you choose to add to the bedroom décor should be functional and if it’s purely decorative, it should feel open and uncluttered. Some bedroom décor ideas include:

  • Natural materials in the form of wooden blinds, wood floors and wicker accents.
  • A minimalist look for any style of bedroom, with an uncluttered feel.
  • Plenty of light — Whether this comes from the windows as natural light or from the fixtures you install is a function of the specific space, but let in as much as possible!
  • Color with character, whether that’s a neutral palette or one that uses bolder hues like navy or black.
  • Jazzed up doors, like boldly painted ones or sliding doors.
  • Art and a mirror, but choose something large and dramatic instead of numerous smaller ones to keep the space uncluttered.
  • A gas or faux fire fireplace if you have the space. Nothing says cozy like a fire at the flip of a switch.
  • A wireless speaker to play your favorite chill music as you unwind – but skip the smart devices!

What is the most relaxing color for a bedroom?

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Certainly, a neutral palette is super relaxing but some people like color and there are ways to add it to the bedroom without sacrificing the Zen vibe. You might have your favorites, but some are more calming than others.

  • Lavender – Dreamy and soft, the right shades of lavender are as calming as the flower they represent. Moreover, there are choices that are modern and not overly feminine. This hue also goes well with cool whites and grays.
  • White – Far from boring or basic, white is the perfect backdrop for any bedroom, especially a small one. To keep it lively, pay attention to the textures and accent colors you incorporate.
  • Grayish Blue – Blue has often been used in bedrooms, but now it is trending toward shades on the gray end of the spectrum. It’s a serene choice that’s more interesting than the basic, overdone plain gray colors.
  • Dusty Pink – Say goodbye to millennial pink and hello to dusty pink. A little earthier and less feminine than the previously trending shades of pink, dusty pink conveys a sense of security as well as serenity.
  • Sage Green – Currently a major trend, sage green is a very tranquil choice for the bedroom, It evokes nature and is associated with renewal, so it’s perfect for a bedroom. Go pale for the walls or bold for décor accents.
  • Buttery Yellow – With its bright and sunny reputation, you might not consider yellow for the bedroom, but choosing a pale, buttery tone of yellow can create a space has a refreshing, relaxing vibe. 

What are the bedroom styles?

The different types of bedroom styles are as numerous as the styles for the rest of the house. Just about any style goes and it’s entirely up to your own taste because the bedroom is a very personal space. When considering what style to choose, have a look at the main types and pick what calms and inspires you. 

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1. Contemporary bedrooms feature elements from the recent past mixed with current design trends, so it’s always something new. Today’s contemporary bedrooms have lots of natural light and large windows. The color palette tends toward natural hues that are largely neutral with white, beige, taupe and brown being the dominant ones. Even the furnishings are often done in lighter wood tones, or in a darker espresso finish that serves as an accent.

2. Traditional bedrooms are breaking out of their staid past but still embrace the concepts that made them popular. The first “must-have” in the design style is symmetry. The bed is centered and flanked by two identical nightstands. Anything in multiples comes in pairs. The color palette is dark and rich, including hues like forest green and burgundy. The wood used is also dark and rich, including the types used for flooring. Finally, upholstery is heavy and high-end, such as velvets, silks and brocades.

3. Industrial-style bedrooms turn the flaws into desirable features. The exposed ducts and pies, along with raw brick or concrete walls are definitely masculine and can sometimes be a little “hard” for a relaxing bedroom. Using neutral colors, plenty of plush bedding and some natural wood can help warm up the bedroom if it feels too cold.

4. Cottage bedrooms are all about a sun-drenched vibe that is light and airy. Typically with a white backdrop, soft colors like pastels make up most of the accents and the pieces in the bedroom are usually vintage and eclectic.

5. Romantic style bedroom décor is made up of warm colors and luxurious, unique textures. Use shades of red and maybe a splash of pink mixed with gray or white. Bold shades will be sultry while pastels will have a lighter feel. The bedding should be lush, detailed and sumptuous, while the headboard for the bed is typically upholstered.

6. Coastal décor in the bedroom is the kind that makes you feel like you’re on a seaside holiday. The colors are mainly shades of blue and blue-green that are typically paired with bright white and sandy neutrals. The art and accessories have a coastal vibe and include things you’d find at the beach, from seashells to the surf.

