Whether your room is small or large, your decorating style is formal or casual, or whether you fancy the newest trends or the tried-and-true classics: your master bedroom should be your favorite space in your home. After all, where else do you get to be yourself, completely and absolutely? If you’re wondering how to design bedroom of your dreams, here are some inspirational photos you’ll need.
I turned to several interior design experts to find out what this year will bring in terms of prominent trends in our favorite cozy space. Whether you’re steadfast in your minimalist ways or looking for a bold, fresh start in choosing your decor, there’s certainly something for everyone starting in this year.
Minimalist Bedroom Ideas
If you embrace a “less is more” outlook in life and believe simple spaces are calming, you’ll love the minimalist decorating style. A minimalist decorating style eliminates most knickknacks, ornate trim, busy patterns, and wild color schemes to make space for functional, necessary, and soothing design elements. These eight featured minimalist bedrooms are serene, clean, and uncluttered. We’ll highlight the elements in each bedroom that give these pared-down rooms loads of comforting character.
Modern Bedroom Ideas
There are many types of concepts and techniques within the Modern style that are used by designers, decorators, and architects. We define the modern style as the foundations invented by the fore-fathers of modernism, such as Frank Lloyd Wright, Walter Gropius, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and Le Corbusier, who used function, clean lines and shapes, as well as architectural and natural elements for decoration. These modernists believed a home should be functional and everything within the home should have a purpose, including decoration.
Here are some examples of these concepts that will help you design your modern bedroom.
Contemporary Bedroom Design
When it comes to decorating style, contemporary design is hard to pin down. Basically, contemporary style means the looks that are currently in vogue. As such, contemporary bedroom design covers a wide range of themes, but what they all tend to share in common is a serene, clutter-free vibe and a simple color scheme.
Rustic Bedroom Design
One of the most popular decorating themes is rustic, but what exactly does that mean? As it turns out, quite a bit. Rustic is a rather general term referring to a look or style that is rough, aged, natural in shape or color, tied in to a natural theme, casual, and often old-fashioned. While a rustic accessory or piece of furniture might also be an antique – in which case, we would call it primitive – it can also be brand new, but manufactured or designed to look old or used. Either way, it’s a wonderfully welcoming, cozy, and versatile decorating theme that can carry a room on its own, or play well with many other decorating styles.
Bohemian Bedroom Design
Whether you call it boho or bohemian, this eclectic decorating style is a colorful blend of patterns, fabrics, styles, and eras, livened up with a big dose of artistic free spirit and an attitude of Anything goes as long as I love it.
Boho style typically means a flair for global influences, such as the Moroccan touches in the room shown here. And while there’s plenty of excitement in this exotically beautiful bedroom, notice that the palette is limited to purple, gray, and chartreuse. Bohemian Bedroom is a decorating theme without much regard for rules.
Scandinavian Bedroom Design
Decorating your bedroom with a Scandinavian style can be very diverse, it can look anywhere from vintage to industrial depending on the materials and accessories you select. Be sure to add layers to your space, with the use of throws, lots of pillows, coverlets, area rugs and fluffy animal skins. Your flooring should be wood is you are staying true to classic Scandi-style, with the addition of a cozy area rug for warmth. This style is playful and fun, so don’t be afraid to add color! It can be in your linens, pillows, area rugs, art, accessories, furnishings and even flowers. And last but not least, no Swedish designed interior is complete without a fireplace or a wood burning stove, although this does not necessarily have to be in your bedroom… but it would be a great excuse to add one!
Have a look through the ideas and inspiration below and be sure to let us know which one is your favorite and why!
Tips for Decorating a Beautiful Bedroom
It may boil down to a few decorating mistakes designers always notice when walking into clients’ bedrooms. From ignoring clutter to failing to address mood lighting, these small errors can have a huge impact on the overall look and feel of a room. We tapped some of the best interior designers in the industry to share the main rules to remember when decorating your bedroom.
Choose Subtle Color
Instead of bold primary colors, choose soothing shades and a restful palette of monochromatic tones. Remember color theory: gentle hues of blue, lavender, or green are considered calm and serene. Rich jewel-toned hues help set the mood of coziness and comfort. These might include toasty browns, deep pomegranate, or topaz. Use toned-down versions of your favorite colors in the bedroom.” That might mean choosing mauve instead of eggplant, or pumpkin instead of tangerine.
Choose the Right Size Furniture
When you’re ready to buy bedroom furniture, start out with a floor plan and a measured drawing of the space. Furniture should fit the room it lives and this is particularly true for bedroom furniture. Don’t choose a heavy, large bed and dresser for a small bedroom. If the ceiling is high, a tall headboard will help to visibly bring it down to size.
Keep the Bedroom Simple
A bedroom should look cozy and simple, sophisticated, and elegant, regardless of what style of decorating you choose. For ease of movement, leave a minimum of three feet between the bed and side walls or large pieces of furniture and at least two feet between the bed and low furniture, like tables and dressers. If you have to walk around the bed to get from the closet to the bathroom, think of how you can move the bed.
Furnish your bedroom with only what you need. A bed, a bedside table or two, a dresser, and chair are necessities. Anything else is clutter. If you have room, place a chest of drawers in the closet. Accessories should be kept to a minimum. Choose a beautiful piece of artwork, arrange some family photos, add flowers and candles, and leave it alone
Don’t Overlook the Ceiling
The ceiling is the fifth wall in a room. When you lie in bed, do you see a bland, blank surface? Add a subtle pattern or soft color. Paint the ceiling a slightly lighter version of the wall color. This will help to visually lower the ceiling and give the space a feeling of comfort and intimacy.
Include Several Lighting Options
In a bedroom, it’s good to “layer” your lighting throughout the room. Ambient lighting light the whole room, small lamps can focus light for reading and other activities, and accent light helps to wash the walls in soft illumination.
To focus reading light where you need it, use a bedside lamp with a movable arm. Each light should be adjustable with a dimmer. Install a separate on/off switch for each light so that you can be selective and light only the area you want.
Have Plenty of Storage
To add to the serene feeling of a bedroom, store things out of sight. The room will appear more calm and roomy.
Cover the Windows
A beautifully dressed window will help to frame the window and the view and provide other ways to add color, pattern, texture, and softness to a bedroom. If you love soft sheer curtains that filter light, combine opaque roller blinds that can be pulled down to maintain privacy at night and to block morning light.
Let Your Bedroom Be a Real Getaway
Try to discipline yourself to keep your cell phone, computer, television, exercise machine, or blackberry out of the bedroom. Create a cherished place to relax and renew. You’ll love having a room dedicated to reading, sleeping, and romance.