7. Nautical bedroom decorating ideas are similar to coastal style in that it is inspired by water, but nautical style has more of a boat theme. Images like ropes, flags and anchors pepper the décor and red is a common accent color.

8. Scandinavian bedroom style décor has things in common with modern design in that the focus is minimalism. Designs are simple and functional, above all. The ambiance of this style is all about light – in terms of the wood finish and of the colors used. White, gray and pastels are most common. Furniture has clean lines and accents include elements of nature,

9. Mid-Century Modern bedroom décor ideas are similar to Scandinavian in that the pieces are light and functional. The two styles diverge when it comes to color and pattern because mid-century modern uses more vibrant colors and geometric patterns not typically found in Nordic design.

10. Shabby Chic is an ideal design style for someone on a budget. The pieces are often upcycled or vintage and have a casual, eclectic vibe that feels effortlessly thrown together. The color palette is typically neutral with distressed shades of white and other colors like cream, light gray or taupe.

11. Bohemian or Boho style is a lot like shabby chic but it has far more color along with low-slung furniture and a bit of a hippie vibe. The recent offshoot of this style called Jungalow focuses on plants, natural materials and lots of textural woven items.

12. Urban Modern décor bedroom decoration is inspired by city living and incorporates elements that are modern, industrial and contemporary. Colors and furnishings are soft for comfort and visual appeal. Rugs are a must-have element and the space should include a statement piece, like a dynamite headboard or an artful dresser.

13. Modern Farmhouse style juxtaposes heavy pieces with lighter elements for balance. Pair a heavy, rustic metal bed with white shiplap walls and a lighter style of dresser and nightstands. An extra dose of coziness comes from the rustic wood elements that this type of bedroom should include.

14. Asian style bedroom décor ideas are inspired by nature and intended to create a relaxing atmosphere. Colors come from a natural palette and any bold accents are small. When it comes to bedding, luxury rules and the feeling should be lush and decadent.

15. Mediterranean bedrooms can trend toward the styles of the different countries in this region, but in general, the Greek varieties use lots of stucco, tiles and arches. These will have accents of cobalt blue while the Spanish and Italian styles use earthy tones and terra cotta.

What should I hang on my bedroom walls?

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Bedroom decorating requires art or wall décor to create a stylish space. There are many ways to take the walls from bare and boring to something very distinctive. Unless you are creating a gallery wall of multiple smaller framed pieces, look for something larger that will make an impact. 

  • Skip the painting and opt for a three-dimensional wall sculpture.
  • Add a wall mural.
  • Hang a textile or quilt.
  • Install decorative shelving.
  • Hang a large mirror.
  • Panel the wall.
  • Showcase some edited highlights from a collection

What is the softest carpet for the bedroom?

Whether you have area rugs or wall-to-wall carpet, you want to choose the softest kind possible since that’s what your bare feet will hit first thing in the morning. According to Floor Coverings International, the key to the softest carpet is to choose a high pile. The strands in this type of carpeting are longer which means it’s fluffier and cozier. 

They offer up some tips to remember when shopping for soft bedroom carpeting:

  1. High pile Saxony carpet is dense because it is a cut-pile carpet. The rug is woven with loops that are then cut open. Saxony is both plush and supportive.
  2. Loop pile carpets are more durable but cut-pile is more comfortable.
  3. Wool is the softest natural fiber but it is expensive. Nylon is the next softest and more affordable choice, while other synthetics like polyester and olefin are not as soft.

What direction should your bed face?

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You might not think about which direction the head of the bed faces when you start out decorating the bedroom, but for the best night’s sleep, take this into consideration. The beliefs come from Feng shui, an ancient Chinese system that focuses on energy and placement in life in an effort to create balance. The Indian version — Vastu shastra — focuses on Indian architectural balances based on science. 

According to Master Healer, when sleeping, your head or the head of the bed, should face North. This direction is for quieting the mind and promoting the warm, restorative feeling you get from deep sleep. It’s ok to put your bed under a North-facing window as long as you can cover the window at night. If there’s no way to face the head of the bed to the North, facing it to the East is the next best option. The East signifies creativity and beginnings, so it might keep your mind more active. 

The most undesirable direction for the head of the bed is facing South: This keeps your mind active and you’ll always feel tired. Also don’t place your bed directly across from the door because feet facing the door is called the “coffin” position or the ultimate “rest in peace” position. Finally, if you have to face the closet, close the door to keep your thoughts from being jumbled.

Should all the furniture in a bedroom match?

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Decades ago, it was standard practice to buy a bedroom set: a headboard, dresser, nightstands and other pieces that all matched…exactly. Do that now and you’ll have a very dated-looking bedroom that feels more like a showroom or hotel than a personal bedroom.

Instead, mix and match your bedroom pieces to create a unique but coordinated bedroom space. Start with either the biggest piece in the room or a favorite piece you absolutely have to have. Then, choose the other pieces to complement it. If you must have some pieces that match, try to make them the smaller ones and not something big like the bed, which will be noticeable.

Upscale Barn Bedroom

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Fresh color combos liven a bedroom.

A marvelously converted barn home is a great opportunity for creating a bedroom that combines vintage elements with modern flair. The tongue and groove paneled walls and ceiling set a classic stage for a room that incorporates traditional pieces like a rattan rocking chair and farm bench along with modern touches like the adjustable table and floor lamps.  What really sets this room apart is the truly modern color palette that melds black and a muted yellow that has an edge of chartreuse.

Sophisticated Minimalist Space

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Modern designs can be warm and welcoming.

Modern and minimalist doesn’t have to mean cold and aloof as this cozy bedroom demonstrates. Located in a sophisticated home in Sofia, Bulgaria that is done with 100 percent smart technologies, the embellishments are spare but the feel is warm and relaxing. Dark but ethereal sheer drapes filter the light that comes into the bedroom, which is dominated by the warm, wooden feature wall at the head of the bed. Mismatched modern lighting fixtures by the bed add a little more modern edge.

Traditional Space with Funky Decor

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Traditional doesn’t mean boring.

Working with space that is traditional and perhaps a little staid calls for some eclectic additions. This conventional space is elevated with the addition of mixed pieces, ranging from classically shaped furnishings to gilded and over-the-top decor elements. Arranged against a pale pink backdrop, the gilded elements stand out. The bedroom is a sophisticated melange that breaks plenty of rules but is emblematic of the designers, Les Trois Garçons.

Contemporary Comfort

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Black and white is always right.

This master bedroom might be located in a vintage 1930’s apartment building but it is feels anything but old. A classic black and white color palette is current because of the elements included: The headboard is geometric with a modern edge, the light fixtures are very trendy and the bedding, done in shades of gray, has a minimalist aesthetic. Moreover, the room feels even more spacious thanks to a large mirror that reflects the bountiful natural light that streams in from the large windows.

A Bit of Bohemian

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Toned-down Bohemian flair is calming.

This bedroom by San Francisco designer Nicole Newkirk shows another, softer side of Bohemian style. A pared-down vibe has fewer plants and a neutral color palette but is not lacking in the casual comforts associated with that type of interior decor. Plenty of texture more than makes up for a lack of vivid color: From the nubby rug to the fur throw and eclectic furniture collection, it is far from flat.

Understated Luxury

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Understated luxury puts the focus on the view.

Nestled in the penthouse atop Zaha Hadid’s New York City apartment building, this bedroom is equal parts luxury and relaxed comfort. Fully focused on the view, the bedroom’s elements are light and neutral and don’t try to compete. Subtly patterned rugs, sumptuous textiles and spare but strong modern light fixtures create a bedroom that is uncluttered and welcoming.

Elegant Simplicity

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Feng Shui contributes to a calm atmosphere.

A touch of Asian finesse with a modern sensibility might be the best way to describe this Amsterdam bedroom located in a redevelopment project. The calming atmosphere comes from the spare elements that include modern lighting, bedding with a Nordic feel, and Asian accents. The style and arrangement of this bedroom follow many of the principles of feng shui, which make the bedroom more serene and auspicious.

Masculine Drama

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This dark ensemble is very masculine.

A modern bedroom in a Kiev bachelor pad in Kiev has the right look for a man’s personal retreat. There are few elements at play here, but they all are seriously bold with a masculine edge.  A tufted, leather-upholstered platform bed is positioned against an exposed brick wall that adds a rough, industrial feeling. The juxtaposition of the modern brass wall light serves both as mood lighting and wall art. It’s an ideal clutter and fuss-free design for a single person.

Black and White Classic

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Tall ceilings and a white decor palette open up a space.

There’s nothing like a bedroom done in all white to relax the body and free the mind from distraction. Designer Rose Uniacke rendered the traditional architecture in white and punctuated it with a restrained selection of black accent pieces. Two bold black-framed mirrors highlight the fireplace and modest light fixtures flank the bed. On either side of the fireplace, spare consoles feature matching tree sculptures. The mainly white space amplifies the natural light and makes the whole bedroom feel spacious and airy.

Oceanside Dream

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Natural textiles enhance the seaside feeling.

It would not be right for a bedroom by the sea to focus on anything else but the view. A minimalist decor scheme is the way to go, as the architects did in this Cape Town, South Africa residence. Easy care flooring topped with a rug made from natural materials makes an ideal base for the four-poster bed. While the lacquered frame has a luxurious look, it is tempered by the casual bedding and the wooden shutters lining the windows, which open to allow the ocean breeze — and plentiful sunlight — to filter in.

Urban Chic

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A city bedroom in a monochrome palette is very chic.

It can be a challenge to make city bedroom feel special but designer Shawn Henderson created a space that is relaxed but oh-so-stylish. The color palette is all shades of gray except for the moss-colored nubby rug that seems to highlight everything else. Texture plays a huge role in this monochrome bedroom decoration, evident in the bedding as well as the choice of upholstery fabric for the chairs and ottomans.

Gender-Neutral Glamour

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Glamorous interiors don’t have to be feminine.

A glamorous bedroom in the traditional sense can veer to the feminine end of the spectrum, making it feel a little too girly. The designers of this Prague bedroom, however, have created a haven that has plenty of glamour yet would make anyone feel relaxed. The neutral palette plays off of the black furniture and decor pieces and feels very sophisticated because of the wall covering and mix of light fixtures.

Eclectic Artistry

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Colorful and eclectic is an artful style of bedroom.

For those who prefer maximalist surroundings, this eclectic bedroom by Liza Rachevskaya is just the ticket. Bold and varied patterns on the textiles pair up with dark mauve walls and gilded elements. The old-fashioned and over-the-top headboard — upholstered in a lighter shade of eggplant — will make waking up here feel positively royal. Artsy styles of bedroom decoration are ideal for a space that might be a little darker than most.

Softky Minimal

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Neutrals contribute to a serene bedroom.

A mix of neutral colors and an overall soft vibe make this bedroom instantly relaxing. Bedroom decoration done this way creates a space that’s spare but lacks the hard edges that some people dislike. By blending not just the neutral colors but also soft finishes and textural fabrics, Light on White Design has produced a casual bedroom that is as every bit as elegant as would be expected in a home in the Belgravia section of London.

Artsy Retreat

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A feature wall of art works well behind a bed.

Passionate art collectors can make their favorite works the focus of bedroom decoration in many ways as this Madrid apartment demonstrates. Pale, expansive walls are the perfect background for a gallery wall behind the bed that features works of many styles and colors. The addition of modern elements like an innovative armoire that elevates the clothing to the level of art, along with the spare platform bed design and glass nightstands ensures that the art is the focus of the space.

Modern Whimsy

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A pop of neon yellow adds whimsy.

While a bedroom should be restful, no one says it can’t also have a bit of whimsy. This light and bright bedroom in a Polish apartment by Anna Maria Sokotowska has a modern edge even though it’s in a room that has a traditional architectural feel. The addition of custom padded wall panel that also serves as a headboard is a lot of fun and just one or two neon yellow elements punch up the gray and white palette.

Cozy and Custom

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A focus on the bed will improve sleep.

If the bedroom is all about focusing on sleep then a custom space that is only about the bed is a grand idea. No room for televisions, phones and technology here.  A cozy alcove is home to a sumptuous and comfortable bed. The tufted headboard surrounds the head of the bed, and small but functional nightstands with sconce lighting fit neatly into the space. All done in soothing shades of blue with purple undertones, it’s very comforting.

Open and airy

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Studio apartments need innovative bedroom solutions.

In a studio style apartment, options for walling off a bedroom are limited and can make the space feel boxy. Instead, Fast and Furious architects put the bedroom on show while still giving it a sense of delineation by using curved glass walls. The glass element divides the space but keeps light flowing through the apartment from the windows at one end.

Retro Vibes

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A retro arrangement highlights the bed.

A Parisian flat by designer Sarah Lavoine makes the most of its blank canvas by laying up the retro angle. A vintage style wall element that features a curved frame enclosing caning anchors the space. Set in the center is a padded, upholstered headboard that incorporates all the necessities in a chic way: built-in reading lights and nightstands. Lush and puddled velvet drapes in the Parisian style highlight the floor to ceiling glass doors and are accented by the sole pattern on the room — the geometric upholstery on the bench.

Cushy and Casual

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Oversized elements can make a space feel larger.

High drama from a casual space? You bet! This bedroom decoration by Reath Design is decidedly relaxed, but by emphasizing some elements in an overly dramatic style, it moves to a new level. Oversized tassels on the throw make it seem more plush, and the simple but super-long drapes make the already tall windows seem even more so. The sliding barn door adds a horizontal element that tempers all the height.

Muted and Blue

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A moody bedroom is ideal for resting.

With a reputation for sun, sand and fun, houses in the Hamptons on Long Island need to have a bedroom that is relaxing as a respite from the action. This blue haven in a modern barn house by designer Michael Del Piero departs from the typical style associated with houses in the area and is a moody yet light-filled corner that serves up a gorgeous view along with a minimal but comfortable space.

Vintage Style

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Vintage pieces add lots of personality.

It might be located in a hotel, but this bedroom decoration has serious individualist vintage styling. One of five bedrooms on the property, the dark walls set off the patterned tile floor. Unbleached linens add to the casual vibe and the old-school trunk at the foot of the bed adds real personality. The understated vibe is clear and sets the stage for a restful experience.

Old World Farmhouse

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Old world and modern mix in a fresh way.

A rustic old world setting would seem to call for more traditional bedroom decoration, but London designer Ana Engelhorn shows otherwise. Her eclectic mix of modern art and traditional furnishings mixed with rustic pieces create a beautiful, unique bedroom that is engaging as well as relaxing. The contrast of old and new is an interesting way to style a bedroom in a 16th-century Spanish farmhouse.

A Touch of Teal

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A bright teal enlivens an otherwise gray palette.

Neutral color schemes are common in bedrooms and rightly so because they are soothing and serene. Of course, adding a pop of color can brighten a room that might seem too sedate and teal is an ideal shade. More lively than traditional blues, a well-chosen piece in teal, like this upholstered headboard with nailhead accents is a great addition to a predominantly gray bedroom designed by Anna Burles.

Boldly Accented

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Accent walls help in bedroom decoration.

Bold accent walls are often used in the living room, but they are also ideal to make a bedroom have more impact. This New York City penthouse bedroom, decorated by Neal Beckstedt sports a deep peacock-colored wall behind the bed. A deep color helps highlight the natural headboard and makes dramatic wall art unnecessary. Here a small colorful piece hung off-center makes a big impression.

Architecturally Driven

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Play up architectural elements in the bedroom.

When a space has marvelous architecture, the bedroom decoration just has to play it up. A loft apartment by Becky Shea Design does just that by using a glass dividing wall behind the bed that mimics the architectural framing on the windows. The wall becomes the dominant element and everything else in the bedroom is neutral and soft as a counterpoint to the had lines and edginess that comes from the painted brick walls.

Simple Modern

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Minimal fussiness makes a bedroom more calming.

Clean lines and an unpretentious vibe, this modern bedroom in a Sydney home features Australian artwork and unique pieces like the wooden chair. A lack of fussiness makes the design appealing and each piece has a flair of its own, from the rounded light fixtures to the simple but oversized mirror leaning against the wall between the windows.  It is the epitome of modern comfort.

Mid-Century Chic

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Mid-century style mixes well with eclectic pieces.

Los Angeles has plenty of marvelous mid-century properties but making the bedroom in these houses comfortable and stylish doesn’t have to totally stick to the rules. Designed by The Archers, this space in the Hill House has an eclectic mix that includes some mid-century elements but otherwise, is focused on utility and comfort. The old-fashioned coverlet adds an extra dose of character.

Timeless Grace

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A timeless bedroom is always elegant.

Classic and restrained elegance can work in any space and it is perfect for this Brentwood, California home. The look is timeless and it would be hard to peg a definite expiration date on this bedroom decoration by MLK Studio. The four-poster bed is ideal in the tall light-filled space. Contemporary bedside lamps and tables combine with a classic bentwood rocker in this sophisticated bedroom.

Exotic Inspiration

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Exotic style can follow a neutral palette.

Moroccan-inspired decor is often about vibrant red and gold, but there are other ways to leverage the exotic vibe for a bedroom. This calming, yet intriguing bedroom is part of the Riad Snan13 hotel in Marrakesh and is fl of inspiration for a more serene space. All-white walls serve as a backdrop for furniture and bedding in a range of neutral beige. The accents come from traditionally styled light fixtures in basic black instead of glittering gold or bright hues.

Island Style

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Island style is very relaxing.

Inspired by the Asian island atmosphere, this bedroom is calm, serene and chic all at the same time. Part of the Raya Heritage Hotel in Chiang Mai, Thailand, it shows how neutrals can be treated in a different way, emphasizing textures and natural materials. The bed’s underlighting is a modern and functional touch. It’s an island style bedroom decoration that would fit in any home.

Natural Contemporary

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Beach style can vary from the expected cliches.

Easygoing and natural — that’s the vibe you get from this bedroom located in a South African seaside apartment. Done in a palette of natural materials and pale colors, it doesn’t look like the typical “beach” style bedroom decoration.  Instead, it has a contemporary and relaxing feel that doesn’t seem fake or forced, like it’s trying to fit in at the beach.

Water Inspired

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Using the color of outdoor elements livens up an interior.

With a magnificent beach location in the Turks and Caicos, this amazing bedroom decoration is rightly inspired by the bright water outside.  Part of the luxurious Villa Helios of Long Bay Beach Club, the space uses the turquoise shades of the water outside to punctuate the decor. Using splashes of the bright color help continue the beach vibe inside the bedroom, without resorting to kitschy decor accents.

Urban Oasis

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Greenery can elevate a hard-edged urban space.

Urbanites who want to have more nature in their lives can be inspired by this apartment in Rome. Uber chic with its minimal design, the space tempers the solid surfaces of wood, marble and concrete with walls of greenery around the bathtub which is showcased in the window alcove. It’s a softer, gentler version of minimalist bedroom decoration.

Timber Framed Hideaway

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Super rustic interiors need soft furnishings.

The ultimate in rustic bedrooms, this one capitalizes on the views from its location in the Grand Teton Mountains of the American West. The tall, timber framing lends a forest feeling and traditional chinked walls make it feel like an old cabin — but it has all the modern comforts. Soft furnishings in a muted palette are the proper choice to soften all the wood in this space.

Scandinavian Modern

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Textures add interest to Scandinavian interiors.

Modern Scandinavian style is ideal for bedrooms because it is so functional and unfussy. This one, located in a Vilnius, Lithuania apartment, has both edge and simplicity. The variety of textures at play keep the gray color palette lively and an unexpected element in the form of a patterned rug spices things up. Mixed modern light fixtures add just enough accent to the room as well.

Nordic Traditional

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Nordic simplicity works anywhere.

For simplicity and ease, bedrooms in the Nordic and Scandinavian style are highly desirable in any location. A Tel Aviv seaside location makes the most of its bedroom space with traditional the functional lines of Nordic furnishings and spare but stylish decoration. Clean walls and modern light fixtures emphasize the serenity of the room.

Tip Top Hideaway

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Take advantage of unique architecture.

Almost feeling like a secret space, this minimalist bedroom is tucked away on the top floor of a fully renovated historic building in Amsterdam. The bedroom decoration takes advantage of the odd ceiling lines for lighting and architectural accents. Artful floor lighting fixtures add another layer of illumination to the space, which is a quiet oasis high above the main area of the city.

Creatively Constructed

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A unique solution makes a small studio more serene.

When a bedroom space also has to serve as all of the living space, creative construction is required. This rooftop studio demonstrates how the bedroom can still feel separate and special when it’s in a multipurpose space. By cleverly concealing all the other elements in the apartment, like the kitchen and the closets, it can maintain a clean and uncluttered feeling.

Hip and Neutral

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A wall mural is perfect behind the bed.

In another example of how neutral is not boring, this bedroom — part of a riverside penthouse apartment — has plenty of interest but is still supremely serene. Anchored by the overstuffed bed, the room is filled with pieces that maintain a light and airy feeling, from the large white light fixture to the ethereal wall mural.

Bright and White

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White paint can transform a closed-in space.

Bathed in bright light, this top floor bedroom is part of a resort in the Bahamas, created by Trish Becker Design.  Rooftop rooms with dormer windows can sometimes be a little dark, but by painting all the surfaces white — even the floor — it makes the bedroom extra bright.  T Casual eclectic furnishings emphasize the casual vibe

Georgian Revival Beauty

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Floral patterns will always have devotees.

Traditional style endures and done the right way, it is lively and beautiful.  This bedroom is in a Georgian revival house decorated by Sarah Bartholomew Design. Typical floral fabric has a cream background and is further lightened with the use of a plain coverlet. Monogrammed pillows play down the feminine edge.

Fresh Traditional

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Fresh takes on traditional elements spruce up a bedroom.

Traditional bedrooms have come a long way and often add a bit of a fresh touch, like this one designed by Bria Hammel. The overall look is traditional but small details like to oversized gingham print on the pillows and use of gray for the bedding add just enough novelty to make the usual elements a bit more of-the-moment and unexpected.

Renovated Rustic

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Rustic elements help a bedroom fir in with upcycled style.

Renovating a space can uncover all kinds of rustic elements that can be featured in a home, but not every room will have them. To make the bedroom decoration mesh with the rest of the house, the architects in this remodeled home used old wood elements to bring the bedroom into the same style as the rest of the space.

Window-Inspired

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Beautiful large window above headboard

When space has a spectacular window like this, the bedroom decoration has to make the most of it. Everything in this Tel Aviv bedroom plays to the long vertical window, which almost acts as a piece of art above the bed. Hanging light fixtures are the right choice to frame the bed and not interfere with the layout.

High End Cottage Style

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Cottage style works in large spaces as well.

Cottage style bedrooms can be quite grand when they are spacious like this one in a Cape Town mountainside home. Designed by Gregory Mellor, it features casual materials and elements like slipcovers, but the cottage decor has an open, airy feeling because the space is large and features nearly a full wall of glass.

Mostly Modern

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A mix of modern styles still works well.

With all the elements of a modern space, this bedroom in a Spanish house designed by A-cero architects is certainly focused on the modern, all-white bed. At the same time, the bedroom decoration feature mid-cetury pieces that pull in some history of the modern design movement. Together it’s a stunning retreat focused on the lush surroundings.

Poolside Paradise

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The elements outside a bedroom door should be tied into the interior.

Obviously focused on the delight outside its doors, this poolside bedroom in Israel is light and airy. Designed by LevyChamizer-Architects,  the all-white space is super casual with breezy drapes that help highlight the architectural frames of the windows and doors. The bright mood brings the sunshine feeling into the comfortable bedroom.

Bedroom Bathroom Combo

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New master bedrooms incorporate the bathroom.

New designs are taking the idea of the en suite bathroom to a new level.  Instead of just being attached to the master bedroom, much of the bathroom is now part and parcel of the bedroom design as it is in this South African home. By combining a section of the bathroom with the bedroom, it offers an opportunity to make the space more open and lets the views be appreciated from the bath area as well.

Focused on Nature

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Minimalist bedroom decoration puts the focus on the outdoors.

When a home is focused on the outdoors, the bedroom should be too. This bedroom is on a property that has lots of natural beauty so the designer created a bedroom retreat that minimizes distractions and allows the residents to focus on the beauty outside the window. The floor-t0-ceiling glass windows practically meld the outdoor space with the interior of the room.

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